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.

Righting a Wrong: On Forgotten Heroes of the Vietnam Conflict


Louise Esola’s American Boys: The True Story of the Lost 74 of the Vietnam War (Pennway, 2015) focuses on an almost-forgotten tragedy: the death of 74 young men in the sinking of the USS Frank E. Evansoff the coast of Vietnam on June 3, 1969.

New Books, New Databases, New Attention to Indigenous Canadian Authors | Reference News, September 15, 2015


The experiment that is Open Access (OA) continues, and one publisher that reports related success is the innovative University of Regina Press, based in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Q&A: Editors of Chase’s Calendar of Events


The 59th edition of Chase’s Calendar of Events is due to be published by Bernan this month. LJ recently put a few questions to the editors of the series.

Books on the Brain: LJ Reviews Oliver Sacks


Doctor, scientist, and writer Oliver Sacks, who died on August 30, is perhaps best known for his 1985 The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. He was a prolific author, though, over the years penning many explorations of neurological dysfunction and, sometimes, super-function. Below are some reviews of his titles that appeared in LJ over the years.

Click, Clack, Books


Doreen Cronin (text) and Betsy Lewin’s (illustrations) Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type is one of my favorite picture books. In it, cows get hold of an old typewriter in the barn and start negotiations with the farmer, via typed notes, for better conditions: If they don’t get electric blankets, they say, forget about getting […]

Einstein and Friends: 100 Years of the General Theory of Relativity and Other Breakthroughs


This centenary year of the publication of Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity sees many books about the scientist and his achievements. Listed here are such titles along with forthcoming and recent works on other scientific breakthroughs.

LibraryReads September 2015

crash landing

Some familiar names—Lee Child, Jonathan Evison, Jenny Lawson—have made this month’s LibraryReads, the list of what librarians are reading and loving lately. Happily, though, top of the list this time is a debut, Melissa DeCarlo’s The Art of Crash Landing. Interested in getting involved in LibraryReads, the monthly list of what librarians are loving? No […]

Two Across by Jeff Bartsch | LJ Reviews

Two Across

Bartsch, Jeff. Two Across. Grand Central. Aug. 2015. 304p. ISBN 9781455554621. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781455554607. F Bartsch’s first novel opens at a 1960 spelling bee at a Washington, DC hotel, where we meet Vera Baxter and Stanley Owens, brilliantly fierce competitors in the national championship. In a rare occurrence, they tie for the win, a […]

LibraryReads: Librarians Announce August Favorites


Topping this months Library Reads, the list of what librarians are loving lately, is a funny new novel featuring a grown-up character who has autism. Interested in getting involved in LibraryReads, the monthly list of what librarians are loving? No problem! LibraryReads welcomes recommendations from all public library staff members, not just readers’ advisory experts […]

Library Journal’s Review of To Kill a Mockingbird, May 15, 1960


The May 15, 1960 issue of Library Journal reviewed a new work by a debut author, Harper Lee. Her To Kill a Mockingbird was released on July 11 of that year and our reviewer, librarian Robert W. Henderson, described it as “A gripping, timely story. Strongly recommended for all libraries.” (See below for the full […]