Are there birds in the library? The extent of Twitter adoption and use by Canadian academic libraries

  • Nina Verishagen Saskatchewan Institution of Applied Science and Technology
  • Carolyn Hank University of Tennessee
Keywords: Twitter, microblogging, social media, academic research libraries, trends

Abstract

Twitter, only eight years old, has emerged as an ever-present component of our everyday, online lives. This phenomenon is apparent in academic libraries as well, with a growing body of published reports on how libraries use Twitter, and other social networking tools, to engage with users. The extent of this adoption by libraries, however, is assumed rather than known, leading to the question: is it really a phenomenon? How many academic libraries are actually currently tweeting? In this paper, we report an investigation of Twitter adoption by Canadian academic libraries. We found that less than half of the main libraries currently tweet, with adoption peaking in 2009. While tweeting is not as ubiquitous as may be assumed and recent adoption has declined, findings do show that tweeting remains consistent and active for those libraries with established Twitter accounts.

Author Biographies

Nina Verishagen, Saskatchewan Institution of Applied Science and Technology

Nina Verishagen works as an Academic Librarian at the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST), specializing in Marketing and Instruction. She is particularly interested in social networking trends in libraries.

Carolyn Hank, University of Tennessee
Assistant Professor, School of Information Sciences, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Published
2014-10-29
How to Cite
Verishagen, N., & Hank, C. (2014). Are there birds in the library? The extent of Twitter adoption and use by Canadian academic libraries. First Monday, 19(11). https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v19i11.4945