Kia ora koutou, I’m Sarah Gallagher, a librarian at the University of Otago. I’m an early adopter of a number of different social media tools and today I’ve been asked to talk with you about Twitter. This request came about because one day I woke up to find this in my Twitter notifications …
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Matt compiled this list of librarians from around the world that he follows on Twitter. The tweets often appear in his daily paper Library Science Daily. I guess I was on the list because he saw something of value in the content I created and shared!
If you’re new to Twitter and want to find some interesting people to follow, this is a good place to start. Other ways to find interesting people to follow are: *look at someone elses list of followers *follow hashtags eg #nzlibs #library #LIANZA
It’s pretty much changed the way we communicate with each other.
Who uses social media? What do you use? Who writes letters or cards regularly? Who sends txts? Who talks on the phone regularly? Who reads a paper newspaper? Facebook? Pinterest? Twitter?
Social media provides the means to interact with the Internet by sharing or creating content using a myriad of different web based applications.
It’s really revolutionised the way we communicate with each other, how we access information and the speed at which we can receive information. If we choose to, we can be more engaged socially and politically, or we can live in a bubble of reality TV and LOL Cats.
Where until until relatively recently we were used to traditional media broadcasting AT us, social media is interactive. Traditional media sources that incorporate social media allow us to communicate with them, and allow us to curate their content and share it with others. Traditional sources begin to rely on citizen reporting to create their own stories – it’s a symbiotic relationship – it’s more democratic but also potentially more bias! Check out Stuff.co.nz or NZherald.co.nz to see examples of Tweets being used to supplement news articles. Social media content is a primary source of information, so has potential value for researchers, community development work and customer service.
As librarians we largely work within the sphere of information literacy, the advent and use of social media means we need to be prepared to help our patrons know how to use social media and manage their digital identity (as well as our own).
NZers are big users of technology - per capita, we’re up there internationally.
So you’ve heard how I got into using Twitter and how it’s helped me personally and as a library professional, but what about other librarians, what do they think about using Twitter? How has it made a difference to them personally and professionally?
One of the excellent things about twitter is how easy it is to quickly gauge opinion. I threw out a quick question and received a lot of responses in a short amount of time.
what’s the big deal
about social media &
why should you care
“Websites and applications that enable users to
create and share content or to participate in
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“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+
Source: Stats NZ. Household Use of IT Survey, 2012
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.
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
● 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
what being on
Twitter has done
for other librarians
A straw poll ...
I asked the world of librarians on Twitter what
it’s done for them personally and professionally.
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!
Being online - basic rules of etiquette
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keep an open mind