How to Find Librarians on Twitter

I recommend new librarians start using twitter. I didn’t have reason to use it before, but in this profession it’s a central way to share useful links, conversations, and ideas with fellow librarians.

Robert Scoble's Hashtag Sign by Outsanity Photos, on Flickr

Hashtags, the #things that signify your topic, comments, or community you’re speaking into.

Below are a few of the hashtags I find useful for finding ideas or sharing my own. Use these to follow interesting people, respond to their ideas, and retweet to pass ideas along:

#librarians

This is a good general way to get started, if you’re still settling in to the library circles on twitter. But you’ll quickly want to get more specific.

#datalibs

These tweets focus on data librarians’ concerns, links, or blog posts:

#RDM

These tweets concern research data management, a growing area of library support for scholars:

#opendata

This is likely to pull from many disciplines and businesses, so try searching #opendata + libraries to get more useful results (and see also #openaccess):

And moving into related areas…

#critlib

If you’re not watching this, you should be. @pumpedlibrarian and others are exploring librarianship, power, and privilege, especially around race and class. Let’s use #datacrit to explore the power moves around “data” in our society and in our profession.

#digipres

This hashtag connects librarians concerned with digital preservation and digital libraries; both can overlap into data repositories and data sharing:

#uxlibs

Bringing together user-experience librarians, library ethnographers, and others who improve usability of library spaces and websites. The best posts are by the @HogwartsUXLib:

#anthrolib

Ethnographers and anthropologists share tips on using qualitative data to improve libraries:

#twitterwishingwell

has people throwing their wishes out into the twitterverse. I’d shorten it to #datawishes:

#leftbehind

If/when if you can’t afford to lay down a cool $500 for a conference registration (!), you can still follow along as one of the #leftbehind. Live-tweeting at conferences is almost a competition for who can get out the best quotes first; for now, check out recent posts from  #rdap15, #CILDC, #arcs2015, #acrl2015, #acrldatasvcs, #alamw15.

As dogebrarian would say… so much live-tweeting. So storify. Such doge.

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