Top of the web – April 2017

Kia ora. Here is information on the webpages and blog posts that were popular in April.

Daft disguises photo booth
Daft disguises photo booth at Linwood Library, Eye Spy holiday programme, 21 April 2017. Flickr 2017-04-21-IMG_20170421_100425

Website pages

There were 236,875 page views in April. The most popular pages on christchurchcitylibraries.com:

  1. School holidays! Holiday programmes, events, and activities – April 2017 (NEW)
  2. About PressReader (formerly PressDisplay) (3rd last month)
  3. eResources (NEW)
  4. Hornby Library (4th last month)
  5. Books browse page (6th last month)
  6. Kids browse page (8th last month)
  7. About OverDrive (9th last month)
  8. Learning Centres (2nd last month)
  9. A-Z directory of eResources (NEW)
  10. Request an item for our collection (NEW)

April’s popular blog posts

Popular blog posts published in April on the website:

Anzac Day in Christchurch 2017 Moata
Bishopdale 2017 – The Christchurch Documentary Project Donna
Flip Grater – On food, music, and parenting Kim
NZ Music Month 2017 – Live in the library Dan
One thousand ropes Jan-Hai

Photos on Flickr

There were 51,335 page views in April on Flickr. It now has a total of 6,338,506 views.

Top on Twitter

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As recommended by @MargaretAtwood on @radionz at the weekend, The Power by Naomi Alderman ^MT

Enjoying Ian Rankin @Beathhigh on SaturdayRNZ. He is here in Christchurch 14 May for @WORDChCh Autumn Season.  ^DR

A rare opportunity to admire Islamic art here in Christchurch – There’s a display on at South Lib until 9 April. ^DR

Facebook favourites

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Did you know we have regular JP (Justice of the Peace) sessions at a number of our libraries? Really handy if you need an affidavit, declaration or signature witnessed. No charge, and no bookings necessary.  ^Moata

Mōrena Ōtautahi. What a gorgeous Christchurch sunrise this Rāmere morning. ^Donna

Bookshelf swoon time.  (If you are a bookshelf fan, I recommend subscribing to Booshelf.  ^Donna



Here is 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 2017

Kia ora. Here is information on the webpages and blog posts that were popular in March.

Crown decorating table
Crown decorating table. Knights and Princesses fun day at Central Library Peterborough. Saturday 25 March 2017. Flickr CPB-2017-03-25-IMG_9088

Website pages

There were 298,088 page views in March. The most popular pages on christchurchcitylibraries.com:

  1. Library book sales (NEW)
  2. Learning Centres (3rd last month)
  3. About PressReader (formerly PressDisplay) (4th last month)
  4. Hornby Library (6th last month)
  5. 22 March 2011 Canterbury earthquake for kids (10th last month)
  6. Books browse page (5th last month)
  7. Kids browse page (9th last month)
  8. My account (7th last month)
  9. About OverDrive (NEW)
  10. eResources A-Z directory (NEW)

March’s popular blog posts

Popular blog posts published in March on the website:

Photos on Flickr

There were 97,803 page views in March on Flickr. It now has a total of 6,287,171 views.

Top on Twitter

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Ian Rankin @Beathhigh & Anne Enright coming to #chch! Oh yeah! #wordchch Autumn Season has just been announced.

Here’s @HeraLindsayBird & @ashleigh_young, they signed loads of books after last night’s packed  @WORDChCh event at @ChchArtGallery. ^DR https://t.co/YjHnGtU2hZ

Get bedazzled by @ashleigh_young & @HeraLindsayBird – a fab @ChchArtGallery & @wordchch event. ^DR

Facebook favourites

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Kia ora Bishopdale! Be part of The Christchurch Documentary Project. Photography students from the School of Fine Arts are taking pictures of the people and places of Bishopdale through to August with the goal of building an archive of documentary images of our city.
If you or your group would like to be photographed for this project, please contact the library on 941 7923 or at library@ccc.govt.nz (attached photo is by Janneth Gil, one of the photographers for Bishopdale 2017 who did brilliant work on Edge of the East. )  https://my.christchurchcitylibraries.com/blogs/post/bishopdale-2017-the-christchurch-documentary-project/ ^Donna

Simon has written a fascinating history of the Cashmere Sanatorium, where James K Baxter was once a porter. https://my.christchurchcitylibraries.com/blogs/post/the-hill-of-hope-cashmere-sanatorium/^Donna

School holidays are on from Friday 14 April. Here’s our list of Library and Learning Centre holiday programmes and activities, and more local events, workshops, shows, movies, performances, and things to do in Christchurch! https://my.christchurchcitylibraries.com/holiday-programmes-events-and-activities/^Donna



Here is 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 2017

Kia ora. The latest information on what webpages and blog posts were popular in February.
15 February was a busy day online as we shared information about the Port Hills Fire – 38,759 impressions on Twitter and 40 tweets.

Story time
Library staff at Parklands at Play event, Parklands Reserve, Sunday 19 February 2017. Flickr 2017-2-19-20170219_163456

Website pages

There were 283,051 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 (NEW)
  3. Learning Centres (NEW)
  4. About PressReader (formerly PressDisplay) (1st last month)
  5. Books browse page (4th last month)
  6. Hornby Library (3rd last month)
  7. My account (2nd last month)
  8. Waitangi Day (NEW)
  9. Kids browse page (6th last month)
  10. 22 February 2011 Canterbury earthquake for kids (NEW)

February’s popular blog posts

Popular blog posts published in February on the website:

Photos on Flickr

There were 97,454 page views in February on Flickr. It now has a total of 6,189,368 views.

Top on Twitter

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#chch Civil Defence Emergency Operations Centre reactivated as Port Hills fire shifts closer to properties. ^DR

The view from Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre is, er, hmmm.
All our libraries remain open and have power, FYI. ^MT

State of Emergency declared in Christchurch and Selwyn.  #porthillsfire ^DR

Facebook favourites

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Wow! Our buddies at Waimakariri Libraries have created a buzz on Facebook – with cat hair craft. Onya! ^Donna

Get rid of your abandoned craft and sewing projects and discover new inspiration (at no cost) at The Great Stash Swap this Sunday ^Moata

I got to have a sneaky peek at this new book before it came out. A really interesting and different look at what all those roadworks and holes in the ground around the city are about. Fascinating for kids of all ages and all for the great cause that is Ronald McDonald House South Island ^Moata https://my.christchurchcitylibraries.com/blogs/post/christchurch-our-underground-story/



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.

Tweetapalooza at the LIANZA Conference 2015

The LIANZA Conference 2015 was brilliant – loud, proud, full of ideas. And the rowdiness wasn’t just in the building – it was online. I’ve never been to an event where so many people were tweeting, taking pics, and typing on devices. I got to meet plenty of the wonderful library people I connect with on Twitter.

It was a veritable Tweetapalooza – the hashtag #shout15 was even trending on NZ Twitter at various times.

I’ve pulled together a bunch of conference tweets using Storify. It is a good way to get the flavour of Shout! Karanga Rā:

Stuart Palmer  @s_palm did some great analysis of how many #shout15 tweets were published, how they connected, etc.  9561 tweets recorded as at 12 November.

The hashtag #shout15 still has legs, as keynote speaker Ned Potter has shared this frank and wonderful post on what it means to come all the way to Aotearoa for a conference.

I’ve been thinking of another thing to consider about tweeting from a conference – should you tweet as your institution, or as yourself? I made the call to do it as the library. There are pros and cons to that – tweeting as Christchurch City Libraries meant we showed we were in amongst it. But it also meant people who follow @ChristchurchLib got a lot more insider library stuff than usual. It’s open to debate.

Why is Twitter so useful at a library conference?:

  1. A tweet shows ideas that hit the mark, provoked, excited, challenged, surprised. It is like an exclamation marking saying “This!”
  2. You can get a glimpse into the sessions you didn’t go to. Your envy might be mollified (or enhanced) by the way someone tweets about it.
  3. It is a handy aide–mémoire for recalling the ideas that you found most interesting. Makes writing up your notes much easier! You’ve already used the highlighter by tweeting something.
  4. It allows anyone who is not at conference to see what people are shouting about.
  5. You can use the hashtag to hunt out other people’s splendid thoughts. And share them, passionately.

Finally, I’d like to do a shoutout for @leerowe who did something that combined Twitter (digital) and analogue in a deeply appealing way – it is proof that the way you use Twitter at a conference can be idiosyncratic, personal, and filled with character.

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.

Facebook

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.

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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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