Library time

What time or day do people talk about libraries, or visit them?
According to this it is unsurprisingly every day during general opening hours, with a slight preference for the middle of the week rather than later. graph showing correlations between library and visit and times

Conversely, people talk about or visit archives more frequently at the end of the week and at weekends.

Scott Golder of Cornell University has created a way of determinng what people (on Twitter) are doing or saying at what time.  This is done by running chosen text against a data set of millions of time coded Twitter messages. Go see


Use of Twitter

Interesting use of Twitter by a police force (!/QPSmedia). They have been attacked for this, I think actually it is a good example of how organisations should use the medium.
It is far better to respond and then if necessary apologise and correct, than to panic or ignore your followers.

Just as good are the tweeters at USyd (!/Sydney_Uni) who have been retweeting tweets supportive of the save Fisher library campaign, whom the University presumable wouldn’t actually support.

How not to use twitter

Very interesting post on The Nest blog on how to use and not use twitter, using as an example how the National Theatre (UK) failed to deal with an intemperate posting that occurred on its twitter feed.

Two guiding principles in social media, we believe, are to Be Human and Be Honest. Had the National Theatre adopted either policy, they might have done themselves a service.

To err is human, and ‘being human’ is increasingly what we respond to when bumping into organisations online. Social media differs from traditional marketing by asking us to ‘be human’, to drop our guard a little and be conversational – to get in amongst our audience and act like ‘real people’ (this shouldn’t be terribly difficult, we are ‘real people’ after all). Cutting and pasting marketing copy from a brochure does not, sadly, make us ‘real people’ – listening, asking, responding and entertaining are all good principles to focus on.

Fake RDA

First there was Fake AACR2 on Twitter, but, with the soon to be released and implemented RDA on the way, here now is Fake RDA to help you make sense of the changes. Take note of their useful suggestions such as:

Draft Wear 3D glasses when recording the extent of a three-dimensional resource.

This one could come in particularly handy to reflect upon after a hard day’s cataloguing:

Draft 5 Works & Expressions: Only when you’ve lost everything and hit rock bottom will you know the true meanings of Work & Expression.

Twitter archive questions answered

The Library of Congress has decided to put those burning questions to rest. Why are they archiving Twitter? What’s going to be included in the archive? And what is the Library going to do with all of that information anyway? Can we access it? Read their FAQ and find out.

Library of Congress to archive the Twitterverse

The Library of Congress have just announced that they are going to archive Twitter, and they used their own Twitter stream to make their original announcement. Starting with its inception in 2006 and with around 50 million tweets being added daily to the Twitterverse, that’s a lot of ground to cover!

Who uses Twitter?

According to PEW Internet,

Some 19% of [American] internet users now say they use Twitter or another service to share updates about themselves, or to see updates about others.

Alas, Patrick Stewart is not one of them, though he is apparently very fond of his iPhone and emailing.