Content Curation: A mostly curated blog post



Back in the day—and by that, I mean 2012—there were rumblings about “curation” or “content curation” within the T&D world. For example, David Kelly wrote a brilliant blog post about it for ATD (then, ASTD).

Some T&D practitioners may have dismissed this topic as simply e-Knowledge Management (KM); that is, more stuff with better tools. After all, even backer in the day, KM itself was hijacked by computer scientists, changing the focus from knowledge and knowledge-sharing to the tools and underlying search algorithms. Boring! But we in T&D kept working, and KM has remained an Area of Expertise (AOE) in the ATD Competency Model. The ability to collect and share knowledge and to share best and standard practices is a necessity for successful organizations.


Suffice it to say; curation IS here to stay. We know this because of the plethora of headlines and also because of the number of hits we get when doing a Google search.


What exactly is content curation?

Here’s a simple definition from Wikipedia (yes, Wikipedia; Wikipedia is part of content curation): “Content curation is the process of gathering information relevant to a particular topic or area of interest. Services or people that implement content curation are called curators. Curation services can be used by businesses as well as end users.”

Educational offerings?

Formal offerings—mostly graduate and post-graduate certificates—are offered by a small number of traditional colleges and universities, such as Johns Hopkins. Currently, the departments offering these certificates vary from Library Sciences to Museum Studies.

Coming up to speed

Please access the articles listed in the References at the end of this post for a quick dive into content curation.

What say YOU?

  • How do you see content curation impacting your job?
  • How do you see content curation impacting your organization?
  • What experiences have you had with CC?
  • Has it been mentioned or do you include it at job interviews?

Mildly Curated References

David Kelly He sounded the warning. Early, enlightening post from 2012.
Training Magazine  

Current perspectives.
Training Industry
Jay Cross Perspective from an ultra-practical practitioner


Allison Anderson and Ben Betts They wrote the book!







  • Knovva Academy imparts leadership skills to students and empowers them through experiential learning.

  • Thank you for revisiting the topic of content curation. We have adopted the practice of refer rather than retain. No more writing processes, rather we direct the learner KM.

  • Makes perfect sense! Thanks.

  • Interesting post! I continue to find all kinds of ways TRDV and library science overlap. Content curation is actually a popular field for library/information science graduates who don’t want to work in a traditional library. A major focus of library/information science is finding, evaluating, and organizing information and finding the best ways to connect users with info, so that expertise is a natural fit in organizations where there is a lot of information of varying quality to manage and make accessible.

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