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Digital curation survey: help us build our sample!

Brenda Boyer, Della Curtis and I are trying to better understand the state-of-the-art relating to digital curation across LibraryLand.  And we hope you’ll help us share and distribute this 10 or 15-minute survey among your colleagues and friends in public, academic and special libraries.
We welcome additional school library participation and we are especially interested in expanding our sample beyond the school library world.
Our plan is to share the results of our research informally on various social networks, at conferences, as well as in an ALA Library Technology Report.
Please consider participating and please help us share out this survey

Here’s what we are learning (so far) from our small sample of 92 responses, largely school and academic librarians.











We expected that most of the folks who took the time to respond to our digital curation survey would consider themselves curators.

People’s reasons for curation are varied, and spread across most of the options we predicted, with presenting topic-specific guides new books and media, and research and communication tools as top responses.


Curation does not seem to be a specified job task for about half of the respondents.  Curation does appears to be a collaborative activity share with other colleagues.


It appears that more than a third of our survey participants engage their stakeholders in their curation efforts.


Among the open-ended questions was one that asked participants about their three favorite curation tools.  Here are the numbers and a Wordle showing LibGuides, Twitter and Pinterest as front-runners at this point.

















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. Marcia Mardis says

    Joyce–this is great! Thank you for sharing it. Out of curiosity, how are you defining curation? There are lots of different definitions, some more inclusive than others.

    • Joyce Valenza Joyce Valenza says

      Thanks, Marcia. At this moment we are also looking to see how practitioners identify as curators and define that role. I’ll keep you posted.

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