We host Twitter chats using the hashtag #DLFteach. Chats take place every other month, alternating between 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Eastern (that’s 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Pacific). Learn more about the DLF Digital Library Pedagogy Group on our wiki page.
- July 10, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern
- September 11, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
- November 13, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Hosting a chat
Step by step
- Identify hosts (usually 2 people). If hosts have never led a Twitter chat before they may need to gain access to the @CLIRDLF Twitter account and the DLF wiki (write to email@example.com to get edit access).
- Put out an open call for hosts on DLF-Pedagogy and DLF-Announce.
- Invite leaders of the DLF Digital Library Pedagogy Group to host.
- Host the chat yourselves, as chairs of the outreach subgroup!
- Identify a topic. Browse previous chats for inspiration.
- Write questions in advance.
- Post questions to upcoming chats so that participants are able to view and consider questions ahead of time.
- Send questions to DLF-Pedagogy and DLF-Announce email lists one week in advance, and promote on @CLIRDLF Twitter and your own Twitter accounts.
- Send reminders to same channels one day in advance.
- Schedule tweets in TweetDeck to go out from @CLIRDLF account. For more on scheduling tweets, see advanced TweetDeck features.
- Host the Twitter chat!
- Archive the chat.
- Create a Wakelet story using the DLF account (write to firstname.lastname@example.org for login info).
- Create a TAGS archive of the Twitter chat, and upload the CSV to the DLF Digital Library Pedagogy Group space on the Open Science Framework (OSF).
- Add links to both the Wakelet story and the TAGS spreadsheet on OSF to the page for this Twitter chat on the DLF wiki.
- Consider sharing archived materials to DLF-Pedagogy and DLF-Announce.
- No more than 4–6 questions per hour.
- Share questions ahead of time.
- Encourage participants to answer with “Q” and the number of the question being discussed to make it easier to sort, e.g. "Q2: I think that…"
- Consider using TweetDeck while participating so that you can primarily follow the chat’s hashtag.