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  • Writer's pictureNoni Harrison

Social curation tools

Updated: Jan 2, 2021

Curation has long been a part of the role of a Teacher Librarian; however, new platforms and resources have emerged in response to the proliferation of digital resources. Excitedly, Teacher Librarians can take advantage of digital tools to promote and publicise the work of the library and curate resources for the purposes of pleasure and learning. These curation tools can be text-based, visual, or hybrid, which combine the use of text and visual media (Robertson, 2012). Social curation allows participants to collaborate and share digital content based around different themes (Rouse, 2012); however, concerns may arise relating to privacy and copyright. Educase mentions that many curation tools have limited privacy controls, which may be an issue if the curation tool was linked to the school’s Library Management System or if students require access (2012). Since this was published, many sites now offer enhance privacy settings whereby the curated resources can be shared via invite only, as is the case with Pinterest. Despite this advance with Pinterest privacy controls, the accessibility is still an issue, as individuals must be invited to the board and both parties must follow each other on Pinterest. Furthermore, breaches of copyright are more likely to occur when using social curation tools, as the original owner of the content is often not acknowledged due to the click-and-share mentality of these sites (Educase, 2012).

Curation tools:

Diigo: a text-based curation bookmarking tool whereby users collect, annotate and archive webpages. The collections can be kept private, shared with a group or shared publicly.

Thinglink: a visual curation tool whereby users annotate an image or video and embed curated content. Users may only set their Thinglink as public or unlisted.

Pinterest: a visual curation tool whereby users can create and share topic-based collections. a hybrid curation tool whereby users can curate articles, documents, pictures, videos or social media streams under a topic. It is free for personal use. Users may publish to one of’s partners; including, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, WordPress, Mail Chimp, or the topic can be private.

Flipboard: a hybrid tool that curates popular articles about a theme or topic as an online magazine. Users may only set their magazine as public or private.

LibGuides: a content management system that can be used to curate a range of sources including; books, documents, images, videos and webpages. Assignment Help Pages may be curated to present a collection of resources to students in relation to their assessment tasks.

Other curations tool, which may be useful for school libraries include Flickr and Instagram. Flickr is a useful tool in curating visual images and is used well by National Library of Australia to present primary sources from Australia’s history. Instagram is also used by National Library of Australia to present aspects of their collection. Instagram may also be a useful creation tool for libraries to promote their services.

Diigo Text Curation Tool Reference: Harrison, N. (2018). My library [Image]. Retrieved from

ThingLink Visual Curation Tool Hybrid Curation Tool Reference: (2018). [Image]. Retrieved from

Flipboard Hybrid Curation Tool Reference: Flipboard. (2018). News for our time: Personalized for any interest [Image]. Retrieved from

LibGuides Content Management System. Reference: Marist College Ashgrove. (2018). Marist elearner [Image]. Retrieved from

Flickr Visual Curation Tool. Reference: National Library of Australia Commons. (2018). National Library of Australia [Image]. Retrieved from

State Library of Queensland Visual Curation Tool Reference: State of Queensland. (2018). statelibraryqld [Image]. Retrieved from


Educause. (2012). 7 things you should know about social content curation. Retrieved from

Kral, M. (2017). Iowa children’s choice award 2017-2018. Retrieved from

Robertson, N. D. (2012). Content curation and the school librarian. Knowledge Quest, 41(2), E1-5. Retrieved from

Rouse, M. (2012). Social curation. Retrieved from

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