Twitter Library Community

After reading Amber Naslund’s blog post, “I am a Material Girl and want to live in a Twitter World” in which she discusses how helpful it is to have twitter followers who can relate to and aid in a problem we might have.  It got me thinking about the connectivity of librarians via twitter; I know it is often used as a tool for announcements and advertising to the general public, but are librarians using it to formally (and informally) aid in reference questions that stump us or discussing other issues in a public space?

Any examples for me? @msmaven

+Katharine

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6 thoughts on “Twitter Library Community”

  1. I think twitter is both personal, social and professional. I use twitter a lot for the latter two, but I have experienced the real personal touch of friends reaching out through twitter when my dad passed away. They shared caring first, they tracked how I was doing, and they organised nice things to keep my spirits up – all mostly through twitter. I like to remember how transforming the power of twitter was compared to other times I’ve personal highs and lows.

  2. I use a personal Twitter account and don’t subscribe to too many librarians who are using it in a professional sense. I like @jessamyn because she balances slice-of-life posts with library observations. I post only for an audience of people I know and I’m not interested in being a Twitter celebrity. Within that circle of friends though, I do post stumpers and get great answers. I sync Twitter with my Facebook status so that broadens the number of people who might answer such queries. I also use Chacha which can be hit or miss with the answers, but it never hurts to ask.

  3. I follow a few librarians and have on occasion asked reference-type questions on Twitter (I no longer work as a reference librarian, but am in a different area in the library). I find it a very useful tool!

  4. When I was cataloging I got a lot of help and information using the #cataloging hashtag. There is the weekly #libchat on Wednesday evenings. My science friends use the hashtag #madwriting to commit to 30 minute intense writing bouts with updates on word count and success at the end of thirty minutes. It helps us focus and be more productive since we are now accountable to our #madwriting friends for producing something in that 30 minutes be it 400 words or 1000.

    Additionally I use it communicate with people within my subject areas (science), keep track of what’s hot in tech, library news, etc. If I am doing research on a topic/question I can often get some advice faster through twitter than by email or phone since specific people aren’t always available, whereas there’s always some librarians on twitter somewhere in the world.

    I tend to go mainly professional with a bit of personal mixed in but since I’m a science oriented librarian I think works well since science folks I know have mentioned they learned things about librarians/libraries by following me and librarians who are interested can find out about some old and elegant, or new and spiffy science if they’re interested. What’s interesting is that I seem to be moving toward a 50/50 mix of librarian and science followers with a few old friends mixed in. My style of twitter probably wouldn’t work for everyone, but it works for me.

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