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.

Around the World in Eight Books | LJ Reviews

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The Curious Map Book is colorful and fact-filled; Mind the Map is an enthralling work of art; Vargic’s work is great for family browsing; an unusual and high-quality contribution to World War II collections from Ward

100 Years of National Parks | LJ Reviews

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In observance of the centennial of the National Parks Service’s founding, several publishers are releasing works that examine the history of the parks and the beauty and adventure to be found within their borders.

Pack Your Bags! Travel Books on GVRL | Sponsored Content

DK California travel guide

Travel books are popular with those who are actually starting to pack their bags as well as armchair voyagers. Either way, the library’s travel collection has to be kept up to date, and that can be expensive and time consuming. GVRL offers a great alternative: an online selection of travel titles for locations nearby and […]

Q&A: Randy L. Morkved

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Balcony 7 offers an intriguing mix of titles. Recently, the company’s publisher, Randy L. Morkved, answered some questions via email about how the business got started and what they have to offer.

Unnamed Press: LJ Talks to Press Founders C.P. Heiser & Olivia Taylor Smith

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Unnamed Press recently spoke to LJ about how it came to be that the authors on its winter 2016 list are all women, and why that’s a welcome development.

Gratitude by Oliver Sacks | LJ Review

Gratitude

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 […]

Give Your Job Search a Boost Using GVRL | Sponsored Content

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

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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

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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

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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 […]