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( ᔥ ) 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.
ᔥ Librarienne, ↬ Catherine Sullivan (for introducing me to the idea of librarian as curator)