One library, two blogs

Since the arrival of our new website, we have been running two blogs.

Blogs (new!)

Positives

  1. These posts connect nicely with web pages, so you can see them display on the right hand side of relevant content. See Art.
  2. We can embed Flickr photosets into these posts. See Street art.

Negatives

  1. Only library members can comment on posts.
  2. Library Web Team cannot easily see if there are any comments, and therefore can’t respond to people’s queries, requests or comments.
  3. People cannot subscribe.

New blogNew blog post

Christchurch City Libraries blog (old!)

Positives

  1. It has been going since 2007 and has a substantial readership that is still growing.
  2. People can comment easily, and we are alerted to their comments.
  3. People can subscribe and have the latest post delivered to their email, or have it available in their WordPress dashboard.

Negatives

  1. It doesn’t connect up with the new website.

Old blog

What next?

We will continue running the two blogs at the moment, as the new one does not have the full functionality of the previous blog. Here is how we envisage the system working.

  • Bloggers can write their post in either environment, and the Library Web Team will edit and publish on both blogs.
  • The Library Web Team will link to Christchurch City Libraries blog when we publicise posts.
  • At the end of the posts on Blogs, the Library Web Team will add the words Join the conversation and link to the comments section of the Christchurch City Libraries blog.
    Here is an example: Feminism is a feminist issue (Join the conversation added to the bottom of post, linking to http://cclblog.wordpress.com/2015/03/10/feminism-is-a-feminist-issue/#comment)
  • The Library Web Team will make content cards for some posts so they can appear in the Browse sections of the web site. See Books.
  • The BiblioCommons catalogue has a new feature. We can now link blog posts to the catalogue. This is a nifty development you can see in action – under the bib record for Fire and movement by Peter Hart you can see “Opinion” and “Staff blog post”. Hey presto, there’s a link to Kat Moody’s blog post. The Library Web Team will do this addition as part of our publishing process.

More blog info:

  • The Christchurch kids blog has been discontinued, and kids’ content will now be published on the blogs in the same way as other topics.
  • The Bibliofile blog (that you are on right now) will remain as a place to post on professional topics.

We are working with BiblioCommons to get the new blog doing all the things we want it too.

In the meantime, the old blog has been reskinned and given a new theme and fresh look. It is linked to in the footer navigation of the website. Blog on!

Top of the web – February 2015

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.

Chinese calligraphy - Chinese Lunar New Year festivities at Upper Riccarton Library

Chinese calligraphy banner – Chinese Lunar New Year festivities at Upper Riccarton Library, 21 February 2015. Flickr: P1040966.JPG

Website pages

There were 282,684 page views in February. The most popular pages:

  1. Kids browse page (1st last month)
  2. Books browse page (2nd last month)
  3. PressDisplay online resource (7th last month)
  4. My account (3rd last month)
  5. Learning Centres (new)
  6. New titles (5th last month)
  7. 22 February 2011 Canterbury earthquake for kids (new)
  8. PressDisplay about (4th last month)
  9. OverDrive online resource (6th last month)

February’s popular blog posts

48 posts published:

Photos on Flickr

There were 125,635 views in February.
Flickr is at 4,064,950 page views.

Reading to dogs

12 February 2015. Reading to dogs. Papanui Library. Flickr: 2015-02-12-IMG_5126

Top on Twitter

We have 3447 followers.

The Press is now digitised on @PapersPastNZ from 25 May 1861 to 10 Dec 1935. A mere 22,335 issues http://t.co/BF6CJRhE8T #chch ^DR

We’re working on a page on Christchurch street art. Here’s a @digitalnz set of #chch pics http://t.co/za1SoQMgsT ^DR

Fascinating: #chch #eqnz tweets. http://t.co/8QjNX3zfFU Analysing “963,795 tweets through key words, hashtags & prolific users”. ^DR

Facebook favourites

We have 3998 likes.

Kids are loving Reading to Dogs! Here are some pics of Noddy having stories told to her, yesterday at Papanui Library. http://ow.ly/IYAxW Find out more about this superfun programme. http://ow.ly/IYAAT ^Donna

A customer suggested we need more of this in our displays – what do you think? I think the cookbook section might be a good place to start (or is that just me?) ^Lisa http://www.buzzfeed.com/alanwhite/i-basically-lost-it-at-animals-i-want-to-wrestle

12.51pm 22 February 2011. Our clocks stopped.

Our love goes out to people who lost whanau and friends, and suffer and grieve.

Our love to those struggling still.

Our love to everyone rebuilding, and good people busy revitalising their communities.

Arohanui Ōtautahi. ^Donna

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

Top of the web – January 2015

Streets Kite Day - New BrightonKia 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

There were 294,865 page views in January. The most popular pages:

  1. Kids browse page (2nd last month)
  2. Books browse page (1st last month)
  3. My account (new)
  4. PressDisplay (about)
  5. New titles (7th last month)
  6. OverDrive online resource (5th last month)
  7. PressDisplay online resource (8th last month)
  8. Classical Sparks (new)
  9. Library hours
  10. Request an item

January’s popular blog posts

47 posts published:

Photos on Flickr

There were 97,648 views in January.

Flickr is at 3,939,315 page views

Top on Twitter

“Elizabeth’s habit of sunbathing on the road meant she was eventually hit by a car in Woolston” @NZCharlieGates http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/7464952/Memories-of-Avon-Rivers-sea-elephant …

Follow Treaty of Waitangi events in real time, 175 years on. Tapatapahi ana @ArchivesNZ! #Waitangi175 http://waitangi.tki.org.nz/project-gallery/waitangi175-tweets/ … ^DR

Hope you are all ok after this morning’s #eqnz. @geonet‘s latest info is here: http://info.geonet.org.nz/display/quake/2015/01/06/6.4+Earthquake+shakes+central+South+Island … ^DR

We have 3378 followers.

Facebook favourites

Kite Day at New Brighton. Perfect. ^Donna

Anything here take your fancy? You might also enjoy our Fiction Selector Philip’s overview of forthcoming films that are based on books http://my.christchurchcitylibraries.com/…/read-the-book-be…/ ^Vanessa

Check out this article about us – what gets lost, and what is popular. ^Donna

We have 3983 likes.

Top of the web in 2014

Kia ora. Here is a look back at the webpages, tweets, photos, Facebook and blog posts that proved popular in 2014.
Chess, Cathedral Square Minecraft Julia Gillard

Website pages

Our new website was launched on 2 December. In its first month, it received 262,309 page views.

Christchurchcitylibraries.com stats for 2014:

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 Top webpages

  1. Animal names
  2. E-Resources
  3. Kids
  4. About Press Display
  5. About OverDrive
  6. Cemeteries and cemetery records
  7. Library locations
  8. Inventions
  9. Children’s mathematics picture books
  10. 22 February 2011 Canterbury earthquake for kids

Popular blog posts

  1. NCEA Booklists
  2. Walk, bike, or skate through the Lyttelton Road Tunnel – Sunday 31 August 2014
  3. School holidays – September / October 2014
  4. Childrens’ and Young Adult Book Sale
  5. Best reads 2014
  6. Dirty Politics has landed as an eBook
  7. Women scientists in New Zealand
  8. Ngaio Marsh – Crime writer now in eBooks.
  9. Science for kids – the Under 5 Fest
  10. Help us find the last of the retro shopkeepers

Photos on Flickr

Our Flickr images got 1,748,469 page views in 2014. Flickr is now at 3,841,667 page views.

  1. Harewood Airport
  2. Flooded Avon River on Oxford Terrace
  3. Flooded Avon River on Oxford Terrace
  4. Flooded Avon River on Oxford Terrace
  5. Flooded Avon River on Oxford Terrace

Top on Twitter

We gained 557 followers in 2014, taking our total to 3317 followers. The most popular tweets of 2014:

  1. http://twitter.com/ChristchurchLib/status/540226598989885440
    Best music books 2014 @GuardianBooks – +1 that @viv_albertine‘s memoir is top http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/dec/03/the-best-music-books-of-2014 … Read it http://ow.ly/FjlJt  ^DR
  2. http://twitter.com/ChristchurchLib/status/505955529911332865
  3. Mr @damonayoung donated his books to the library, a great gesture – they’ll be added to our collection. #wordchch ^DR
  4. http://twitter.com/ChristchurchLib/status/542063972027883522
  5. What will this year’s @publicaddress Word of the year be? Us wordyphiles must know! Have your say http://publicaddress.net/hardnews/public-address-word-of-the-year-2014/ … ^DR
  6. http://twitter.com/ChristchurchLib/status/540250394824175617
  7. This Father Christmas (pre-1910) is a bit of a frosty hipster. http://t.co/FWXBTjVCRn http://t.co/6fZ1N6mThr ^DR http://t.co/vcdAek5Z2R
  8. http://twitter.com/ChristchurchLib/status/521847939967496192
  9. One not to miss: @Te_Papa’s Kirstie Ross will talk abt her #WW100 book on Fri 17 Oct 6-7pm http://t.co/4O8l7xmiUO http://t.co/Ove9rMIHJM ^VT

Facebook favourites

We got 439 new likes in 2014, and now have 3965 “likers”.

Lisa Simpson (!) has chosen 25 books every woman should read, including The Luminaries http://ow.ly/ECvpt. Do you agree with her choices? Are there any notable omissions in your opinion? ^Vanessa

Spring things in Latimer Square. Very cute! ^Donna.

Yay! The weather cleared for the Treetech Guy Fawkes Fireworks Spectacular at New Brighton Beach ^ Brendon

A little quiz to start the day… I got 13/17 but there was a fair bit of guessing going on (yay for multichoice!) How did you do? ^Vanessa

Here’s looking at us, kids. ^Donna

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

Top of the web – December 2014

Cover of Taste magazineKia 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

Our new website launched on 2 December. The most popular pages in December:

  1. Books browse page
  2. Kids browse page
  3. Welcome to the website blog post
  4. Holiday hours
  5. OverDrive online resource
  6. Press Display (about)
  7. New titles
  8. Press Display online resource
  9. OverDrive (about)
  10. E-Resources

December’s popular blog posts

Photos on Flickr

There were 159,187 views in December. Flickr is at 3,841,667 page views.

Top on Twitter

We have 3317 Twitter followers. December tweets earned 110.9K impressions over this 31 day period

The most popular tweets (measured by impressions):

Facebook favourites

We have 3965 likes on Facebook.

Meet me in the Square – photos by David Cook show you Christchurch 80s style in this new book from Christchurch Art Gallery. http://ow.ly/FSqUI The library will be getting copies too. http://ow.ly/FSr2o ^Donna

Shirley Library has done a freaking awesome sum up of what was best in 2014. A++ would watch again. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nP_5NOtToAc ^Donna

Yep, the countdown is definitely on! Why not relax with some crafty projects?

You don’t have to limit yourself to books – check out the many suggestions in our collection http://ow.ly/F6A5m – there’s plenty to keep the young ones occupied too http://ow.ly/F6Af4

And for a truly Kiwi experience, why not make a Harakeke star for your tree http://ow.ly/F6AL1 ? ^Vanessa