Cultivating Curators

Posted: September 22, 2013 in Uncategorized
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After reading “Is Content Curation in Your Skill Set? It Should Be.” written by David Kelly, I begin to reflect on whether I have a skill set that enables me to be a curator. First, I need to understand the context in which David uses the word curator. If you are not interested in the article (which is an interesting read and a good choice to use with students – real world application), it basically states that with information at our fingertips and exponentially growing,  curation when navigating the digital world is a necessity. Anyone who has access can be a curator. The article outline 5 types of curators and highlights tools for curation.

“Curation is an important skill to develop, especially in an environment in which more and more organizations shift towards self-directed learning for their workers. Now is the time for learning and performance professionals to develop this new skill set.”

With this being said, I am a curator. You are likely a curator as well. We need tools for curation and to develop our skills. At our first monthly “Lunch and Learn” Thursday, September 26th, Jill Runstrom and I will be exploring All Things Google with a focus on Google Drive. Among other tools like blogs, Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, Evernote and many more, the Google suite is a powerful tool to begin this notion or charge that we should all be developing this new skill set becoming better curators.

A few Truths about curation according to David Kelly:

1. The amount of digital information that is available is staggering, and finding what you need online is increasingly challenging.
2. Those that are able to find information and bring it to the audience that values it are creating tremendous value.
3. The amount of data available, and the need to find someone to curate it, increases every day.

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