The Casual Librarian

My thoughts and opinions

Twitter chats and opportunities.

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As librarians we are great to get involved on Twitter, and I think everyone who knows me will agree with me when I say it is a great professional development tool.PD

The main focus of learning for me is getting involved in twitter chats. I find tweeting library material that you find personally is also important as it gives your profile and professional brand alot of attention (only if the content is good). However if you want to limit your social media time, twitter chats really do give your professional profile attention and you meet lots of people, you share lots of information and you learn something new.

I find twitter chats to be like focus groups where a group of people are asked about their perceptions, opinions, ideas surrounding certain LIS topics. Some of us know each other, others are new and the senior members help the new professionals along the way.

These people are your colleagues, they are in this Groupthink bubble of library and information professionals and not all of us know the vast titles that each of us have or the potential to move into. I find this cross pollination is vital to keep new ideas rising, you get so much diversity by collaborating with a bunch of creative people like ourselves.

In addition to having the diversity of a profession, twitter chats also allow you to dip in and out of other LIS contexts. There are people from all over the world, different communities can be really helpful when you think there is no one else out there, and “the struggle is real” conversation. But they do and it is heartwarming to get advice and inspiration from all these people.

To anyone in any profession I would strongly recommended getting involved in a twitter chat.

All you need to do is ask your fellow twitter professionals and I’m sure someone will point you in the right direction.

 

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Author: siobhanmac

Loves Libraries, Books, and Sunshine!

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