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.

Gratitude by Oliver Sacks | LJ Review


Sacks, Oliver. Gratitude. Knopf. Nov. 2015. 64p. ISBN 9780451492937. $17; ebk. ISBN 9780451492968. MED Sacks’s (Awakenings; The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat) powerful look back at his remarkable life was published posthumously. The book chronicles the famous author’s thoughts, wishes, regrets, and, above all, feelings of love, happiness, and gratitude even as […]

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Mastering the Job Interview

Job seekers are some of your library’s most frequent users. They all seek the same goal—satisfying employment, quickly—but they have varying skills, educational levels, and different needs. One may need a part time job while his children are at school, for example, while another may be seeking leads on a high-level corporate position. Still others […]

The Young and the Restless | Charleston Conference 2015

Jen Maurer

At The Young and the Restless: Fresh Eyes Scan the Library Publishing Landscape, a program held at the Charleston Conference on Friday, November 6, Mark Sandler, Director, Center for Library Initiatives, Committee on Institutional Cooperation, introduced a panel of young industry professionals. Sandler posed questions to Mara Blake, Spatial and Numeric Data Librarian, University of Michigan; Jen Maurer, Library Sales Representative, Cambridge University Press; Hannah Scates Kettler, Digital Humanities Librarian, University of Iowa Libraries; and Dan Valen, Product Specialist, Figshare.

Emptying the Dump Truck | Charleston Conference 2015

Creative upcycling

On Friday, November 6, at the Charleston Conference, Robert Weaver, Collection Management Librarian at Liberty University, Virginia’s Jerry Falwell Library, presented what was perhaps the most actionable information of the conference. In an unfortunately poorly attended program called “Emptying the Dump Truck,” Weaver outlined, from personal experience, what to do when your library is offered a large donation.

Two on Elvis Costello | LJ Reviews

Unfaithful Music

Costello, Elvis. Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink. Blue Rider. Oct. 2015. 688p. photos. ISBN 9780399167256. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780698140653. MUSIC It’s no surprise that Costello, one of the most literate of rock songwriters, has written a fascinating, rich, and evocative memoir told with warmth, intelligence, and wit and filled with memorable descriptions and observations. Costello […]

LibraryReads November 2015

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That Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child are on any most-read list is no surprise. Also on this month’s list of what librarians are reading is a new novel by B.A. Shaprio, author of the well-received 2012 The Art Forger, and a sure-to-be-gorgeous new title by the prolific Isabel Allende. Interested in getting involved in LibraryReads, […]

Recipes and Stories for National Hispanic Heritage Month


National Hispanic Heritage Month is coming to a close, and just in time to prepare for your closing party—but also a great choice for other times of year—is Recetas de Mi Vida, a cookbook and memoir in one. In the introduction to the colorful title, editor Bárbara Renaud Gonzáles explains that her Hispanic students at […]

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.