Twitter in Library School
15/02/2011 § 22 Comments
Last semester I took the class, User Instruction, as an elective. For our final assignment we had to create a 15 minute tutorial on anything library-related for any type of audience. Since over the last 6 months or so I have had a love affair with Twitter, especially since it is where I learned about Hack Lib School Project, I figured I would try to share my experiences with my fellow students; they would be my audience for the tutorial.
I started off my presentation asking for a show of hands of students who had Twitter accounts. About a quarter of the audience raised hands. When asked how many actually used those accounts only a handful of hands remained raised. We talked briefly about why they didn’t use it. Most said they didn’t see the point. That there wasn’t anything they could actually get out of it. My goal was to change their minds.
Here is my presentation. It is rather screen shot heavy but I wanted to give a quick overview of the application before I went to use it live (and in case for some reason the internet connection was down). Also, the examples I give of librarians to follow just barely skim the surface. I just wanted to give people an idea of the library universe on Twitter.
After the presentation I was shocked by how positive the reaction was from my fellow students. Many had no idea about how many librarians were on Twitter and about how hastags were used to find people with common interests. I had several students come up to me afterwards to let me know that they would be setting up a Twitter account to connect with other librarians and to follow conferences. Success!
But what do you think about Twitter? Do you use it? [would guess many of you do as that may be how you found this blog] Personally? Professionally? Some of both?
Do you talk about social media in your classes? Should it be a part of the LIS curriculum? In which way?
You can catch all of the #hacklibschool folk on Twitter as well: