Top of the web – October 2018

Kia ora. Here’s our summary of the webpages, blog and social media posts that were popular in October.

Website pages

There were 368,704 page views in October. The most popular pages on christchurchcitylibraries.com:

Join the Library was in at number 12, and more of our Tūranga pages were in the top 50.

October’s popular blog posts

Popular blog posts published in October on the website:

Not published in October, but attracting views was The old homestead at Stonyhurst a Picturing Canterbury post by Simon (published March 2018).

Photos on Flickr

There were 267,397 page views in October on Flickr. It now has a total of 8,560,680 views.

Top on Twitter

Follow us on Twitter. As at 5 November, we have 5017 followers.

Tūranga is open – and people are exploring their new central library. Opening pics: https://www.flickr.com/photos/christchurchcitylibraries/sets/72157672234197707
Great photos of Tūranga in action by @ChristchurchCC https://www.ccc.govt.nz/news-and-events/newsline/show/3058 ^DR

Thank you Christchurch people. Tūranga is for you.

Cool fact that Kim learned at the Cook’s cook book launch last night: Gavin Bishop was the first author to have a book launch at the old central library and the first at our new one, Tūranga… 36 years apart. https://my.christchurchcitylibraries.com/blogs/post/gavin-bishop-cooks-cook-book-launch/ ^MT

Facebook favourites

Like us on Facebook. As at 5 November, we have 8841 likes.

Mōrena. The day has finally arrived and we hope you’re as excited as we are for the Tūranga Grand Opening! Watch the official opening ceremony online from 12 noon today https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aivupywQ9cc
Doors open to the public for tours at 1pm.
More about Tūranga: https://my.christchurchcitylibraries.com/turanga/

Tūranga is open! Thank you to all the Christchurchians who have come in today. Here are some photos from opening day, including Marlene who was the first customer in. https://www.flickr.com/…/christchurc…/sets/72157672234197707
Find out more about what’s happening at Tūranga. https://my.christchurchcitylibraries.com/turanga/ ^Donna

Day One of Tūranga – check out this time lapse of Tūranga from Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects – you might spot yourself if you were there … ^Donna


If you are interested in how we derive our rankings, we measure page views on our website, organic reach for Facebook posts, and impressions for tweets.

Celebrating Tūranga

I can’t speak for anyone else, but it sometimes seemed that the opening day for Tūranga would never arrive. And then it did!

Tūranga exterior shot
Tūranga, Southbase Construction, 18 September 2018.
File reference: New-Central-2018-09-18-028
Photo by Pam Carmichael Photography.

And what a day. You couldn’t have picked a less pleasant date, weather-wise, if you’d tried. Driving rain, occasional hail, and bitter cold – appalling weather for a library opening… and still our beloved, loyal customers came in their thousands.

I’ve pulled together all the media I could find relating to Tūranga opening in this post, along with some of the messages of support and celebration we’ve received via social media – it’s been a great time to be part of Christchurch City Libraries, feeling the aroha from people all over the city and further afield.

In the news

Photos

Opening day

Social Media

Monitoring library social media the last couple of weeks has been a) a lot busier than usual but b) a delight, as people discover Tūranga and share their joy and amazement online. Below is just a selection of the great feedback we’ve had from library lovers.

Other

Outside the main media outlets, other organisations, customers and visitors have their own thoughts and reflections.

Tūranga, the new Christchurch central library opens in New Zealand from SHL Architects on Vimeo. Timelapse video across the whole of opening day, 12 October 2018.

Video of the opening ceremony, 12 October 2018.

Ngā toi o Tūranga‘, video from Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, posted 17 October 2018. Includes short interviews with artists whose work features in Tūranga and discusses the cultural narrative of the buildng.

Video made by a family visiting Tūranga for the first time. Posted 16 October 2018.

If you’ve found any other news items, photos, or videos that should be included in this Tūranga roundup please let us know in the comments and we’ll add them in!

Top of the web – September 2018

Kia ora. Here’s our summary of the webpages, blog and social media posts that were popular in September.

Website pages

There were 306,040 page views in September. The most popular pages on christchurchcitylibraries.com:

Other popular pages: Te Wiki o te Reo Māori and Tūranga information was popular this month.

September’s popular blog posts

Popular blog posts published in September on the website:

Photos on Flickr

There were 140,750 page views in September on Flickr. It now has a total of 8,293,283 views.

Top on Twitter

Follow us on Twitter. As at 31 September, we have 4963 followers.

Not a glass ceiling, but “a thick layer of men”. Andrew reports back on last night’s #wordchch @HelenClarkNZ session and that killer quote.  ^DR

Best audience question ever “Can you come to my birthday?”. #wordchch Nanogirl @medickinson rules. ^DR

“… Speak about the things, and the people, we love.” @katbhave reports on @pantographpunch #wordchch Explosive Archaeology session with @jenkshields @TayiTibble @brannavan @lanalopesi @ladyhorrors ^DR

Facebook favourites

Like us on Facebook. As at 31 September, we have 8563 likes.

Excited yet?
(Just over 3 weeks until opening, library-fans!)
More photos on Flickr  ^Moata

New Central Library construction

Big news, library whānau! Lee Child – creator of hero Jack Reacher – is coming to Christchurch on Friday 23 November, thanks to WORD Christchurch and Penguin Books NZ. YAYYYYYY! ^Donna
https://wordchristchurch.co.nz/programme/an-evening-with-lee-child/


LEGO + LIBRARY = YAY! Tūranga and Imagination Station have joined creative forces to make LEGO playtime a permanent fixture in the city’s new central library. Imagination Station will have a new permanent home on Tūranga’s Hapori/Community Floor (level one) when the library opens on 12 October. https://www.ccc.govt.nz/news-and-events/newsline/show/2975

If you are interested in how we derive our rankings, we measure page views on our website, organic reach for Facebook posts, and impressions for tweets.

Top of the web – August 2018

Kia ora. Here’s our summary of the webpages, blog and social media posts that were popular in August.

Website pages

There were 353,113 page views in August. The most popular pages on christchurchcitylibraries.com:

August’s popular blog posts

Popular blog posts published in August on the website:

Photos on Flickr

There were 199,746 page views in August on Flickr. It now has a total of 8,152,533 views.

Top on Twitter

Follow us on Twitter.
“The sad and unavoidable fact is book-reading has lost its centrality to our culture. In NZ, few people read.” Lloyd Jones pulls no punches in his #wordchch quick questions. ^DR

Mōrena, Christchurch. Tūranga, your new central library, will open its doors on Friday 12 October. We look forward to seeing you there! ^DR

Have a browse of this week’s #newtitles
Some good #ReadNZ titles from @TwoPaddocks @DrJessBerentson @DoingOurBitNZ ^DR

Facebook favourites

Like us on Facebook.

Kia ora koutou. We are happy to report that Tūranga, your new central library, will open its doors on Friday 12 October. https://my.christchurchcitylibraries.com/news/turanga-your-new-central-library-will-open-on-friday-12-october/

A happy milestone today – the first books are on the shelves at Tūranga, your new central library! Find out more about Tūranga:https://my.christchurchcitylibraries.com/central-library/
and here’s information on the transition to Tūranga:  ^Donna

Spring is on its way and to celebrate the season of growing and gardening we are hosting seed and plant swaps in the first half of September. Bring in your extra seeds and small plants and we’ll put them out to share. Find out when and where: https://my.christchurchcitylibraries.com/blogs/post/the-great-library-seed-and-plant-swap-2018/

If you are interested in how we derive our rankings, we measure page views on our website, organic reach for Facebook posts, and impressions for tweets.

Project: Migration – Claire Brocklehurst, Library, Ara Institute of Canterbury

“On February 15, 2018, Ara Institute of Canterbury Library went live with a new Library management system: Alma from Ex Libris …”

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On February 15, 2018, Ara Institute of Canterbury Library went live with a new Library management system: Alma from Ex Libris.

Alma Cake The Alma Cake

This was the culmination of a project that was simultaneously too long and far too short! We had been looking at replacing our old system, Voyager, for many years, but the timing had never been right. Suddenly, in the middle of 2017, the stars aligned, and it was all go.

This was a huge undertaking for our small team: only about 10 FTE staff, with limited technical expertise. We had about six months for the whole project, with the go-live date being set for the first week of the academic year (we are still not sure who made that decision: they were not popular).

Alma had the advantage for us that it brought a number of other systems under one umbrella. It includes usage statistics for…

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