Everyone is talking about Twitter right now. I thought I would talk about why I think using Twitter is useful to me as an undergraduate science librarian.
First, I can connect with colleagues. While I have some amazing colleagues at my library, there are no other science librarians. Using twitter I can engage in conversation with science librarians at far flung institutions to give and receive advice, assistance and support.
Second, it’s a great way to keep up with practicing scientists. Even if the faculty I work with aren’t on twitter, I can get a good sense of what professors and researchers are doing.
Third, it is great way to find out about recent news from folks who are much more connected than I am. I get pointed to great links and hear assessments of recent developments in the information world by people smarter than I am. Folks provide commentary on the Google Book settlement, or about the now-defunct changes to OCLC policies.
And of course, it’s fun! Sometimes you just want to tell the world what you had for breakfast.