It appears I have already blown the “weekly” part of my new series highlighting excellent examples of academic social media application by failing to post last week. So, perhaps I can make it up by book-ending the work week with two examples this week.
USC Libraries’ Live Twitter Coverage of the L.A. Archives Bazaar
The University of Southern California had two big wins this past Saturday. First, an up-to-the-last-second suspenseful football victory (34 to 27) over Notre Dame. And second, excellent live streaming Twitter coverage of the the 4th Annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar.
The Bazaar, hosted by USC Libraries, is an annual event, open to the public, whose purpose is to promote public awareness of local history as well as provide a forum for historians, educators, archivists, librarians, students and historical activists to share ideas, experiences, and resources.
@USCLibraries did an excellent job covering the entire event with live minute-by-minute Twitter coverage. The Tweeter(s) posted observations about exhibits, including TwitPics of many of the items on display — very much appreciated by someone like me, who was unable to attend the event — and frequently Tweeted links to the websites for those particular exhibits and projects. I like that the library Tweeter(s) also shared comments, questions, and answers from the different panel discussions. And @USCLibraries provided a nice wrap-up by Tweeting and Retweeting links to news media coverage of the event. All of these Tweets were nicely tied together with the “#laarchives” hashtag, allowing Twitter followers to easily identify posts from the event. All in all, @USCLibraries provided a thorough, engaging, well planned, and well executed Twitter package.