Sunday, August 30, 2015

Curation Collections

As school librarians we can think of digital collection curation as the selection and assembly of a focused group of resources into a Web-based presentation that meets an identified purpose or need and has meaning and context for a targeted audience (Valenza, 2012). 

My purpose for creating a curation tool is to help reach parents and provide them with steps and tools they can use to help their child(ren) become better readers.

When examining these different tools I looked at them through two different lenses, professional use and patron friendly. Some fit both categories and others were more designed for professional uses.  I have used several. I love Pinterest and I have created several boards on it that are both professional and plain fun. While Pinterest is a good site where I have gained a lot of useful lessons I think for parents though it wouldn't be as "professional" as I feel it would need to be. While you can click on certain boards to help you focus, Pinterest is still very easy to get lost in.  Pinterest is an example of both squirreling and information overload.  Here is an example from one of my boards.

I have two Symbaloos on our school's website. While this is more focused, professional, and patron easy to use I decided to not use this one because I am very familiar with it already.

I have created a LiveBinder in a previous class. It has the professional feel to it with the tabs to store information where you can go more in depth. Parents are busy and want to be able to quickly access the information they need. They don't need to click through tabs to find what they are looking for.

Learnist and Listly are both sites that I feel would be better used as a professional resource to store websites, lessons, and articles that can help you professionally.  I like the list feature of it and being able to follow different lists on Listly.  It is easy to use and user friendly however knowing my audience I need something that requires less work than scrolling to find the article that they want to read.

Storify is a neat tool that allows you to create stories using other web site's information. This would be a wonderful tool for high schoolers to use to report on events from history and current events. Being able to get different perspectives on the events that happened and sharing them in a digital way would be an engaging activity for them.  Through this they could learn about biases, propaganda, and how to locate reliable information for their stories. If you haven't checked this one out here is a story from Storify.  This could be used for professional, educational, and personal use. However this would not meet the requirements of my goal.

Scoop It! was another new tool for me.  I have never used it. I created an account and have a paper set up. The feature that I like is that you can add your twist to the "scoop". The other nice feature is that you can access scoops from others and not have to surf the web to find other ideas.  It is similar to collaborating with other professionals in your field and getting the "scoop" on what they are doing so you can modify it to fit your needs. This is a great tool for personal or professional use.

Diigo was also a new tool for me.  I have created my own account and used it throughout my research of the tools. The extension addon helps you highlight notes, take screenshots of favorite parts, share, and mark to read later. It is a great bookmarking tool. This is definetly something that students and patrons that do a lot of research could use to help them take notes quickly and effectively.  For my purpose of sharing with parents though it wouldn't be the best tool. Here is an example from my Diigo page:

I feel in love with Pearltrees. It has a professional feeling, focused on one topic, easy to create, and easy for patrons to use. This is where I decided to create my curation collection on Parent Resources for Reading.  Pearltrees is very similar to Pinterest yet it has more of a professional look about it when sharing with parents. I love the feature where you can add an extension to Chrome where you can save a site, picture, and video as you surf.  This was a common feature for most of the sites now.  Here is my curated collection entitled Parent Resources.
Parent Resources, by mediateacher5915

Valenza, J. (2012). Curation. School Library Monthly, Volume XXIX(1). Retrieved August 30, 2015, from


  1. Hey Angie! I really liked your Symbaloo site; very visually appealing for elementary school kids! I agree that Pearltrees looks much more professional than Pinterest and does nearly the same thing. I like using Pinterest with my colleagues to share ideas, but not to post to library web pages. I've always loved Diijo for note taking. More school librarians should teach this to their students.

    1. Thank you. It was funny when I introduced the Symbaloo to the students at the end of the year, their comments ranged from "Did you do that?", "That is awesome." "It looks so much better than a list." "Thank you." It was like I gave them a Christmas gift they had always wanted. Needless to say they enjoy using it. Diijo would be good for school librarians to use, however I know in my district it would be something the county would have to approve before we could download and install it. I think they would but only if students and teachers were actually using it. We stared using Canvas this year.

  2. Hey, Angie! I was wondering what you thought of ScoopIt after using it more (if you have). I'm trying to decide if I want to cancel my account on there, since it only allows you to make one article type thing.

    1. Hey Whitley,
      To be honest I haven't went back to that one. I have used the other sites so I am more than likely going to delete my acccount with it also.