Top of the web – January 2017

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.

Hazel, Isaac and Theo in rocket
Soft toy sleepover, Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre, 26 January 2017. Flickr 2017-01-26-Hazel-Isaac-Theo

Website pages

There were 265,847 page views in January. The most popular pages on

  1. About PressReader (formerly PressDisplay) (2nd last month)
  2. My account (5th last month)
  3. Hornby Library (3rd last month)
  4. Books browse page (6th last month)
  5. OverDrive about page (64h last month)
  6. Kids browse page (10th last month).
  7. eBooks browse page (NEW)
  8. Christmas and New Year library hours 2016/17 (1st last month)
  9. Zinio for libraries (7th last month)
  10. Passwords and PIN (NEW)

January’s popular blog posts

On the Christchurch City Libraries blog – 39 posts published.

Photos on Flickr

There were 58,035 page views in January on Flickr. It now has a total of 6,091,914 views.

Top on Twitter

We have 4458 followers. Follow us on Twitter.

Happy #libraryshelfie day! We’re rockin’ it at #AranuiLibrary to celebrate! ^DC ^SH

If there is a cure for this, I don’t want it. #bookhangover at Central Library Manchester. ^DR

At work on your new Central Library. ^DR

Facebook favourites

We have 6260 likes. Like us on Facebook.

Have you got a book hangover? I’m still feeling the musical mayhem of Sylvia Patterson’s music memoir I’m not with the band. ^Donna

New for 2017: The CSO, in partnership with the Christchurch City Libraries, is delighted to introduce Music Trails through the Library. These free 45-minute performances by CSO ensembles provide a fun and interactive way of introducing young people to live music. With elements of dance, song and stories, Music Trails through the Library is a great opportunity for children to see the instruments up close and join in with the musical fun. First up: Wednesday 1 Feb at Fendalton Library and a string quartet! ^Donna

Christchurch giving some A+ sky this evening! ^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.

One library, two blogs

Since the arrival of our new website, we have been running two blogs.

Blogs (new!)


  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.


  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!)


  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.


  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 Kōrerorero mai – 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
  • 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!

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


Top of the web – September 2013

Body Festival 2008.Huzzah! We have passed the 500,000 views milestone on the Christchurch City Libraries blog! Thanks to our enthusiastic team of bloggers and to all the blog readers too.

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

September’s popular blog posts

We have 577 subscribers to our blog.

Photos on Flickr

There were 159,158 views in September. We are at 1,666,977 page views.

Top on Twitter

We have 2577 followers.

Facebook favourites

We have 3454 likes, adding 51 in September.

Top of the web – August 2013

Cover of Bones of the lostEach month, we explore what  Christchurch City Libraries’ webpages and blog posts and social media postings were popular – in order to learn more about what our customers are interested in.

Website pages

An interesting fact: 19 of our top 50 pages this month are for kids. Our kids pages are perennially popular.

August’s popular blog posts

Photos on Flickr

It was a busy month for our images in August, with 136,446 views. 13 and 20 August (Storylines pictures) both got more than 7600 page views.

We are at 1,510,618 page views. This is good news as we reached the million mark on 23 October 2012.

Top on Twitter

We have 2540 followers.

Facebook favourites

Sketch of the Canterbury Plains from the Bridle Path, Port Hills [ca. 1850]
Sketch of the Canterbury Plains from the Bridle Path, Port Hills ca. 1850
  • Christchurch city scenes Take a look at #chch days gone by. 1+ a day: sample our digital delights. ^DR
  • Crime writing superstar Kathy Reichs (professor and leading forensic anthropologist) is coming to Christchurch, courtesy of The Press Christchurch Writers Festival.  She’s the creator of the character Temperance Brennan and producer of Bones). Book now for her talk and read her books (but I bet a lot of you have already). ^Donna
  • RT @ww100nz: New Zealand received the news of the outbreak of #WW1 at 1 p.m. on 5 August 1914 (NZ time).