At the end of March, among my emails was one with the subject "Reed Business Information Recognition Award Notification." "Congratulations on your 5 Year anniversary with Reed Business Information!" it declared. "In recognition of your valued dedication, and contributions to our company, we would like to offer you a gift."
"This service award is our way of saying ‘Thank you,’" the posting continued, instructing me to click the applicable anniversary on the left of the screen to see my gift options. There on the left were anniversaries ranging from 5th to 55th! I’d just snuck in under the wire before LJ ceased being a property of RBI (we are now a part of Media Source Inc. as Francine Fialkoff explained in her April 1 LJ editorial).
Because I handle books with topics that range around the globe, I picked a "Replogle Adams 9" Raised Relief Globe, featuring a natural finish hardwood base" as my gift. That’s it, above left.
Yes, it reflects the scope of my review subjects at LJ, but I also picked it so I could reflect on the journey of Mirela Roncevic, LJ‘s senior editor for arts, humanities and reference in the LJ book review. She was at LJ for 12 years (she opted for the duffle bag at 5 years and the Amex gift card at 10) before choosing to leave last month.
My globe duly arrived at home, complete with instructions ("How to Use and Enjoy Your Globe"). I decided to enjoy it at once by spinning it around to Croatia.
In my grade school geography years Croatia had not existed. I now contemplated it, its shape conjuring for me a seahorse in profile, who, for unknown reasons, is sporting an immense cape that floats aloft, no doubt because of those Adriatic winds.
I looked for Zagreb. There it is, on the seahorse’s cape. And that’s where Mirela will be, come June, back in the country of her birth. She will be the publishing director (trade divison) at Skolska Knjiga, the largest publishing house in Southeastern Europe. In that position, she’ll be overseeing the adult, children’s, foreign, and reference departments—she has already overseen the acquisition of Justin Cronin’s The Passage, the June book from Ballantine with major buzz behind it (see LJ review here).
While Mirela is busy before her departure for Croatia, working as a consultant to both Salem Press and IGI Global on a couple of library-related endeavors, her former position, now titled "Editor, reference, ebook, and digital products" has been posted (see it here and spread the word!).
I love working at LJ, and feel blessed to be a part of its endeavors. I miss Mirela, and I know that whoever takes on the new position will be nothing like her–because she’s one of a kind–yet I look forward to the adventures ahead for us all!