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). Find the schedule of upcoming chats on this page, or add the critlib chat calendar to your Outlook or Google calendar.
Twitter chat basics:
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.
Tips for a great Twitter chat experience:
- If you would prefer to tweet anonymously during a chat, you can use the critlib anonymous Twitter relay, created by @metageeky. Use this form: tinyurl.com/anoncritlib, 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.
- Use Tweetdeck, Tweetchat, or another app which allows for automatic loading of tweets. In Tweetdeck you can add a separate column which displays all the tweets with the #critlib hashtag.
- Remember to add the #critlib hashtag to each of your tweets so people will see them.
- Consider putting your phone on airplane mode so you don’t get inundated with Twitter notifications.
- If your Twitter account is locked, feel free to participate, but be aware that only your followers will be able to view and interact with your tweets.
- Jump right in! The success of a chat depends on lots of folks being willing to share their thoughts and experiences on a topic, even when they’re not experts. We’re glad to have new folks participating!
Need any more help? Feel free to tweet at or direct message @violetbfox or the moderators of the chat and they’ll be happy to help.
Our previous Twitter chats, dating back to April 2014, are available here.
Interested in making a chat happen? You can volunteer to moderate a chat of your own topic by filling out this suggestion form.