Social Networking the Catalog: Community Based Approaches to Building Catalogs and Collections

We love the read/write internet. It's time to create the read/write library, where everyone has a voice in the collections, catalog, programming, and mission. This presentation will introduce the Read/Write Library Chicago, a new model for libraries that exists to illuminate and create connections between people, materials, and institutions in the city of Chicago. The catalog builds a social network, and the social network in turn builds the catalog. This model is extensible to more conventional libraries through a multitude of tools and approaches that are already widely used.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will learn about new trends and features in social reading and cataloging, social library catalogs and integrated library systems, and crowdsourcing platforms.


Margaret Heller is Web Services Librarian at Dominican University and volunteer Assistant Director at the Read/Write Library Chicago. She is active in LITA and Code4Lib, and writes for the ACRL Tech Connect blog.


How to Register

Register online


Contact ALA Registration: or call 800-545-2433, ex. 5

Tech Requirements

Computer with high-speed Internet connection and speakers or a headset for listening to the webinar.


For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration: call 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email

For all other questions or comments related to the course, contact Melissa Prentice, LITA Programs and Marketing Specialist at (312) 280-4268 or