50 Years & Counting

Fifty years ago, when Clarice Stanton started at Baker & Taylor, everything was done by hand—no computers. The company has changed so much since her first day in 1967, but one thing has always stayed the same. “The books,” she said. “I remember walking into the warehouse for the first time and seeing all of those shelves of books and thinking ‘I’m in heaven’.”

On Sept. 19 Stanton, a customer service representative, celebrated her 50th anniversary with Baker & Taylor. Co-workers at her office in Commerce, Ga. helped her celebrate this momentous occasion with flowers and a cake.


She originally started as an order picker in the Reno, Nev. Service center, spending 25 years in the warehouse there, picking, stowing and receiving. From there, Stanton moved into customer service, covering almost every market, from schools to retail to academic to, now, public library. She moved from Reno to Commerce in 2004.

Outside of work, she loves to travel and has set a goal for herself to visit every U.S. state. Of course, Stanton also loves to read, especially if it’s anything by her favorite authors including Mark Twain, Louisa May Alcott, Nora Roberts and J.K. Rowling.

Stanton has no plans to slow down just yet. She said, “People ask when I plan on retiring but why retire when you love your job?”

Thank you for your many years of service, Clarice!

Meet Relationship Manager Lead, Mary Elliott


Axis 360, our ebook and audiobook mobile platform, has grown tremendously over the past few years, largely in part to our dedicated team of Relationship Managers, or RMs for short. Mary Elliott recently took on a leadership role within the team as RM Team Lead. Learn a little bit more about what Mary does behind the scenes and outside of work with this Q+A with her…


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Get To Know Your Rep: Jill Blades


What started as a love of all things books has grown into a now decade long career with Baker & Taylor. Jill Blades started at the company 10 years ago, but about one year ago shifted into her new role as a public library sales consultant where she puts her love of reading to use daily, working with libraries to grow and thrive.

As a sales consultant she covers the southern states of Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia (where she grew up) and South Carolina (where she currently resides, outside of Charleston). Notes in the Margin sat down with Jill to learn a little bit more about her, beyond just her work at Baker & Taylor.

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