Archive for October, 2006

Wind: Fueling the Future

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

11574316.gifedited by Clay Farris Naff

General Collection TJ820 .W498 2006

Nations around the world are under increasing pressure to end their dependence on finite fossil fuels and develop renewable energy sources. Meeting this challenge has become a priority….Greenhaven Press’s Fueling the Future series explores why this quest has proven so daunting….Contributors include scientists, environmental activists, industry leaders, and policymakers, providing students with a wide range of views on the topic. (from the cover)

Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

11199709.gifby Chris Anderson

General Collection HF5415.127 .A54 2006

We think Chris Anderson is onto something big with The Long Tail, a groundbreaking look at a well-known feature of statistical distribution and its potential to revolutionize business. Wired magazine editor Anderson expands his influential 2004 article into a comprehensive exploration of this phenomenon — which, simply stated, holds that products with low demand or sales volume can collectively comprise a market that exceeds the bestsellers. Catering to the tastes and expectations of consumers increasingly disenchanted with the same old thing, these new “niches” provide limitless opportunity for savvy companies. Fresh, insightful, and surprisingly accessible, The Long Tail explains how to tap into the new economics of abundance. (barnesandnoble.com)

My Pet Virus: The True Story of a Rebel Without a Cure

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

11376814.gifby Shawn Decker

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The way Shawn Timothy Decker sees it, he was fated from Day One. His horoscope sign is the Crab, a sexually transmitted critter, and his initials are STD. Seen thusly, there seemed to be no major mystery why this straight, hemophiliac boy from rural Virginia would get HIV when he was just 11. When Shawn’s “pet virus” arrived, it was accompanied by far more than medical complications. His hilarious, slyly wise autobiography drew this envious review from Augusten Burroughs: “Maybe if I had Shawn’s resilience and talent, I wouldn’t be such a mess.” (barnesandnoble.com)

Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

7339133.gifby Greg Critser

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Sixty percent of Americans are overweight. How did we become so obese? That’s the question that journalist Greg Critser poses in this little feast of social commentary. Ranging freely, he takes readers on a flab-minded tour of our countryside, examining our engorging behavior from several unflattering angles. His insights are numerous and often unexpected; the writing is vigorous and fat-free. (barnesandnoble.com)

Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

edited by Jacqueline L. Longe

Reference Collection RC41 .G35 2006

This third edition of Gale’s popular multivolume medical encyclopedia, once again edited by Longe (The Gale Encyclopedia of Cancer), covers more than 1750 disorders, medications, tests, and treatments. As in the previous editions, articles incorporate a definition and related key terms and detail causes and symptoms of the disorder, how diagnoses are made, possible treatments (including alternative treatment methods), and the general prognosis. Articles addressing medical tests discuss preparations, aftercare, risks, and normal/abnormal results. Most of the articles are a minimum of two to three pages long and contain a very brief list of additional resources; some are enhanced with high-quality color photos and diagrams. Although each article is signed and reviewed by a medical advisory board for accuracy, currency, and appropriateness, only ten percent of the 192 contributors are MDs. More than 80 new articles have been added to this edition, addressing such topics as anabolic steroid use, club drugs, SARS, and umbilical-cord blood banking. Unfortunately, updates to many of the earlier articles are minimal, making this edition less useful to those already owning the previous editions. Bottom Line: While The Merck Manual of Medical Information: Second Home Edition (2004) covers several of the same disorders and topics, its thematic format makes ready reference more difficult than does Gale’s alphabetical arrangement. With entries that are well written in lay language and generally unbiased, this easy-to-use resource is recommended for public or college libraries, particularly those without print or electronic access to the second edition.-Tina Neville, Univ. of South Florida Lib., St. Petersburg Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview Questions

Friday, October 20, 2006

9349485.gifby Vicky Oliver

General Collection HF5549.5 .I6 O38 2005

301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview Questions is packed full of the toughest interview questions and the savvy answers that today’s managers are looking for.

While many interview books still focus on “What are your strengths?” and “What are your weaknesses?” 301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview Questions is the definitive guide to the real (and sometimes quirky) questions employers are using to weed out candidates. (barnesandnoble.com, from the publisher)

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to The Perfect Resume

Thursday, October 19, 2006

10523897.gifby Susan Ireland

General Collection HF5383 .I747 2006

An updated and revised edition of one of our top career guides helps employment-seekers put together an attention-grabbing resume that will help land them their dream jobs. Features dozens of sample resume styles, an action plan for a successful job search, and professional advice on creating cover letters, finessing the toughest interview, and writing thank you and follow-up letters. (barnesandnoble.com, from the publisher)

Job Search and Career Checklists

Thursday, October 19, 2006

8911401.gifby Arlene S. Hirsch

General Collection HF5381 .H517 2005

Staying organized during a job search can be challenging and time-consuming. Job Search and Career Checklists can help you quickly keep track of all the necessary materials and activities during and after your job search as you manage your career. (from the cover)