Aotearoa People's Network

Home at last

It took a while, nearly 9 months in fact, but finally the APNK team are situated in their new permanent premises at Cavendish Business Park in north Christchurch.

No more having the team split and working from different locations. No more "temporary" arrangements. No more banging elbows with your neighbour at squeezed-in workstations. But what we do have is lots and lots of lovely, useful space.

Date: 
Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Back in the swing of things

November has seen a flurry of activity here at APNK. Our post-quake HQ is approaching readiness, Kōtui continues to roll out to more libraries and we've managed to do a library install or two.

Date: 
Tuesday, November 8, 2011

LIANZA Conference cometh

LIANZA Conference 2011It's that time of year again, when library and information professionals from all around Aotearoa come together to reconnect, listen, share ideas and network at LIANZA Conference.

Date: 
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Kaikohe Library: Optimised for Wi-Fi

Sabine Weber-Beard, Kaikohe Library
Sabine Weber-Beard, Kaikohe Library

When a library gets free APNK Internet this can have a profound effect on the customers and staff of that library. It can affect how busy the library is, what sorts of people visit it, and in many cases, how the library space is used.

Date: 
Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Rugby brings the world to the library

 Tongan teens love rugby and APNK
 Tongan teens love rugby and APNK

As the APNK operates from Christchurch we've missed out on most of the excitement associated with That International Sporting Tournament That's On At The Moment but not so H B Williams Memorial Library in Gisborne where the worlds of international Rugby and free Internet converge.

Date: 
Tuesday, September 27, 2011

APNK: In between homes

Late last month deconstruction work on the former National Library site in Christchurch began. This building at 300 Manchester Street had been the home of Services to Schools for over 20 years and had functioned as APNK HQ since 2007. Perched in concrete glory at the corner of Manchester and Salisbury Streets it suffered structural damage on 22 February - the last day it functioned as either a library or as home base for the People's Network.

Date: 
Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Pasifika grandmothers buck Internet trend

When two of our number attended NetHui a few weeks back, one of the sessions that was of interest was 'Overview of the NZ Internet' which looked at the World Internet Project. This is a longitudinal study looking at Internet usage globally and of which there is a New Zealand component.

The survey has so far been undertaken twice in New Zealand, in 2007 and 2009, with a third planned for later this year.

Research of this kind can reveal interesting trends with regards to who is, or isn't using the Internet. In particular the New Zealand data from 2007 and 2009 shows that Internet use amongst Pasifika people was the lowest of all ethnicities surveyed, though between 2007 and 2009 it had shown the most increase of any group, rising 13 percent. In the 2007 study Internet use was also lower in the older age groups, dropping significantly from 60+ onwards, a trend that persists in the 2009 results.

Date: 
Thursday, August 11, 2011

Communication, Community and APNK

We love hearing from the library and marae visitors who use our service up and down the country and to this end our regional portals (the default homepages that APNK PC and wifi users see when connecting via a browser) include a "leave a comment" feature. This is where customers can tell us what they like about the APNK service, or every now and then, what they don't like about it.

It's an important way for people who use our service, in far flung corners of the country that we'll rarely get to visit in person, to let us know what the free APNK service means to them.

Westport Library, Buller DistrictOne such customer is Austen Kyle who left a message for us recently using an APNK PC in Westport Library (pictured right), on the West Coast.

Date: 
Thursday, July 28, 2011

Making the most of the APNK portal

If you've ever connected to the internet using a People's Network PC or wifi then you will have seen a version of the APNK portal which is the default homepage on APNK PCs and wifi.

The portal is a collection of webpages that contain links to media websites, library databases and much more. It also boasts extensive FAQs answering all sorts of curly questions that might come up in the course of using the APNK service like "how can I get an email account?" or "How do I take a picture using the webcam?" Each library district or marae has slightly different information in their APNK portal reflecting what's relevant to the local community.

In many cases, staff at partner libraries make changes to their version of the portal and use it to promote local library events and resources.

Date: 
Tuesday, July 19, 2011

APNK & Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori

Our partnersOne of the great things about working for the Aotearoa People's Network Kaharoa, other than the warm glowy feeling we get from making all that lovely free Internet available to folks, is that you get to learn about the different towns and districts around the country.

Because our network is made up of 136 sites from one end of the country to the other, and because we're regularly in contact with staff at these sites, everyone here at APNK HQ has a much better grasp on New Zealand geography than they had before they started working here. It's a natural consequence of daily thinking about the towns, large and small, that form part of the People's Network.

Date: 
Tuesday, July 5, 2011

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