The premise is simple. Paper.li will scan Twitter for tweets that have links of interest to academic librarians. I developed this by creating the following Twitter search string:
library OR libraries OR librarians academic OR college OR university OR universities OR post-secondary OR PSE -high -school -elementary -kids -children -teacher -public -ousted -4sq.com
The search string is simpler that it looks. Paper.li will first consider only tweets that have these words in them:
- library OR libraries OR librarians
It will then limit this query by holding onto tweets that contain any of the following terms:
- academic OR college OR universities OR post-secondary OR PSE
And finally, it will definitely throw away all tweets that have any of the following words:
- high OR school OR elementaty OR kids OR children OR public OR teacher OR public OR outsted OR 4sq.com
This hopefully filter tweets referring to high school, to public libraries, and to foursquare notices (because libraries are popular Foursquare locations). Apologies if you’re offended that I’m discriminating against school librarians and public librarians. I’m focusing this paper.li product on academic librarians since that’s my profession at the given moment. Later this weekend, I may create a feed for public librarians, though, since I’m passionate about the social justice and community-building work that goes on in these important institutions.
At any rate, be sure to check out The Academic Librarian Review on paper.li. Maybe this venture will work, maybe it will be a bust. We’ll know by next week, I’m sure.