January 5, 2009

An Open Letter to [Libraries] on Twitter

Over on Museum 2.0, Nina Simon (not Nina Simone — and wouldn’t it be some­thing if this post was sung by her) has a *great* blog post encour­ag­ing muse­ums to get human on their Twit­ter accounts and pro­vide more than just “spammy and dull” tweets. Pretty much every­thing she exhorts muse­ums to do applies to libraries, as well. Actu­ally, it’s great advice for all types of orga­ni­za­tions, includ­ing, um, asso­ci­a­tions and the like.

She pro­vides seven broad sug­ges­tions, but here are some spe­cific ideas she pro­poses for “museum Twit­ter ‘radio sta­tions’.” Just think “libraries” instead of “muse­ums” to imag­ine what a great stream your library could offer.

An Open Let­ter to Muse­ums on Twitter

  • “Funny things said by visitors.
  • Guard feed! (Thanks for the idea, Shelley.)
  • Insti­tu­tional super­sti­tions or weird things about the building.
  • The imag­ined expe­ri­ences of a famous arti­fact, heav­ily loved inter­ac­tive, or other insti­tu­tional mas­cot (see this Twit­ter feed, which I doubt is writ­ten by AMNH staff).
  • Haiku about museum work.
  • A daily or weekly fea­ture on a spe­cific topic.
  • Jokes, recipes, quotes, and inter­est­ing facts. Do you know why there are naked ladies on the front of ships?
  • Weird and sur­pris­ing behind-the-scenes vic­to­ries and chal­lenges. What’s it like to prep an exhi­bi­tion on poop?
  • Top­i­cal, provoca­tive questions.”

Do you know of any libraries already doing this type of tweet­ing? There are some good exam­ples listed on the very help­ful Twit­ter­ing Libraries sec­tion of the LIS 5313 wiki, but I need to go through the whole list.

I’m also inter­ested in find­ing asso­ci­a­tions doing this well (I’m plan­ning to go through Lindy Dreyer’s list of asso­ci­a­tions on Twit­ter).

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8:23 pm Comments (8)

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  1. Sev­eral of these sug­ges­tions are so cutesy-poo as bring out my inner Dorothy Parker. “Ton­stant Weader fwowed up.”

    Comment by "Orange Mike" Lowrey — January 7, 2009 @ 2:51 pm

  2. The Library Secrets pro­gram at Col­lege of DuPage has a Twit­ter account at http://twitter.com/librarysecrets. We use it to pro­mote online tools and apps that our patrons (stu­dents, fac­ulty, com­mu­nity mem­bers) might find use­ful & to pro­mote the Library Secrets pro­gram itself.

    It’s not as cre­ative (or cutesy-poo) as some of Nina Simon’s sug­ges­tions, but I think it’s a lit­tle more inter­est­ing than the stan­dard library news­feed tweets, which are often recy­cled con­tent that can be found in other places.

    Comment by Jenn — January 7, 2009 @ 4:17 pm

  3. The blog wants the full-stop to be part of the URL– sorry. Here’s the link to the Library Secrets twit­ter page:

    http://twitter.com/librarysecrets

    Comment by Jenn — January 7, 2009 @ 4:18 pm

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