Sunday, August 30, 2015

Curation Collection from the Eyes of an Elementary Media Specialist

   Browsing the tools and reading the articles I had so many aha moments. Lesson after lesson popped into my head as I read the articles. I always do a "How do you evaluate information on the Internet?" unit with my students but I have never looked at it from the point of view of where they truly get their information: these curated sites. At school they may type into Google, however at home they use Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and other such sites to gain information. It is important that at a young age they learn how to weed through the information to find accurate and reliable sources. The statement, "Librarians can position themselves not just as curators, but as authorities. Librarians can help users learn how to curate, but also how to evaluate curated sources. (Ovadia, 2013)" says it best.  It is our job to go beyond the classroom applications and help our patrons and students gain the skills that they need to be transliterate in the ever changing digital society that we live in.  
    As an elementary media specialist I have a fine line of CIPA and COPA laws that I have to follow so allowing students to actually build curated collections and seek reliable information for these collections will be a challenge this year. However, I feel that it is my duty especially for my 4th and 5th graders to show them how to weed through the information that they see everyday.   

 Ovadia, S. (2013). Digital Content Curation and Why It Matters to Librarians. Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian, 32(1), 58-62. Retrieved August 30, 2015, from 

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