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!

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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!

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Twitter buttons at OSCON used with permission under CC BY 2.0 Twitter buttons at OSCON used with permission under CC BY 2.0

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:

Discussion topic: Games and libraries

The upcoming Twitter chat on Thursday at 11 am South African Standard Time (UTC + 2:00) will be about gaming and libraries. I will be running it from the ILN Twitter handle. Check out a Time zone converter here and please take part. Please give us a shout-out from your part of the world and tell us what you do with gaming in your library? Maybe it is still something you should try in your library?

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gamers Gamers by Arne Halvorsen. CC BY-NC 2.0

This week’s discussion topic will look at the connection between libraries and games – this seems to be as varied as the types of libraries themselves. From a traditional focus on board games to the rise of Minecraft in libraries, there is something in this topic for most of us.

I remember as an 8 year old playing games in my school library at lunch time on rainy days and with rising pressure on funding of libraries in many schools, there is plenty of people arguing that games and libraries can help with teaching core literacy and numeracy.

At the community level, many public libraries include video games in their spaces, to help bring in teenagers and young adults, either on a continuous basis or as a one off event to promote the library.  Providing a safe, non commercial space for…

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