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Aotearoa People's Network

Portrait of the APNK as an infographic

by Moata Tamaira

Believe it or not, it's nearly 5 years since the APNK started in its first library in Kawerau in 2007. As this milestone approaches, here at APNK HQ we've been reflecting a little on what we've achieved in that time. What are we proud of? How far have we come?

And what better way to illustrate that (literally) than with an infographic?

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Welcome, Western Bay of Plenty!

It was with no small measure of excitement that we welcomed the libraries of Western Bay of Plenty District to the APNK family last week.
Thursday, October 25, 2012

Where's the wifi?

Wifi Map GraphicBack when we started offering free wifi in public libraries in 2008* there were relatively few other free wifi options in New Zealand.

Four years later and oh, how things have changed.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

How to destroy a PC monitor (in one easy lesson)

When you have computer equipment in a public environment where anyone can use it, it's inevitable that at some point something will get damaged either through vandalism, normal wear and tear, or because someone accidentally pulled or pushed or twisted something a bit too forcefully.

On the whole modern computing equipment is fairly robust and breakages are less frequent than you would imagine.

But recently our helpdesk staff took a call about some PC monitors that were behaving "oddly". How oddly? Well, the photos below give you an idea.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

I've got the power

by Moata Tamaira

Earlier this year Google launched a free online learning programme called 'Power Searching with Google'. It promised to help you "search smarter" AND you got a nice certificate at the end. I was sold.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

How good or bad is your library's website?

by Moata Tamaira

Library websites are a tricky thing to get right. They're often heavy with really useful content but this can also make them difficult to navigate or easy to get lost in.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

We're on Facebook! So what?

by Moata Tamaira

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Unidentified Sitting Object

What is this object?

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Tech te reo

One of the things that a language (or any organism) must do in order to survive is to change and adapt. Over its long history the English language has evolved and mutated, taking on loanwords from the cultures it lives alongside and interacts with. It's how we've ended up with skis and pyjamas, cafés and ketchup.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

New Zealand public libraries and social media

post by Moata Tamaira

Recently I have been thinking a bit about how public libraries use social media to interact with their patrons and other librarians.

Here at the People’s Network we’ve been using Twitter since 2009 because it allows us to update the status of our network really quickly. And it’s come in handy in earthquakes too.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

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