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Top Twittering Public Libraries

According to NFI Research, these are the top public libraries on Twitter who

  • 1) regularly update their page and communicate with their followers
  • 2) use Twitter to advance/promote communication with their community
  • 3) have a proportionate number of followers to following and
  • 4) are currently active on Twitter.

    This list is updated regularly so if any public libraries would like to be added, please send information to Got any top twitterers among our readership?

  • LISTen: An Podcast -- Episode #98

    This week's podcast looks forward into the past with a replay of archival audio of President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressing the US Congress after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The dateline for this episode is the 78th anniversary of the event.

    Also presented in the podcast was a brief discussion of the late-breaking story of Comcast's attempt to acquire a controlling interest in NBC Universal. There was originally going to be discussion of remarks by Rupert Murdoch concerning why news online should never have been free in the first place. The Comcast-NBC matter took precedence.

    Related links:
    FDR's speech at
    This installment of Profile America
    MSNBC reporting on the Comcast-NBC matter
    Greg Sandoval at CNET discussing the Comcast-NBC matter
    One Reuters story on the Comcast-NBC matter
    Another Reuters story in the matter
    Discussion at the Erie Looking Productions blog of the recent coverage of remarks by Rupert Murdoch
    MSNBC relaying an AP report on Google's new attempt to restrict how users can reach news sites
    Linux Outlaws, a show produced by Sixgun Productions

    17:12 minutes (6.9 MB)

    BookRix – A Community For Book Lovers & Wannabe Authors story, about the new site, Book Rix, a social network for bibliophiles.

    "Commonly all book lovers sites revolve around a community. An online ‘town square’ meet-up to see what others are reading and why they reading it. If you club together a few likeminded book lovers, you are bound to come across a lot of books.

    BookRix is just such a book lovers website, a community platform where you can read, rate and rant away on books. BookRix is also a place where new authors can present their own works. In that respect BookRix acts like an online publishing house for free via the medium of the browser."

    Saved by the text!

    I function as an "embedded" librarian of sorts as part of my instructional duties, and last week I filled in for a class session. Well, to make a long story short, the assigned classroom was not the regular classroom. The class began at 12:30 and only three students had showed up, I was beginning to panic at 12:40 - was I going to have to do an abbreviated instruction session, reschedule the session for a later date in an already tight semester schedule, etc. Anyway, a few more students came in during the next few minutes but at 12:45 12+ students walked in as a group! I found out that one of the students in the classroom had texted another student and some how the texted student gather up the remaining students! So cell phones and texting may not always be a distraction for students after all!

    What's Next? Twitter Search on Google

    Twitter has signed deals to put messages sent via the microblogging service into the Microsoft and Google search indexes, BBC News reports.

    The deals will see messages, or tweets, show up in Bing and Google search results almost as soon as they show up on Twitter.

    Microsoft has moved quickly to set up a stand-alone Twitter search page accessible via its Bing site.

    Google said its Twitter search service would debut within the next few months.

    Author Gaiman Will Start a Tweet-Along Story on Tuesday

    Fantasy writer Neil Gaiman is writing a new crowd-sourced short story on Twitter. Starting tomorrow at noon EDT, the author—and well-known Twitter fan (@neilhimself)—will Tweet the first line of a new story, and fans can continue it with their own 140-character contributions. BBC Audiobooks America will then compile the contributions—they expect about 1,000—into a short story that will be recorded by a professional narrator.

    The audiobook will be available for free download at and at iTunes and other audiobook retailers before the end of the year. No print book is planned. Publishers Weekly reports.

    BBC Audiobooks America reminds you, Gaiman will get the ball rolling, but the rest is up to you tweeters out there (#bbcawdio).

    Library Patron Finds Long Lost Father, Thought Dead For 25 Years

    Some might think the library is only good for finding books, but Marquita Johnson knows different.

    Through the help of several employees at Bartow Public Library, she found her father, Earl V. Whipple, whom she had not seen since she was 6 years old, 56 years ago. For 25 of those years, she thought he was dead, based on information from a police officer in Los Angeles.

    Should Your Library Have a Social Media Policy?

    School Library Journal: Today’s new media tools are incredibly powerful communication vehicles that allow organizations to connect and engage with many different audiences. With more than seven million users, Twitter is growing at an annual rate of 1,382 percent, Facebook boasts over 250 million active members, and aspiring writers have started more than 133 million blogs. While the wild popularity of these apps has opened up a world of opportunity for developing brands and building communities, the social and extremely public nature of these services also brings potential hazards. That’s why organizations—including libraries—are developing policies on the use of social media for staff and users alike.

    In fact, many school libraries are devising policies for students and outlining acceptable-use guidelines for blogs and other social media. Schools have a unique set of challenges when it comes to developing such policies as social Web sites are often restricted by the district or blocked altogether.

    Full story.

    What's Twitter Worth To You?

    According to the New York Times Bits (via Tech Crunch), it's valued at around one billion dollars. Twitter’s last round of financing, raised in February, valued the firm at $250 million, meaning Twitter has quadrupled in value in less than a year.

    A Tweet from Twitter...New Terms of Service

    We'd like to let you know about our new Terms of Service. As Twitter
    has evolved, we've gained a better understanding of how folks use the
    service. As a result, we've updated the Terms and we're notifying
    account holders.

    We've posted a brief overview on our company blog and you can read the
    Terms of Service online. If you haven't been by in a while, we invite
    you to visit Twitter to see what else is new.


    These updates complement the spirit of Twitter. If the nature of our
    service changes, we'll revisit the Terms as necessary. Comments are
    welcome, please find the "feedback" link on the Terms of Service page.

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