Answered By: Gabe [Research & Writing Studio] Last Updated: Jan 14, 2016 Views: 30
Group libraries in Zotero are a great way to collaborate by sharing citations, files, and notes with others. There are a few things to keep in mind in deciding whether to use a group library. First, everyone who is a part of the project needs to be using Zotero, otherwise they can’t easily view, add, or edit materials. Second, whoever sets up the group will have the entire group library contents count towards their storage allocation. Also, Zotero by default is fairly protective of researcher’s data (a good thing!), and that means that the default settings for a group are such that invited participants cannot make edits to a group library. This is easily handled one of two ways. After a collaborator accepts an invitation to the group the group owner can change their status to that of an admin or the person who sets up the group can change the library settings so that anyone who is a part of the group can make edits.