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DISD Content Curation


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  • In Steven Bell's most recent "From the Bell Tower" post in Library Journal called, "Calling All Content Curators" he pointed out that after all these years writing his filter blog <The kept up librarian>, he never realized he was a content curator. As he points to the recent article in FastCompany, "content curators are the new superheros of the web" he states that this is something librarians have dealt with for ages -- trying to bring organization and context to a world overrun with information. Though Pinterest might be considered the content curator darling of the moment, I want to share a few tools today that are designed to easily facilitate the curation and sharing process. Content Curators Are The New Superheros Of The Web BY STEVEN ROSENBAUM | 04-16-2012 | 6:17 AM
  • Content Curation is a term that describes the act of finding, grouping, organizing or sharing the best and most relevant content on a specific issue. Rohit Bhargava - 5 Models Of Content Curation Aggregation Distillation Elevation Mashups Chronology
  • Trapit - Captures personalized content. Powered by advanced AI that backs apple's SIRI. Trapit helps you explore any topic and gets smarter as you use it. Discover high quality content, new sources, and never miss an article relevant to your unique passions—whatever they are. It will also send you a daily email update.
  • Arthur Monnet, the 18 year old founder of Faveous had the idea to centralize and aggregate his favorite content. THE PLACE FOR EVERYTHING YOU LIKE... Faveous collects your favorites from Twitter, Google Reader Youtube & Facebook "likes on links" in one single place. Then, you can search, organize and share with your friends this database in perpetual evolution. Easy to curate, easy to manage. Gathering your favorite content is now fast and painless.
  • - Leverage curation to easily build gorgeous magazines. is a terrific tool for discovering those super nichey, hidden gems relevant to specific topic. Use the dashboard to manage an unlimited amount of sources (websites, RSS feeds, specific social media accounts, etc.) and plug in relevant keywords and date parameters. does the rest and delivers you a constant feed of exactly the type of content you’re looking for.
  • Prismatic - Discover and share relevant news. Connect your social networks, discover topics, add interests, and news feed gets better
  • Tweeted Times is a real-time personalized newspaper generated from your Twitter account.
  • Springpad - beautifully simple notebooks to share and discover with those you trust, with the smarts to help you get things done. " The smart notebook arrives in SpringPad. Or, what if Pinterest and Evernote had a baby?" Robert Scoble
  • - is a content curation service . Turn Twitter and Facebook into online newspapers in just a few clicks. It enables people to publish newspapers based on topics they like and treat their readers to fresh news, daily. Easily takes your twitter stream and puts it into a readable newspaper like format.
  • Collected – Collect your interests. This a A collection by iBraryGu y All your news and interests in one place Collected is a service where you easily gather feeds and news sources in to collections where you (and others!) can get a good overview and follow them on a daily basis. You can even export your collection to a new feed that you can use in your favourite reader such as Google Reader , Net News Wire , etc. Collected gathers news websites, twitter feeds , flickr feeds , blogs, or just about anything that uses RSS, Atom or XML .
  • Storify helps its users tell stories by curating social medi a. Storify is a way to tell stories using social media such as Tweets, photos and videos. You search multiple social networks from one place, and then drag individual elements into your story. You can re-order the elements and also add text to give context to your readers. Ways you might use Storify and other content curation tools: 1. Organize Social Media Responses to An Event 2. Creating a History Behind an Event 3. Curating a Post Based Upon a Topic 4. Creating How-to Storify Posts 5. Telling the Story Behind an Event 6. Use Storify to Make Lists 7. Ask For and Curate Feedback From Readers 8. Develop a Timeline 9. Publish Reader Shared Content Easily
  • BagTheWeb helps users curate Web content. For any topic, you can create a “bag” to collect, publish, and share any content from the Web. Beyond most curation tools’ capability, BagTheWeb enables users to build networks of bags. This way bags can be linked together to provide rich and complete information about any topic.
  • Readlists What’s a Readlist? A group of web pages—articles, recipes, course materials, anything—bundled into an e-book you can send to your Kindle, iPad, or iPhone.
  • Flipboard is a personalized, social magazine allows you to browse content on your iPad in a fullscreen mode, 'flipping' from story to story, instead of clicking from link to link. Users can feed their Flipboard with content from Facebook and Twitter, in addition to other recommended sources like AllThingsD and HackerNews.
  • Streamified is a universal iOS app that brings all of your favorite streams in one beautiful journal. You can add a variety of different streams, including social networks and blog subscriptions, and keep up with all of your content in one place.
  • If this then that Recipes made up of triggers that produce actions.
  • Want to be a Content Curator? If you want to be a content curator, you should also follow a few rules offered by Rosenbaum: If you don’t add context, opinion, or voice, and simply lift content, it’s stealing. If you don’t provide attribution and a link back to the source, it’s stealing. If you take a large portion of the original content, it’s stealing. If someone asks you not to curate their material, and you don’t respect that request, it’s stealing. Respect published rights. If images don’t allow Creative Commons use, reach out to the image creator—don’t just grab it and ask questions later.
  • A project by Maria Popova / Brain Pickings The system is based on two basic types of attribution, each shorthanded by a special unicode character, much like ™ for “trademark” and for © “copyright.” And while the symbols are a cleaner way to do it, you may still choose to credit the “old-fashioned” way, using “via” and “HT” – the message here is not about how to credit but simply to credit. ᔥ stands for “via” and signifies a direct link of discovery, to be used when you simply repost a piece of content you found elsewhere, with little or no modification or addition. ↬ stands for the common “HT” or “hat tip,” signifying an indirect link of discovery, to be used for content you significantly modify or expand upon compared to your source, for story leads, or for indirect inspiration encountered elsewhere that led you to create your own original content. In both cases, just like the words “via” and “HT,” the respective unicode character would be followed by the actual hotlink to your source.
  • Joyce Valenza outlines several key implications of curation tools for 21st century school libraries. In addition, on her blog, the Unquiet Librarian, Buffy Hamilton also notes, that " Curation also honors Dr. Michael Wesch’s call to help students move from being “knowledgeable to knowledge-able”


  • 1. Content Curation Prepared for Denton Independent School District School Librarians August 22, 2012 Greg Hardin, M.L.S.
  • 2. Content Curation: What is it?"Curation is the act of individuals with a passion for a content area to find, contextualize, and organize information. Curators provide a consistent update regarding what’s interesting, happening, and cool in their focus. Curators tend to have a unique and consistent point of view– providing a reliable context for the content that they discover and organize." - Steven Rosenbaum
  • 3. Content Curation: What is it?Content Curation is a term that describes the act offinding, grouping, organizing or sharing the best and mostrelevant content on a specific issue.1.Aggregation. The act of curating the most relevantinformation about a particular topic into a single location;2.Distillation. The act of curating information into a moresimplistic format where only the most important or relevantideas are shared;3.Elevation. Refers to curation with a mission ofidentifying a larger trend or insight from smaller dailymusings posted online;4.Mashups. Unique curated juxtapositions where mergingexisting content is used to create a new point of view;5.Chronology. A form of curation that brings togetherhistorical information organized based on time to show anevolving understanding of a particular topic. Rohit Bhargava - 5 Models Of Content Curation
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  • 6. Faveous
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  • 8. Prismatic
  • 9. Tweeted Times
  • 10. Springpad
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  • 12. Collected
  • 13. Storify
  • 14. Bag the Websee social bagging 101 on slideshare
  • 15. Readlists
  • 16. Flipboard
  • 17. Streamified
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  • 19. Want to be a content curator?If you want to be a content curator, you should also follow a few rules offered by Rosenbaum:o If you don’t add context, opinion, or voice, and simply lift content, it’s stealing.o If you don’t provide attribution and a link back to the source, it’s stealing.o If you take a large portion of the original content, it’s stealing.o If someone asks you not to curate their material, and you don’t respect that request, it’s stealing.o Respect published rights. If images don’t allow Creative Commons use, reach out to the image creator —don’t just grab it and ask questions later.
  • 20. Curators Code
  • 21. Implications of Curation Toolsfor 21st Century School LibrariesCuration tools are important in schoollibraries because they lessen the possibilityof information overload while providingconcrete examples of synthesized information.These tools can be referred to as informationsources, but also can be used to collect andpublish information. Additionally, sinceinformation is linked and its origination isstored, plagiarism and copyright theft isextremely rare. Curation websites require"sources to be acknowledged which means thatstories can be checked and verified by otherjournalists" and evaluated in terms ofauthority and credibility. Joyce Valenza
  • 22. Examples Valenza - A Few Good Scoops for Us
  • 23. Examples DISDLibrarians
  • 24. Thank You! Greg Hardin, M.L.S. Reference Librarian Texas Womans University Denton, Tx