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Using Twitter: Why do it? | LA Day 2015


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A half hour talk for LIANZA Library Assistants' Day held in Winton, Southland on 7 May 2015.

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Using Twitter: Why do it? | LA Day 2015

  1. 1. LADay2015 Using Twitter Why do it? { slides } Sarah Gallagher | @sarahlibrarina
  2. 2. One morning I woke up and ...
  3. 3. Matt’s list Source:
  4. 4. what’s the big deal about social media & why should you care
  5. 5. “Websites and applications that enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking.” Source: Oxford Dictionaries Image source: CC BY John LeMasney
  6. 6. Image source: @meta4RN Used with permission [March 2015]
  7. 7. JISCsevenelementsofdigitalliteracies CCBYNCND
  8. 8. “Social media remains popular, with two-thirds of the country engaging in social networking, a 20 percent increase since 2009. While the young dominate the social networking scene, you’ll find 1 in 6 Internet users aged 75+ there too.” Source: Stats NZ. Household Use of IT Survey, 2012
  9. 9. Source: Adcorp (Nov 2013)
  10. 10. Why should libraries tweet? “Libraries should tweet because this is the 21st century and social media is something people are using every day. Libraries shouldn’t be stagnant, they have to evolve, and adapt, and meet the needs of the communities they exist to serve. Social media has become an essential part of what we do, and we have become a much more forward-looking, open, inclusive service in the five years that we have been using it. It is also a great way of finding out what happens at other libraries and getting ideas to try out in your own library.” Interview with Stewart Bain from Orkney Public LIbrary @orkneyLibrary. Source:
  11. 11. what being on Twitter has done for me
  12. 12. A surprising number of opportunities: ● meet people prior to attending conferences (eg: first nz twitter conference #twecon, online following # & IRL) / moving city / networking ● staying up to date, learning and sharing (following #) ● receive & provide support eg #eqnz ● raise awareness & contribute to digital humanitarian efforts #digitajedis via @micromappers ● invited to speak / lecture, contribute to research / guest blogs ● provide a richer learning exp for students (eg COMP103) ● contribute to publications like: Media Studies 101 open textbook & article, chapter in Community Lover’s Guide to the Universe / Libraries ● invitation to be social media wrangler for an international conference
  13. 13. what being on Twitter has done for other librarians
  14. 14. A straw poll ... I asked the world of librarians on Twitter what it’s done for them personally and professionally.
  15. 15. you only get out what you put in
  16. 16. 5 x 2 - library professional 1. write down 5 words you’d like to be described as online 2. write down 5 words you’d never want to be described as online TIP: avoid using the words professional or unprofessional!
  17. 17. Being online - basic rules of etiquette Source: CC BY Source:
  18. 18. Image source: Public Domain keep an open mind
  19. 19. Resources Slides Storify Thank you! @sarahlibrarina