Top of the web – April 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.

3D Quiver colouring in, pukeko
3D technology afternoon at Shirley Library. Photo taken Friday 29 April 2016. Flickr 2016-04-29-IMG_0169

Website pages

There were 284,086 page views in April. The most popular pages on christchurchcitylibraries.com:

  1. Press Display about page (2nd last month)
  2. Kids browse page (5th last month)
  3. Books browse page (4th last month)
  4. School holidays! Holiday programmes, events, and activities (NEW)
  5. 2011 Canterbury earthquake for kids (1st last month)
  6. Anzac Day and Gallipoli: 25 April (NEW)
  7. Learning Centres (3rd last month)
  8. OverDrive About page (6th last month)
  9. Library and Learning Centre School Holiday Programmes (NEW)
  10. My account (8th last month)

April’s popular blog posts

On the Christchurch City Libraries blog – 42 posts published:

Photos on Flickr

There were 121,516 page views in April on Flickr. It now has a total of 5,392,516 page views.

Anzac Day display
Anzac Day display. South Library. 21 April 2016.  Flickr 2016-04-21-IMG_3699

Top on Twitter

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#chch school hols programmes & activities, including @ChchArtGallery & @ScienceAliveNZ ^DR

#nzmm begins with Kane Strang gig at @ChchArtGallery then sweet library gigs, plus @rdu985fm at @CantMuseum ^DR

Today: @Anika_Moa Songs for Bubbas show Shirley Intermediate Fri 22 April 10:30am. Tomorrow she’s at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre 10:30am. ^DR

Facebook favourites

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Want to work with us? Then get in quick! These librarian vacancies close today. ^Moata

On 10 April 1968, during an exceptional storm, the inter-island ferry Wahine struck Barrett Reef in Wellington Harbour and capsized. 51 people died. http://my.christchurchcitylibraries.com/wahine/ There is an extraordinary set of images on DigitalNZ http://digitalnz.org/user_sets/503a95f212575773920029c8 ^Donna

120 years ago today an historic meeting of New Zealand women, including Kate Sheppard, took place in Christchurch. Their goals were things like a minimum wage, and women being allowed to serve on juries! Oh, how far we’ve come. ^Moata



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 – March 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.

Upper Riccarton Community and School Library celebrates ten years
Upper Riccarton Community and School Library celebrates ten years. Flickr 2016-03-31-IMG_3505

Website pages

There were 303,827 page views in March. The most popular pages on christchurchcitylibraries.com:

  1. 22 March 2011 Canterbury earthquake for kids (4th last month)
  2. Press Display about page (3rd last month)
  3. Learning Centres (9th last month)
  4. Books browse page (5th last month)
  5. Kids browse page (7th last month)
  6. OverDrive About page (NEW)
  7. New titles (NEW)
  8. My account (NEW)
  9. Library book sales (NEW)
  10. New Zealand disasters (NEW)

March’s popular blog posts

On the Christchurch City Libraries blog – 32 posts published:

Canterbury Japan Day – Sunday 6 March 2016 Donna
NCEA Booklists Rachel
Women scientists in New Zealand Donna

Photos on Flickr

There were 79,858 page views in March on Flickr. It now has a total of 5,271,000 page views.

Top on Twitter

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“when in broken places, sometimes, often, it is important to just get moving” : @mojgani on #chch & New Orleans. https://my.christchurchcitylibraries.com/blogs/post/a-new-chapter-an-interview-with-anis-mojgani/ ^DR

Things we love about Anis @mojgani – a librarianly tribute. https://t.co/0fIIh94d7o ^DR https://twitter.com/ChristchurchLib/status/712385374329380865/photo/1

A controversial graphic novel on biblical representations of prostitution in Bible by Chester Brown. https://christchurch.bibliocommons.com/item/show/922230037 #newtitles ^DR

Facebook favourites

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The Obamas reading Where the Wild Things Are to kids at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. Ka rawe storytelling! http://www.buzzfeed.com/davidmack/obama-faces ^Donna

The Glue Brothers built beautiful Christchurch houses in Fendalton back in the 1920s and 30s. http://my.christchurchcitylibraries.com/the-glue-brothers/ Take a look at some of their work. ^Donna

Masha explores the importance of reading in childhood, and the magic of Margaret Mahy. https://my.christchurchcitylibraries.com/blogs/post/margarey-mahy-and-the-importance-of-childhood-reading/ ^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 – February 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.

Chinese Lantern Festival, Hagley Park
Chinese Lantern Festival, Hagley Park. Sunday 28 February 2016. Flickr 2016-02-28IMG_2891

Website pages

There were 294,921 page views in February. The most popular pages on christchurchcitylibraries.com:

  1. Kids Treaty Zone (NEW)
  2. The Treaty of Waitangi / Te Tiriti o Waitangi (kids) NEW
  3. Press Display about page (2nd last month)
  4. 22 February 2011 Canterbury earthquake for kids (10th last month)
  5. Books browse page (3rd last month)
  6. Waitangi Day (kids) NEW
  7. Kids browse page (4th last month)
  8. Sparks NEW
  9. Learning Centres NEW
  10. Chinese New Year NEW

It was good to see our Treaty information so well utilised this month, other popular pages included the Treaty Timeline (16th), The Treaty of Waitangi – Te Tiriti o Waitangi (17th), our post Waitangi Day in Christchurch and Canterbury – Saturday 6 February 2016 (19th). Our updated news item Status of libraries – Tuesday 16 February came in at number 23.

Waitangi Day display at Shirley Library
Treaty of Waitangi display. Shirley Library. Flickr 2015-02-05-Waitangi Day Shirley 2016

February’s popular blog posts

On the Christchurch City Libraries blog – 32 posts published:

NCEA Booklists Rachel
Women scientists in New Zealand Donna
Waitangi Day in Christchurch and Canterbury – Saturday 6 February 2016 Donna

Photos on Flickr

There were 66,893 page views in February on Flickr. It now has a total of 5,191,142 page views.

Top on Twitter

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Kia ora all, latest update is that Peterborough, New Brighton, Upper Riccarton, Linwood, South are closed #eqnz #chch ^VT

Kia ora, New Brighton Library is closed for the moment. Will adjourn you asap. #chch #eqnz ^VT

Wonderful piece on the history of Begg’s, a South Island institution. ^MT https://t.co/yB32LXFUYm

Sunday 14 February was a busy day on Twitter, as FTL staff Vanessa and Rebecca did a stellar job keeping people informed of library closings and openings after the afternoon earthquake. There were 23,084 impressions that day.

Facebook favourites

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Who lived in your house 90-odd years ago? Our digitised Christchurch telephone directory from 1922 might have the answer. http://christchurchcitylibraries.com/DigitalCollection/Publications/Directories/Telephone1922/ ^Moata

Photographers went out yesterday to capture views of Christchurch. I reckon they did a beautiful job. http://www.dphoto.co.nz/photography-news-equipment-and-camera-reviews-and-tutorials/2016/2/23/five-years-on-photographers-capture-christchurch ^Donna

I like to think this fountain is especially for all the people who lick their fingers when they turn pages in their library books (yes, we know you do that) ^Moata  http://i.giphy.com/26hlSOxkLb5NqBz9K.gif



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.

Chinese New Year display
Chinese New Year display. Linwood Library at Eastgate. Flickr 2016-02-03-IMG_2420

Top of the web – January 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.

Kite Day at New Brighton
New Brighton. Saturday 30 January 2016. Flickr 2016-01-30-DSC_1750

Website pages

There were 272,758 page views in January. The most popular pages on christchurchcitylibraries.com:

  1. Press Display about page (2nd last month)
  2. Kids browse page (4th last month)
  3. Books browse page (3rd last month)
  4. OverDrive resource page (6th last month)
  5. My account (5th last month)
  6. Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre (7th last month)
  7. Library hours (8th last month)
  8. Holiday hours (1st last month)
  9. Passwords and PIN (NEW)
  10. Family history (NEW)

January’s popular blog posts

On the Christchurch City Libraries blog –  31 posts published:

Photos on Flickr

There were 69,084 page views in January on Flickr. It now has a total of 5,124,249 page views.

Top on Twitter

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Kia ora Christchurch, hope you are all ok. #chch #eqnz  Here’s the @geonet info ^DR

The #AranuiLibrary tribute to #Bowie Make a reference of his lyrics in normal conversation to score a point! ^DC

To the Is-LAN by Janet Mainframe. #InternetABookNZ ^DR

Facebook favourites

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Missed your word of the week? Catch up on ones you may have missed and add them to your te reo Māori vocabulary. ^Moata

A beautiful new year’s quote from Neil Gaiman. ^Vanessa

Add these to your For Later shelves this year before they hit our screens. ^Moata

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.

Robyn Lees: NDF 2015 highlights

Robyn Lees, library assistant at New Brighton, shares the highlights of her first ever visit to a National Digital Forum, held in Wellington in November last year.

Attending NDF

NDF2015 conference slide

The Digital Forum has many facets and the areas of interest for me at the forum were learning and digital literacy, and how we can encompass it in to our programmes and general abilities of staff. As a part of going to the forum I was able to meet learned colleagues for whom a surprise collaboration with a very real result was achieved (more on that later).

Fun and…

Raspberry Pi computer
Raspberry Pi is an inexpensive computing tool great for learning about programming and coding.

Firstly I attended a pre-conference workshop that was about a very cheap system of computing called Raspberry Pi- to explain, Raspberry Pi is basically a miniature operating system that you can hold in your hand. It is like a motherboard of a computer about 5cms square. It has an operating system and can be plugged in to any existing system or operate independently as needed.

Raspberry Pi
Playing with Raspberry Pi

The trick is that you can learn basic programming and coding with it and it’s cheap. These would be great little tools for our learning spaces as the users can make lights work, make alarms or programme it to make actions. After we were shown some demos we got hands-on with Raspberry Pi and we were allowed to fiddle with them and put some basic programming in to them to make lights flash and set off alarms and other trickery. You can plug anything in to them like keyboards and USBs and screens so they are an appealing way of introducing some fun and coding to people with limited resources.

…Games

Screenshot of #OneThread tweet
A Twitter clue in the #OneThread game

I was interested to learn about how organisations other than Libraries are engaging with new technology and using it to engage with their customers. Auckland Museum did a presentation about a Twitter campaign they ran where they used objects from their collection to convey clues accompanied by questions for users to answer. They ran a new quiz each week to keep users interested and tied it in with displays and events they were holding. It was hugely successful. This has inspired the team on to new ideas and new social media plans.

Baruk Fedderborn

Here is a clip from Auckland’s outreach librarian – Baruk Fedderborn. In general he is talking about Digital Literacy or as he terms it Post Literacy and engaging with Makerspaces in terms of Māori and Pasifika communities and how we can use our technologies to cross the digital divide and provide useful collaboration with these communities by way of language. It is best to let him explain.

Free Range

Slide from Claire Amos' keynote

In line with my interest in ways of learning I saw a keynote address that began with Disrupt, Connect and Co-Construct. These are the go words of Clare Amos who is deputy principal at Hobsonville Point School where the style of learning is much different than how we were educated. The focus is on how to work with digital natives and support their different ways of learning. Recently I had a customer whose 2 year old son was fidgeting while I was signing him up. I gave him a toy plane to play with and he was not interested in it. So what does this mean for us?

The end bits

Some of my key notes are that there was a lot of conversation around how we get all our colleagues to invest and engage in the new technologies as we dive deeper and deeper down the rabbit hole. You don’t need to be 5 to understand it all –but it helps as our “digital natives” way of life changes how we offer our services. This leads on to us running programmes and designing our physical and digital spaces to fit what is happening now for customer needs and looking to build quickly in response to the fast paced changes in our society. Mostly it’s about being relevant and timely with our actions and training for Digital Literacy.

Which leads on to our most important function of customer service and making sure we are actually responding to what is needed and a small example of that is helping with CVs – it may not be glamorous but it’s important to the customers and we can use those sessions to promote all our fabulous services!

Glams 101

Baruk Fedderborn from the earlier conversation about Makerspaces and I found out that a lot of the forum attendees were keen to be able to communicate professionally with each other across the organisations there. These were Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums. We discussed planned and collaborated to create a platform for colleagues to do this and settled on Facebook as a suitable platform after discovering that it is frequently used by professional groups. We started a closed group called GLAMS 101 and have since grown the membership to over 120 colleagues and counting. They are located throughout NZ and range from management to customer facing colleagues. It has proved to be a very worthwhile and unexpected learning opportunity from the NDF 2015 Forum event.

The future

The two biggest stand outs for me for the future from the forum were:

  1. That people in these organisations want to share information and collaborate.  Sharing of project information, expertise, resources etc are very possible for the future using social media platforms in addition to traditional methods.
  2. Everybody at the Forum was really excited about what will be coming in the future technology wise and how we can start to shift our mindsets to fully engage with such technologies like 3D printing and Robots which we have started to do, and think about the new ones coming like Virtual Reality and Nano Technology among many others.

Attending the Forum was a valuable experience and I recommend it to others for helping colleagues to learn and grow.