Responding to the rise of social media
Twitter has transcended casual social use to become an integral communication tool, reporting over 100 million users and nearly 250 million daily tweets in October 2011. Already indispensible to groups such as journalists, Twitter is still being explored by librarians and the legal profession.
Promoting the development of improved sources of legal information is a core purpose of Courthouse Libraries BC. Of course, we inherited social networks and blogs in the condition they were handed down by the mainstream—not always ideal for the pragmatic needs of lawyers. While cognizant of its limits, we are interested in the ways social media can be used to distribute legal information, and in the benefits it can offer practitioners.
Twitter in the Practice Portals
We placed Twitter boxes in the Practice Portals in September 2011. The Twitter box in each Practice Portal draws in tweets that contain a CLBC hashtag (described below). Next time you tweet on a legal topic, amplify your reach by adopting a CLBC hashtag—your tweet will automatically appear on our site.
Use these hashtags to join the conversation on legal practice in BC:
Each CLBC hashtag corresponds to one of our Practice Portal pages. When the CLBC hashtag #clbcFAM is used in a tweet, the Twitter box in the Family Law Practice Portal automatically republishes that tweet in its scrolling timeline.
Courthouse Libraries BC curates a number of Twitter lists to make it easier to follow particular practice areas or law-related interests. These lists are connected to @theCLBC (see our full selection of lists here). We are continuously adding Twitter users (mostly lawyers and legal organizations) to @theCLBC lists. The following lists correspond to practice areas currently supported by our Practice Portals: