I’ll admit it: I’m a few years behind the game with starting a personal-professional Twitter account. I’ve used Twitter plenty for work over the years, but Tweeting to promote a brand or a website is different than Tweeting just to promote yourself and your own ideas. There is already a thriving Twitosphere of librarians out there, and it can be daunting to try to jump in and join the conversation. Who should I follow? What hashtags should I use? Where can I find other medical librarians on Twitter?
Here are a few lessons learned while starting my new Twitter account, @jamornini:
- Who to follow: I found a few great blog posts listing popular librarian accounts to follow on Twitter. I also checked the list of followers for the Medical Library Association Twitter account (@MedLibAssn).
- Hashtags to use: Again, I found plenty of useful blog posts listing hashtags and Twitter chats for librarians to follow and participate in (my personal favorite being an infographic of Twitter chats for librarians). The Healthcare Hashtag Project on Symplur helped me find a few medical librarian-specific hashtags, including #Medlibs and #UKMedlibs. There’s even a blog listing transcripts of past #Medlibs chats (the blog and chat aren’t currently active, but the hashtag is still in use), and an article was published in the Journal of Hospital Librarianship about the hashtag: Breaking the Limits of Time and Space: How Twitter is Helping #medlibs Collaborate and Communicate. A Descriptive Study.
So I guess I need to get Tweeting. Maybe in the future (if I’m brave enough) I’ll follow the librarian community onto Instagram or Snapchat. Social media is a brave new world, and librarians are constantly adapting to sharing information through the latest digital channels.