Henrietta Verma

About Henrietta Verma

Henrietta Verma (hverma@mediasourceinc.com, @ettaverma) is reviews editor at Library Journal, edits LJ's reference review column, and covers ereference and digital databases for the magazine. Before joining LJ's staff, Etta was reference editor at SLJ for five years and edited that magazine's Series Made Simple supplement. Etta, who is from Ireland, has also been a reference librarian and a library director and is the mom of two avid readers.

Reference Questions on Ephemera | Ask Reddy

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Thorny Reference Questions Tackled Dear Reddy: While at the reference desk this morning, I had a gentleman come in asking if we had anything on package labels, matchbook covers, old railroad timetables, and a bunch of other stuff that sounds like total junk. He said he collects these things, and called them ephemera, a word […]

Quirky Books for Fall 2014 | ALA Annual 2014

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Sally Reed, executive director of United for Libraries, a division of the American Library Association (ALA) that represents the interests of advocates such as friends groups and trustees, encouraged librarians at the “Quirky Books for Quirky Librarians” panel to join her organization before introducing six authors with new or upcoming books. The authors, a few […]

Shout ‘n Share @ BEA 2014

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The 6th Annual Librarian Shout ‘n Share @ BEA, cosponsored by the AAP and LJ, was was moderated by LJ‘s Barbara Genco. The panelists were Douglas Lord, LJ book reviewer and  Books for Dudes columnist; Alene Moroni, King County Library, WA; Jamie Watson, Baltimore County Public Library; Charlene Rue, New York and Brooklyn Public Libraries’ […]

Growing Up through Fiction: A Library Journal Day of Dialog Panel

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No Day of Dialog would be complete without a star-studded author panel, and last week’s annual gathering at New York’s McGraw-Hill building didn’t disappoint. The afternoon’s “Drop-Dead Gorgeous Fiction” panel was moderated by LJ Prepub Alert editor Barbara Hoffert and featured authors Lev Grossman, Emma Straub, Jane Smiley, Jules Feiffer, Lily King, and Marlon James. […]

Hear Ye, Hear Ye! A Library Journal Day of Dialog Town-Hall Meeting

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Attendees, prompted by questions from a panel of their fellow librarians, discussed several hot-button issues at LJ’s Day of Dialog last week. The Town Hall meeting—planned to encourage the “dialog” promised on the day—was chaired by LJ’s Prepub Alert editor Barbara Hoffert, who introduced Stephanie Anderson, Head of Reader Services at Darien Library, CT; Melissa […]

LibraryReads: Librarians Announce June Favorites

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Emma Healey’s Elizabeth is Missing, a psychological puzzle in the vein of Alice LaPlante’s Turn of Mind, tops the list of June publications that librarians are reading. In a surprising tenth place is George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois’s anthology Rogues. Also surprising: there’s no nonfiction on the list. Perhaps beach reading is starting to […]

World Bank eLibrary | Reference eReviews

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World Bank eLibrary is a great choice for academic libraries and large public libraries serving those doing social research.

LibraryReads: Librarians Announce March Favorites

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Here’s what librarians around the country are reading and loving this month. My pick: Alice LaPlante’s A Circle of Wives, which delves into a spouse’s worst nightmare: finding out that you are an unwitting polygamist. Interested in getting involved? LibraryReads welcomes recommendations from all public library staff members, not just readers’ advisory experts or credentialed […]

Finalists Announced for 19th Annual Audie Awards

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The Audio Publishers Association (APA) today announced the finalists for the 19th annual Audie Awards. The winners will be announced on May 29, 2014 at the Audies Gala in New York. The finalists include an eclectic mix such as Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s memoir My Beloved World, narrated by Rita Moreno (Random House Audio/Books […]

Q&A: Jean-Pierre Isbouts

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Author Jean-Pierre Isbouts talks to LJ about Who’s Who in the Bible, from the January issue

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