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

  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

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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.


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.

Top of the web in 2015

Kia ora. Here is a look back at the webpages, tweets, photos, Facebook and blog posts that proved popular in 2015.

Website pages stats for 2015.
2015 Stats
If we add in page views for (242,546) and (1,256,256), that makes a total of 5,239,440 page views for 2015.

The catalogue had 10,989,521 page views in 2015.

Top 20 webpages of 2015

  1. Kids browse page
  2. Books browse page
  3. About Press Display
  4. My account
  5. 22 February 2011 Canterbury earthquake
  6. Learning centres
  7. Press Display (resource page)
  8. New titles
  9. OverDrive (resource page)
  10. About OverDrive
  11. Library hours
  12. Anzac Day and Gallipoli
  13. eResources
  14. Request an item
  15. Family History
  16. Matariki for kids
  17. Passwords and PIN
  18. About Zinio for libraries
  19. Contact us
  20. eBooks browse

Popular blog posts on

Luncheon in the marquee, annual Farmer's Day at Canterbury Agricultural College Lincoln [1913], The weekly press, 24 Dec. 1913, p. 33
Luncheon in the marquee, annual Farmer’s Day at Canterbury Agricultural College Lincoln [1913] The weekly press, 24 Dec. 1913, p. 33
  1. The food we love – the tastes of New Zealanders
  2. Anzac Day in Christchurch and Canterbury 2015
  3. A spot of science, a splash of arts, and a tonne of fun – Introducing Fun Palaces 2015
  4. Matariki — Māori New Year 2015
  5. KidsFest 2015
  6. We’d like to know what you think…
  7. The stars of Matariki / Ngā whetu o Matariki
  8. Best Reads 2015
  9. A very booky week – WORD Christchurch Autumn Season, and the Auckland Writers Festival
  10. New Zealand Music Month – May 2015

Popular blog posts on

There were 700 posts published on the library blog in 2015. Here are the most popular ones for the year:

  1. Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori – Māori Language Week 2015
  2. NCEA Booklists
  3. Lyttelton Harbour Festival of Lights 2015
  4. A tower of giraffes – Christchurch Stands Tall
  5. Keep calm and read Haruki Murakami
  6. Goodbye, Gilbert Blythe
  7. Women scientists in New Zealand
  8. This week in Christchurch history (29 December to 4 January)
  9. Matariki — Māori New Year 2015
  10. Feminism is a feminist issue

Photos on Flickr

Our Flickr images got 1,214,576 page views in 2015. Flickr is now at 5,056,243 page views.
Our all-time top five photos:

Storytime at the Library
Storytime at the children’s section of the Canterbury Public Library still has lots of appeal with city youngsters during the school holidays. Here Margaret McPherson (Children’s Librarian) reads to a group. Appeared in the Christchurch Star Home edition 13 May 1968 page3. Flickr CCL-Star-525 From the collection of the Christchurch Star
  1. Storytime at the library
  2. Harewood Airport
  3. Nude
  4. Shirley Lindsay reading
  5. Librarians in smocks

Top on Twitter

We gained 594 followers on Twitter in 2015, taking our total to 3911 followers. The ten most popular tweets of 2015:


Facebook favourites

We got 435 new likes on Facebook in 2015, and now have 4400 “likers”.


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 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.

Santa at the self-check
Christmas at Linwood Library, December 2015. Flickr 2015-12-12- DSC02916

Website pages

There were 244,723 page views in December. The most popular pages on

  1. Holiday hours (NEW)
  2. Press Display about page (2nd last month)
  3. Books browse page (4th last month)
  4. Kids browse page (3rd last month)
  5. My account (6th last month)
  6. OverDrive resource page (6th last month)
  7. Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre (NEW)
  8. Library hours (NEW)
  9. Request an item (NEW)
  10. 22 February 2011 Canterbury earthquake for kids (2nd last month)

December’s popular blog posts

On the Christchurch City Libraries blog – 43 posts published:

Best fiction of the Year and otherwise – fiction selector Philip Tew
The ghosts of cinema past Richard L
This week in Christchurch history (29 December to 4 January) Vanessa

Photos on Flickr

There were 62,438 page views in December on Flickr. It now has a total of 5,055,165 page views.

Top on Twitter

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Kia ora! Today’s @google doodle celebrates 120th birthday of Dame Whina Cooper. Ka rawe! ^DR

Word lovers! It is time for the annual @publicaddress word of the year. Have your say. #prizes ^DR

Vexillogy? Mansplain? Ponytail? Choose your top 3 candidates for  @publicaddress Word of the Year #prizes ^DR

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There’s lots of Xmas lights to admire around the city, but it would be hard to beat the lightshow at 650 Shands Road: over 500,000 lights, a lightshow that is synchronized to popular rock and classical music, Xmas displays, a number of trains running and even a spooky wild animal display. ^Vanessa
P.S. For more light displays check

Santa parade on Sunday 6 December! A Christchurch tradition, and we’ve got plenty of lovely pics of parades gone by.…/ ^Donna

Xmas lights galore! Find the addresses here ^Vanessa

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Some light library inspo to start the New Year…

Because really who wants to tackle some heavy reading or weighty issues first up in 2016?

I was fortunate enough to attend Shout! Karanga Rā, the annual LIANZA conference in Wellington in November.  Unlike the physical exhaustion I experienced in completing the my first half marathon in Queenstown that same month, post-conference it was my brain that was overwhelmed after four days of ideas, conversations, laughter, themes and information.

Speakers from New Zealand and around the world inspired, challenged and made us laugh. In the interests of keeping things light to kick off the year, here are some memorable quotes and comments that captured my attention:

“The library listens, interprets and makes awesome things happen” + The public library should be fun!” – the effervescent Justin Hoenke Director of Benson Memorial Library in Pennsylvania.

“Australia is full of bogans” – Ghil’ad Zuckermann, chair of Linguistics and Endangered Languages at the University of Adelaide, currently working on the revival of the Barngarla Aboriginal language. Fascinating style of delivery for his keynote opening with a Hebrew song sung to the tune of Pokarekare Ana and great application of the ‘Driver Reviver’ message to saving languages.

“Everyone f**king hates councils, but everyone loves libraries” – Nigel Latta wondering why his council doesn’t promote their libraries as their awesome service to improve credibility with their ratepayers + “work life balance is bollocks” + “practice a growth mindset” – changing your worldview from fixed to one open to change.

“The World Wide Web is the reading room of the 21st century” – Bill MacNaught, National Librarian.

“The library is the Agora of the community” + “libraries need to be more like Bowie” – Kim Tairi, University Librarian, Swinburne University.

Kim Tairi keynote
Kim Tairi keynote. LIANZA Conference. Wednesday 11 November 2015. Flickr LIANZA-2015-IMG_0853

“Do what people need but market what they want” – Ned Potter from the University of York and his Library Marketing Manifesto.

Ned Potter
Ned Potter. LIANZA Conference. Tuesday 10 November 2015. Flickr LIANZA-2015-IMG_0702