Seven years of socialising: Social media at Christchurch City Libraries

Martian Party Holiday programme
Martian Party Holiday programme, Spreydon Library, CCL-150-732

Today we are 7 – Christchurch City Libraries celebrates seven years of being social online.

We launched our blog on 22 May 2007.

Why are we social? Librarians and libraries are naturally sociable critters. We love information to be free, and freely available. Social media gives us an online platform to share our stuff, ask and answer questions, inform people about events and resources, and have conversations with customers.

Here is a look back on our social history.

Our social media timeline


22 May: Christchurch City Libraries blog is launched, with the first posts from the 2007 Auckland Writers and Readers Festival. Here is our first post.

7 June: Bibliofile blog is launched, with the first posts coming from a conference in the United Kingdom on joint school/public libraries.


August: Christchurch City Libraries joins Flickr.


12 April: Christchurch kids blog is launched. Read the first post.

15 September: Christchurch City Libraries joins Twitter as @ChristchurchLib.


January: BiblioCommons catalogue is launched. Users can rate items, make lists, and share opinions by using this social catalogue.

March: Christchurch City Libraries establishes a Facebook presence.


1 September
Ahead of WW100 commemorations, we established a Twitter account 100chch. Read the first tweet.

2 September
Our Flickr site passes one and a half million (1,500,000) page views.

Where we’re at today

A little light statistics, as at 21 May 2014:

  • Flickr 2,839,975 views
  • Facebook 3806 likes
  • Twitter 2983 followers


Articles on how we use social media, and analysis of our statistics.

Opening of Lyttelton Road Tunnel  Libraries Manager, Carolyn Robertson Flooded Avon River on Oxford Terrace Camilla Läckberg

Most shared

Join in

We’d love you all to join in the conversation online – here’s where it is happening:

Christchurch Symphony Orchestra
Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. Central Library Peterborough. Saturday 10 May 2014. Flickr: 2014-05-10-IMG_0182


One thought on “Seven years of socialising: Social media at Christchurch City Libraries

  1. purplerulzpurplerulz May 22, 2014 / 10:50 am

    Yay! Happy Birthday to everyone, virtual and real! Wish the cake wasn’t virtual though!

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