As a librarian, I am interested in curation for three purposes:
1. to organize, store and retrieve information that I collect for professional and personal use.
2. to provide a service to my teaching colleagues.
3. to teach my students how to gather, evaluate, store and share information.
So I was eager to read the ALA Library Technology Report on Social Media Curation by Joyce Valenza et. al., chapter 4 (Curation in School Libraries) and chapter 8 (Curation Platforms) in particular.
Some wonderful benefits of curation:
Looking over the platforms listed in the ALA Report, I realized that I had dabbled in many already: Zotero, Flikr, YouTube, Vimeo, Symbaloo, SlideShare, LibGuides, Blogging, Wikis, Twitter, Evernote, Diigo, Google+ and Pinterest!
Because I have barely used Pinterest and a colleague uses it for curating, I chose to pursue Pinterest. First I read 20 Top Pinterest Tips and attached the Pinterest add-on to my browser. I then created a Pinterest board for my 5th-6th Grade Suggested Reading List.
Recently a reading teacher and I were discussing book suggestions for her 5th & 6th Grade Reading Club. I emailed her my suggestions but told her that I was in the process of creating a Pinterest board with the titles. Her eyes lit up! Next time I will be ready! Also, I'm thinking that using the Pinterest board would be a great way to book talk selected titles with book trailers and author interviews embedded along with the book cover images.