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We host Twitter chats every other month using the hashtag #DLFteach. Learn more about the DLF Digital Library Pedagogy Group on our wiki page.

Upcoming chats

Twitter chats are on the third Tuesday of the month from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET unless otherwise noted.

Would you like to host a #DLFteach Twitter chat in 2020? The DLF Digital Library Pedagogy Group welcomes proposals for chat hosts and topics! If you are interested in hosting, please fill out this Google form.

Previous chats






Participating in a chat

Welcome to the #DLFteach Twitter chats! All are welcome, and we're happy to have you join us. Here are some tips for participating:

  • Follow the hashtag of #DLFteach. If you are on the Twitter app, look for the "Latest" tweets for the hashtag. You may also consider using TweetDeck, searching for #DFLteach, and following along in the column for the hashtag.
  • Look for questions tweeted from the handle of @CLIRDLF. This handle will share the questions at regular intervals (usually every 8-10 minutes depending on how many questions there are for the hour). All tweets for the chat will come from this handle and include the hashtag of #DLFteach.
  • Respond to questions by tweeting your answer with the following structure: include the letter "A" plus the question number in your response. Sample tweet: "A1: When I teach, I've had good response to the method of.... #DLFteach" Note that this sample tweet includes "A1" to indicate what question the person is responding to, plus the hashtag so that their tweet shows up in the chat conversation for everyone who is following #DLFteach.
  • Feel free to simply lurk and read, or you may engage by tweeting answers, responding to others' tweets, re-tweeting, and/or liking tweets. Just don't forget to include the hashtag of #DLFteach.

Hosting a chat

Interested in hosting a chat? Want to suggest a topic? Get in touch with the outreach coordinators of the DLF Digital Library Pedagogy Group!

Step by step

  1. Identify hosts (usually 2 people). The outreach coordinator can schedule the tweets for the hosts, or hosts may need to gain access to the @CLIRDLF Twitter account and the DLF wiki (write to info@diglib.orgto get edit access).
    1. Take topic proposals from the suggestion form for hosts to sign up.
    2. Put out an open call for hosts on DLF-Pedagogy and DLF-Announce.
    3. Invite leaders of the DLF Digital Library Pedagogy Group to host.
    4. Host the chat yourselves, as chairs of the outreach subgroup!
  2. Identify a topic. Browse previous chats for inspiration. Hosts may bring their own ideas.
  3. Write questions in advance.
    1. Use this template (created by host Nicole Wilson).
  4. Post questions to upcoming chats on the wiki so that participants are able to view and consider questions ahead of time.
  5. Promote the chat by sending details + questions to listservs, groups, and Twitter
    1. Send messages to DLF-Pedagogy, DLF-Announce, DSS-l, ILI-l, and DHSI email lists one week in advance.
    2. Message the DLF Pedagogy Google group with the details and questions, too.
    3. Promote the chat on @CLIRDLF Twitter (by including promotional tweets when you schedule questions).
    4. Tweet about it on your own Twitter accounts, too.
  6. Send reminders to same channels one day in advance.
  7. Schedule tweets in TweetDeck to go out from @CLIRDLF account. For more on scheduling tweets, see advanced TweetDeck features.
  8. Host the Twitter chat! Here are some tips for hosts:
    1. You may model how to respond to questions early in the chat by answering them with the prefix of A# meaning "A" for answer and "#" for the question number (sample tweet: "A1: This happens at my institution, and we handle it by...").
    2. You might not be able to respond to every single tweet depending on how many participants turn out, which is why it's helpful to have a co-host to help carry the answers, conversations, re-tweets, etc.
    3. Following the hashtag #DLFteach via TweetDeck in a browser window can make it easier to follow along than on a mobile device and also easier to tweet your responses to questions and tweets. It's up to you for what's most comfortable, though.
    4. Embrace the fast-paced conversation! You could schedule your own tweets ahead of time if you'd like, but it works really well to let the conversation organically flow with participants. You can engage with participants in many ways, ranging from liking a tweet to responding to, or re-tweeting, their tweets.
  9. Archive the chat.
    1. Create a Wakelet story using the DLF account (write to for login info).
    2. 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).
    3. Add links to both the Wakelet story and the TAGS spreadsheet on OSF to the page for this Twitter chat on the DLF wiki.
  10. Share archived chat to DLF-Pedagogy and DLF-Announce.

General Tips

  • No more than 4–6 questions per hour.
  • Share questions ahead of time.
  • Encourage participants to answer with “A” and the corresponding number of the question being discussed to make it easier to sort, e.g. "A2: I think that…"
  • Consider using TweetDeck while participating so that you can primarily follow the chat’s hashtag.


Below is a 6-question chat with intervals of 8 minutes between question tweets. A 5-question chat usually has intervals of 10 minutes (e.g. 2:05, 2:15, 2:25, 2:35, 2:45).

  • Monday, 10:00 a.m. Join us tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. ET for our next #DLFteach chat, focused on digital library instruction successes and failures in the classroom. Details at
  • Tuesday, 1:00 p.m. In one hour (at 2:00 p.m. ET), join us for our next #DLFteach chat, focused on digital library instruction successes and failures in the classroom. Details at
  • Tuesday, 2:00 p.m. Welcome! This #DLFteach chat is hosted by @eagibes @ararebit & @letsshall
  • Tuesday, 2:01 p.m. Follow along with the #DLFteach hashtag, and don’t forget to include it in your responses along with the question number, e.g. Q1.
  • Tuesday, 2:02 p.m. For this session of #DLFteach, we’re interested in your biggest successes and failures in the classroom. What works, what doesn’t when it comes to digital library instruction.
  • Tuesday, 2:03 p.m. Questions will be Tweeted from @CLIRDLF. Ready? Here we go! #DLFteach
  • Tuesday, 2:03 p.m. First, introduce yourself! #DLFteach
  • Tuesday, 2:05 p.m. Q1: What was the best “nailed it” lesson plan for you? What worked so well? #DLFteach
  • Tuesday, 2:13 p.m. Q2: What was your biggest “failed it” moment? It’s okay to share! We’ve all been there. #DLFteach
  • Tuesday, 2:21 p.m. Q3: When planning for the classroom, what is most essential for you to include in a lesson plan? E.g. tool instructions, discussion questions, example archival docs? #DLFteach
  • Tuesday, 2:29 p.m. Q4: If you could do your worst class again, what advice would you give yourself? #DLFteach
  • Tuesday, 2:37 p.m. Q5: What are some elements of a good faculty/librarian collaboration that leads to a successful lesson plan? #DLFteach
  • Tuesday, 2:45 p.m. Q6: How do you measure success? #DLFteach
  • Tuesday, 2:55 p.m. Thank you for participating in this #DLFteach chat!
  • Tuesday, 2:56 p.m. Learn more about #DLFTeach, what we do, and how you can get involved!
  • Tuesday, 2:57 p.m. Did today’s #DLFteach conversation get you wanting to share more about your teaching? Consider contributing to the Digital Library Pedagogy Cookbook! Here's the CFP.
  • Tuesday, 2:59 p.m. We also host #DLFteach office hours on Slack, for feedback, discussion, and chatting with colleagues. For more info, check out @letsshall’s description on the DLF blog.
  • Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. Don’t forget to join our Google Group to stay updated! #DLFteach!forum/dlf-pedagogy