Twitter : Professional Benefits for Cataloguers

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Event: Metadata and Web 2.0 seminar
Organised by: Cataloguing & Indexing Group in Scotland
Held on Friday 2nd March at the National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh
Presented by: Lynn Corrigan, Edinburgh Napier University

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Twitter : Professional Benefits for Cataloguers

  1. 1. Twitter: Professional Benefits  for Cataloguers @lynncorrigan #MAWS2012
  2. 2. What is Twitter?Twitter is a tool that allows users to send instant  messages, also known as micro-blogs.  “Tweets” are a maximum of 140 characters and  can include links
  3. 3. How do I use Twitter?twitter.com 3rd party alternatives • Web Based readers e.g.  Brizzly.com • Desktop software e.g.  Tweetdeck • Browser extensions e.g.  echofon (firefox), Silver Bird  (chrome) • Mobile Apps
  4. 4. Twitter Conventions• @someone = username   Include an individual’s username and your  tweet is highlighted in their timeline. • #something = hashtag Use this for collating tweets on a certain  subject over time e.g. #marcmustdie
  5. 5. Why Should Cataloguers Tweet?• Information – Twitter is now the fastest way of transmitting  information – Many other web services automatically send  tweets when e.g. Blogposts are updated
  6. 6. Why Should Cataloguers Tweet?• Communication – Free service, minimal sign-up requirements. – Many options mean users can communicate as  easily on the bus as at their desk – Keeping In Touch
  7. 7. Yes, But Why Twitter?• Simplicity• Drop-in, drop-out• Informality• Diversity
  8. 8. OK, But How Do I Start• Find some people to follow• Use hashtags to follow an event• Interact!• Be Yourself but Be Sensible
  9. 9. Useful Starting Points• High Visibility Cataloguing http://highvisibilitycataloguing.wordpress.com/• UKLiBChat  http://uklibchat.wordpress.com/
  10. 10. #hvcats  #uklibchat  #CatIndexBlog
  11. 11. Conferences• Sharing information about location /transport• Meeting up with other attendees• Using backchannel to make contacts• Note-taking• Emergencies!• Virtual attendance 
  12. 12. Library Accounts• Use it to highlight the work of your  department• If you can create a New Acquisitions RSS feed,  you can convert and schedule tweets
  13. 13. Fun!
  14. 14. VisibilityStay on top of thelatest technologies.Publicise what you doto non-cataloguingcolleaguesMaintain aprofessional profile

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