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Digital Collection Development: “Curating” Content & Tools for K-12 Students Workshop authors: Dr. Joyce Kasman Valenza and Debra E. Kachel August 5, 2011
This workshop was made possible with funds from: The Pennsylvania Department of Education Commonwealth Libraries Bureau of Library Development Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) Funds August 2011
WebJunction Pennsylvania, a service of ACCESS Pennsylvania, will be used to archive and store resources and links for this workshop. http://pa.webjunction.org/1 WJPA provides an online learning community for librarians to share ideas, news, and engage in online courses and other professional development. A free, user-created login is required. NOTE: All materials for this workshop are also included in the Digital Collection Curation Workshop LibGuide at http://palibraries.libguides.com/curation.
Collection development in the digital environment places the librarian in the role of “curator”– selecting, organizing, and presenting both digital content and tools so that students and patrons can access them anywhere & anytime. This workshop will teach librarians how to create online guides or “pathfinders” to the resources they select to meet the needs of library users.
“ The school library media program includes flexible and equitable access to physical and virtual collections of resources that support the school curriculum and meet the diverse needs of all learners (33).”
One of the ACTIONS for the school librarian: “Designs and maintains a library website that provides 24/7 access to digital information sources, instructional interventions, reference services, links to other libraries and academic sites, information for parents, and exhibits of exemplary student work (34).”
Expanding our definition of library “resources”
PRINT - books, periodicals, etc.
DIGITAL/ELECTRONIC – AV, websites and web-based tools, software, ebooks, licensed databases, etc.
EQUIPMENT/DEVICES - flip cameras, audio recorders, laptops and other mobile computing devices needed to view, listen, watch, record, or produce information
OTHER –community resources (museum, arboretum, etc.), student work, experts, or services like ILL and distance learning courses
The selection and assembly of a focused group of resources into a single, web-based presentation that meets an identified purpose or need and has meaning for a specific audience.
Resources, while mostly web sites and tools, can include traditional library resources, as well as customized instruction and recommended “people & places” relevant to the topic.
What ’s the difference from traditional collection development?
Traditional library “collecting” implies organizing a collection of resources for lots of users for multiple purposes.
Curating is much more targeted and highly selective, often telling a “story” much like a museum curator does in the staging of a collection.
Curation is a shared environment in which librarians and others verify and add resources to existing collections; involves building and aggregating ( “mashup” or “remix”); using others work (with permission)
Institution access and use (in-library usage or visit required to borrow)
Mostly electronic, virtual collection
Fluid, constantly updated (money not necessarily an issue)
Focused topics or purposes for a specific audience
Developed by many for many
Global access and use, beyond the local library (think wikipedia)
Collection Development Digital Collection Curation
Why curation ? “ Curation comes up when search stops working. But it ’ s more than a human-powered filter. Curation comes up when people realize that it isn ’ t just about information seeking, it ’ s also about synchronizing a community. Part of the reason that human curation is so critical is simply the vast number of people who are now making and sharing media. Everyone is a media outlet. ” Blogger, author, and NYU professor Clay Shirky, quoted in Mashable http://mashable.com/2010/05/03/content-curation-creation/
What needs to be considered when making digital content & tools available to students, teachers, and library patrons? Especially when accessed outside the library.
For example, compare these two: IPL2 for Teens: Work & Money and Only2Clicks versions.
Here ’s why you are learning how to use LibGuides
“ ... My advice to librarians who are going through some sort of transition or downsizing is to step up their web presence . You can’t easily get rid of what you see. The more visible librarians are in their community or school or district, the less likely that they’ll be taken away. Those teacher librarians who are hiding their brilliant programs under a bushel, that’s when they’re most likely to get cut because their program is not visible to the community. When libraries get cut, people say, “So what are they doing? They’re just checking out books.” That’s what we have to fight – that perception!” Gwyneth Anne Jones
Source: Strauss, Valerie. “ What is Literacy Today? The Daring Librarian Explains .” Washington Post-Answer Sheet blog. July 22, 2011