#MatarikiMash – Matariki wordplay for Mondays!

Matariki Mash

On Mondays for four weeks from 26 June, we wish to test your imagination and your skill with language! Inspired by the New Zealand Book Council’s #ramereshorts weekly Twitter competitions, we’ll be running a special word challenge on Twitter for the 4 weeks of Matariki, every Monday and Wednesday.

We’ll post up two te reo Māori kupu those mornings, as well as one English word. All you need to do is bring your word play skills and include all three words in a tweet-length short story, together with the #MatarikiMash hashtag! See

Many thanks go to the New Zealand Book Council, for letting us borrow their idea:

New Zealand Book Council

Today is #followalibrary day on Twitter

Today, a growing number of libraries are present on Social Media such as YouTube, Facebook, Flickr and Twitter because they want to be where library users are.

The first of October is deemed #followalibrary day on Twitter by a group of recognised Library professionals around the world in a bid to draw an “enormous amount of positive attention to this great industry“.

Wellington City Libraries have been active on Twitter for the past two years and we’ve explained why we are using this medium in a previous post.

In order to celebrate #followalibrary day, we’ve been playing around with Animoto  and produced this little film:

We hope you like it and look forward to interacting with you on Twitter!

Did you know you can also find us on Twitter?

twitter(2)You may have noticed the recent flurry of mainstream news articles about an online service called Twitter. Twitter is a microblogging service that allows its users to post very brief updates about what they’re currently doing, thinking, working on – or even just questions they’d like an answer to.

Celebrities and authors such as Stephen Fry and Neil Gaiman tweet, and there are even some fictional characters who have a Twitter presence – either officially or non-officially, as in the recent case where some of the characters from the popular television program Mad Men turned up on Twitter. Many news organisations also now provide breaking news via Twitter.

Wellington City Libraries has been on Twitter since November 2008. Twitter allows us to provide you with short bursts of information from our website, our blogs, and our databases. We also let you know what is going on, what new material is available and what special events are coming up in our libraries.

We’ve found that being on Twitter helps us to make our digital content more accessible by our customers, and it enables us to promote our library collections and services to our online community in a fast and simple way.

Twitter is also about conversation and community sharing of resources and advice – and we can foster this information sharing by Wellington Twitterers (for lack of a better word) via our own Twitter presence.

For example, via wcl_library (our account on Twitter), you can:

• Ask questions about an article, a book, DVD, CD, magazine or a topic you’re interested in.

• Ask questions about our services (e.g. opening times, storytimes)

• Ask questions about your library card (e.g. how to check your card, renew an item, reserve a title)

We also regularly search for tweets which include words like ‘library’ and ‘books’ in the Wellington area – we do this because we are keen to share book reviews with our followers and catch feedback about our libraries.

A good way to get our attention on Twitter is to mention us (@wcl_library) in a tweet and the best way (and most private way) is to send us a Direct Message on Twitter.

What’s good about using Twitter is that you can receive our updates in different ways: via our wcl_library account; via RSS feed; via your mobile phone or using a third party application on your iPhone.

So if you want to be in the know about exciting new books, DVDs, CDs and more, follow wcl_library on Twitter!

Astro Mike

Mike Massimino, one of the astronauts on the STS-125 mission to the Hubble telescope, has written the first Twitter from space. You can follow him here. The mission is the fifth and final servicing mission to the Hubble telescope, and is the 30th flight for the Space Shuttle Atlantis, which is to be retired in 2010.

Edit: The first of the five planned spacewalks during STS-125 can be viewed below … Continue reading “Astro Mike”