Tuesday, August 9, 2016

The Evolution of Content Curation: A Librarian’s Guide by Pip Christie,

Every minute, Google receives over4,000,000 search queries, and email users send 204,000,000 messages. To say that we are living in an age of information overload where we are bombarded by white noise is, quite frankly, an understatement - but I’m sure you’ve heard all that before. What we’re more concerned about here is the evolution of content curation to enable Librarians to rise above this sea of information.

Curation can be defined to be “the act of individuals chartered with the responsibility to find, contextualise, and organise information, providing a reliable context and architecture for the content they discover and organise”. To succeed, a Librarian must be able to effectively source worthwhile information on a range of topics through research, then filter through and verify this information to assess its significance and relevance to their organisation and end users,categorise the data into different topics and subject groups before presenting it in a digestible and easily understandable manner. This is no mean feat.


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