I’ve learned lots using Twitter as a professional development tool for my career. However, I have noticed my use of Twitter has dropped lately. So I thought I’d write down all the hashtags I follow in an attempt to achieve some sort of order.  In this blog post I’ve included the ways I use twitter and hashtags I have found most useful over the years, either for a pick-me-up or learning something new… so here goes.

How Chats Work

Twitter chats are a great way to learn what currently makes your industry tick. Not a lot of people know the netiquette for chats though so here are the rules I’ve picked up along the way.

On the night of the chat, you should search for the relevant hashtag on Twitter to see all tweets with that hashtag. Chat moderators will tweet each question, starting with, say, “Q1.” You would then reply, starting each reply with “A1” and bookending it with the hashtag. You may also tweet questions to the moderators (sans hashtag). You can learn a lot by lurking on Twitter chats but participation is even better!

Conferences

Conference hashtags quickly became my #1 favourite thing about Twitter. Especially for conferences overseas, that as a student, I could never afford.

Use conference hashtags to follow conferences online or livetweet whatever professional development workshop you are at yourself! Keep a look out for event hashtags like #National16 as many events these days create one. This is so the conversation can be joined by those at home.

#Hashtags I lurk on 

If you just want to chat or find another librarian who can relate, social hashtags like these are great:

#librarianproblems #librarylife #librarianwardrobe #saturdaylibrarian #Bookface

 

Then of course there are the subject specific hashtags. I’ve included descriptions for the ones I follow and participate in.

#edchat #libchat #edtechchat

#UKlibchat – A monthly discussion group on library related issues and topics. The organization and participation of #UKlibchat is always great – read more here: https://uklibchat.wordpress.com/ 

#auslibchat – Chat hosted by Australian Library and Information Association’s New Graduates Advisory Council (ALIA NGAC) on different topics related to libraries and librarianship. Even though it’s hosted from Australia I find the topics of chats relevant for the global library community. Read more: https://alianewgrads.wordpress.com/new-generation-advisory-committee/auslibchat/

#mashcat – Mashcat is a mashed library event / community focussing on cataloguing data and is for cataloguers, developers and anyone else with an interest in how library catalogue data can be created, manipulated, used and re-used by computers and software. They got a very cool archive with all previous chats + link to Storify: http://www.mashcat.info/twitter-chat/. This hashtag also function as a subject specific hashtag for tweets on cataloguing data. Read more: http://www.mashcat.info/

#datalibs – Things involving data services and working with data in libraries

#UXlibs and #libux – All things User Experience and Libraries – very active hashtag with lots of great content.

#interlibnet – The hashtag for tweets involving activities connected to International Librarians Network (ILN). ILN is a peer-mentoring facilitated program aimed at helping librarians develop international networks. Read more about ILN:http://interlibnet.org/  

#openaccess– An extremely broad hashtag with everything related to Open Access. Much is the stuff is not from a library point of view but I only find that valuable and of inspiration.

Make Your Own Hashtag

That’s right, that discussion you are having at work is epic enough to have its own hashtag. You can encourage patrons, other staff, and city government officials to use your hashtag when posting on social media. This is a great way to track who’s talking about your workplace and chime in.

Keep ’em Coming

I know the above list is far from comprehensive but hopefully laying out my thoughts helps someone else join the Twitter conversation. If you feel there is any hashtags that should be added to the list please write them in comments below.

 

Till next time!
DFTBA (Don’t Forget to be Awesome)

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