International Archives Day today – how will you celebrate? #IAD16 #ArchivesRock

Followanarchive and AskArchivists usually take the lead in the yearly International Archives Day:

Let’s celebrate June 9
International Archives Day 2016 #IAD16 is coming up! Like every year Ask Archivists and Follow An Archive organize a celebration event on Twitter.
With the celebration event we join the June 9 theme ‘Archives, Harmony and Friendship‘ of the International Council on Archives (ICA).
The theme of the annual Twitter event will be #archivesrock. It’s about music in archives.

There’ s a great conversation going on on Twitter:

#IAD16

#ArchivesRock

 

What are you sharing?

Send me your Archive Twitter handles?

I am also posting for SABC Radio Archives and IASA (International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives on Twitter.

ILN professional Development Twitter chat #ilnpdchat #Storify

I missed most of today’s International Librarians Network Twitter chat, as it was still a busy Monday here at work, but luckily they have compiled a Storify!

Twitter chat reminder: don’t miss out! #interlibnet #libraryschool

I will be running the ILN Twitter chat from Africa tonight at 8 pm GMT +2. The discussion topic will be about library school and what we wish we learned.

I am looking forward to hear the suggestions!

International Librarians Network

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One last invitation to join us for a twitter chat on the topic “What I wish I’d learned in Library School” on Wednesday 16th September at 18:00 GMT. We have a link to a time conversion tool so you can work out what time that is for you.

Please join us – we’ll be able to find your contributions much more easily if you use #interlibnet (and maybe #LibrarySchool as well).

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Feedback about hosting a Twitter chat – ILN discussion about games and libraries

Library InternetHow I prepared and some of my observations while hosting the Twitter chat through the International Librarians Network Twitter account: @InterLibNet

The Twitter chat was on 2 April, about Libraries and Games.

I prepared by reading up on how to run a successful Twitter chat:

– 4 Steps to running a successful Twitter chat

Twitter chat

7 Steps to launching a successful Twitter chat

Taking games in libraries seriously

– The posts on ILN website as well as emails also added to my reading:

Discussion topic: games and libraries

Games and libraries: Twitter chat on Thursday 2 April

I searched for a social media management platform, and tested out Sprout Social. I was very happy with the results, especially some of the reports that could be generated.

I also scheduled my tweets before the time; a selection of 6 questions marked with Q (every 10 minutes). I also simultaneously could schedule it to post on my own personal Twitter account.

Some thoughts and feedback about the results:

– The InterLibNet Twitter followers was 1584 at 9:30 am, with 3071 tweets from the account. At 12:00 they had 1590 followers (6 more), with 3170 tweets (99 tweets that went out from the account).

– There was mostly retweets and favourites of the discussion that was happening from the @InterLibNet account.

– I would have liked to have more hands-on and personal experience of gaming in libraries. It would have made the discussion more fruitful from the hosting site. I suggest using an expert for a next Twitter chat if own experience and expertise are lacking.

– Two of the pictures posted vertical, which made it look non-professional.

– The use of pictures with the tweets worked really well! (My own thoughts)

– Sprout Social worked perfectly for scheduling.

– I should have addressed more tweets without the outstanding hashtag and added it. I was difficult from the computer since it was just before Twitter introduced the new feature of making it possible to add comments to retweets.

– I should have scheduled more tweets in-between questions. Easier to think of it before the time than during the chat.

– I suggest in scheduling some go-to sources and expert links as well. Luckily some of the participants did that for this Twitter chat.

– It is great to ask some people to help/contribute – two of my ILN peer mentors jumped in and helped quite a bit. They were excellent contributors! Thanks to Fiona Malcolm @tapsister and Paschalia Terzi @digitallitsa.

– The ILN Directors did a great job! Clare McKenzie @ccmcknz, Alyson Dalby @alysondalby and Lisa Miller @L15A (social media coordinator). Thank you very much!

The Storify of the Twitter chat is here:

Libraries and Social Media: Follow a Library Day #followalibrary

Follow SABC Media Libraries on Twitter

Follow a library day is again upcoming on 1 October.

David Green wrote a guest post for the International Librarians Network:

Libraries and Social Media: Follow a Library Day.

“It’s a marketing, advocacy, networking free-for-all; a drop-in, casual twitter chat that feels like a group hug. Everyone everywhere can participate, and with steering committee members from South Africa, the Netherlands, and Australia, it’s truly an international affair.

How to play:

• Add #followalibrary to your tweets

• Follow @followalibrary for discussion topics and questions

• Watch the stream by searching #followalibrary”

ANZ 23 Mobile Things Hangout – about mobile apps and gatehashing

The discussion as seen on Twitter:

I was extremely pleased to be able to watch the Google+ Hangout on my iPad.
It froze a bit, but I was able to follow, although a bit behind the rest.
(After my complaint yesterday of digital haves and have-nots, I was more than pleased!)

I could take part in the Twitter discussion as well, and these were some of my own highlights:

Twitter Analytics

This tweet through the #anz23mthings hashtag alerted me to how get an easy update on Twitter Analytics.

I will definitely be incorporating it in my own and my library’s analytics.
I especially like the Best Tweets of a certain period, and will use it in social media feedback.

I wanted to make a printscreen of my Analytics, but the iPad2 and our ADSL is not playing along tonight… (And unfortunately, I do not have my computer anymore.)