I am a big user of curation in my daily life, and the following points clarify the importance of curation.
The positives of using curation as a Information Specialist
– I am using curation on a daily basis to enhance my own professional development
– I keep up to date with the latest news, research and developments in my professional niche.
– I am able to connect with like-minded peers, as well as my community.
– I am increasing my social media presence in the niche that I would like to be known in.
– It is an activity that should not be neglected, but be part of compulsory duties of every day.
If neglected, it will banish you to the “nether regions of lost librarianship”, I’m sure!
I had signed up to the Hyperlinked Libraries MOOC a while back. I was only notified yesterday that there were over 1100 participants, and they have only space for 400. So I did not make it onto the course this time.
I think there should have been a cut-off as soon as their limits were reached?
I also saw this MOOC being advocated through the International Librarians Network, and have signed up to David R Lankes New Librarianship Master Class through the iSchool at Syracuse University. Apparently there is still time to sign up.
I struggled today to download my ebook version of The Atlas of New Librarianship, but finally managed to get it on my iPad!
This is the email that I sent to the iMOOC facilitators today, just to give them a shout-out about some of the issues we are struggling with:
Dear iMOOC facilitators,
Just a quick note that I struggled a great deal today to purchase The Atlas of New Librarianship from MIT Press. I tried to make use of the discount code that you have supplied, but only after countless attempts and contacting Tech Support did they tell me it was only for the print version.
That should have been stated from the start!
Luckily the Tech Support gave me a 20% discount on the ebook as well.
I nearly gave up out of shear frustration.
I am planning to do this course on my iPad, because I still don’t have a computer at home!
Truly mobile for ANZ 23 Mobile Things!
I love curating on Scoop.It, because it is a very easy way to compile the most recent highlights about a certain topic or field of interest.
I have two topics that I am trying to curate on a daily basis.
I only noticed recently that the Scoop.It curated posts can be embedded, and will try to see if I can accomplish it in the sidebar as well.
I am trying to embed one of my Scoops, but so far not accomplishing it…
Flipboard is such a great reading app for pulling together all your feeds, as well as your timelines from Twitter and Facebook and Tumblr, and all else you can think of.
I have Google Reader also feeding here, and apparently it will be save when Google Reader shuts down it’s service in 5 days’ time.
It is worth signing up to Flipboard for just this reason alone!
The magazines that can be created and personalized by adding stories from all the feeds are a great way organizing topics that you are interested in.
I have made a Flipboard magazine for ANZ 23 Mobile things.
It is possible to subscribe to this magazine, and I am able to invite contributors to add to this.