Thursday, March 22, 2012

New Guideposts as we go Down the Rabbit Hole

One of the joys of the internet is diving in and finding something unexpected, something funny or inspiring, or just the right bit of information.  And when we have found that delightful something, what do we want to do but share it?  We create out of the vast miasma, a collection of things that we are recommending.  But how do we manage this crowd-sourced curating?

Maria Popova has proposed the Curator's Code.  This code says that we must give credit not only to the creator of the content where possible, but to our fellow curator's who have brought it to our attention.  She suggests two symbols to use.  The first(  ) stands for "via" and is used to denote the direct source where you found the information and the second () stand for HT or Hat Tip which allows you to give credit to "a link of indirect discovery, story lead or inspiration".  You can check out the Curator's Code website for how to get these neat symbols to appear in your blog or facebook post.

I am drawn to this way of leaving bread crumbs as we explore the forest of information, and so pleased at the term "Curator", a great word to describe what we are all becoming.

And Librarians are becoming the professional curators of information, here to lead you away from the kitten burritos and latest "S**t (insert demographic group here) say" towards the beautiful and useful.
A fellow librarian puts it well:

As our collections are changing, our role as the curator is – I believe – coming to the fore again. Now we’re being asked to curate collections of apps for the devices we check out, such as iPods and iPads. We’re assembling dioramas of software for our information commons computers... I feel like we’re an art museum trying to put together an exhibit for a whole new art movement that hasn’t really been defined yet.  
  Librarienne,   Catherine Sullivan (for introducing me to the idea of librarian as curator)

1 comment:

  1. I really enjoy this perspective. As I try to navigate through the online "library" of information it b4comes more apparent that as information grows it has become harder to navigate. I love the idea of librarians becoming curators, in the age of digital media it is easy to forget that your most valuable source of information is behind a desk and not a computer screen.

    On another note...I'm very saddened to hear that the encyclopedia will no longer be available in print. I'm hoping I misunderstood, perhaps you know and may have an opinion you are willing to share on the topic.