Social Media Influence Of Public Libraries

The previous article in this series looked at the number of Facebook and Twitter followers of New Zealand public libraries. The number of followers or likes provides a simple measure of a library’s social media success. But it doesn’t tell you how effectively you are engaging with them. There are several tools that can help…

New Zealand Public Libraries: Social Media Supporters

This is the first of three posts on social media supporters of New Zealand public libraries that will be published over the coming three weeks. According to Neilsen’s 2010 Social Media Report, 1.8 million New Zealanders are interacting via social media sites. 79% list Facebook as their main social networking platform up from just 19% in…

Auckland Libraries: A Good News Story

Last night, about 50 people visited the newly opened Manukau Library and Research Centre to hear Auckland Libraries Manager, Allison Dobbie talk about her role at the helm of New Zealand’s newest and largest public library system (and the largest in the Southern Hemisphere). Less than two years ago (7 April 2009) the New Zealand Government…

A Latitude of Libraries – An Interview

This Q-and-A is with Claire Gummer, author of A Latitude of Libraries. What prompted you to start A Latitude of Libraries? I’ve always relished information and ideas, and as an Aucklander I’m excited about the way the region-wide public library network now makes them more accessible and extends the boundaries of my world. My books…