Curation: Buzzword or What? | Lucidea #news #curation #info #librarians #librarianship #MLIS


One of the most popular buzzwords in library-land at the moment is ‘curation’. It’s used to describe anything from old-fashioned collection development to human filtering activities on social media like Reddit, Twitter, Facebook and blogs. The word ‘curator’ gets used too liberally to describe the stuff people do on the web and, in my humble option, dilutes and pollutes the professional things that librarians do.

Librarians are so much more than assemblers of information, but let’s begin a discussion in this column about the difference between ‘curation’ and the activities performed by librarians. Is there really any way what someone does on Facebook is remotely like the work product of information professionals in special libraries? READ MORE: Curation: Buzzword or What? | Lucidea

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  1. I haven’t been in the world of curation for others in past few years. But yes, curation is used liberally by many people.

    We should be tying curation to quality sources of truth or perspective.
    (I blog about non-info. management matters (even though as a MLS-degreed person, am doing other things)).

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