20 Essential Twitter Chats for the Library Crowd

Libraries are increasingly getting hip to using Twitter as a tool, with many offering the service as a point of contact with librarians. But Twitter is an excellent tool for librarian learning as well, offering lots of great opportunities for discussion. Many Twitter chats exist for the literary and library world, and we’ve discovered 20 of the absolute best for librarians to check out.

  1. #aslachat:

    Join the Alabama School Library Association for #aslachat sessions on the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. CST. Although the focus is on Alabama school librarians, the subjects discussed are great for all types of librarians.

  2. #uklibchat:

    UK librarians and librarians around the world come together to discuss LIS topics each month in #uklib chat.

  3. #libchat:

    Librarians, library students, booksellers, and book lovers alike participate in this library chat on Twitter. Favorite topics on #libchat include digital rights management, advocacy, budget negotiations, and the MLS job market.

  4. #yalitchat:

    Find out what the kids are into these days through the #yalit chat on Twitter, held at 9 p.m. EST Wednesdays.

  5. #tlchat:

    Teacher-librarians can check in and find great resources through the #tlchat, an always-on gathering for reading educators.

  6. #scifichat:

    The popular science fiction literature genre is discussed each Friday at noon CST. Just check in on #scifichat to join the group.

  7. #litchat:

    Join in this chat to become a part of a fast and friendly discussion among book lovers on Twitter. This frequent chat happens Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 4 p.m. EST.

  8. #fridayreads:

    Want to find out what is really hot in the reading community? Tune into #fridayreads on, naturally, Fridays, as readers share what’s on their nightstand.

  9. #titletalk:

    On #titletalk, librarians can chat about titles and how to promote reading among students. This chat is held at 8 p.m. EST on the last Sunday of the month.

  10. #ePubChat:

    Librarians who are interested in the latest developments in ebooks will enjoy this popular Twitter chat. Check in on #ePubChat Fridays at 3 p.m. PST to get in on the discussion.

  11. #poetry:

    Novels get a lot of love on Twitter, but poetry isn’t forgotten by librarians and the book crowd, thanks to the #poetry chat. Discuss poetry with other librarians and book lovers at 8 p.m. CST on Thursdays.

  12. #BookProChat:

    This Twitter chat is a great spot to check out for book industry professionals, including librarians. Check in on Thursdays from 4 to 5 p.m. EST.

  13. #engchat:

    Librarians, check in with this network of English teachers to share ideas and inspiration for reading. Join in each Monday at 7 p.m. EST.

  14. #followreader:

    Celebrate reading on Twitter with other librarians, authors, readers, and more on Friday afternoons at 4 p.m. EST.

  15. #1book140:

    For librarians interested in the phenomenon of Twitter book chats, the wildly popular #1book140 is an interesting one to tune into. To find the chat schedule, check out The Atlantic.

  16. #gayYA:

    Join the #gayYA chat to talk about LGBTQ YA fiction characters in a community full of other librarians, teachers, writers, and teens, every Wednesday at 4 p.m. EST.

  17. #pblitchat:

    Picture books aren’t always a hot topic, but this picture book chat offers a lively discussion for librarians and more. Check it out on Monday evenings at 9 p.m. CST.

  18. #kidlitchat:

    Librarians who are into #pblitchat will also enjoy #kidlitchat, a gathering for librarians and other parties interested in books for children. Visit this chat on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. CST.

  19. #langchat:

    Language enthusiasts take part in this weekly chat, including language teachers, librarians, and even writers. Become a part of the conversation Thursday nights at 8 p.m. EST.

  20. #storyappchat:

    Librarians who like to make the most of iPads will love this chat about writers who are creating storybook apps on the iPad. Visit this chat on Sunday evenings at 9 p.m. EST.