Ford praises Colaneri for her “calm demeanor,” intelligence and deep knowledge of the manufacturing business, crediting her for efficiency strategies that drove millions of dollars in savings for Scholastic.
“There is no better person I can think of,” she says, “for induction into the Hall of Fame.”
41 Years in the Business
Colaneri has lived through tremendous changes in the industry since she was first bitten by the publishing bug in high school, while working as an intern at McGraw-Hill.
“I just loved books and reading from when I was a child, and there was a great appeal to me to work with a publisher,” she says. “I hate to say, I’ve been in the business since 1967.”
Landing in book manufacturing was “kind of flukey,” Colaneri recalls. Having started in editorial after college, she soon found that her true home was in the manufacturing area.
“It was just such a fit,” she says. “I loved the idea of making books, making product … starting out with an idea, a concept of a story, and taking that and working through the process to get to a finished product that could go out to the consumer.”
After working in manufacturing and corporate purchasing at McGraw-Hill, Colaneri came to Scholastic in 1986. She is currently responsible for the purchase and management of materials and services used to produce the full range of Scholastic’s products, from books to promotional materials and educational resources.
The most important change in her 22 years at Scholastic, Colaneri says, involves the range of options made possible by new technology, from digital printing to personalized products and forms of integrated media. As an example, she cites the new global, multiplatform series, “The 39 Clues,” an interactive 10-book series, online game and trading-card product that allows young readers to be a part of the story, and solve clues and win prizes. The simultaneous global launch spanned numerous time zones from Australia and New Zealand to numerous countries in Asia to England, Canada and the United States.
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