New Zealanders Love Public Libraries

I created this video in honour of the All Blacks winning the Rugby World Cup and the launch of the LIANZA advocacy tools portal. [Added 6:20pm 27 Oct 2011: Statistics from LIANZA. Images: Microsoft PowerPoint clipart. Music: composed & performed by Peter John Ross, courtesy of Sonnyboo.com (CC-BY).] It was initially inspired by this video from Ireland.

Ebook Providers in New Zealand: OverDrive and Wheelers

This article began life as a story about Tauranga City Libraries soon-to-be launched ebook service and upon doing some background research I realised that there was a larger story to tell. Hopefully you will find it as fascinating as I have. With ebook sales surging and library ebook lending becoming increasingly competitive around the globe,…

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…

Social Media Supporters Of Individual Public Libraries

This is the second of three articles on social media supporters of New Zealand public libraries that will be published over the coming weeks. Last week I provided a crude count of social media supporters split between the North and South Island. This week, I list the number of supporters by individual public libraries. <click on…

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…

If Disaster Strikes Have You Considered…

Recently Carolyn Robertson, Christchurch City Libraries Manager wrote a brief post on the LIANZA website about her attendance at the LIANZA Waikato/Bay of Plenty Weekend School. I also attended the weekend school and the stories Carolyn shared about the impact of the February earthquake on Christchurch City Libraries were compelling and heart-wrenching. Carolyn’s stories also made…

Kotui: An Update From Sue Sutherland Regarding Koha

On 29 April 2011, the National Library of New Zealand announced: Vendors selected to develop Kōtui, a new national shared library system Three vendors have been selected to work with Kōtui to develop a shared library system operated by the National Library of New Zealand for subscribing public libraries. The vendors are SirsiDynix, EBSCO Publishing, and…

A Book In Every Backpack – Upper Hutt City Library

The 3M Excellence and Innovation Award is highly coveted within New Zealand libraries. Winning the Award gives the winner bragging rights and sparks “dare to do different” library programmes and services throughout the profession. With applications for the 3M Excellence and Innovation Award closing on 30 June 2011, I’ve invited Debbie Duncan, Upper Hutt City…

Leadership: It Ain’t Bragging If You Can Do It

This post has been written by guest blogger Paul Brown. “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man” (George Bernard Shaw). Participation at the 2003 Aurora summit first challenged then changed forever, how I would…

Waimakariri District Libraries: First NZ Library To Launch App

Pat Mock, Reference Team Leader of Waimakariri District Libraries graciously agreed to share how they’ve “dared to do different” by being the first library in New Zealand to use the LibAnywhere app. Congratulations on being the first library in New Zealand to use Library Anywhere (LibAnywhere). What prompted you to set up an app for…

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…