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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 should we?
  • Why are databases and search engines alone less than adequate for comprehensive, meaningful, personalized search?
  • How do we filter out noise?
  • What role might curation play in student and teacher research and learning?
  • How can teacher librarians use curation as a strategy for meeting the information and learning needs of his/her community?
  • Which of the panoply of emerging tools for curation will have the longest legs or the most appeal and value to K12 learners?
  • How can we use the power of the semantic web to: establish relationships among items in various information formats; exploit the relationships we identify in the social web; harness the most valuable media feeds; use social and collaborative, as well as traditional tools, to create context and meaning out of available data for ourselves, for other individuals, and for our communities?

I discovered this 9-minute video by Kate Ray on Web 3.0 from Judy O’Connell this morning.

Using the voices of Clay Shirky, Tim Berners-Lee, David Weinberger, and many others, the video poses a number of questions worth exploring and presents the need for curation strategies to create context.

And speaking of Judy , don’t miss her own most excellent slideshow which uses this video, and a couple of others, and supporting research, to offer her own take on where we’ve been and where we might be going.

Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza


  1. Wow! A scary but wonderful aspect of our field as teacher librarians is that we will never reach the goals we have to keep up with what is available and share knowledge and skills with our students and other teachers. There is always something new to learn about, use, and share.

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