How 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:
– The posts on ILN website as well as emails also added to my reading:
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 Storify of the Twitter chat is here:
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?
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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The hashtag #FiveWordsToRuinADate is taking the Twitterverse by storm.
It topped the trending list in both the United States and the United Kingdom.
This new hashtag game has something for everyone -- from big corporations to regular folks. (CNN International)
Even for archivists!
Follow a library day is again upcoming on 1 October.
David Green wrote a guest post for the International Librarians Network:
“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”
International Archives Day 2014 was moved to June 10 because of clashes with public holidays. The focus is on World War 1 today, and the treasures we have in the archives.
The SABC Radio Archives has a couple of audio material about WW 1 and one of the treasures was captured on Vine.
— Karen du Toit (@karentoittoit) June 10, 2014
SABC Media Libraries: Join archives in search of World War 1 material on 10 June 2014…: #WW1archives @followanarchive @askanarchivists The yearly International Archives Day are celebrated on 9 June, but because it falls on public holidays, the Twitter event has been moved to 10 June.