At Simon & Schuster Children’s, Janine Perez has been promoted to digital marketing coordinator.
At Random House Children’s Books, Lauren Adams has been promoted to marketing manager, while Colleen Nuccio moves up to marketing coordinator.
Stephanie Adams has been named marketing manager at Stanford University Press. In addition, Kate Templar has joined as sales & exhibits manager, while Ryan Furtkamp has joined as publicist.
In the UK, agent Lucy Luck will join Conville & Walsh on November 1, moving over from Aitken Alexander.
Following yesterday’s report of Maria Pallante‘s resignation, her letter to Carla Hayden was posted, in which Pallante writes: “I hope that you will respect that I do not accept the reassignment to work on Library matters that was announced on Friday.” Confirming Billboard’s report that Pallante had been locked out of her computer, despite being given a new assignment, Pallante adds: “I would be grateful for your accommodation as I say goodbye to colleagues and collect personal items this week, and would appreciate the reinstatement of access to my computer and email so that I may appropriately archive records and remove photos of my family.”
A separate posted letter from Librarian of Congress Hayden contains significantly more detail than the LOC press release about the new tasks she hoped Pallante would take on — including determining a “legally sufficient and efficient procedure” to allow LOC staff to clear books published between 1923 and 1968 as free of copyright and eligible for “digitization and online distribution.”
In conjunction with controlling owner Bertelsmann’s new Corporate Responsibility Report, Penguin Random House ceo Markus Dohle announced internally a set of “2020 Social Responsibility Commitments to further improve our company, our communities, and our planet over the next few years.” Those goals include a pledge to “source 100 percent of the paper we use worldwide from a certified forest-management standard such as FSC, SFI, and/or PEFC.” (Bertelsmann said that in 2015, already 93 percent of the paper PRH purchased was “sourced from recycled and/or certified sustainable materials.”
Additionally, PRH plans to “make 250,000 working hours available for employees to participate in company-organized initiatives, or to volunteer with organizations that they personally support.” Already, PRH US “encourages volunteering by giving its employees two workdays off per year to work for a charity of their choice. The company is
committed to having its staff make full use of this program by 2020.”
Other plans include donations of books and ebooks to schools and in promotion of literacy, and donations of $3.5 million to both “students, teachers and libraries” as well as to “charities that are important to our employees.”