Tweet Connections

So, I’m talking up social media as a collection development tool. It would be appropriate, then, that I share a few links that will help you use Twitter in the service of your collection development duties.

The first of these was mentioned by one of our readers. (Thanks, Lucy!) It comes from Early Word, a blog hosted by Nora Rawlinson, editor of Library Journal. The first Tuesday of each month at 4:00 p.m. EST, Early Word hosts “Galley Chat” on Twitter. You can follow it with the hashtag #ewgc.

Two other useful tools are directories of bookfolk on Twitter compiled by Jennifer Tribe, co-founder of Highspot, a consulting firm:

These, of course, should not be considered comprehensive lists. There are other bookfolks out there, for sure. But they are good spots to get you started following a lot of great publishing tweeps. Tell us about other good Twitter and social media resources for books, libraries, and collection development.



5 Comments on “Tweet Connections”

  1. Steven Harris says:

    Oh hey! You can find me on Twitter at srharris19

  2. Karen Parmer says:

    I’ve come too far to renege to the demands of the democratic fringe!

  3. Jennifer says:

    Thanks for the mention of the Highspot Twitter directories! The more people who find them and use them, the better they become. Anyone who wants to be included in either directory can leave a comment on the directory page.

    As well, Lindy Brown (@lindyjb) maintains 2 great directories of libraries on Twitter: one for US libraries and one for international libraries.

  4. Hi Steve;

    Great idea to look at social media as a collection development tool. I think social media offers opportunities to share ideas. I started GalleyChat as a way to test that out and am delighted by how enthusiastic librarian response has been (we’ve been running for a year and several librarians have come to EVERY session).

    I’m gratified that you highlighted GalleyChat. Our next one is Tues., May 2, 4 to 5, Eastern. Click here for details on how to join — http://www.earlyword.com/galleychat/

    One small correction; I am no longer at Library Journal. I left LJ in 1992 to become the Editor-in-Chief of Publishers Weekly. After 12 years there, I went to Hachette to set up a library marketing department. I then left to begin EarlyWord.com, which launched in 2008. Our goal is to help librarians stay on top of what is generating public demand and to identify readers advisory gems.

  5. Steven Harris says:

    Nora. Oops! Sorry for the inaccuracies.


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