Archive for April, 2012

New Directions


This blog was created as an assignment for my Foundations of Information Technology course in the first semester of my MLIS degree. For the purposes of that assignment, the scope was restricted just to reviewing the Twitter usage of various libraries. I’ve decided to continue the blog, but rather than being restricted to this very […]

The Smithsonian Libraries Twitter feed (@SILibraries), feed of the “The world’s largest museum library”, as the description says, is used in a similar way to that of Library and Archives Canada, mainly as a collection discovery tool. I think this is fairly common for special libraries connected with museums or archives to use Twitter in […]

The State Library of Victoria (@Library_Vic), located in Melbourne, Australia, has a very active Twitter feed, mainly peppered with individual interactions. While I’ve already discussed the pros and cons of this particular use of Twitter by libraries, the sheer number of tweets of this nature show that this library is using Twitter very successfully to […]

The UBC library’s Twitter feed (@ubclibrary) is not accessible from the main library page, but is very obvious and easily found on the “About Us” page. Much like VPL’s, this feed offers quite a few links to external articles and news items from around the internet that might be of interest to followers. Something I […]

This post is going be breaking from the mold, as I won’t be directly reviewing any library’s Twitter usage. Instead I’d like to talk about Twitter for beginners, and how libraries might play a part in teaching this tool to new users. None of the libraries I’ve come across have specifically reached out to users […]

Image by Brandon Godfrey on Flickr The Vancouver Public Library (@VPL), like the other Public Libraries examined so far, has a fairly diverse use of its Twitter feed. Much like the GVPL, there is a certain amount of individual interaction, and much like the RDPL they use it to highlight features of the library or […]

The librarians in charge of the Twitter feed at the Red Deer Public Library (@rdpl) in Alberta are fairly prolific, with several posts each day. Topics range across things like announcements about upcoming events, highlighting features of the catalogue or the library services, to tying in collections to current events or occasions, as well as […]