Some of the perspectives I have gathered regarding curation this week is that value of the process lies within the management, preservation and connection of resources. Furthermore, also ensuring there is an accessible and meaningful link between the information and the users. The role of libraries in supporting and participating in curating materials, such as through mobile and virtually always accessible “vehicles” like Twitter or programs with similar functions like Storify, encourages the availability of an extension of new, interesting and alternative resource material. The concept seemed quite similar to ‘collection fishing’ as explored through participating in micro-blogging on Twitter.
Organising and connecting resources and library users can support and aid individuals on a professional and personal level. One example could be for educational purposes at a primary school level. Managing resources about a topic or strand and cohesively linking it together provides a foundation of information that can be used by groups with assignments, homework and other extension activities. In addition, parents and teachers of these communities would also benefit. One particular example that highlighted the role a library could play in curation was the Yarra Plenty Regional Library. Their application of the principles of curating material led to the development of Pinterest page which provides visual links to materials as they relate to the library catalogue Dewey decimal system. For example, 641.5 as the number is in reference to food had “windows” of featured recipes (Yarra Plenty Regional Library, n.d.). This type of public forum appears to extend the scope of the library catalogue by organising information in an accessible mode for library users in a common framework.
The large nature of the task to manage and build interconnecting webs of resources would benefit from the support of an integrated effort. The design would encourage the collaboration of the diverse interests of contributors across one or multiple topics. Perhaps an extension of this would be the challenge of ensuring that the quality of resources is of a high standard, such as credibility and relevancy, and also that it is accessible of the patrons and potential users of the material. In addition, consideration of the copyrighted status of many resources is also an issue (Educause, 2012, p. 2).
The idea of connecting users to various mediums of information, such as videos, images, journals, articles, quotes, micro-blogging and comments, to mention a few opens an awareness of exploring topics in different ways. The ‘Factiva-Institute’ article on ‘Content Curation’ suggests that the process of curating supports the development of higher-order thinking such as critical and creative thinking to analyse, monitor and explore concepts from different angles and perspectives (Sykes, 2013, p. 2). In a sense, the ‘wider picture’ of how it connects and “tags” itself to other concepts and topics is encouraged through a virtual social environment.
Educause. (2012). 7 things you should know about… social content curation. Retrieved August 16, 2013, from http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ELI7089.pdf
Sykes, J. (2013). Content curation. Retrieved August 16, 2013, from http://www.dowjones.com/factiva/institutefiles/Factiva-Content-Curation.pdf
Yarra Plenty Regional Library. (n.d.). Yarra Plenty Regional Library: Catalogue [Pinterest]. Retrieved August 15, 2013, from http://pinterest.com/yarraplenty/