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School Library Monthly/Volume XXIX, Number 1/September-October 2012 Curation by Joyce Kasman Valenza Joyce Kasman Valenza, Ph.D., is a teacher librarian at Springfield Township High School in Erdenheim, PA. Email: The Internet firehose analogy rings even truer today, twenty years after Internet access saw its beginning. Human Filters Help Digital curators can prevent oversaturation by filtering and diverting the onslaught and by directing what is worth sharing into more gentle and continuous streams. Blogger, author, and NYU professor Clay Shirky, in Steve Rosebaum’s Mashable post, "Why Content Curation Is Here to Stay" on May 10, 2010, describes the problem with traditional search and identifies the issue of filter failure: Curation comes up when search stops working. Human filters make a difference. Curators make sense of the vast amounts of content that are continually produced. Perhaps Albert Barnes was the ultimate curator for the pre-digital world. Conclusion

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Curation Tools Share your own uses of curation tools or other great examples here: --Ideas for Using Curation Tools Curation means to select, collect, preserve, maintain, organize and archive. One dictionary definesa "curator" as someone in charge of a museum or library! So in that sense, librarians have always been curators. joyce-valenza.wikispaces "A content curator" is "someone who continually finds, groups, organizes and shares the best and most relevant content on a specific issue online" (Bhargava, 2009, para. 4). With this in mind, content curation is digital archiving. This model is classified into five subgroups:Aggregation. The act of curating the most relevant information about a particular topic into a single location;Distillation.

Digital Curation in Health, Exercise and Education - Ben Jane Fitness How to discover articles, and then collate them and publish a magazine of online content We live in an information rich environment and the skill of sifting through material to find relevant, trustworthy information has never been so important. When browsing through social media or surfing the internet I am an avid user of Pocket. This enables me to select articles that can be read later on my choice of device and to assign the articles with relevant tags allowing me to focus on one topic at a time when reading. When using the tag option I have often thought that it would be useful to share a collection of articles that I have created, but pocket doesn’t seem to allow for this feature. This led me to look into alternative software for digital curation and following a tweeted request, I received some great ideas from a number of contributors (see below).

Curation as Digital Literacy Practice I have been writing my PhD so haven’t updated this blog for a while. Thesis writing is taking up a lot of my mental space as I get the ideas, storyline and contentions to ‘coalesce’ and cohere in a manner suitable for such a piece of work. I’ve been mulling over a series of ideas in my analysis of digital literacies, and one of them is the concept and practice of ‘curation’ as a digital literacy, and what the implications are for curation practices to be better understood, theorised, and subsequently harnessed for educational purposes. My PhD thesis (Bhatt, forthcoming) is not fully completed yet, but some ideas are worth throwing out to collide with others as part of what I believe is a public conversation (#impact #engagement).

Content Curation Primer Photo by Stuck in Customs What is Content Curation? Content curation is the process of sorting through the vast amounts of content on the web and presenting it in a meaningful and organized way around a specific theme. The work involves sifting, sorting, arranging, and publishing information. A content curator cherry picks the best content that is important and relevant to share with their community.

Content Curation: Classroom Applications I’ve been trying out some visual content curation tools with social features which has got me thinking about classroom applications. “Content curation is the act of continually identifying, selecting and sharing the best and most relevant online content and other online resources (and by that I mean articles, blog posts, videos, photos, tools, tweets, or whatever) on a specific subject to match the needs of a specific audience.” – Ann Handley on TopRank blog There are available a variety of free tools in various formats that let you easily tag/save sites, articles, images, videos, presentations, etc. into a collection that you can share and have conversations about with other users. I’ve been spending some time at Pinterest, which is filled with inspiring images of recipes, crafts, clothes, housewares, quotes, etc. A Good Curator

Best Websites for Teaching & Learning The Landmark Websites are honored due to their exemplary histories of authoritative, dynamic content and curricular relevance. They are free, web-based sites that are user friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover and provide a foundation to support 21st-century teaching and learning. Guidelines for School Library Programs: Instructional Partner "The SLMS collaborates with classroom teachers to develop assignments that are matched to academic standards and include critical thinking skills, technology and information literacy skills, and core social skills and cultural competencies.

Is Curation Noise or News? It’s mostly noise. I expect I’ll take some lashings for this opinionated piece, but I have to get this off my chest. You see, I want to help you be a successful practitioner of content marketing.