Dear SIBA members & stakeholders,
Early last month we had a wonderful day "Writing the Future of The Discovery Show" at SIBA in the Springtime! We appreciate so much everyone who came (about 45 of you) and contributed time and thought to SIBA's future. We learned a lot.
Your Board members plus Jamie Fiocco and Kelly Justice took many notes and here are some of the things we learned.
First, The Discovery Show is well-loved, and well-received by our industry. The major sentiment was much of what we offer, and when we offer it, is just what booksellers and exhibitors want. We will benefit from the many new ideas for education & experiences at the Discovery Show and look forward to implementing many of the suggestions. The main change is to consider the weekdays for the show rather than the weekend. Otherwise, the fall is preferable to other seasons, and moving around the south seems to be a favorite as well. Some of the ideas we can initiate right away include:
- finding a way for exhibitors to meet new booksellers they might not know
- promote in-booth signings
- make it easier to recognize sales reps.
Please continue to share any ideas or thoughts you have as to how we can improve. You can reach out to any Board Member or to our Executive Director.
In one of my first duties as your president, I have turned over the care and feeding of SIBA’s Advisory Council (AC) to new board member Kimberly Daniels. The AC is a function of the SIBA Board of Directors and the obligations are to meet for an hour at the Discovery Show and have several (VERY SHORT) conference calls throughout the year. The board uses the AC as a sounding board and a place to get initial feedback regarding various SIBA and bookstore related ideas and issues. The AC is a two-year commitment.
If you are interested in serving, or have any questions, please email with the subject line OPEN CALL-ADVISORY KimberlyDdaniels@gmail.com (please note that there are two ds in the email address).
Sincerely, your SIBA President,
Eagle Eye Book Shop Owner