February 17, 2018

The End of an Era: LJ Editor-in-Chief John Berry Retires

By LJ Staff

John N. Berry III

John N. Berry III will officially retire today (1/31) from the staff of Library Journal, capping a 41-year career of unparalleled success and leadership. Berry arguably has done more to promote libraries and librarianship in the 20th century than anyone else in the field. His tenure at LJ has been marked by his commitment to editorial integrity reflected in his very first editorial upon being named Editor-in-Chief. ‘We will edit by conviction, not by consensus’ (Jan. 1, 1969). John will not be far away, as he will continue to serve as Editor-at-Large for LJ, providing editorial insight in addition to writing his regular column. It is fitting that as John transitions to his new role at LJ, he has been nominated for a Jesse Neal Award for best staff-written editorial and opinion column (for ‘Blatant Berry’), reflecting the commitment he began so long ago. "It has been a great career so far, and I’m glad that my LJ connection will continue ‘at large,’ he said. ‘I’m delighted to be able to continue working with the talented LJ staff and with Francine Fialkoff. She has managed the magazine with vision and grace for many years. I do look forward to more time to play, but in between those long, long weekends I’ll be writing with renewed commitment to the values of LJ and the library profession.’