November 19, 2014

Bette-Lee Fox

About Bette-Lee Fox

Bette-Lee Fox ( is Managing Editor, Library Journal.

Celebrating her 40th year with Library Journal, Bette-Lee also edits LJ’s Video Reviews column, six times a year Romance column, and e-original Romance reviews, which post weekly as LJ Xpress Reviews.

Librarians’ Picks | Library by Design


Libraries that have recently undergone building projects feature design elements that enrich their style and speak to their patrons’ preferences. Choices including flexible shelving, lighting that doubles as artwork, and many distinctive seating options.

Year in Architecture 2013: Something for Everyone [8 Photo Galleries]

Architecture 2013

This year’s listing of library building projects completed between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013, expands on the concept of all-purpose spaces to suit a variety of patrons and needs. There are 77 public efforts, and among the 14 academic buildings is the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons at Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI (above), which allows students to invent their own environments. A banquet of libraries with that all-important, all-purpose ingredient.

Year in Architecture 2013: Transformational Libraries


Transformational Libraries include the Polk Wisdom Branch Library, Dallas; the Ladd Library, Cedar Rapids Public Library, IA; the Duvall Library, King County Library System, WA; East Rancho Dominguez Library, County of Los Angeles Public Library, CA; the Teton County Library, Jackson, WY; the new Boca Raton Downtown Library, FL; Jasper Place Branch Library, Edmonton, Alta., Canada; and the Queens Library at Glen Oaks, NY.

Year in Architecture 2013: A Lot of Learning To Do


A Lot of Learning To Do libraries include the new Collin College Spring Creek Campus District Library, Plano, TX; the Claire T. Carney Library, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in North Dartmouth, MA; and the Lane Library & Learning Commons, Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah, GA.

Year in Architecture 2013: Opening Doors to Collaboration


Opening Doors to Collaboration libraries include Northwestern University’s Deering Library, Evanston, IL, and the Robarts Library Center for Teaching Support and Innovation (CTSI) at the University of Toronto.

Year in Architecture 2013: Wide Open Spaces


Wide Open Spaces include the Andrew G. Truxal Library at Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, MD; The Brody Learning Commons at Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins University, MD; The new James B. Hunt Jr. Library, North Carolina State University, Raleigh; and the Clark Library, University of Portland, OR.

Year in Architecture 2013: A Destination Place


Destination libraries include the new Centennial Library, Midland County Public Library, TX; the Glenvar Branch Library, Roanoke County Public Library, Salem, VA; the Storytime Room at the Mission Viejo Library, CA; the Mall Library Connection, Fort Vancouver Regional Library District, Vancouver, WA; and Mesa County Libraries Central Library, Grand Junction, CO.

Year in Architecture 2013: Fabulous & Functional


Fabulous and functional libraries include the Central Library of Brownsville Public Library System, TX; Newcastle County Bear Library, DE; the Children’s Library at the Beverly Hills Public Library, CA; the Teen Place at Schaumburg Township District Library, IL; and the Hillcrest Heights Branch Library, Temple Hills, MD.

Year in Architecture 2013: High, Wide, & Handsome


High, wide, and handsome libraries include the Fairwood Branch Library, East Baton Rouge Parish Library, LA; the Smithtown Main Library, NY; the Lemon Grove Branch, San Diego Public Library, CA; The Gum Spring Library, Aldie, VA; and Denver Public Library’s Sam Gary Branch.

Year in Architecture 2013: Worlds To Explore


Worlds To Explore libraries include Pendleton County Public Library, Falmouth, KY and the Woodneath Library Center, Mid-Continent Public Library, Kansas City, MO.