Week 7 - Project - 30 points

There is a lot of discussion about librarians acting as curators of information and the need for us to teach students how to be curators of their own information.

Read the following articles:

Project: You are going to get your feet wet with several pieces of software that lend themselves to curation: scoop.it and paper.li. Create an account with each.

  • For scoop.it, select a topic a topic that you know quite a bit about but one that would be of interest to other librarians or educators. You are going to collect information from the Web about the topic being as well as leading the reader to sources articles by authors whom you consider to be experts in the field. You will need to “scoop” at least 20 articles on the topic you have chosen to curate.

  • For paper.li you will need to have Twitter and Facebook accounts. This is a curation more for yourself rather than others, but others can subscribe to your product as well. Paper.li will put together the postings of people you are following on Twitter and Facebook and present the information to you in a magazine format. For this part of the project, you will need to follow at least 10 people you consider experts in your field (it can be teachers in your discipline, educators, librarians, etc.)

If you are wanting suggestions of names of librarians and people concerned about libraries to follow, here is a list of important library thinkers. I assume most of these are tweeting and facebooking at this point.

Here is an example of a paper.li that I've created as an example: http://paper.li/fpentlin/1308435983

  1. Post the links to both your scoop.it and paper.li projects on Blackboard. (15 points: minimum number of articles selected for scoop.it; minimum number of different individuals whose postings appear in the paper.li project; quality of the material selected for both projects)
    1. If your paper.li project doesn't show at least 10 different spotters by the time you post your project, post a screenshot showing the names of the people you are following from your Twitter account.
  2. Reflect on the process and whether you see potential for professional or student use. (5 points)
  3. Be sure to DEFINE what curating information means to you as it seems to be some disagreement. Give this some thought (or look it up!) because you want your definition to be different from the librarian acting as a filter or an aggregator. That is not curating. (5 points)
  4. Participation: comment on each others’ projects as well. (5 points)