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Content Curation World
What a Content Curator Needs To Know: How, Tools, Issues and Strategy
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A Musical Ode To Digital Curation - Part 1

A truly inspiring class project by @JoyceValenza. 

Robin Good's insight:

Wonderful school project uses musical performance to promote the value of curation for learning.

From an original idea by @JoyceValenza.



Curation, Curation Curation!
Curation, Curation. Curation!


Who day and night must aggregate the content, pull together knowledge, harness all the feeds


And who must make sense of media, tags, and text, keeping learners up to date, at school


Librarian, Librarian


Librarian, Librarian,


Who do we rely on for creative stuff
What’s best so we avoid the fluff?


Who must point the way to stuff that’s good enough
So we don’t miss the stuff that’s really buff!


The Network, the Network. Curation!
The Network, the Network, Curation!


At ten my three-ring notebook really held all my school stuff.
I know by now that binder can’t contain my research


The student, the student. Curation!
The student, the student. Curation!


And who does TL teach to curate with new tools,
So we can gather knowledge both in and out of school?


The learner, the learner! Curation!
The learner, the learner! Curation!





Ben Vizzachero
Emma Coltoff
Jelli Vezzosi
Jordi Shuster
Daniel MacFarland


Thanks to Monica Femovich


Song parody by
Joyce Kasman Valenza.


Based on "Tradition" and "Matchmaker" from Fiddler on the Roof.
Music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick.

Republished and subtitled with permission.
Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial

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Content Curation Not an Option in Schools: Librarians To Lead the Change

Content Curation Not an Option in Schools: Librarians To Lead the Change | Content Curation World |

"School librarians can use curation as a tool to position themselves as information and communication authorities and information professionals."

Robin Good's insight:

Joyce Valenza, a teacher librarian and a prolific writer, has published at the end of 2012 a great article explaining the relevance and benefits that content curation can bring to the education world and the importance that school and college librarians may play in this major transformation.

Besides effectively introducing curation, its role and reason to be by utilizing some highly qualified references, the article focuses on the reasons that make librarians uniquely qualified to curate and the benefits that can derive from effectively utilizing curation in their activities.

The benefits and applications of using curation are reviewed as well as the potential for curation to be highly beneficial also beyond the education and learning world.

Joyce Valenza also points for example to search, as a likely area in which curation may play very soon a much more important role than search engines have played this far.

From the original article: "Curation tools present an exciting new genre of search tool. Searchers can now exploit the curated efforts or the bibliographies of experts and others who take the lead in a particular subject area—those who volunteer to scan the real-time environment as scouts.

They also present the opportunity to guide learners in new evaluation strategies. Who is the curator? Which curators can you trust? Is a curator attached to a team, publication, institution, organization? How can the quality of their insights, selections, sources, and feeds be judged? Do their efforts have many followers? Is their curation active and current?

By linking to the search pages of the major curation tools, school librarians can help students, faculty, and parents with more long-tail needs access the expertise of a subject expert or a curator with a passion for an issue.


What has been discovered is that curation rocks as a search/current awareness tool especially for issues in the news, controversial topics, and long-tail interests."

An excellent set of tools and curation resources at the end, provide extra value to an already excellent reference article.

A must-read article for anyone involved in research, education, teaching and in information library sciences.

Recommended. Informative. Resourceful. 8/10

Original article:

(Image - Librarian from Shutterstock)

Luis Alberto Velasco's curator insight, October 18, 2013 10:57 AM

Estamos evolucionando

Kathy Schrock's curator insight, January 23, 2014 7:00 PM

Librarians have been doing this for years, but now have many tools to pick from!

Angel Somers's curator insight, February 2, 2014 1:31 PM

LIbrarians are natural curators! It's what we do, so it makes sense that we should take the initiative to promot curation as a valuable skill for both our colleagues and our students.