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Curating Primary Sources: About Curation

Primary Sources in the 21st Century School Library

The Three S’s of Content Curation: Seek, Sense, Share

Content curation is a three-part process:  
Seek, Sense, and Share.

Harold Jarche’s “Seek, Sense, Share” model for self-directed professional learning. The framework works well for content curation.

SLANZA Collected Magazine

See page 8 and 9 for excellent evaluation questions such as choosing the right tool and what is right for using with students!

Understand Collective Curation

Curation Nation

Robin Good on the Need for Curation Online

Micah Sifry, TechPresident Co-Founder and Editor, shares his thoughts about why online curation is becoming more important 

Buffy Hamilton on Challenges of Curating & Sharing Database Content

Buffy Hamilton talks about working with High School students and helping them work together to curate and reflect on scholarly content from research databases like EBSCOhost and Gale with curation tools into their PLE.


Readings on Curation

Curation - is it the new search tool (Valenza 2011), the new search (Good 2012), the future of Web 2.0 (Boyd 2010), or the new black (O'Connell 2012)? What is curation anyway, and how can it be used as a tool for student and teacher learning? 

Bhargava,, R. (2011, March 31). The 5 models of content curation. Influential Marketing Blog. Retrieved from

Boyd, D. (2010). Streams of content, limited attention: The flow of information through social media. EDUCAUSE Review, 45(5), 26.

Cobb, J. (2010, March 2). Who are your curators? Mission to Learn. Retrieved from

Connected Learning (n.d.). Connected learning principles. Retrieved June 1, 2014, from

Connelly, P. (2011, February 10). Curating the Revolution: Building a Real-Time News Feed About Egypt. The Atlantic. Retrieved May 22, 2014, from

Fiorelli, G. (2011, September 15). Content curation: definition and generation. ILOVESEO. Retrieved from

Fisher, M. (2012, June 11). Digigogy: Collection or Curation? Digigogy. Retrieved from

Fisher, M. & Tolisano, S.R. (n.d.).  Digital Curation Toolbox. Omeka at SIS. Retrieved June 1, 2014 fromhttp://

Flintoff, K., Mellow, P. & Clark, K. P. (2014). Digital curation: Opportunities for learning, teaching, research and professional development. InTransformative, innovative and engaging. Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Teaching Learning Forum, 30-31 January 2014. Perth: The University of Western Australia.

Gende, D. (2012, January 24). Aggregate, Curate and Create Your Own Textbook. Powerful Learning Practice. Retrieved June 1, 2014, from

Good, R. (n.d.). Why Curation Will Transform Education and Learning: 10 Key Reasons. Robin Good’s Master New Media. Retrieved June 1, 2014, from

Hague, C., & Peyton, S. (2010). Digital literacy across the curriculum. Futurelab. Retrieved from  

Hamilton, B. J. (2012). Embedded librarianship : tools and practices. Chicago, IL. : ALA TechSource.

Hottenstein, A. (2012). Empowering Instructors to Become Effective Content Curators  Using the Building Blocks of Today to Manage Dynamic Curriculums for the Education Space. Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, 10(4), 94–99.

Jarche, H. (2010, October 22). Network learning: working smarter. Harold Jarche: a beacon of light for the transformation of work. Retrieved from

Jenkins, H., Purushotma, R., Weigel, M., Clinton, K., & Robison, A. J. (2009). Confronting the challenges of participatory culture: media education for the 21st century. Cambridge MA: The MIT Press. Retrieved from

Kanter, B. (2011, January 3). Using social media for professional learning: seek, sense, and share. Beth’s blog. Retrieved from

Kelly, D. (2013, February). Curating to enhance organizational learning. T+D, 67(2), 76+.

Lee, K. (2014, May 5). The Busy Person’s Guide to Content Curation: A 3-Step Process. Buffer Blog. Retrieved May 22, 2014, from

Mackey, T. P., & Jacobson, T. E. (2011). Reframing Information Literacy as a Metaliteracy. College & Research Libraries, 72(1), 62–78.

Mihailidis, P., & Cohen, J. N. (2013). Exploring Curation as a Core Competency in Digital and Media Literacy Education. Journal Of Interactive Media In Education, 1-19.

Mills, M. (2013). Engaging Teacher Professional Development Through Digital Curation. In R. McBride & M. Searson (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2013 (pp. 797–799). New Orleans, Louisiana, United States: AACE. Retrieved from

Minocha, S., & Petre, M. (2012). Vitae Innovate Handbook of social media for researchers and supervisors. The Open University. Retrieved from

O’Connell, J. (2011, October 27). Teacher librarians are important. Heyjude. Retrieved from

O’Connell, J. (2012). Content curation in libraries: is it the new black? SLANZA Collected (Online), (Term 2), 4–5.

Pappas, C. (2013, October 13). Top 10 Free Content Curation Tools for Teachers. eLearning Industry. Retrieved from

Petrie, N. (2011, May 4). Why curation is so important in journalism and community building. Wannabe hacks. Retrieved from

Pilgrim, J., & Bledsoe, C. (2013). The application of web 2.0 tools for literacy education. In Technological tools for the literacy classroom(27–45). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Pope, C. (2011, July 27). Content curation: understanding the social fire hose. Curated Contents Blog. Retrieved from

Sfard, A. (1998). On Two Metaphors for Learning and the Dangers of Choosing Just One. Educational Researcher, 27(2), 4–13.

Siemens, G. (2007, August 24). Networks, Ecologies, and Curatorial Teaching. Connectivism. Retrieved from

Swanson, K. (2013). Professional learning in the digital age: the educator’s guide to user-generated learning. Larchmont, NY: Eye of Education.

Tolisano, S. R. (2011, June 12). Students becoming curators of information? Langwitches Blog. Retrieved from

Tolisano, S. R. (2013, January 3). Twitter as a Curation Tool. Langwitches Blog. Retrieved from

Understand collective curation in under 90 seconds. (2011). Retrieved from

Valenza, J. (2011, September 30). Curation is the new search tool. NeverEnding Search: an SLJ Blog. Retrieved from

Wesch, M. (2009, January 7). From Knowledgable to Knowledge-able: Learning in New Media Environments. The Academic commons for the liberal education community. Retrieved from

White, N. (2014, March 9). Student curators: powerful learning. TL Advisor Blog. Retrieved from

Williams, S. (n.d.). Content Discovery, Curation Tools and Sites | Listly List. Listly. Retrieved June 1, 2014, from

Witek, D., & Grettano, T. (2014). Teaching metaliteracy: a new paradigm in action. Reference Services Review, 42(2), 2–2.

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