10 practical uses of Twitter for librarians


Twitter has enjoyed something of an explosion in use in the year 2009 and many librarians are keen to exploit its potential to champion their own libraries.  Twitter is now ranked number one in the Top 100 Tools for Learning and CILIP are even delivering training courses on Twitter for librarians.

Many Public libraries and HE libraries in particular are already using Twitter to great effect, and FE libraries are also beginning to dip their toes in the water, but how exactly is Twitter being used?

Well, because I’m such a nice guy, I’ve had a trawl around the various tweets posted by libraries and have come up with a list of useful ways you could use Twitter – so here they are:

  1. Provide your followers with a top tip of the day.  This could be something that helps learners with their study/information literacy.
  2. If you are putting an event on in the library be sure to tweet about it to let people know, e.g. reading groups, inductions, book sales, etc.
  3. Provide links to new electronic resources in the library.
  4. Promote a book of the day to encourage reading for pleasure.
  5. If you need feedback from your followers about any aspect of the library service try using an app like twtpoll.
  6. Find other librarians using a Twitter directory like wefollow or twellow and see what they are tweeting about to get some ideas.
  7. Make your Twitter social rather than just relaying information outwards.  Retweet other people who make relevant tweets to your users and reply to tweeters when you can.
  8. Promote the webopac by including links.
  9. If you are redesigning the physical spaces in the library show your users what you are doing by adding photos using twitpic.
  10. Invite your users to use Twitter like an enquiry service where they can ask questions regarding services and resources etc.

Clearly, this is by no means an exhaustive list, but hopefully it’s given you some food for thought.

Well, what are you waiting for?

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One Response to 10 practical uses of Twitter for librarians

  1. […] engage our user community, luckily we can look to other institution for inspiration as well as this useful post on Scott’s Library […]

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