Twitter chats

Much of the discussion around critlib takes place on Twitter with the hashtag #critlib.

#critlib chats generally happen every other week. We alternate between Monday afternoons (11am Pacific / noon Mountain / 1pm Central  / 2pm Eastern) and Tuesday nights (6pm Pacific/ 7pm Mountain/ 8pm Central/ 9pm Eastern).

Participating in #critlib chats requires a free Twitter account. Follow #critlib on Twitter during the time of the chat by searching for “#critlib” in the search field, then clicking on the “live” tab to see the most recent tweets. You’ll need to refresh your search periodically to see the most recent tweets pop up. The first five minutes of the chat are a chance for introductions: you might tweet, “Hi #critlib, I’m Miss Scarlett and I work as a reference librarian in a public library in Idaho.” After people have had a chance to introduce themselves, moderators will tweet a question, such as: Q1. Do you like cats? #critlib. You would then reply with: A1. Of course I like cats. #critlib. Providing the hashtag #critlib on your tweets allows for collocation of all tweets in the discussion. When the chat is over, all tweets with the #critlib hashtag will be gathered together in a Storify, which provides a digital archive of the conversation.

If you would prefer to tweet anonymously during a chat, you can now use the critlib anonymous Twitter relay, created by @metageeky.  Use this form, type your comments, and hit “Tweet”. You (and everyone else following the #critlib hashtag) will then see your tweet posted via the @CritLib_anon account.

Our previous Twitter chats, dating back to April 2014, are available here.

You can find the scheduled upcoming #critlib chats listed here, and you can volunteer to moderate a chat of your own topic by filling out this suggestion form.