Top of the web – April 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.
You, the mothers, who sent their sons from far away countries...

You, the mothers, who sent their sons from far away countries…’Poppies over Gallipoli’ sculpture in Anzac Drive Reserve. Inscription reads: “You, the mothers, who sent their sons from far away countries wipe away your tears;” Flickr ANZAC-Drive-Poppies-DSC_1686.JPG

Website pages

There were 327,342 page views in April. The most popular pages on our website:

  1. Anzac Day and Gallipoli (8th last month)
  2. New Central Library (new)
  3. Anzac Day in Christchurch and Canterbury (the first blog post to appear in the top 10)
  4. Kids browse page (3rd last month)
  5. Books browse page (5th last month)
  6. My account (7th last month)
  7. PressDisplay about (6th last month)
  8. eBooks browse page (new)
  9. Library hours (new)
  10. Holiday hours (new)

April’s popular blog posts

49 posts published on the Christchurch City Libraries blog.
Top posts this month:

Photos on Flickr

There were 135,159 views in April. Flickr is at 4,375,463 page views.

Top on Twitter

We have 3559 followers on Twitter.
Top tweets this month:

The William Smith map find by @uoclibrary & a couple of our own ye olde geological maps. http://t.co/F3U7Oxv5Q9 ^DR
https://twitter.com/ChristchurchLib/status/590642045758353408

If you are heading off to Spreydon Library … read this first. It is closed until 4 May for #eqnz repairs.http://t.co/9s7XyenaZy ^DR
https://twitter.com/ChristchurchLib/status/589933798852153345

Cycle to your library tomorrow (Tues 14 April) #chch, get on your bike & score a backpack! http://t.co/s3Xo4CrNlQ ^DR
https://twitter.com/ChristchurchLib/status/587383142949855232

Facebook favourites

We have 3920 likes on Facebook.
Top posts this month:

What a fab idea – a bookshelf quilt! ^Vanessa
https://www.facebook.com/ChristchurchCityLibraries/posts/865762960161287

Researching a local soldier can make the First World War seem much more “real”. Read Bronwen’s post about “her” soldier, John Haynes of Linwood. ^MT
https://cclblog.wordpress.com/2015/04/25/remembering-them/
https://www.facebook.com/ChristchurchCityLibraries/posts/874632845940965

Get an insight of what the First World War was really like for those who lived through it.
Head on down to Central Library Peterborough to view “World War One at Home and at the Front” http://ow.ly/LmNM1 – a touching exhibition including uniforms, equipment, photographs, publications, badges and letters.
We thank Barry O’Sullivan for the loan of these taonga. You can also view several items in our digitised collection http://ow.ly/LmOiU ^Vanessa
https://www.facebook.com/ChristchurchCityLibraries/posts/866294540108129

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 – March 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.
Book sale

Christchurch City Libraries Book Sale. Pioneer Recreation and Sport Centre. Thursday 19 March 2015. Flickr 2015-03-19-IMG_6367

Website pages

There were 333,542 page views in March. The most popular pages:

  1. Library book sales (new)
  2. 22 February 2011 Canterbury earthquake for kids (7th last month)
  3. Kids browse page (1st last month)
  4. Learning Centres (5th last month)
  5. Books browse page (2nd last month)
  6. PressDisplay about (8th last month)
  7. My account (4th last month)
  8. Anzac Day and Gallipoli (new)
  9. PressDisplay online resource (3rd last month)
  10. OverDrive online resource (9th last month)

March’s popular blog posts

47 posts published:

Photos on Flickr

There were 175,354 views in March (approximately 50,000 more than in February).

Flickr is at 4,240,304 page views.

Top on Twitter

We have 3496 followers.

Ooooh @AklWritersFest Twitter sesh starring @nzdodo & @publicaddress & Simon Wilson editor of @MetroMagNZ http://t.co/zxzVGfRcJX ^DR

Russell Brown – Mr @publicaddress – on 80s #chch music. A free @chchartgallery event on Weds 11 March. http://t.co/jM0F5NC5ei ^DR

Guess who’s coming to #chch? @WORDChCh’s splendid Autumn events incl. Sir @davidwalliams http://t.co/W5WOHVxrpJ  ^DR http://t.co/rP15UpNHOU

Facebook favourites

We have 3891 likes.

Feast your eyes upon your New Central Library / Ngā Kete Wānanga o Ōtautahi http://ow.ly/KNYPo It is due to open early in 2018. ^Donna

Kia ora. Do you want to be on our team (our team)? There are library assistant positions available at Christchurch City Libraries, and a Team Leader role. Apply this week! Find out more http://www.cccjobs.co.nz/jobs/search… ^Donna

“Five-year-old Charlie Brown did not send Noddy, the white boxer, to sleep, during his first 15-minute session at the library. Instead, he captured Noddy’s full attention as he read him a picture book called Training Ruby.” Our Reading for Dogs programme was in The Press today. http://ow.ly/JZbbn Find out more http://ow.ly/JZaHX ^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.

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.