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Curating Information & Making Sense of Data Is a Key Skill for the Future [Research]

Via Scoop.itFuture Trends in Libraries

Excellent scoop on Scoop.it by Future Trends in Libraries curated by nickcarman. He states:

Extremely valuable skills for Information Professionals of the future… The Institute for the Future and the University of Phoenix have teamed up to produce, this past spring, an interesting report entitled Future Work Skills 2020.   By looking at the set of emerging skills that this research identifies as vital for future workers, I can’t avoid but recognize the very skillset needed by any professional curator or newsmaster.   It should only come as a limited surprise to realize that in an information economy, the most valuable skills are those that can harness that primary resource, “information”, in new, and immediately useful ways.   And being the nature of information like water, which can adapt and flow depending on context, the task of the curator is one of seeing beyond the water, to the unique rare fish swimming through it.  The curator’s key talent being the one of recognizing that depending on who you are fishing for, the kind of fish you and other curators could see within the same water pool, may be very different.     

Here the skills that information-fishermen of the future will need the most:   1) Sense-making: ability to determine the deeper meaning or significance of what is being expressed;   2) Social intelligence: ability to connect to others in a deep and direct way, to sense and stimulate reactions and desired interactions;   3) Novel and adaptive thinking: proficiency at thinking and coming up with solutions and responses beyond that which is rote or rule-based;   4) Cross-cultural competency: ability to operate in different cultural settings;   5) Computational thinking: ability to translate vast amounts of data into abstract concepts and to understand data-based reasoning;   6) New media literacy: ability to critically assess and develop content that uses new media forms, and to leverage these media for persuasive communication;   7) Transdisciplinarity: literacy in and ability to understand concepts across multiple disciplines;   8) Design mindset: ability to represent and develop tasks and work processes for desired outcomes;   9) Cognitive load management: ability to discriminate and filter information for importance, and to understand how to maximize cognitive functioning using a variety of tools and techniques;   10) Virtual collaboration: ability to work productively, drive engagement, and demonstrate presence as a member of a virtual team.

Executive Summary of the Report

Download a PDF copy of Future Work Skills 2020

Via apolloresearchinstitute.com

Content curation and the power of collective intelligence

I have been exploring this topic as part of the subject INF506 Social Networking for Information Professionals that I am teaching this summer (it’s an elective in our MEdTL amd MIS courses at CSU). A lot is being written about content creation within and beyond the information professions. Here are a few gems that I recommend TLs and librarians check out:

Beth Kanter’s blog post Content Curation Primer is a good starting point for information professionals.

Weisgerber clearly presents the difference between aggregation and curation, highlighting the importance of the ‘human touch’ in curation by contextualising the ‘found information’.  
I think her 8 steps in successful curation provide an excellent guide for information professionals who wish to become proactive curators of digital content, adding value to the content they curate.
Glenn Remoreras provides us with a nice historical snapshot of the shift from Web 1.0 – Web 2.0 – Web 3.0 in his post Forecast 2020: Web 3.0+ and Collective Intelligence. His diagram on collective intelligence is excellent!
Donna Pappacosta’s presentation Best practices for content curation provides some useful practices and strategies – advice on slides 45-53 is very practical.
Sophia B. Liu’s presentation on her PhD research at the University of Colorado about crisis and curation and how the world of social media is shaping a brave new world in curation of crisis information and how the history of crises is captured is Fascinating (with a capital ‘F’!). She looks at the role of curation and curators in society before exploring curation within the context of information on and about crises.
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Her presentation is a fabulous educational resource about curation with detailed speaker notes included for many of her slides. This is highly recommended viewing and reading.
Joyce Valenza’s blog post, ‘Curation – The Musical’ highlights the importance of building school students’ capacity as digital curators, while her ‘Guide for Teacher Librarians: Curating and remixing the tools that define current professional practice’ demonstrates Joyce’s own capacity as a content curator – this is such a comprehensive professional portal for teacher librarians. Thanks Joyce!
And finally, I recommend you follow the activity on the Curation Nation website. Also view some of the short videos on this site including Allen Weiner’s defining curation and the importance of credibility in curation, and interview with Clay Shirky about curation.
I’d love to hear from teacher librarians about your curation efforts. It would be great to start building a collection of curation practices by TLs in schools.