Tweet Up in Glasgow city centre #GLTU

CILIPS was delighted to help promote the first Glasgow Tweet Up for librarians in Glasgow last week.
The event was the initiative of regular tweeter Anabel Marsh (@anabelmarsh) who works at the Jordanhill Campus of Strathclyde University. Almost 30 library tweeps turned up at a city centre pub to meet and discuss ideas for National Libraries Day 2012.  Strong support came from members of CILIPS Council who turned out on a grim rainy evening to join the discussion and to meet Lauren Smith (@walkyouhome) the incoming CILIP Vice President now based in Glasgow. As well as familiar faces there were lots of new faces to meet too and a good mix of folks from across the sectors. It was enjoyable to spend time putting Twitternames to faces!

Suggestions for activities during NLD ranged from a newspaper campaign to a Glasgow library crawl but the library sculptures suggestion won out with everyone using sweeties to vote for their favourite suggestion. Of course at least one of the ideas is already highly successful in its aim to raise the profile of libraries. That’s the (appropriately enough) Twitter initiative based around the CILIPS #lovescottishlibraries campaign which is being organised by Roana Mourad (@DIYLibrarian) and Michael Charlton (@sololibrarian), both CILIPS Council members.

The event was judged a great success by all who attended including Lauren who tweeted that it was a ‘lovely tweetup with lovely Scottish library folk’ (Thanks Lauren). Joanna Ptolomey(@chibbie) has written up her perspective on the event for Info Today

@Lynn Corrigan has also added her views on the Tweet Up with added photos!
Anabel has already swung into action planning a Glasgow library crawl by subway (tentatively titled ‘In the Loop’) and scheduled to take place on National Libraries Day itself (February 4th.) I’ve signed up – have you?