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What are Twitter chats?

A Twitter Chat is a live discussion on a specific theme via Twitter anyone with a Twitter account can contribute using the pre-agreed hashtag e.g. #ukmedlibs

Sometimes Twitter Chats revolve around a new documentation or it can be a general discussion around a 'hot topic'.

How can Twitter chats support CPD?

They are a great way of connecting with other health and non-health information professionals.  It is a good way to share your own experiences, knowledge and ideas irrespective of what stage you are at in your career.

How do I find what Twitter chats are coming up?

#ukmedlibsand #uklibchat are two of the most popular UK based librarianship Twitter discussion groups.

Other healthcare related Twitter chats can be found via the following link.  In addition @

Christian Lauersen (@clauersen) has put together a calendar of Library Twitter Chats.  Contact @clauerson if you feel that an important Library Twitter chat is missing.

About #ukmedlibs

#ukmedlibs takes place every third Tuesday on a monthly basis from 20.00 - 21.00 (UK time).  The hastag was inspired by North American colleagues, who have been running the #medlibs chats for some time.  The next #ukmedlibs chat takes place on Tuesday 17th April.  The title of the discussion is "Statistics: what are we collecting and what for?!".  The agenda is available here.

Transcripts and analytics of previous chats are available here.

About #uklibchat

#uklibchat is a monthly discussion group that takes place on Twitter, usually from 19.00 to 20.30 (UK time) on a Monday, using the Twitter account @uklibchat. More information is available on the #uklibchat FAQs page.  All of the topics  for discussion are proposed by participants and are added to an agenda circulated in an open document format via the #uklibchat page and via Twitter the week preceding the talk.  The next #uklibchat takes place on Monday 9th May from 19.00-20.30.  The title of the session is ""Online networker".

The #uklibchat archives of previous chats are available here.

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