2015 ALA Annual Conference Recap

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So, not everyone was fortunate enough to make it to San Francisco for this year’s ALA conference. But don’t worry, we put together the next best thing! A lot of folks that attended the conference blogged, tweeted and … videoed about their experience, so we put a recap/mashup of all the best stuff we could… Read more »

Why We Think COPPA Compliance Matters

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One of the biggest concerns of not just parents but families, too, is whether the children in their lives are protected. Are they safe and being treated well in school, at their day care centers, at their friends’ homes, or wherever they go? When kids are little, we hold their hands as they cross the street…. Read more »

We’d Like to Host Your Soapbox Rant! (And, Meanwhile, Have a Look at These…)

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This is the 15th issue of our newsletter, The Cat and Cardigan. (Wahoo!) And, after recently taking a step back to look at the data, one thing is abundantly clear. Our guest posts are on top, when it comes to traffic, reader comments, and your average time spent reading an article. Of course, you’d rather hear from your peers… Read more »

Guest Column: Reading Is Reading

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“My son’s teacher won’t let him read graphic novels. He is supposed to read ‘real’ books.” “I don’t want her to read that—it’s below her level.” “Can you show me where your Lexile level 800 books are?”   We hear these statements at our library. (I’m sure you do, too!) These concerns tend to increase…

Are Your Systems as Secure as They Could Be?

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When it comes to securing your event-calendaring, room-booking, and reading-logging programs, you really can’t be too careful. After all, you’ve been entrusted with sensitive patron data—not to mention the fact that a security breach can mean real headaches and a lot of cleanup work for you. Fortunately, protecting your systems from potential troublemakers is easy…. Read more »

Just What Is in a Name?

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Finding the perfect name can be tough. Parents bestow all sorts of names for their children. Authors struggle to title their books—after all, they want to please their publishers, reach their audiences, and be true to themselves. Movie titles are dissected by scores of stakeholders and focus groups. (And, yet, Snakes on a Plane squeaked…