Henrietta Thornton-Verma, formerly associate editor, reference, for Library Journal (LJ)’s book review, will take over as editor of the book review effective October 1. She succeeds Heather McCormack, who left LJ this summer to join 3M’s new ebook lending division as collection development manager.
Before joining LJ in July 2011, Thornton-Verma served as reference editor and editor of the Series Made Simple supplement at LJ’s sister publication School Library Journal (SLJ). Besides heading up the book review, she will continue to serve as LJ’s and SLJ’s Reference Editor. In addition to an MLS from Queens College’s Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, Thornton-Verma brings real-world library expertise to her role; she served as a reference librarian at the Queens Public Library from 1999 to 2001, and directed the library at the DeVry Institute of Technology from 2001 through 2006.
“I’m thrilled to take on the challenge of being editor of Library Journal’s book review,” said Thornton-Verma. “It’s an exciting time. This fall is rich with great new titles from literary superstars like Salman Rushdie and Ian McEwan, and first novels from authors such as Kathleen Alcott. On the wider stage, e-original books are knocking on our door, and we’re hearing more and more from librarians whose patrons’ needs are morphing because of economic and other pressures. Heather McCormack built a solid foundation for me to work off in answering these ever-changing demands. I’m looking forward to continuing the relationships she developed with the library and publishing communities, as well as continuing her advocacy for librarians in the ebook-access debate.”
Thornton-Verma was tapped to lead the book review by recently named LJ Editor in Chief Michael Kelley and Executive Editor Josh Hadro. “Etta is a smart, diligent, and experienced editor, as many reference publishers and librarians already know. And I am very happy she will have the opportunity to shape the entire book review section,” Kelley said.