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David Grabitske

David Grabitske is the manager of outreach services at the Minnesota Historical Society in St. Paul, Minnesota.

N. Elizabeth Schlatter’s “A New Spin: Are DJs, rappers, and bloggers ‘curators’?” in the American Association of Museums’ journal “Museum” (Jan/Feb 2010) raises an interesting question. How protective do you feel about your title?

With changes in usership at local organizations, people demonstrate that they want to get beyond filters down to the raw history that our organizations preserve. More and more people want to assemble the raw data in new ways that are relevant to them, almost like individually tailored books, exhibits, or public programs. What Schlatter is getting at in the article is that such users are curators of what they assemble.

How is this trend shaping what you do? How far do you let users go in assembling content for which your organization is responsible?

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One Response to What’s in a name?

  1. Here’s an article that has further description of the difficulty in “defining” a curator, but in relation to a forecast for growth in the number of curator jobs:

    http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10052/1036890-437.stm

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