I started #libchat in March 2011 while I was in library school. Years later, this vibrant and active chat group is still going strong! If you’re interested in libraries or educational technology, I encourage you to join in and make contact with some fantastic librarians on Twitter. This post is from the original #libchat announcement and serves as #libchat’s organizational guideline.
If you’re a librarian or bookseller, library paraprofessional or student, you’ve probably experienced the rush of energy & productivity that accompanies a trip to a conference or trade show. Networking! Blog posts! New projects! How do you find and maintain that energy at home? You join a Twitter chat, of course! Starting Wednesday, March 16, from 8-9:30 EST, and continuing every Wednesday, #libchat will host a meeting of the minds on books, libraries and technology. Think of it as a library conference at your desk.
How #libchat works
Before and during the chat, tweet questions (without the hashtag) to me @nataliebinder. I’ll tweet them on the #libchat hashtag, something like this:
nataliebinder: Q1 Does your library lend ebooks? Why or why not? #libchat
To participate, just reply with the question number, your response, and the tag “#libchat.” For example:
you: Q1. We love ebooks! #libchat
Who should come to #libchat
Librarians, library and information students, booksellers, vendors, book critics and everyone who loves libraries and books. Twitter chats are a great way to meet new people and score some new followers & friends.
Potential #libchat topics
- Digital rights management.
- Libraries and the digital divide.
- Advocacy and budget negotiations.
- Library school.
- Employment and the MLIS job market.
These are just some of the issues we could explore in our first #libchat. If there’s anything you want to ask your friends and colleagues, comment on this blog post or tweet them to @nataliebinder, and I will add them to the list of #libchat questions. At the end of the session, you can also tweet your library-related resources, products and blog posts on the hashtags #libchat and #libpitch. Hope to see you there!