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Berry, John N., III – Library Journal, 2011
No one other than Nancy Pearl has so convinced Americans that libraries, books, and reading are critical to our communities. Her passionate advocacy has done that nationwide for thousands of individual readers and library workers in the trenches at the local level. She has spread book lust via broadcasts to the nation on National Public Radio's…
Descriptors: Library Role, Library Services, Recognition (Achievement), Librarians
Kuzyk, Raya – Library Journal, 2011
This article presents a list of the best audiobooks of 2010. Among the past year's most memorable audiobooks, all recipients of starred "Library Journal" reviews, are four "LJ" Best Books, two postapocalyptic trilogy starters, two nonfiction tracts on marriage, a baseball novella, an adult/YA crossover novel, and an Obama biography.
Descriptors: Audio Books, Reading Lists, Bibliographies, Reading Material Selection
Maxted, Lawrence – Library Journal, 2011
Many current investors involuntarily entered the realm of investments for the first time when 401(k) retirement and other market-tied savings plans became the norm. Homeowners thought their homes were safe, appreciating investments. Yet the last decade saw two major market corrections. The 2008 mortgage-backed securities crisis induced global…
Descriptors: United States History, Library Materials, Investment, Banking
Kelley, Michael – Library Journal, 2011
Thirty years ago, the only person in a library looking for an electrical outlet was a blue-smocked cleaning person who had to plug in a vacuum cleaner with a very long cord. Now, hordes of patrons outfitted with amp-devouring laptops and cell phones expect and need the library to offer an endless supply of electricity. The overall demand for…
Descriptors: Access to Information, Libraries, Electronic Libraries, Energy
Hadro, Josh – Library Journal, 2011
Librarians should think of Yelp (yelp.com) as a kind of giant suggestion box hanging on the wall of the Internet. This web-based review service describes itself as "an online urban city guide that helps people find cool places to eat, shop, drink, relax and play, based on the informed opinions of a vibrant and active community of locals in the…
Descriptors: Libraries, Library Services, Librarians, Internet
Hamm, Susannah – Library Journal, 2011
A hundred years after Marie Curie received her Nobel Prize in Chemistry, this arm of science is pointing the way to a more sustainable future. Growing movements like green chemistry, which strives to create alternative and new chemical reactions that produce no harmful waste products, and molecular engineering hold great potential for industry,…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Encyclopedias, College Libraries, Library Services
Library Journal, 2011
While they do not represent the rainbow of reading tastes American public libraries accommodate, Book Review editors are a wildly eclectic bunch. One look at their bedside tables and ereaders would reveal very little crossover. This article highlights an eclectic array of spring offerings ranging from print books to an audiobook to ebook apps. It…
Descriptors: Public Libraries, Book Reviews, Bibliographies, Reading Material Selection
Hoffert, Barbara – Library Journal, 2011
Respondents to "Library Journal's" ("LJ") annual book buying survey of public libraries nationwide reported that adult book budgets were down eight percent overall, the largest plunge recorded since the survey began in 1998. What's more, for the first time ever, cuts were reported for every region of the country and every size of population…
Descriptors: Public Libraries, Library Services, Library Administration, Library Materials
Thomas, Devon – Library Journal, 2011
One of the hottest growing segments of the romance genre is male-on-male (M/M) romance--gay romantic fiction mostly written and read by straight women. Featuring traditional romance conventions, including mistaken identities, star-crossed lovers, and happy endings, these stories show both physical and emotional intimacy between men. M/M builds on…
Descriptors: Library Materials, Intimacy, Television, Films
Rapp, David – Library Journal, 2011
Ereaders are so last year. Tablets were the watchword at this year's annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, January 6-9. This year, the show set new records, with some 2700 companies from around the world exhibiting at the multiple exhibition halls and 30,000 attendees gawking at the products. What did they see? There were still some…
Descriptors: Computer Software, Electronic Publishing, Influence of Technology, Technological Advancement
Berry, John N., III – Library Journal, 2011
This article features Naturita Community Library (NCL), winner of "LJ"'s 2011 Best Small Library in America Award, sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The library is the largest straw bale library in America. It sits on the western slope of the Rockies, across the Uncompahgre Plateau from the county seat in Montrose,…
Descriptors: Public Libraries, Community Centers, Library Services, Institutional Characteristics
Kenney, Brian – Library Journal, 2011
This article features the University of Liverpool's arts and humanities library, which applies a new search tool to improve the user experience. In nearly every way imaginable, the Sydney Jones Library and the Harold Cohen Library--the university's two libraries that serve science, engineering, and medical students--support the lives of their…
Descriptors: Library Services, Humanities, Search Engines, Search Strategies
Bibel, Barbara – Library Journal, 2011
The year 2010 is historic because it marks the passage of a U.S. health-care reform bill as well as midterm elections that sent to Congress people looking to repeal it. Meanwhile, the public is waiting to see what it all means. It also saw the rise of personalized medicine, with genetics and electronic health records promising a more…
Descriptors: Genetics, Ethics, Consumer Economics, Health Insurance
Bibel, Barbara – Library Journal, 2010
This article presents an annotated bibliography of 19 titles that focus on cancer and health-care reform. These include: (1) Anderson, John W. "Stand by Her: A Breast Cancer Guide for Men." AMACOM: American Management Assn.; (2) Carstensen, Laura L. "A Long Bright Future: An Action Plan for a Lifetime of Happiness, Health, and Financial Security."…
Descriptors: Caring, Altruism, Autism, Cancer
Roncevic, Mirela – Library Journal, 2010
Although fall has always been "the" season of art books, spring catalogs--which for most art publishers stretch between January and June--are replete with intriguing and, in some cases, even groundbreaking new publications. The quality of the reproductions and scholarship continues to impress, but so does the growing diversity of subjects, as more…
Descriptors: Art, Books, Fine Arts, Visual Arts
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