My second (professional) new year’s resolution was to start attending and contributing to #UKlibchat – a fortnightly twitter discussion group about library issue. Last Thursday I attended the first #UKLibChat of the year. The topic was Libraries and Librarians in 2012. I particularly enjoyed the first question: “What was your biggest achievement of 2011?” I think it’s important to focus on what we have already achieved sometimes, rather than always concentrating on what we’ve still got left to do. I found it interesting to hear views from participants with wide-ranging library backgrounds and think this is a great way to bounce ideas off other people.
Before attending #UKLibChat my first task was to properly set up a twitter account and work out how to use twitter. Last year I tried to follow the chat on Library School, but as I only got round to signing up for twitter about five minutes before it started, I got rather lost and confused, so didn’t contribute anything. This time I was more prepared. I spent some time a couple of days before going through the twitter help centre – wonderful for demystifying twitter terminology – and signed up for HootSuite which I found made it much easier to keep track of the conversation. Although I am still getting used to twitter, I really enjoyed the experience and I’ll definitely be back for another #UKLibChat.