Last year I delved into Thing 6: Curation Tools and ended up using LibGuides to curate resources for Black History Month at our school. Since then I've continued to use LibGuides to curate resources. However, while blogging about curation tools last year, I said the following: "Michelle Luhtala uses Destiny to curate much of her school library's content including student book review trailers. I would like to figure out how to use Destiny for curation because it is a tool the students are already using."
Recently my Follett Destiny sales representative demonstrated a new curation tool to use within Destiny called Collections by Destiny. So, this year for Thing 6: Curation Tools, I decided to explore Collections and will use it curate resources on the rainforest for an upcoming 5th grade project. Then I will compare it to LibGuides.
But first I read Joyce Valenza's SLJ article - "Curation Situations: Let us count the ways." Joyce inspired me with her reasons to curate and to teach curating:
"Librarians are uniquely qualified to curate digital assets. . . . Digital curation is a translation and amplification of our traditional practice. . . . K12 digital curation is about getting our users/students/teachers to the good stuff, pointing them to content and resources they might not themselves discover with their own intuitive strategies. It’s about saving teachers instructional time. . . . In teach a man to fish style, rather than continuing to push resources to our students, we can transfer responsibility and engage them as curators of their research-in-progress and their other original works and encourage them to curate the tools they need for workflow."
Things I like about LibGuides:
Things I like about Collections by Destiny:
It feels a lot like Pinterest. I think the format is visually appealing and comfortable for students and teachers to use. You can place "add to collections" on your browser bookmarks bar to quickly add resources to the collection.
The resources show an image, a URL, a summary (sometimes) and tags.
Things I don't like about Collections by Destiny:
Working on this project reminded me that all digital curation requires upkeep. I ran across many broken links when exploring OERs within Destiny Discover.
This week I joined the Black History Month Committee at my school, and I was asked to provide the teachers with a list of resources to use for read-alouds or for Sustained Silent Reading. My first thought was to create two separate resource lists in Destiny. Then I thought that I should widen my scope to make a LibGuide so that I could also curate resources from outside our collection. The RCSD School Library System pays for a subscription to LibGuides and encourages us to use it, so that seemed like the best platform.
However, I decided to first re-visit the Cool Tools Thing 6: Curation Tools to see what other options are out there. So, again relying on Joyce Valenza to curate the best resources and information, I started with the EdWeb Webinar "Curation, Revisited: Aggregating Content in 2016" lead by Joyce Valenza, Brenda Boyer and Michelle Luhtala. Here are my takeaways from that webinar: