Twitter can be exploited as a right-sized free tool to discover information gathering and communication trends.
•Ability to expand on-time awareness of news and trends in libraries, your local community and across areas of interest (information professions, health, economy, etc.)
•Expansion of awareness of reliable online information resources
•Comfortable alternatives for professional networking interests and needs
•Effective timesaving research methods
Twitter is easy to learn and can be accessed for free via many devices and through the use of a range of free apps. With such agencies as the Library of Congress, the National Institutes of Health, and very likely your local government maintaining a presence on Twitter that serves as a constantly updated source of breaking news and access to deep research, librarians need to use this resource as a rich venue for discovery. Building the Twitter account you need to do your job better is to create the curator you can most respect and trust for on-time delivery of essential information as well as ready access to background resources.
Beyond building the information curator you need, and learning how to keep it updated to match your changing information needs, you can become a curator as well, positioning your library as one providing essential information to your community.
•Overview of Twitter mechanics and protocols
•Analyzing your professional information needs
•Identifying Tweeps to follow
•Managing your incoming resources
•Help pages for those new to Twitter
•Recommendations of vetted information resources to follow
Francisca Goldsmith has been a library trainer for over a dozen years, as well as having a much longer career in public and academic libraries, in public service postings to reference, collection management, and youth services, and management and administration in libraries both in the US and Canada. She has authored two books with ALA Editions on graphic novels as material for collections and readers’ advisory, works with nonlibrary information seekers to refine social media awareness and skills, and enjoys helping library staff explore areas of culture less frequently travelled by traditional practitioners.