UK Libraries Joining Twitter

Over 40 UK libraries are now using Twitter to network and spread information among themselves, according to the Guardian (UK). To encourage more libraries to join, a “Twitter for librarians” course will be held by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) in September.

More than 400 individual librarians are using the service in the UK, putting it behind the U.S., where are least 300 libraries (and many more librarians) use the social network to communicate with patrons. “Some authorities are getting on board in a more formal way [in the U.K.], but there also seem to be a lot of librarians who are trying Twitter out spontaneously and having fun with the system,” said Benedicte Page, libraries expert at the Bookseller.

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