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Primary Sources in the 21st Century School Library
Last Updated: Jul 18, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Getting Started

Welcome! This guide was originally created for the July 18-21 2016 SDSL Boot Camp.  

Brought to you by your instructor Danielle!


Boot Camp

The character of "Major Bookman" was created by artist Michael McGourty for the South Dakota State Library. Please respect our arrangement and do not reuse or alter the artwork for your own needs.


Boot Camp 2016 Goals

Students will explore Primary Sources in the 21st Century School Library with an emphasis on integrating research and social studies standards. 


Class Session

  • This class will investigate what curation is and the different contexts it is used in. Why is it important; who are the curators, what motivates them and what makes a great curator? What processes and tools are used for curation and what digital literacies are required for successful curation? It will conclude with an investigation into ways teachers can use curation both with and for their students and as a tool for their own professional learning and a brief look at some curation tools

  • Test drive a few of the free curation tools described in this session.  Share your responses to using these tools.  How might you use these in practice? Which would be useful to introduce to teachers? Which would be useful for student researchers?

The fire hydrant analogy rings true.

"Getting information off the Internet is like taking a drink from a fire hydrant." Mitchell Kapor (Lotus founder).  Background image adapted from

Each of us is now not only a consumer but also a potential media producer, and it is easy to be drenched.

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