Top of the web – August 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.

Rachael and cake - Community Read of Magpie Hall by Rachael King

Rachael and cake – Community Read of Magpie Hall by Rachael King, South Library. Friday 7 August 2015. Flickr 2015-08-07-IMG_8472

Website pages

There were 298,517 page views in August. The most popular pages on

  1. Press Display about page (8th last month)
  2. 22 February 2011 Canterbury earthquake for kids (new)
  3. Books browse page (3rd last month)
  4. Kids browse page (2nd last month)
  5. My account (4th last month)
  6. Learning centres (9th last month)
  7. OverDrive resource page (6th last month)
  8. New titles (new)
  9. Family History Guide (new)
  10. Request an item for our collection (new)

August’s popular blog posts

On the Christchurch City Libraries blog – 68 posts published:

Photos on Flickr

Flickr is at 4,754,783 page views. There were 82,522 views in August.

Top on Twitter

We have 3724 followers. Follow us on Twitter. Kiwi music ahoy! Awesome free download of music for kids. I am bopping away to the Voodoo Onesie Dance-Party. ^DR

Reader, I married him. ^DR

Piccies of this morning’s @rachaelking70 Community Read. Warning: CAKE. And Tom Hardy.  ^DR

Our standout day was Sunday 20 August – 45 tweets and 14,277 impressions.

This is because we were tweeting from the WORD Christchurch Shifting Points of View events at the Christchurch Arts Festival. You can see our Storify – it includes our tweets and photos, as well as tweets from other people at the events.

Jesse Bering
 Jesse Bering. Shifting points of view sessions. WORD Christchurch events at the Christchurch Arts Festival. Sunday 30 August 2015. Flickr 2015-08-30-IMG_9033

Facebook favourites

We have 4218 likes. Like us on Facebook.
We’d like you to meet the wonderful dogs from Reading to Dogs. This is Noddy! She’s lovely and chilled out. These kids told Noddy some tall tales, and she had a wee nap. The Reading to Dogs programme uses dogs who are the beloved pets of the Christchurch City Council Animal Control team. Book your kids in for a fun & furry session. ^Donna

Some great suggestions from Mem Fox For more ideas, check out her book Reading Magic ^Vanessa

It’s all happening on Saturday. Get along to Central Library Peterborough for our Doctor Who Day festivities. (A Doctor Who Day event will also be taking place at Hornby Library)

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.

Readers’ advisory gets Pickled

We are trying something new. Staff Pickles is an initiative to boost our readers’ advisory online in a way that’s quirky, individual, and fun.


Getting pickled

Bronwyn spotted a great example of how staff picks can work online. Edmonton Public Library in Canada has a Great Stuff crew:

We corralled a small group of likely candidates in order to make the project manageable. This initial team of pickers had a workshop to figure out how it might work. The name “Staff Pickles” is courtesy of Malcolm.

Simone made some fab graphics that have a Christchurchy flavour. If you are a fan of local street art, you’ll recognise some of the backgrounds.


Pickle pages

Each Staff Pickles page introduces the person and their reading interests, and includes:

  • Blog posts
  • Booklists
  • Bookshelves
  • Favourite books
  • Recommendations.

The page includes a Readers Advisory form so customers can contact the Pickles for advice or ideas.


Pickles in action

We will be making and sharing booklists, writing book reviews, offering reading tips, looking at hot stuff coming up.

Follow StaffPickles on our BiblioCommons catalogue


Check, check, check it out:



Top of the web – July 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.

Magpie Hall Community Read display
Magpie Hall Community Read display,  South Library. Tuesday 28 July 2015. Flickr 2015-07-28-IMG_8396

Website pages

There were 311,721 page views in July. The most popular pages on

Māori content was strong again this month again, with Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori having a big impact, as Matariki did last month.

July’s popular blog posts

On the Christchurch City Libraries blog – 67 posts published:

Photos on Flickr

There were 84,545 views in July. Flickr is at 4,672,261 page views.

Top on Twitter

We have 3679 followers. Follow us on Twitter.

“It’s really about how you react when you’re asked to read books by women.” Top @Ghetsuhm post on @publicaddress ^DR

30 years ago today the Rainbow Warrior was bombed, killing photographer Fernando Pereira ^DR

“Libraries are lifeblood.” @AnnaESmaill on books & Christchurch ahead of Imaginary Cities @wordchch session. ^DR

Facebook favourites

We have 4159 likes. Like us on Facebook.

The top post this month is one of our most successful ever!

This is fun. I just found out my house is younger than I thought it was! Search any address to see how it looks in aerial photos from 1941 onward. ^Moata

Yup. I’m pretty buff. *flexes* ^Moata

I’m really looking forward to taking my little guy to this when it’s completed. And how great that another outstanding Christchurch author will be honoured as part of it. ^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.

Facebook – Pukamata

Kia ora. This post is a brief introduction to Facebook, and a look at ways of making it work for you.

What is Facebook?

Facebook is a social network that started in 2004. Facebook has a large audience, and allows you to connect with friends, relatives, groups, and local organisations. According to Facebook’s research, Kiwis use it primarily to stay connected with friends and family, while nearly 8 in 10 also make product and brand discoveries via Facebook. As at April 2015, over 2.5 million Kiwis active on Facebook every month.

Find out more key trends about Kiwis on Facebook.

Getting started on Facebook

Read the terms of use and privacy policy before you sign up. Create an account. Go to settings and adjust the privacy of your profile if you don’t want everyone to see your information.


Using Facebook

Set up your network by searching for friends, relatives, events, and organisations you are interested in and “Liking” them. “Liking” other people’s pages and profiles means you might see their posts in your news feed.

Posting on Facebook

You can post a story by picking what type of story you want to share, and typing in any details you want to add. You can tag your friends or other organisations if you want them to be notified, and you can also tag people in photos you share.

Hashtags make topics and phrases into clickable links in your posts. This brings together posts on particular topics.

Find out how to post and share.

Facebook post

Posting photos and videos

You can share photos and videos on Facebook. A good way to do this is by making an album of images. Facebook automatically resizes and formats your photos when you add them to Facebook. To help make sure your photos appear in the highest possible quality, try these tips – Resize your photo to one of the following supported sizes: Regular photos (width in pixels): 720px, 960px, 2048px. Cover photos should be 851px by 315px.

News feed

Find out how the news feed works. It can sort by either Top Stories – worked out by Facebook metrics based on the number of comments and likes a post receives and what kind of story it is – or Most Recent.

FB news feed

The number of comments and likes a post receives and what kind of story it is (photo, video, status update) can make it more likely to appear in your News Feed. You can adjust your settings if you aren’t seeing the posts you want to.

Facebook groups

Facebook groups enable you to connect with groups like family, coworkers, or those who share a hobby or special interest. A Facebook group is a dedicated space where you can share updates, photos or documents and message other group members. You can also select one of three privacy options so the group can be private if you choose.

Find out more about Facebook groups.

Facebook events

Facebook events are a great way of building a community. If you make an event page, you can invite people to the event, and you can also share information on it.

Find out more about Creating and editing events.

For an example, see this Matariki event on Facebook.


Facebook pages

You can create a Facebook page for your group, organisation, or business. It gives you a space to share events and other information.

Find out how to create a page.

Facebook Insights

Facebook Insights allows you to find out more about users of your Facebook page. What demographic are they in? When are they online? What posts do they find most engaging? Use the data to help you. For example, if your users are mostly online between 6pm and 9pm, you can schedule posts for this time for maximum reach.

Local pages

Here are some Christchurch Facebook pages that illustrate how an active presence and community can work well. They take a different approach and yet are all effective:

Useful Facebook resources

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National Digital Forum – Christchurch barcamp

On Friday 19 June, a bunch of GLAM sector types gathered at the Undercroft at the University of Canterbury for the local area NDF  barcamp. It’s a chance to discuss a variety of issues and topics related to digital stuff.  Joanna Szczepanski from the Canterbury Museum wrangled us for the day.

We had two guest presenters. One was Murray Quartly who demonstrated Focus 360.  His virtual tours of the Red Zone were fascinating.

Adrian Kingston, Digital Collections Senior Analyst, Te Papa spoke about “Born Digital collecting”. His presentation Digital roles in GLAMs is online for your perusal, and is well worth a read.

There’s a Google doc that brings together some of the Christchurch barcamp discussion.

Here are some tweets from the day:

National Digital Forum