Friday, 7 October 2011

Fall Bounty

There is a definite chill in the air; the leaves are turning; it is definitely autumn. Fall is the season of the harvest and, in Canada, a time to share nature's bounty and life's gifts.

Curating the best of "things" that will benefit the learner by helping managing the informational environment is a blessed gift. Curation involves culling by experienced experts, often by a teacher-librarian, to determine what learning objects, sites, tweets, multimedia, blog posts, resources, etc. will best suit the learner's needs and then organzing and sharing the information.

Curation comes up when search stops working. But it’s more than a human-powered filter. Curation comes up when people realize that it isn’t just about information seeking, it’s also about synchronizing a community.

Part of the reason that human curation is so critical is simply the vast number of people who are now making and sharing media. Everyone is a media outlet.  
Clay Shirky (NYU Professor, blogger, author)

Joyce Valenza, the author of the NeverEndingSearch blog, was the keynote speaker for the Saskatchewan School Library Association's online learning event. According to Joyce, "curation tools present an exciting new genre of search tool, a tool for scanning the real-time environment, as well as opportunities for evaluating quality and relevance in emerging information landscapes". She listed tools to help teacher-librarians move beyond collectors and become effective curators:
Is curation the new search tool? The art of locating, aggregating, filtering, selecting, and organzing for a very specific topic, or for a particular audience interest, problem, passion is needed to help student manage an overabundent flow of information. And teacher-librarians are situated to be the ideal curators!

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