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Twitter use by librarians February 1, 2012

Twitter is still relatively new to me and I’m constantly looking for ways to make its use more relevant rather than just another tool I have to learn so I “keep up”. I believe this list will certainly help me find authentic ways to engage with users via Twitter. However, behind the Great Fire Wall, and with primary teachers as my main audience, I will still have to tweak these pointers.

 http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6663770.html?nid=3302

 

20 Ways for Librarians To Use Twitter

Ask for Help

1. Ask for recommended books, products, or services.

2. Ask for help or advice about a topic of professional interest.

Be Helpful

3. Recommend a book, product, or service other librarians would be interested in.

4. Write a book list one tweet at a time, or link to a book list on the web.

5. Tweet about a useful resource on the web, a particular blog post, video, or web site.

6. Provide a daily tip like a word of the day, book of the day, random trivia, useful fact, or helpful resource.

7. Share new studies of interest to other professionals.

8. Celebrate timely events. Recognize author birthdays, Banned Books Week, and other events that affect your patrons.

Promote Yourself

9. Tweet about your library’s web site, blog, and/or podcast. Add a new tweet to let your followers know when you make updates.

10. Link to a book trailer or video booktalk you create.

11. Start a Twitter book club, and tweet your reactions to the book as you read.

12. Invite followers to an event (online or offline). Events can include library programs, book signings, talks, meetings, your online book club, webchat, etc.

13. Link to photos of your library and events.

Make Connections

14. Retweet someone else’s post that you found interesting.

15. Say thanks when someone retweets you or mentions you in their tweets.

16. Participate in #FollowFriday by recommending others people might want to follow.

17. Answer someone else’s general question, and reply to those who ask you a direct question @your_Library.

18. Schedule to meet fellow librarians at a conference, or organize a professional tweet-up in your area.

19. Make a personal connection with other librarians by sharing your favorite new book, video of the day, quote of the day, blog post, etc.

20. Ask others for their favorite posts, and reply with comments on their picks.

A former school librarian, Sonja Cole is the host of Bookwink.com, a video booktalk web site for kids. You can follow her on Twitter @bookwink

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