Curation Isn’t Just for Museums

A couple of weeks ago YALSABlog readers may have noticed that the weekly Tweets of the Week had a new format. A few days after that revision there was a Blog post that used Storify (The tool also used for the Tweets of the Week) to highlight findings in a new Pew Internet and American Life report on teens and social networking. Some may wonder, “what’s going on here?” Well, what’s going on is that curation has come to the YALSABlog and curation is probably something that you are or will be thinking about for the work you do with teens.

There has been a lot of buzz about curation over the past several months. What people are talking about when they buzz about content curation is the organization of information, usually using web-based tools, on a particular topic. For example, Storify enables users to search a variety of sources, including Twitter, YouTube, Google, and Facebook, to uncover and organize topic content. With Storify it’s possible to integrate text in-between curated resources to provide context and flow to the curated content. For example, the Storify below is all about the Austin Teen Book Festival.
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App of the Week: Pearltrees

Title: Pearltrees
Platform: iPad (iOS 3.2 or later)
Cost: Free

PearltreesI’ve known about the Pearltrees website for quite awhile but never found using it that easy or intuitive. Then I read the review of the new Pearltrees iPad app on ReadWriteWeb and thought, “I have to try this out.” The idea of the service is to provide users the ability to create visual mind map curated lists of websites. (The websites are the pearls on the tree in Pearltrees.) Once I started working with the iPad app I realized there is a lot of potential in the idea of a curated list of websites represented in a mind map. This is particularly true because of all of the features available in the Pearltrees app. Continue reading