This summer I read Curating a Twitter Presence as a Library Student on HackLib and I am so glad I did! I don't tweet too often, I mainly retweet articles, events, or other twitter profiles that I find interesting. It has come in handy when I want to read about what's going on in library land while waiting for my bus. I use it to monitor trends in library science and to follow certain chats, conference information or hashtags like #critlib, #saturdaylibrarian, #librarianproblems or #alaac16. There is so much information on Twitter it is almost overwhelming but also amazing. I love watching the participation that happens during Twitter chats, it just reinforces my love for the librarianship community. The Progressive Librarians Guild Student Chapter here at Indiana University held a meetup at the Wells Library to take part in the #critlib discussion. I was not able to attend but it was great to know that there are other students who are willing to participate and inform others about critical librarianship. 

Critlib is short for “critical librarianship”, a movement of library workers dedicated to bringing social justice principles into our work in libraries. We aim to engage in discussion about critical perspectives on library practice. Recognizing that we all work under regimes of white supremacy, capitalism, and a range of structural inequalities, how can our work as librarians intervene in and disrupt those systems?

Acknowledging Twitter and being a novice did come in handy when I was appointed the Social Media Coordinator for the Society of Art Librarianship Students here at Indiana University. I have found various ways to keep their twitter feed active without having to tend to it every day. You can follow them @sals_iub. As for my twitter handle, I did not make some clever librarian related name because I just wasn't feelin' it. I ended up going with @werstgerl - it's a play on my last name which I thought was cool. One twitter profile that I have been diggin' recently is Nicole Pagowsky's - here is a link her blog.

If you would like to learn more or join the discussion on critical librarianship check out their website here.