curator (plural curators)
  1. A person who manages, administers or organizes a collection, either independently or employed by a museum, library, archive or zoo.

The concept of Digital Curation takes traditional curation and considers the implications of curation in a digital setting and identifies the tools available to make curation successful and alive!

What: Digital curation is using a digital platform to systematically select quality material (videos, maps, articles, images, links to databases, forms, surveys, policies, rubrics, library catalogs) and make it available to other users on the web.

Digital Curation
Digital Creation
Hybrid Curation/Creation
locating and making a collection of others' content available on any platform (wiki, Google Site, LibGuide) in a manner which is designed and organized with a specific purpose.
creating and making available new content
a platform which provides others' content along with new content
example: teachers or students create a site which links to articles, blogs, or websites; embeds video, images, or maps; embeds a twitter hashtag feed; widgets to search databases or link to sites, etc. (typically centered around a specific unit of study)
example: teachers or students create a site to house self created documents, articles, blogs, or websites; embeds self created video, images, or maps; embed a twitter profile feed for their own twitter account (typically centered around a specific unit of study)
example: a hybrid of both columns described to the left to suit a specific purpose.
can be collaborative. teachers or students can team up together or with another school locally or globally to curate content for a specific purpose.
can be collaborative.
teachers or students can team up together or with another school locally or globally to create content for a specific purpose.
hybrid can be collaborative.
Digital curation allows for asynchronous learning (learning at multiple points in time or or locations) and serves as a supplemental enhancement to a unit or program or an integral tool for your program. You can build a selection of materials that serve as a portal for specific needs. Consider what curation could provide to students who never enter your building. If you have cyber students or teachers, then you have cyber patrons. How can you serve their needs? The key is to really think in a broad way about the content offered.

Who: Aligned with the district collection development policy, teachers, students, librarians, public
librarians, etc. contribute to building digital collections of information which support learning. Imagine the power of global collaborations as students throughout the country or world team up to curate and/or create content on one specific topic or subject that they are each learning about.

Why: Curation allows the curator to identify every single tool that can be resourced to support a particular topic and house multiple resources in one spot for users to find. Not only is it quality control, but it is a research time saver.

When: Maintenance still needs to be considered in the digital world. You will need to weed out of date or dead links, etc. You will also need to keep watch on your topic to see if there are great additions!

How: You can use many platforms. LibGuides is excellent - Google Sites or wikis (like this site) are free options.

Guidelines for Student Curation:
  • Avoid large blobs of text (use small text boxes featuring one interesting fact each, break up text with clever questioning that get your readers thinking, turn textual information into an infographic (poster style chart with visual depictions of statistics, facts, etc.)
  • Make visually appealing with copyright friendly images.
  • Ensure that you pull only quality information from top notch sources (sweetsearch, articles from subscription databases) and pull it properly without plagiarizing. Make sure to cite all of your original resources using proper citation format.
  • Do not forget to search for the best online maps, YouTube videos, blog posts to add.
  • Consider adding interactive elements allowing users to watch a streaming Twitter feed, adding an interactive poll or survey, link to the library catalog, link to full text Google Books.
  • Balance the information you provide by offering varied opinions, perspectives, or content coverage.

School and Library Curation
Curation LibGuide (an invaluable overview on digital curation as a concept along with curation tools
Empowering Instructors to Become Effective Content Curators (an article by Alex Hottenstein)
Digital Curation Tools (a great post by Joyce Valenza)
Students as Curators (another great Joyce Valenza post!)
Library and educator links (yes..another great Joyce Valenza post! She is awesome!)

Curation in General:
Content curation: computers and humans creating collaborative intelligence (a post from Alister Cameron)

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