Teacher-librarians are Curators

...To curate is to select, collect, preserve, maintain, organize, archive, and share.

Have you ever thought about if you're a dumper or curator? Dumper!? Just the sound of it is, well, dumpy.

As librarians, we want to be mindful curators in our super digital, instantaneous, information abundant world.

This article from the education blog Cult of Pedagogy mentions libraries specifically and lists tools and tips for curation. It really is very good and worth the read about dumping vs. curating.

In the library, curation largely looks like collection development and its many facets. Curation applies to us more broadly as teacher-librarians in terms of our program, our place, and our instruction. We build and organize collections for students and staff; we share resources in a variety of ways;  and we teach information literacy skills along with a myriad of other skills that require selecting, collecting, organizing, and sharing.

Digital curation tools are a must in our world. I've gone rounds with several online curation tools and to-date my favorite is Padlet.

I like Padlet for its simple, colorful interface. I like the variety of privacy settings. I like that you can add certain people to contribute. I like that you can browse the Gallery and see what others are up to. And unlike other curation tools I've used,  I like that it can be collaborative. Padlet allows for brainstorming, commenting, modified quizzing, and doing project-based work with students.

And... I like that Padlets are embeddable in websites or in blogs or in classroom management systems.

Like this:
Made with Padlet

And, of course, let's not forget that CURATE is one of AASL's new shared foundations in the new National School Library Standards.
Here's how AASL defines the Shared Foundation of CURATE: Making meaning for oneself and others by collecting, organizing, and sharing resources of personal relevance.

THINK domain: Learners ACT on an information need.

CREATE domain: Learners GATHER information appropriate to the task.

SHARE domain: Learners EXCHANGE information resources within and beyond their learning community.

GROW domain: Learners SELECT & ORGANIZE information for a variety of audiences.

To learn more about the learner standards for students in relation to CURATE, take a look at the AASL Standards Framework for Learners which is the most simplified version of the learner standards, in my opinion.

...and to learn more about the CURATE competencies for the school librarian, go to this previous post I wrote or click #4 below.



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