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Library Technology Reports, October 2014 (50:7)

"So far, dear librarian, we have come to you … But now, the Internet, reverses this. We ask Google. We ask friends or our social networks where and how to find information … So if you don't make yourself available, interceptable in a way that displays and showcases all that wonderful knowledge, without requiring every single person to come and ask you in person and by voice, you are really doing a disservice, not just to us, but to yourself."

--Robin Good, creator of Mastering New Media


Social media allows you to scale up a core librarian practice—connecting your community to information and learning--across geographic boundaries, 24/7.  Addressing "curation" as the term is used colloquially, this issue of Library Technology Reports draws from 17 in-depth interviews to show how libraries are using social media to collect, organize, share, and interpret—in short, how to tell a digital story to a specific audience.  Additionally the authors use data, collected through an online survey that encompassed all library types, to offer a snapshot of this important "collecting-connecting-curating-contributing" practice. Also included is an annotated directory covering 66 tools for social media curation, organized by category with links to the websites. 


Chapter 1 - Introduction

        What Is Curation?

        Purpose of This Project

        How We Use the New Tools

        What's In It for Our Stakeholders?



Chapter 2 - Survey Results

        Who Took the Survey?

        The Work of Curation


Chapter 3 - Curation in Public Libraries

        Billy Parrott, NYPL Picture Collection (April 4, 2014)

        Amy Sonnie and Meredith Sires, Oakland Public Library TeenZone (February 24, 2014)

        Beyond the Conversations



Chapter 4 - Curation in School Libraries

        Curation for Students

        Curation for Students and by Students

        Beyond the Conversations



Chapter 5 - Curation in Special Libraries

        Marcia Mardis, National Science Digital Library (February 21, 2014)

        Debbie Judy and Mary Jo Lazun, Maryland State Law Library (April 28, 2014)

        Leslie Farmer, California State University, Long Beach (February 27, 2014)

        Library of Congress and Digital Preservation

        Digital Public Library of America: Luis Hererra (April 18, 2014) and Dan Cohen (May 12, 2014)

        Beyond the Conversations



Chapter 6 - Curation in Academic Libraries

        Erika Bennett, Capella University (September 16, 2013)

        Crystal Renfro and Mary Axford, Georgia Institute of Technology (April 1, 2014)

        Academic PKM: A Study of the Scholarly Research Cycle and Information Practices

        Beyond the Conversations


Chapter 7 - Curation outside the Library World

        Robin Good, Master New Media (March 19, 2014)

        Harold Jarche (March 18, 2014)

        Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano (May 10, 2014)

        Beyond the Conversations



Chapter 8 - Curation Platforms

        Real-Time Curation

        Hybrid Curation

        Digital Content Management Systems and Tools

        For New Updates

        Learning Playlists and Dashboards

        Social Bookmarking and Note Archiving

        Academic Social Research

        Media Curation



Chapter 9 - Conclusion: Issues and Trends

        Social Media Curation Is a Thing

        Keeping It Fresh

        It's Real Professional Work (but Maybe Not a Completely Sanctioned Activity)

        Issues with Free and the Poof Factor

        The Other Side of Free

        Controlling(?) the Institutional Message

        Copyright, Fair Use, and Credit

        Can Librarians Over-curate?

        Authority, Transparency, and Can We Curate Too Narrowly?

        Avoiding Silos

        Final Thoughts



Chapter 10 - Resources and Glossary

        Articles, Presentations, and Blog Posts



        Blogs about Curation



Joyce Kasman Valenza

Joyce Kasman Valenza is the librarian at Springfield Township High School Library and the techlife@school columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer. She was named a Milken Educator for 1997/98, and has participated as a Library of Congress American Memory Fellow and in the Fullbright Japan program for teachers. Valenza is author of the bestseller Power Tools (ALA 1998) and wrote the video Internet Searching Skills (Schlessinger),a YALSA Top Ten Award winner. She has taught courses in searching skills for Chestnut Hill College and Mansfield University. Joyce speaks nationally on issues relating to libraries, education, and information literacy skills and contributes regularly to Classroom Connect, Voice of Youth Advocates, and a variety of other educational journals. Her school Web page, The Springfield Township High School Virtual Library, won the IASL School Library Web Page of the Year Award for 2001. The Neverending Search website is another resource created and maintained by the author. She lives with her husband and two nearly-adult kids in Rydal, PA.

Brenda L. Boyer

Brenda L. Boyer is chair of the Information and Technology Resources department for the Kutztown Area School District (PA), where she also serves as the high school librarian. She teaches information fluency and research skills in both brick-and-mortar and online settings, and has also taught graduate LIS courses as an adjunct at Kutztown University (PA).Besides social media curation, her research interests include embedded librarianship, inquiry models, and online learning.

Della Curtis

Della Curtis retired in 2013 as coordinator of the Office of Library Information Services, Baltimore County Public Schools (MD), where she provided district leadership in library information and information technologies for 169 Pre-K-12 school library media programs.

Library Technology Reports

Published by ALA TechSource, Library Technology Reports helps librarians make informed decisions about technology products and projects. Library Technology Reports publishes eight issues annually and provides thorough overviews of current technology. Reports are authored by experts in the field and may address the application of technology to library services, offer evaluative descriptions of specific products or product classes, or cover emerging technology. Find out more information on this publication here.