Library Juice Academy

Online Professional Development for Librarians

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

Margaret Heller is Digital Services Librarian at Loyola University Chicago in Chicago, IL, where she manages the website and institutional repository. She also serves on the board of the Read/Write Library Chicago. She has presented and written on a wide variety of technical issues and scholarly communication in libraries. She is a regular contributor to the ACRL Tech Connect blog, on which she wrote a heavily used post on the basics of OpenRefine.
Margaret's Website.

Course Structure

This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.

Please contact us to arrange a special session of this class for a group of seven or more, with a negotiable discount, or to be notified when it is next scheduled.