Back in December, when we were crowdsourcing ideas for our 2012 Twitter chats, one of the recurring recommendations was preservation-themed books. Being a big reader - but not one with a lot of educational background in the field - I thought this sounded like a splendid idea. What better way to build out a preservation reading list than hearing what everyone's favorites are? And what should be avoided at all cost?
And so, that's what we'll be doing during March's #builtheritage Twitter chat - talking books. What are everyone's favorite nonfiction books on preservation? What fictional titles hit preservation themes particularly well? What books absolutely set your teeth on edge?
As an added bonus, I'll be sharing a little poll during the chat to gauge interest in the possibility of a Twitter-based book group that would meet quarterly. It would function just like an offline book group, with questions and conversation, but in tiny, 140-character snippets. Fun!
When and where will all this book chat be taking place? On Wednesday, March 7 from 4:00-5:00 EST on Twitter, around the #builtheritage hashtag.
Here’s how to participate in the chat:
2. Follow and tweet with the hashtag #builtheritage.
3. Watch for the questions in the Q1 format. Provide answers using the A1 format, and interact with other participants using replies and retweets.
Oh, and what we mean by the Q1/A1 format is this: Questions (we usually have four per chat) are posed by the moderators as Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4 about every 15 minutes. We ask that chatters reply with A1, A2, etc. to help everyone stay clear on what they’re responding to. A lot of side conversations and such still break out, but it helps keep things at least a little organized.
If you can’t join in live, don’t worry – I’ll also post a transcript, with a link to the book group poll, within a few days of the chat.
Hope you can join us!
Sarah Heffern is a member of the Digital and New Media team at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. When it comes to preservation-themed books, she is trying to decide if reading Triumph of the City is worth it, or will just make her angry.
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