Kia ora. We explore what Christchurch City Libraries’ webpages and blog posts and social media postings were popular each month – so we can learn more about what our customers are interested in.

Website pages

The Source, and Kids pages were the most viewed this month, and also in the top 20 were the Book Sale and the Treaty of Waitangi.

March’s popular blog posts

Photos on Flickr

There were 274,197 views in March. We are at 2,675,512 page views.

4 and 5 March were very busy days – we clocked up 106,297 views on those two days (due to photos of the flooded Avon River in town).

Our most popular photo is this view of the flood by Our City O-Tautahi.
Flooded Avon River on Oxford Terrace

Top on Twitter

We have 2910 followers. The most popular tweets:

Facebook favourites

We have 3684 likes.

The Avon River in town photo album was our busiest Facebook post ever with 106 shares, 49,800 engagement and 7,500 reach.

Over at Library Journal, the latest batch of Movers and Shakers – 50 passionate library people – is out.

Here in Aotearoa, librarians are sharing their ideas and practices in Library Life.The first issue of Library Life for 2014 is out – in PDF format.

Library Life editor Abigail Willemse has put together an interesting selection this month. The focus is social media and how to blend (or separate) the personal and professional.

Cath Sheard (on Twitter as @kiwilibrarian) in Being social can be professional too (p.11-12):

If what you’re saying is meant to matter, let people identify you.

Judi Kercher of Massey University in Social media reflects real life … (p. 13) argues:

To me, social media reflects different aspects of me – my work life and my personal life and, as I keep them separate in real life, I also keep them separate online.

There is plenty more interesting professional stuff to explore, with reports on IFLA and volunteering in Timor-Leste.

Its always difficult trying to parse a conference as diverse as Webstock into a few lines of blog posts or a 1 hour talk. Sometimes I end up talking about a handful of the fascinating sessions, the ones that really resonated with me or the ones that seemed to have the most bearing on libraries, our work and our customers. Often I try to draw out a theme or two, as Webstock speakers often seem to have shared themes. It never does justice to either the speakers or the event as a whole. This year you’re getting a book/link list c/o BiblioCommons and a Wordle. Enjoy, explore, employ.

The Webstock 2014 book / link list

Cover of The year without pants by Scott BerkunThis list features books by Webstock 2014 speakers as well as those they refer to, their presentations where they’ve been posted publicly, websites that they have referred to or in some cases their own websites.

The books in particular are very interesting in that you’ll notice that NONE of them are to do with web specifically. In fact most of them are to do with psychology, or rather thinking, with some design and media stuff thrown in. That’s because, despite its name, Webstock is not really a web conference (any more?) – sure most of its speakers and attendees are doing stuff on the web, but then most of everyone is on the web these days. If you tied me down and tickled me for an answer I would say that Webstock is about creativity. Not (only) arty farty creativity but the creativity that makes us make and innovate, whether it’s a really great public service website, a music album, an orchestra, a park, a health programme; and creating the conditions that maximise that creativity.

My Webstock ’14 Wordle

Wordle based on phrases from webstock 2014

Check out that great big change. Not that that’s surprising – whether it was Liz’s “QUIT”, or Tom’s “revolution not evolution”, or Scott’s “‘what we’ve always done’ has no value”, there was a huge emphasis (see, a theme emerges) of making major changes to the way you do things and think about things, of letting go of the past and its baggage and reassessing where your plans are taking you. So to end this rambling summary I’m going to leave you with some of the snippets that made up the above and encourage you to have a look at the book/link list – I’ll be adding to it from time to time, particularly as the conference videos emerge.

Choose important over urgent… Erase the meanings that are holding you back.

Do it properly. Stop making digital services as if you’re buying something.

Don’t underestimate passion and human spirit. Take a leap of faith.

Don’t write a strategy, deliver. Go back to first principles, focus on user need.

Create patterns for personal serendipity. Create rituals.

Choose a gap, start small and run fast. Optimise for momentum.

Some useful and interesting stuff on the WWW:

This is a list of recently purchased titles, (in a fairly dull format unfortunately) but hopefully brimming with interesting titles for your professional enjoyment! Topics covered include searching, study, library design, leadership, web design and social media.


Computer skills:

Professional development:




Web design and social media:

Jane Keenan.  Library Content, Selection and Access

Kia ora. We explore what Christchurch City Libraries’ webpages and blog posts and social media postings were popular each month – so we can learn more about what our customers are interested in.

Website pages

In February 2014, the average duration of a visit was 3 minutes 1 second and there were 473,942 page views.
Collective nouns for animal groups was our most popular page with our page on the Treaty of Waitangi making the top 10. Our new Treaty Zone for kids was at 69th spot.

February’s popular blog posts

Photos on Flickr

There were 131,237 views in February. We are at 2,401,315 page views.

Top on Twitter

We have 2870 followers. The most popular tweets:

A halt on a trip to Akaroa, at Barry's Bay [1886] Preece, A. E. (Alfred Ernest), 1863-1946.

A halt on a trip to Akaroa, at Barry’s Bay [1886] Preece, A. E. (Alfred Ernest), 1863-1946.

Facebook favourites

We have 3590 likes.

‘I Hear & I Forget. I See & I Remember. I Do & I Understand’: Report On 2013 ‘Paul Reynolds Scholarship’ Placement At The Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum by Virginia Gow in the The New Zealand Library And Information Management Journal Vol. 53, No.3 (2014).

This is a brilliant article. The things that resonate most with me relate to making the most of digital content :

  • Unlocking collections through real-world experiences or universal topics and emotions (death, laughter, joy) will cut across all ages – then tailor content choices if you need to.
  • Words are everywhere. Unfolding narratives aren’t. Less at first can be more – and visual storytelling is accessible to many.
  • Make people aware you’ve made something digital for them to use – through front of house staff, on signs, in queues. Don’t assume they’ll know about it.

More useful and interesting stuff on the WWW:

And on the light side:

The four keynote papers from last year’s National Digital forum can now be found on YouTube. They are:

All are well worth a look and last around 50 minutes.

If you get emails from us at Christchurch City Libraries, you might’ve noticed something a bit unusual at the bottom. Some of us are saying what we are reading.

And I am signing off with a Nāku noa, nā and Currently reading: Scent & Subversion: Decoding A Century of Provocative Perfume by Barbara Herman. Blooming good it is too.

Cover of Angle of repose Cover of The lost tohunga Cover of Scent and subversion

It is a nice way of giving (and getting) reading ideas.  Any other quick tips for sharing the book love?

PS Australia is celebrating Library Lovers’ Day. A nice way to get a bit of Valentine’s Day loving for libraries – it is also International Book Giving Day.

Library Lover's Day

An irregular series of interesting stuff on the web.

Hindsight is a new blog with a focus on culture, heritage, and creativity:

Each post consists of a historical image from a cultural repository and a new work of art inspired by it. The blog also features monthly profiles of memory institutions in interview form.

I love how poet Helen Heath turns a Papers Past advert into a story, and into a poem in It all unfolds.

Gareth Shute explores the wonder of airships, and check out Chris McDowall’s venture into the world of hexagonal maps.

There are also profiles of cultural institutions like the Alexander Turnbull Library and DigitalNZ. Sign up to get the latest posts delivered.

Meanwhile, on Twitter …

Christchurch, 100 years ago


The perennial “What to read” problem

The lighter side

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