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On growing “knowledge citizens”

I love the phrase: knowledge citizen! I just watched Howard Rheingold’s interview with Pierre Levy, collective intelligence guru. Here’s the exchange (at around 11:50) that clarified for me what happened this week as our kids discovered curation as a search tool and a a strategy for knowledge building.   We are working on growing knowledge citizens. [...]

A few good scoops for us

I’ve been talking a lot about curating for and with students lately. As the curation movement gets stickier, more and more librarians and educators are joining. So I tasked my very able practicum student Chrissy Sirianni to help me pick some Scoop.its to share, offering a taste of the kind of current awareness the tool [...]

The kids are curating

curating

We eased into teaching curation, getting our feet wet by introducing it as a search tool a couple of weeks ago. This week we decided to jump in completely and we chose Paper.li as a platform for curating senior project research. (Decision digression: I went back and forth between Scoop.it and Paper.li, finally decided on [...]

Curation is the new search tool

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I hope to introduce a variety of curating tools to classes and individual students this year.  While this is an exciting way for learners to discover how to manage their information worlds, not everyone actually needs or wants to curate every single time they begin research. Students and teachers can exploit the curation efforts already [...]

Delicious Stacks

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The reports of its death were greatly exaggerated. With Stacks–a kind of fusion of bookmarking, microblogging, curating, and sharing–Delicious beefs up and prettifies its popular bookmarking service. What’s a Stack? The site explains that these playlists for the web are collections of links: built around a common theme. To get started, visit the stack tab [...]

Curation tools & the databases

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I am getting ready to make two cases with my learners in the coming week. One is my usual advice about carefully selecting sources and making use of the riches we provide in terms of our subscription databases. The other will be the importance of new strategies for curation, both for school research and for [...]

Web 3.0: We have so much stuff!

I’ve been looking for a strategy to describe the value of curation strategies to other librarians, my own faculty, and to my students. Last year we established that notebooks just weren’t working for us. This school year I want to be better able to address How can we better manage our information lives and why [...]

The FBI opens its Vault

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Holy primary sources!  Make sure you add this one to your history and primary source pathfinders! The FBI recently launched The Vault, its new electronic reading room, containing more than 3,000 documents that have been scanned from paper into digital copies so you can read them in the comfort of your home or office. New [...]

Guide for TLs (and on curating digital content)

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Lately I’ve been reading a bit about digital content curation, also referred to as human editorial curation or aggregation.  I think we’ve been doing this type of work for a long time in the form of widget-based pathfinders, but now folks seem to be talking about it. In a recent Mashable post, blogger, author, and [...]