Aotearoa People's Network

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Zanne, APNK user at Te Kauwhata Library
Zanne, APNK user at Te Kauwhata Library

Last week one of our trusty Technical Support Analysts, Bevan, took a trip to the Waikato to install a GO-GO PC reservation system at Ngaruawahia Library. While in the area he made a visit to Te Kauwhata Library and while there he met a charming lady named Zanne.

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

APNK Flickr and DigitalNZ

Over the years that APNK has been operating, we've taken a lot of photos. Thousands of them, actually. At last count there were over 4000 images uploaded to our Flickr account and all with Creative Commons licences. And they can now be found via DigitalNZ search.

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Friday, October 11, 2013

Free Wi-Fi and Public Space

by Moata Tamaira

Wifi users, Motueka Library
Wifi users, Motueka Library

The APNK provides free wifi in libraries around the country. This wasn't always part of our service however. It started small with a trial at Rangiora Library in 2008 and over the last few years demand for wifi at libraries has grown and grown to the extent that it's now the rule rather than the exception.

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Friday, September 20, 2013

NetHui 2013

by Moata Tamaira

NetHui 2013 conference passIn July this year I attended NetHui 2013. At its most basic NetHui is a conference for people with an interest in the Internet. This is a vast area of interest however, so unlike other conferences which cater to one sector, like libraries, NetHui draws people from many different disciplines and areas of expertise and throws them all together to see what kind of conversations might happen.

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Public Libraries and Social Media - 2013 update

by Moata Tamaira

Last year I surveyed the New Zealand public library social media landscape*, grabbing some data around follower numbers and creating rankings in an effort to see to what degree libraries were operating in the social media sphere.

That post was based on one that Sally Peiwhairangi had written the year before**. I love a nice graph and social media continues to be an area that public libraries are interested in utilising so I thought I’d follow up last year’s stats with a 2013 update. Have there been any noticeable changes? Can we detect any trends?

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Choosing the best location for your wifi aerial

Location is one of the most important factors to consider when it comes to providing a good, strong, wifi signal.

There are several pieces of equipment that work together to make APNK wifi happen but today we'll be looking at the WAP. The WAP (or Wireless Access Point) is the device that actually broadcasts the wireless signal that is then "received" by laptops, smartphones, tablets and so on.

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Kete Christchurch - A city in 10,000 images

by Moata Tamaira

Last month Kete Christchurch, an online digital repository hosted by APNK, reached a milestone when its 10,000th image* was uploaded.

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Friday, June 7, 2013

Gone phishing

Phishing is the practice of faking emails from legitimate companies in order to trick the recipient into divulging passwords, usernames or account details that can then be used to defraud.

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Five years of APNK in Wanganui

Last November APNK celebrated five years since the very first customer at Kawerau Library got online using our service. But of course, each library we partner with has their own anniversary and this week, yesterday to be precise, was APNK's fifth birthday in Wanganui.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Promoting 24/7 wifi

Since we offered libraries the option of extending their wifi hours last year, over a third* have taken the plunge into offering this service to their customers.

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

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