April 23, 2014

Henrietta Thornton-Verma

About Henrietta Thornton-Verma

Henrietta Thornton-Verma (hthornton@mediasourceinc.com, @ettathornton) is reviews editor at Library Journal, edits Library Journal and School Library Journal's reference review columns, and covers ereference and digital databases for both magazines. 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.

LibraryReads: Librarians Announce November Favorites

LibraryReads: Librarians Announce November Favorites

Ahead of Halloween, librarians around the country are immersing themselves in the gothic; they name Diane Setterfield’s Bellman & Black as the October title they are enjoying most. Also  making their top ten are new titles from masters Pat Conroy and Amy Tan. Next on my list though, is a mystery with an intriguing setting: […]

YA Crossover Tops Inaugural LibraryReads List

YA Crossover Tops Inaugural LibraryReads List

The inaugural LibraryReads lists ten titles (published this month and forthcoming) nominated as “favorites” by librarians from around the country.

Fleeing the Reference Desk | ALA 2013

Fleeing the Reference Desk | ALA 2013

Librarians gathered for what was billed “a refdesk-shattering event.”

Collection Development 2020 | Library Journal’s Day of Dialog

Collection Development 2020 | Library Journal’s Day of Dialog

Ebooks. Self publishing. Platforms, platforms, platforms. It’s hard enough to keep up now; what will collection development librarians’ jobs look like in 2020? At LJ’s Day of Dialog, held May 29 at the McGraw-Hill auditorium in New York City, Christopher Platt, Director, Collections and Circulation Operations, New York Public Library, put that question to a panel of librarians and a publisher.

Reference News from the Show | ALA Midwinter 2013

Reference News from the Show | ALA Midwinter 2013

As usual, ALA was a whirlwind of panels, book buzzes, parties, and my favorite—meeting librarians in the inevitable lines for food and bathrooms (will the conference centers ever figure this out?). The best fun was at the AAP Library Family Feud, where librarians took on authors about such burning questions as what 100 librarians said [...]

Grey House To Publish Salem Press Material

Grey House to Publish Salem Press Material

Salem Press, which was purchased in 2009 by EBSCO, is moving and shaking once again. Under a new exclusive license between EBSCO Publishing and Grey House, Salem’s literary, history, health, and science works will now be published by Grey House. The company is mainly known for its directories and other ready-reference content, and recently bought [...]

Best Databases 2012

It’s said that in a recession, people opt for old-world comforts. While in the electronic world there isn’t much that’s old world, the librarians who responded to this year’s call for best-database nominations name some mainstays that are likely to inspire some e-nostalgia. Consumer Reports, CultureGrams, and Guide to Reference are resources we’ve relied upon [...]

SAGE Acquires Adam Matthew

SAGE Acquires Adam Matthew

Adam Matthew, a company that’s known for providing specialized online primary-source collections, announced today that it’s been bought by SAGE, a social science reference publisher.

No Big Deal: Three Libraries Survive Cuts to Serials Access | ALA Annual 2012

No Big Deal: Three Libraries Survive Cuts to Serials Access | ALA Annual 2012

No Big Deal: Three Libraries Survive Cuts to Serials Access | ALA Annual 2012

Inaugural Carnegie Medals to Robert K. Massie and Anne Enright

Inaugural Carnegie Medals to Robert K. Massie and Anne Enright

Inaugural Carnegie Medals to Robert K. Massie and Anne Enright