Us library staff like to think we’re a little hip (we’re not all cats and cups of tea, you know). And, even though we may not always be, our Twitter certainly is.
Just like you use different social media for different things, so do we. While our library blog here is full of useful (and fun!) information which may go into a little more depth, our Twitter page is great for getting a quick snapshot of info. And it’s awash with funny gifs too!
So, if you’re a fellow Twitter user – come on over and follow us. Like us, retweet us, do all the twitter stuff! Or just follow our page quietly. Really, it’s your choice.
And if you’re not a Twitter user, why not consider joining? It’s a great way to stay on top of information!
— Jessamy Gleeson (@jessamy_sesame) October 28, 2015
Hashtags are the way topics and conversations are grouped on Twitter and other social networks. But they have a history longer than the digital age.
Keith Houston, in his blog Shady Characters, traced the hashtag back to the fourteenth century when medieval monk-scribes abbreviated the the Latin term libra pondo as ℔ (with a line through it). This eventually became the familiar # for convenience. From there the symbol took on a multitude of uses including coding in some early programming languages, labeling of IRC channels and as a button on 1960’s telephones.
According to research, Twitter is becoming an integral avenue for researchers to explore their disciplines, engage with each other and share their work. Check out these researcher themed hashtags on Twitter:
- #FigureClub for sharing graphs, charts and everything info-graphical. Explore #SciArt for the conceptual, imaginative and downright cool with a scientific bent.
- #PhDchat, #ECRchat, #gradschoolproblems, #PhDlife and #PhDlyf to air the highs and the lows of researcher life, talk successes, get advice and generally engage with peers facing the same challenges
- Track the impact of the open movement on science at #OpenScience. Researchers are using #OpenData to share their data and allow others to build on their research. The related movement #CitizenScience engages community with the research sector.
- The written word is the preferred weapon of the scholar and #AcWri provides a host of resources and help on academic writing skills.
- #ScholarSunday is a way for scholars to share the interesting people they follow.
- Keep current with news from the higher education sector with #UniversityNews, #HigherEdForum, #HigherEdChat and #Academia.
- Researchers can share their research with the world via the plain #research and #science, as well as sharing with each other with #researchforum, #researchchat and #researchspotlight.
For further information on increasing your impact with the use of various social media, the library offers the HDR workshop “Build and leverage your research profile”. Discipline Librarians can also offer advice on the effective use of social media in connecting with other researchers.
Did you know that Griffith University will often include the #griffithlibrary when talking about our own research?
O-Week is all about making new friends that will last a uni-lifetime.
Friends who will be with you in the Library at 11pm the night before your dreaded stats exam; friends who will generously share their lecture notes when you’re sick the Tuesday after June long weekend; or friends who will buy you the double choc muffin you’re drooling over because they know your food (noodle) budget doesn’t include the $3.95 treat.
Just like these friends, Griffith Library will be there for you through your Uni journey. Whether you’re navigating your timetable, learning the referencing ropes or delving into the world of data research we’re here to help.
We promise we’ll be your best buddy offering news, resources, discounts, event info, competitions and training on our awesome Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. And if that isn’t enough for you, then subscribe to this Library blog for regular tips, tricks, study help, IT deals, competitions and more!
To find friends that aren’t just online, check out Griffith Mates.
Congratulations, you did it! Exams are over, assessments are done and you are now free to relax, put your feet up and enjoy your break.
We’ll miss you so don’t forget to stay in touch by following @Griffithlibrary on Twitter.
It’s that time of the year. You no longer need to suppress the urge to check Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter or Instagram, you can just do it – Yay! Exams and assignments are just about over, which means you’re free to enjoy the wonderful world of social media.
But we’re going to miss you over the break – so stay in touch by following the Library online. Our social media pages offer competitions, library info, exciting events and of course funny stuff!