How Libraries Can Use Twitter
I think Twitter is an amazing tool, and I think there are many ways a library or any information organization can utilize it.
- Tweet the questions you’re being asked. Many libraries tweet the questions that come up at the reference desk – some choose to tweet the answers, others don’t.
- Share the headlines. Sharing links to current events is a great way to keep patrons informed.
- Tweet upcoming events. Story time in the children’s section? Book club meeting? Have an author event? Tweet it!
- Host an interactive Q&A. I love the idea of letting patrons ask questions via Twitter – and even letting them chime in to answer!
- Promote community events. Libraries are integral to the communities they are a part of, and using Twitter to promote other community events is a great show of support.
- Promote new acquisitions. Did your library finally get a copy of the book everyone wants to read? Announce it on Twitter!
- Interact with the community. Don’t just broadcast tweets – respond in kind! Opening a dialogue with your patrons can promote library accessibility.
These are only a few of the ways that a library can effectively use Twitter – can you think of more?