Washington University Libraries staff members are offering a series of free workshops this fall to help students, faculty and staff tap the practical powers of Twitter.
Each of the four sessions will be held in Olin Library’s Arc (Level A) at 3 p.m. on various Thursday afternoons throughout the fall semester. Topics range from Twitter 101, an introductory class, to more advanced workshops — collectively titled Twitter 201 — on specific uses of the popular social media platform.
Twitter 101, 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20. Geared for the Twitter novice, this hour-and-a-half session, led by Islamic Studies Librarian Jaleh Fazelian, will cover account creation, search features, what it means to follow someone, how to construct a tweet, what hashtags and retweets are, and other Twitter basics.
Twitter 201: Social Movements, 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27. Fazelian and Makiba Foster, librarian for American history, American culture studies, and women, gender and sexuality studies, will lead a discussion of Twitter’s instrumental role as an unlikely galvanizing tool in recent national and global movements ranging from uprisings in the Middle East to corporate protest.
Twitter 201: Photography & Images, 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18. Engineering Librarian Lauren Todd will join Fazelian to help attendees learn how to take beautifully composed pictures on a smartphone, why Instagram isn’t the only option and where to connect with photographers on Twitter.
Twitter 201: Professional Development, 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29. Todd and Brian Vetruba, librarian for Germanic studies, comparative literature and European studies, will suggest ways to develop professionally and foster meaningful professional connections using Twitter. The facilitators say Twitter can prove to be a valuable networking tool in a variety of professions — to start conversations, to get help with a tricky professional problem, and to follow conference activities from afar.