The modern library debate

Ghanaian-British architect Sir David Adjaye was on Kim Hill’s show recently, talking about his work. He provided an interesting description of what he thinks a modern library is like.

Think about the library as a network hub, a place where the community hall is merged with the library, and social services are also activated there. So you have life-long learning, you can learn motor mechanics, flower arranging, yoga, you can get a book, you can get a class on languages, you can get government services. So it really becomes a hub, and it becomes one of the few places where you see multi generations of people, people of different languages and backgrounds, all coming under a service that is supplied in their community and neighbourhood.

And it helps with this idea that the library is more than just a container for books, which is really a post-war idea to do with educating and edifying communities,  but the library has become in our communities a place where communities overlap and children and adults overlap, a place which can edify and continue life-long learning, which we know is now incredibly important. It’s no longer just getting your education till your eighteen or twenty and then that’s it. There’s so many technological changes, information is changing so much, that life-long learning is part of our way of life in big cities.

Sir David Adjaye, Wikipedia

Aspects of this seem to fit nicely with the vision for our new Central Library.

Listen to the full Radio NZ interview with Sir David Adjaye.

Public Libraries: the changing face of the public library  features:

  • information on how public libraries are changing in the UK,
  • debate about the Idea Store concept (which Sir David was involved in designing).

Top of the web – January 2017

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.

Hazel, Isaac and Theo in rocket
Soft toy sleepover, Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre, 26 January 2017. Flickr 2017-01-26-Hazel-Isaac-Theo

Website pages

There were 265,847 page views in January. The most popular pages on christchurchcitylibraries.com:

  1. About PressReader (formerly PressDisplay) (2nd last month)
  2. My account (5th last month)
  3. Hornby Library (3rd last month)
  4. Books browse page (6th last month)
  5. OverDrive about page (64h last month)
  6. Kids browse page (10th last month).
  7. eBooks browse page (NEW)
  8. Christmas and New Year library hours 2016/17 (1st last month)
  9. Zinio for libraries (7th last month)
  10. Passwords and PIN (NEW)

January’s popular blog posts

On the Christchurch City Libraries blog – 39 posts published.

Photos on Flickr

There were 58,035 page views in January on Flickr. It now has a total of 6,091,914 views.

Top on Twitter

We have 4458 followers. Follow us on Twitter.

Happy #libraryshelfie day! We’re rockin’ it at #AranuiLibrary to celebrate! ^DC ^SH https://t.co/TiXTT7evZv

If there is a cure for this, I don’t want it. #bookhangover at Central Library Manchester. ^DR https://t.co/jDeUiHpUSu

At work on your new Central Library. ^DR https://t.co/L1ODWObesq

Facebook favourites

We have 6260 likes. Like us on Facebook.

Have you got a book hangover? I’m still feeling the musical mayhem of Sylvia Patterson’s music memoir I’m not with the band. https://christchurch.bibliocommons.com/item/show/956721037_im_not_with_the_band ^Donna

New for 2017: The CSO, in partnership with the Christchurch City Libraries, is delighted to introduce Music Trails through the Library. These free 45-minute performances by CSO ensembles provide a fun and interactive way of introducing young people to live music. With elements of dance, song and stories, Music Trails through the Library is a great opportunity for children to see the instruments up close and join in with the musical fun. First up: Wednesday 1 Feb at Fendalton Library and a string quartet! http://my.christchurchcitylibraries.com/music-trails-through-the-library/ ^Donna

Christchurch giving some A+ sky this evening! ^Donna



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Top of the web 2016

Kia ora. Here is a look back at the webpages, tweets, photos, Facebook and blog posts that proved popular in 2016.

New Central Library construction
New Central Library – Southbase Construction, 14 December 2016. Photo by Pam Carmichael Photography. Flickr New-Central-2016-12-14-CL-16

Website pages
my.christchurchcitylibraries.com stats for 2016.
2016 statistics
If we add in page views for heritage.christchurchcitylibraries.com (235,438) and christchurchcitylibraries.com (1,076,824), that makes a total of 4,672,410 page views for 2016.
The catalogue had 10,087,906 page views in 2016.

Top 20 webpages of 2016

  1. About Press Display
  2. 22 February 2011 Canterbury earthquake
  3. Books browse page
  4. About OverDrive
  5. Learning centres
  6. My account
  7. Kids browse page
  8. Hornby
  9. Matariki for kids
  10. Request an item
  11. New titles
  12. Holiday programmes, events, and activities
  13. Passwords and PIN
  14. A-Z directory of eResources
  15. Beginner’s kete to learning basic Māori language
  16. Family History
  17. eResources
  18. About Zinio for libraries
  19. Upper Riccarton
  20. Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre

Popular blog posts on christchurchcitylibraries.com

Hoon Hay School Kapa Haka performance
Christchurch City Libraries celebrates Matariki / Māori New Year, June 2016. Kapa haka performance by pupils from Hoon Hay School at Central Peterborough Library, 19 June 2016. Flickr 2016-06-19-IMG_1965

Popular blog posts on cclblog.wordpress.com

There were 593 posts published on the library blog in 2016. Here are the most popular ones for the year:

  1. Anzac Day in Christchurch and Canterbury 2016
  2. NCEA Booklists
  3. Women scientists in New Zealand
  4. Canterbury Japan Day – Sunday 6 March 2016
  5. The ghosts of cinema past
  6. Matariki – Māori New Year 2016
  7. Exploring Otautahi
  8. The seven stars of Matariki
  9. Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori – Māori Language Week 2015
  10. The Best (& Worst) Children’s Books of 2016

Photos on Flickr

Our Flickr images got 977636 page views in 2016. Flickr is now at 6,033,879 page views.

Top on Twitter

We gained 531 followers on Twitter in 2016, taking our total to 4442 followers. The ten most popular tweets of 2016:

  1. https://twitter.com/ChristchurchLib/status/765691276838572033
  2. https://twitter.com/ChristchurchLib/status/753789367856967680
  3. https://twitter.com/ChristchurchLib/status/752253910539202560
  4. https://twitter.com/ChristchurchLib/status/754882361234370560
  5. https://twitter.com/ChristchurchLib/status/750155398397779968
  6. https://twitter.com/ChristchurchLib/status/750220311300222976
  7. https://twitter.com/ChristchurchLib/status/743273804445556736
  8. https://twitter.com/ChristchurchLib/status/754866315886682112
  9. https://twitter.com/ChristchurchLib/status/732755667996446720
  10. https://twitter.com/ChristchurchLib/status/734585419556347904

Facebook favourites

We got 1699 new likes on Facebook in 2016, and now have 6033 “likers”. Here are the 10 most popular posts of 2016:










  1. https://www.facebook.com/ChristchurchCityLibraries/posts/1125932424144338
  2. https://www.facebook.com/ChristchurchCityLibraries/posts/1299827076754871
  3. https://www.facebook.com/ChristchurchCityLibraries/posts/1288976071173305
  4. https://www.facebook.com/ChristchurchCityLibraries/posts/1106088872795360
  5. https://www.facebook.com/ChristchurchCityLibraries/posts/1301438549927057
  6. https://www.facebook.com/ChristchurchCityLibraries/posts/1224937950910451
  7. https://www.facebook.com/ChristchurchCityLibraries/posts/1025832387487676
  8. https://www.facebook.com/ChristchurchCityLibraries/posts/1037529776317937
  9. https://www.facebook.com/ChristchurchCityLibraries/posts/1274528652618047
  10. https://www.facebook.com/ChristchurchCityLibraries/posts/1172051849532395

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 – December 2016

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.

New Brighton Santa Parade
New Brighton Santa Parade. Saturday 10 December 2016. Flickr: 2016-12-10-DSC01906

Website pages

There were 229,872 page views in December. The most popular pages on christchurchcitylibraries.com:

  1. Christmas and New Year library hours 2016/17 (NEW)
  2. About PressReader (formerly PressDisplay) (NEW)
  3. Hornby Library (3rd last month)
  4. OverDrive about page (6th last month)
  5. My account (5th last month)
  6. Books browse page (4th last month)
  7. Zinio for libraries (NEW)
  8. Christmas in Christchurch (NEW)
  9. Holiday programmes,events, and activities (NEW)
  10. Kids browse page (NEW)

December’s popular blog posts

On the Christchurch City Libraries blog – 23 posts published.

Photos on Flickr

There were 91,255 page views in December on Flickr. It now has a total of 6,033,879 views.

Top on Twitter

We have 4442 followers. Follow us on Twitter.

We’ve added this to our #bestreads of 2016 page. https://my.christchurchcitylibraries.com/blogs/post/best-reads-2016/
Onya @TheSpinoffTV & especially your BookGod Steve. ^DR https://twitter.com/SteveBraunias/status/808841369137487872

It’s time for the annual lexical joy that is @publicaddress’s Word of the Year. http://publicaddress.net/hardnews/public-address-word-of-the-year-2016/ Get your picks in now! ^DR

Our interview with #TheChangeover director @stuartmckenzie1
So excited for this movie! ^MT http://my.christchurchcitylibraries.com/blogs/post/book-to-film-the-changeover/

Facebook favourites

We have 6099 likes. Like us on Facebook.

We’ve made a ginormous list of things for Christchurch kids and whānau to do in the holidays. Have a look! Any suggestions welcome too. http://my.christchurchcitylibraries.com/holiday-programmes…/ ^Donna

Grab your PJs and head on down to a very special Christmas Storytimes session at South Library tonight!
Plus there are other Christmas themed events in the lead up to the big day. ^Moata

Give eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines a go. If you have a library card, you’ve got access to your library 24/7. http://my.christchurchcitylibraries.com/channel/e-resources/ ^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.

Top of the web – November 2016

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.

Central Library Manchester whiteboard
Central Library Manchester. 4 November 2016. Flickr 2016-11-4-IMG_6834

Website pages

There were 254,812 page views in November. The most popular pages on christchurchcitylibraries.com:

  1. Canterbury earthquake info for kids (1st last month)
  2. PressReader about page (2nd last month)
  3. Hornby Library (3rd last month)
  4. OverDrive about page (6th last month)
  5. My account (5th last month)
  6. Books browse page (4th last month)
  7. New Zealand disasters (10th last month)
  8. Press Display about page (2nd last month)
  9. New titles (9th last month)
  10. Medical inventions (NEW)

Popular blog posts on the website this month:

November’s popular blog posts

On the Christchurch City Libraries blog – 43 posts published.

Photos on Flickr

There were 57,665 page views in November on Flickr. It now has a total of is 5,942,624 page views.

Top on Twitter

We have 4414 followers. Follow us on Twitter.

Mōrena – New Brighton will be closed, & we are waiting to hear about Linwood & Lyttelton Libs post-#eqnz https://t.co/zvpas3Vwov ^DR

New Brighton Library (in its temp location 60 Brighton Mall) is planning to open at midday today (Monday 14 Nov) https://t.co/zvpas3Vwov ^DR https://t.co/1RS2KoBJKh

“Never stop being curious” – Kim talks to @medickinson ahead of her Live Science Show, here in #chch next month. https://t.co/hdR8NUcT75 ^DR https://t.co/2sniMDDx0F

Facebook favourites

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Stories and playing at the Margaret Mahy Playground? Perfect! This summertime – starting tomorrow Thursday 1 December – our Mobile Library will be visiting the Margaret Mahy playground on Thursday mornings. The van will be parked by the main entrance from 9am to 11.45am.
You can borrow books from the van as well as enjoy a Storytimes session at 10am and 11am. Check out our timetable: http://ow.ly/CevV306EzKB The van will be there regardless of the weather – if it’s bad, we can do Storytimes inside! ^Donna

Simon explores the history – and mystery – of the Cashmere Caverns. http://my.christchurchcitylibraries.com/blogs/post/the-cashmere-caverns/  ^Donna

Kia ora, hope you are all feeling a little better this morning. If you are feeling like a library visit, libraries will be open as normal today except New Brighton which opened at midday and is closing early at 5pm. We will continue to share information as it comes to hand. http://my.christchurchcitylibraries.com/news/status-of-libraries-monday-14-november/ ^Donna (updated 3.50pm 14/11)



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.