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Posted by lindyjb on June 19, 2009

Picture 2The wonderful world of the web has many job search engines cluttered about:,, LinkUp,, juju, CareerJet, JobCentral, mployd, SimplyHired,, etc… These sites search for job listings on the interwebs.

But not all job listings can be found on websites or via classified ads… Many jobs are found via networking as well as via emerging social media tools… This includes twitter, of course…

So yes… There is a search engine that scours twitter tweets for job announcements: TwitterJobSearch. I gave it a lil’ go by searching for “librarian” and it produced over 106 results. I perused the results and they were all very relevant – no random non-library job announcements popped up.

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The folks from TwitterJobSearch describe their product as a search engine that uses semantic tools to look at what has been tweeted – context. TwitterJobSearch allows you to sort results by date or relevance. You can create RSS feeds, and refine your results by salary, country, job title (i.e., librarian, assistant, teacher), when it was tweeted, skills, and job type (i.e., full time, permanent, etc.).

Overall, it’s a pretty simple job search engine with a lil’ bit o’ punch. I definitely like what it has to offer and see it as an innovative way to cover ground in the job search.

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International Twittering Libraries

Posted by lindyjb on March 18, 2009

Hi! Thanks for stopping by!

I have moved this blog to a hosted domain.

If you are looking for my list of international twittering libraries, check out the updated page here:

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me!


updated 9/28/2009

I have received quite a few comments from folks around the globe (which has been really GREAT, by the way!) Instead of incorporating them into the long, long list of Twittering Libraries, I decided to keep that list as U.S. only, for organizational sake. Hence below is a growing list of International Twittering Libraries.

If you have any recommendations and/or would like your library to be added to this list, please contact me. I’d love to hear from you!

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Twitoria: find out who hasn’t tweeted in awhile

Posted by lindyjb on March 13, 2009

twitoriaIf you’re looking for a quick way to find out which of your friends hasn’t tweeted in awhile, give Twitoria a try.

In my exuberance to learn as much as possible (as a rookie info professional would do), I have been following a lot of folks, especially libraries. I have been wanting to cut my twitter follower numbers down, so I gave Twitoria a try. I found over 35 folks that haven’t tweeted in over a month. I think I’ll be giving a few of those folks the boot…

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Evan Williams discusses the unforeseen uses of Twitter at TED 2009

Posted by lindyjb on March 8, 2009

Evan Williams, co-creator of Twitter, talks about the unforeseen uses of Twitter at TED 2009.

more about “Evan Williams discusses the unforesee…“, posted with vodpod

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Jon Stewart explains Twitter

Posted by lindyjb on March 4, 2009

Being a Twitter user myself, I can appreciate Jon Stewart discussing Twitter on The Daily Show. It’s kinda funny.

more about “John Stewart explains Twitter“, posted with vodpod

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The Corvallis-Benton County Public Library is on Twitter!

Posted by lindyjb on February 16, 2009

I have a bit of a soft spot for the Corvallis-Benton County Library– after all, I volunteer there a couple days every week! They are on Twitter now and have started their own blog.


Cheers to the CBCPL!

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Tweets from the Super Bowl (interactive map from the NY Times)

Posted by lindyjb on February 3, 2009

Check out this interactive map from the New York Times yesterday:


The map shows what people were twittering about during the Super Bowl. As time goes on in the game — press the play button on the timeline at the top of the map — you can see what words are being twittered – and where!

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More on Twittering Libraries

Posted by lindyjb on January 31, 2009

Earlier in January, I sent Michael Stephens a copy of my LIS 5313 web 2.0 article regarding Twittering Libraries. Since he wrote a lot about the value Twitter has for libraries, I thought the information I collected from my survey might be of some interest. He probably gets a million emails from other random folks all the time,  but what the heck, I thought – it’s worth a shot, so I emailed it to him — and he responded back!

I can see why he is well-revered in the librarian community – even though he is probably one of the busiest guys in the profession, he took time to read what I put together and replied back with an offer to do a guest posting on his blog, Tame the Web. I am still so happy and grateful of that opportunity!

You can read the original post here, but I thought I’d go ahead and post it below as well.

More on Twittering Libraries…a TTW Guest Post by Lindy Brown

Lindy shared her project for LIS5313 with me via email and I asked her to share her study with TTW readers. Thanks Lindy! Michael

Recently, I read a post from about Twitter’s staggering growth in 2008: Twitter grew 752 percent in 2008 for a total of 4.43 million unique visitors in December! What does this mean for libraries? As Twittermania spreads, more and more of their patrons are will use it to communicate, socialize and make connections.  As such, libraries should see the unlimited potential Twitter can have to connect them to their community and beyond.

Libraries must adjust to reflect the expanded use of social media by our youth (see the recent John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur report from the Digital Youth Project). Much has been debated and discussed about the library staying relevant; I believe we must meet our users “where they’re at.” One way to do this is through social media, and Twitter is part of that repertoire.

This past fall I wrote an article titled Twittering Libraries for my LIS 5313 (Design & Production of Media) graduate class at Florida State University. The article provides background information and a brief history of Twitter, notes the pros and cons reported by libraries using it, and shares findings on innovative ways libraries are using the service.

At the time, I found about 90 libraries on Twitter and I emailed the survey to all of them. Sixty-five libraries/librarians replied. From that information, I wrote my article. I found out that overall, most librarians said Twitter is easy, fun, free to use, is a great marketing and public relations tool, allows for collaboration amongst staff and community, provides opportunities for professional development and networking, has strength in its brevity, and allows libraries to, as one librarian put it, “build street cred.”

My article is just a little window into the endless possibilities that Twitter can provide for libraries/librarians. Since then, I have found many more libraries using Twitter. Furthermore, recent comments on blog posts by Jenny Levine (The Shifted Librarian) and the ACRL blog show continued expansion and ingenious uses of Twitter. (Definitely check out Brian Mathews’ paper, Twitter & the Library: Thoughts on the Syndicated Lifestyle, that is connected to the ACRL post).

Some may argue that Twitter is yet another web 2.0 fad, but I believe we’re only seeing the beginning of its utility. Even with a limited reach, Twitter is a free and not-so-time-intensive tool that libraries/librarians can use to improve their services, create relationships with their patrons and community, and use for assessment and promotion. I believe that with 752 percent growth in just the past year, Twitter is more than just a fad, and its reach currently has limitless potential.

If you or your library is using Twitter in a way not discussed in the LIS 5313 article, please share!

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Following ALA Midwinter on Twitter

Posted by lindyjb on January 24, 2009

I have been following the ALA Midwinter conference via tweets from folks who are attending. Of course I don’t get the full experience of being there, but I’ve been able to pick up a lot o’ lil’ nuggets of knowledge from the various tweets.

If you’re interested in checking out the goings on from folks that are there, do a twittersearch for #alamw09. Twittersearch allows you to follow your results via an RSS feed, which I have done in my RSS reader, bloglines.

Or, you can follow #alamw09 on or subscribe via RSS feed there too…

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Libraries on Twitter (updated list)

Posted by lindyjb on January 10, 2009

Hi! Thanks for stopping by.

This page has been updated to my new domain at

Please update your bookmarks!


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