Participatory Culture in the Library: Community-driven Collecting, Cataloging, and Curating

Instructor: Margaret Heller
Dates: Not currently scheduled
Credits: 0.75 CEUs
Price: $90

In the past decade, the participatory or “read/write” web has transformed the way in which people are able to interact with each other and with institutions. It has also changed the way that people participate in culture: they are now able and willing to create their own culture and become their own curators and gatekeepers in self-sustaining web communities. Traditionally, libraries functioned like the pre-read/write web in essentially providing culture and acting as cultural gatekeeper for their communities. Libraries can learn from the read/write web and invite their communities to participate in collection building, cataloging, curation, and even governance to build a stronger library and a stronger community. This course will examine the theory around participatory culture and look at real-world examples of libraries which are effectively using participatory culture to build vibrant communities.

Margaret Heller is Web Services Librarian at Dominican University in River Forest, IL, where she manages the website and electronic resources. She also volunteers as the Assistant Director of the Read/Write Library Chicago. She has presented talks and papers about participatory or social library services at various conferences, including the LITA Forum, Media in Transition, and Code4Lib. She is a regular contributor to the ACRL Tech Connect blog.
Margaret's Website.


Contact us to arrange a special session of this class for a group of seven or more, with a negotiable discount.