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Updated schedule for SIBA in the Springtime, and a very important letter from the President of the ABA

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Monday, February 20, 2017

Hello, dearest and most beloved booksellers.

We have some updates on SIBA in the Springtime, and a very, very important letter from ABA President Betsy Burton that we ask you to take a moment to read.

Highlights:

  1. New items have been added to the SIBA in the Springtime schedule. Click here to register.
  2. ABA President Betsy Burton has a very imporant letter you need to read.
  3. The Conroy Legacy Award is seeking nominations.
  4. It's also time to nominate the Spring Okra Picks
  5. Check your account. (Your username is: @@username@@)

SIBA IN THE SPRINGTIME

We have added a meet up event to the schedule! On Monday 3/6 after the Okra Dinner at 9:30 pm, Indies Forward is hosting a meet up at the hotel bar. Indies Forward is a group dedicated to growing leadership in the bookselling community by uniting young bookselling professionals. The future of your stores may well be in the hands of these folks, so please come by!

We also now have the details of the ABA educational sessions available:

Bookstores  - An Inclusive Place for Dialogue and Discovery

In the current environment, customers are increasingly coming to bookstores for connection and communication, as well as for sources of a diverse range of voices and viewpoints. 

At the upcoming ABA Spring Forum in Atlanta, GA, in response to member bookstore feedback and requests, ABA will be hosting a conversation led by ABA Board Member Jamie Fiocco where booksellers will share ideas and brainstorm about how bookstores can foster communication and create opportunities for people of diverse backgrounds to express and respond to differing views in the welcoming setting of a bookstore. 

This will not be a traditional education session. It is designed to be an interactive discussion, where booksellers will be able to participate in open communication and problem solving -- in both large and small groups -- to clarify strategies for strengthening the unique role that bookstores play in their communities. 

Online Event Registration

and don't forget, if you can't come, we still want to hear your ideas: Click here to share your great ideas!

SIBA in the Springtime 

Writing the future of the SIBA Discovery Show

Open to everyone with a vested interest in the show:
booksellers, exhibitors, publishers, sales reps
$99 (meals included), Free for core member bookstores

March 6-7, 2017
The Crowne Plaza - Airport in Atlanta

Reservations: Call 866/750-3365, use Group Code SIB
Room Rate: $119 + 7% state sales tax.
Online hotel reservations

ROOM RATE CUT OFF DATE IS 2/17/2017

Online Event Registration

 


A LETTER FROM ABA PRESIDENT BETSY BURTON

Dear Booksellers,

Betsy BurtonMy heart is full — as is, I’m sure, the heart of anyone who attended Winter Institute 12. Already pumped by a day visiting bookstores and by a charged and joyous opening reception, we were split wide open at breakfast on the first official day by the keynote address of Roxane Gay — a verbal fusillade of home truths (if you’ll forgive the dumb metaphor) that brought into sharp focus the issue of diversity. Not that we hadn’t been aware of it, talked about it, and taken action before, both on our ABA board and regionally, creating scholarships and making Booksellers Advisory Council (BAC) appointments, talking to publishers, and making plans to help and encourage the creation of new stores. But it hasn’t been enough — not nearly — as Gay pointed out so candidly, her words shocking us out of complacency and into the need for action. A perfect example of the radical candor that Wi12’s third keynote speaker, Kim Scott, discussed two days later.

During the Town Hall, as “we the board” sat on the dais and listened (and really heard), watched (and really saw) a series of impassioned, articulate, brave, visionary women — many from the new generation of booksellers — get up, one after another, the separation between us diminished and I thought my heart would break — not out of sadness but because I remembered myself at that age, how it felt to be excluded (albeit for reasons of sex and religion — or lack thereof — rather than color), felt again that anger, and knew that once harnessed it was going to hone their aim, amp up their power, catapult them — and all of us — into being our/their best selves, creating a better world in the process. And I was suddenly filled to overflowing with admiration for them, as they spoke one by one, and also, suddenly, with hope for the future. Not just their future but that of our industry when they take it in their capable hands, that of the world because there are people like them outside our industry as well as inside it, something we need to remember in this darkest of times. And they will take our world into their hands, lead the way forward in good directions. Of that I am certain.

It is a process, entering the world of governance — in ABA or any other sphere — but because the board heard what we heard, saw what we saw, we responded by creating a Diversity Task Force to give voice to booksellers’ concerns and draw them into ABA in a significant way and by increasing the number of members on the BAC with the express aim of creating a more diverse council. And please, anyone interested in serving on either, or in recommending someone to do so, e-mail me or call me at (801) 792-8363.

This might not feel like enough but it’s a strong start, especially because the BAC (along with regional boards) is where most nominations for ABA board members come from, since service on the BAC is a way to understand how the association works, how the book industry works, what issues we’ve faced in the past, and what decisions have been made to address them — along with the reasons for those decisions. All of which gives context to the role of governance and the governance process itself inside ABA.

Speaking of inside ABA, my heart broke yet again on my last night at Wi12 when I was privileged to witness during the ABA staff party another moving and life-changing event — the changing of the guard as Mark Nichols, a man beloved by everyone, was heralded by his colleagues. We all know Mark to be a quiet but brilliant, discerning and knowledgeable, kind and caring man who was involved in ABA seemingly forever and in every conceivable way. As I listened to his colleagues honor him, say goodbye to him, watched the sincerity that broke voices, brought on tears, knowing how hard they had all just worked putting on this miracle of an institute, how hard they work year after year to keep the wheels of technology and commerce, information and education turning ever faster, with the connection and love necessary to make it all work as brilliantly as it does, I saw Mark’s role at the heart of it all and I was again filled to overflowing. By their words, yes, but even more by his as this ever-wise, always valiant, loving, caring man expressed his utter faith in all of them. In their ability to help us keep our world in order, keep the wheels turning as another page turned over in ABA’s life and in ours.

Between these profound and unforgettable bookends, there was the rest of Wi12, three full days, four for those who took advantage of Friday’s bookstore tours and special workshops. Days filled with education targeted at our newest members and those more experienced, some about business, others involving the book itself. As I watched the presenters and authors at the Indies Introduce talk proceed with a wonderful program before an appreciative audience that numbered in the hundreds, I remembered that first Winter Institute, and again grew teary thinking of what ABA had wrought over the ensuing years, growing, with the help of hundreds of booksellers and scores of publishers, a small idea into a partnership that benefits us all — authors, publishers, booksellers, readers, and the books themselves — just as they had done again and again in program after program. I attended the marvelous Backlist Book Swap and the backlist panel that showcased innovative ideas and underlined our board’s conviction that a rich, new backlist program could be of vast benefit to publishers and booksellers alike, again benefiting this entire industry. I listened to sessions on finances and technology, localism, merchandizing, management; I heard keynotes and rep picks, talked to publishers during focus groups — as we all did, learning in the process how to be our best professional selves.

Day by day my optimism grew along with my pride at being a part of all this: Part of a dedicated, visionary board while the equally amazing BAC was also hard at work, not to mention the inspired and dedicated ABA staff, who bend their collective will and expend their amazing energy on our behalf. All of that and all of you. It seems to me there’s nothing we can’t do. As we sat there at the Town Hall, sometimes angry but always respectful, always visionary in the best sense, as, panel by panel, audience by audience, we mulled, made sense of, found useful nuggets of knowledge or technique or truth, our voices pooling and coming together… We are an amazing group of people: booksellers, ABA staff, publishers, authors, all fashioning a life around books. I can’t imagine a better one.

Betsy Burton
President, American Booksellers Association
The King’s English Bookshop
Salt Lake City, Utah

 


Southern Book PrizeTHE CONROY LEGACY AWARD SEEKS NOMINATIONS

New this year is the "lifetime achievement" category, the Conroy Legacy Award. The Conroy Legacy Award recognizes writers who have achieved a lasting impact on their literary community. Recipients will have shown the following attributes:

  1. They support independent bookstores, both in their own communities and in general.
  2. Their writing focuses significantly on their own home place.
  3. They support other writers in their community, especially new and emerging authors.

The Conroy Legacy Award is given to one writer in SIBA territory annually. A juried panel of member booksellers will choose among our Southern writers to determine the year’s winner.

Nominate an author here


Booksellers Benefits packageSPRING OKRA PICK NOMINATIONS DUE 3/1

March 1st is the deadline for the 2017 Spring Okra Pick Nominations. Nominations are being taken for books that pub between April 1 and June 30. Click here to nominate

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Important information: What's new for you from SIBA in 2017?

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Thursday, February 9, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Hello, dearest and most beloved booksellers.

Forgive the length of this email, but 2017 has brought with it some changes and new features to your SIBA membership, so this is a quick guide to what's new, upcoming, and ever so important. Please take the time to read through.

Highlights:

  1. SIBA in the Springtime (3/6-3/7) is open for regstration. Click here. Hotel reservation deadline is 2/17. Click here for that
  2. Introducing the Idea Box: Send your ideas about the perfect Discovery Show to SIBA. Click here.
  3. Introducing the Conroy Legacy Award! The Southern Book Prize nomination deadline is Valentine's Day. Click here to nominate.
  4. The 2017 Booksellers Benefits Package is now available. Download it here
  5. B3! -- it's way easier! Click for details
  6. Circle of Sites/Banner for Dues: upgrades are happening this spring. Email Nicki for details and new code
  7. Programs you might not know about, but would be huge help: Trio | Peer Reviews
  8. Welcome to the new Member Hub! Now mobile friendly and with Facebook login. Check your account. (Your username is: @@username@@)

SIBA IN THE SPRINGTIME

SIBA in the Springtime 

Writing the future of the SIBA Discovery Show

Open to everyone with a vested interest in the show:
booksellers, exhibitors, publishers, sales reps
$99 (meals included), Free for core member bookstores

March 6-7, 2017
The Crowne Plaza - Airport in Atlanta

Reservations: Call 866/750-3365, use Group Code SIB
Room Rate: $119 + 7% state sales tax.
Online hotel reservations

ROOM RATE CUT OFF DATE IS 2/17/2017

Online Event Registration

If you could change something about the SIBA Discovery Show, what would it be?

You will remember that last fall the talk of the Discovery Show was the plan to move the Fall Show to the spring, and partner with the GABBS show in Atlanta. Although the closure of the GABBS show has meant that plan will not go forward, the announcement has generated a lot of great discussion on the future of the SIBA Discovery Show, and how to keep it relevant and useful for our members.

To that end, SIBA is hosting it's regular "SIBA in the Springtime" education, with a focus on "writing the future of the SIBA Discovery Show." Join your fellow booksellers and book industry professionals for a day of brainstorming about the future direction of the Show. Imagination in encouraged. Bring all your dreams -- big and small.

The two-day event includes an author dinner on March 6 with three of your "Okra Pick" authors -- Michael Knight (Eveningland), Gina Kolata (Mercies in Disguise), and Taylor Brown (The River of Kings) plus two favorite Atlanta-based writers -- Patti Callahan Henry (The Bookshop at Water's End) and Joshilyn Jackson (Almost Sisters).

The American Booksellers Association will also be on hand to host a lunch, forum, and spring education presentation on March 7.

It is so very important that we hear from you. SIBA in the Springtime is FREE to core-member bookstores, so don't wait, register now.


THE IDEA BOX

If you can't make SIBA in the Springtime next month, or if you can, but you've already got so many ideas you just can't contain them all, then you can put your thoughts in THE IDEA BOX.

The Idea Box is a new benefit for SIBA members, a place to submit feedback, hopes, wishes, and dreams to the SIBA staff and indeed the entire SIBA membership. Ideas can be reviewed and voted on by members. SIBA uses the votes to gauge member interest and get an idea of how strongly you feel about something.

Right now, the Idea Box is geared towards re-envisioning the Discovery Show. So submit your ideas about what you think would be the perfect show. What you submit will help frame the discussion in Atlanta.

Click here to share your great ideas!


Southern Book PrizeTHE SOUTHERN BOOK PRIZE &
THE PAT CONROY LEGACY AWARD

The nomination deadline is Valentine's Day, less than a week away. Make sure your favorite southern books are represented. Click here.

New this year is the "lifetime achievement" category, the Conroy Legacy Award. The Conroy Legacy Award recognizes writers who have achieved a lasting impact on their literary community. Recipients will have shown the following attributes:

  1. They support independent bookstores, both in their own communities and in general.
  2. Their writing focuses significantly on their own home place.
  3. They support other writers in their community, especially new and emerging authors.

The Conroy Legacy Award is given to one writer in SIBA territory annually. A juried panel of member booksellers will choose among our Southern writers to determine the year’s winner.

Nominate an author here


Booksellers Benefits packageTHE BOOKSELLERS BENEFITS PACKAGE

The 2017 edition of the Booksellers Benefits Package, which explains the details of your SIBA membership and all the programs and benefits is now available to download. Click here.

Even if you think you know what's available, it's worth taking a look at the new edition, which covers new programs and changes for 2017. Plus the front cover is a handy calendar of upcoming deadlines and important dates that really should be posted right on the staff room door!

 

 

 


B3!B3! SIMPLIFIED

The B3! Engagement Program, whereby bookstores can earn points and rewards, up to and including an all-expenses paid trip to the SIBA Discovery Show, has been simplified to make it easier to use and track.

  1. Fewer Levels -- we've kept the important milestone levels in the program, but did away with the intermediary ones.
  2. Simplified Social Media Tracking. Now, to earn points for social media activity you simply have to tag SIBA on Facebook and Twitter.

Twitter: @LadyBanks, @ReaderMtWriter

Facebook: @ReaderMeetWriter, @SouthernIndependentBooksellersAlliance, @LadyBanks

Useful hashtags: #okrapick,#southernbookprize,#siba17, #parapalooza, #southernindie, #readbuygive, #trio


Circle of SitesCIRCLE OF SITES/BANNER-FOR-DUES PROGRAM

If your store is participating in the Banner-for-dues program you need to know the system is being upgraded this spring to a more effective, stable, and secure platform. This will require you to post new code on your websites. Contact nicki@sibaweb.com for the code. The deadline is July 1, after which the old code will no longer be supported.

If you have ecommerce on your store site and are not doing the Banner-For-Dues program, you can contact Nicki to see if you are eligible. Basically any site where you can search for a book by ISBN qualifies. Once your banner is up, you don't have to do anything else, so it is an easy, hassle-free way to keep your SIBA membership current.


NEWISH PROGRAMS YOU MIGHT NOT BE AWARE OF

TrioTRIO: TRIO is a traveling exhibit of art, music and literature. The TRIO exhibit debuts at the SIBA Discovery Show, and then travels around the South for the next twelve months, hosted by and sponsored by SIBA member bookstores.

SIBA sees TRIO as a unique opportunity for its members. It is an example of the of the real world power of real world connections, and can’t be mimicked in a virtual environment. By bringing TRIO to their town, a SIBA store can create create ties with other community organizations, reach new audiences, and bring attention to the store. Click here for more info.

 

 

Circle of SitesPEER REVIEWS: Simply put, a peer review is booksellers helping booksellers. If you feel like there is room for improvement in your store (and who doesn’t feel this way?), friendly fellow booksellers will visit your store, look at areas that are causing you concern, and off er constructive and confi dential feedback. Contact Wanda at wanda@sibaweb.com to schedule a review or become a reviewer.


THE NEW MEMBER HUB

Over Christmas SIBA launched its new "Member Hub" designed to be easier to access, easier to navigate, and easier to participate in. Some of the highlights:

  • You can now log in with your Facebook account.
  • It is mobile-friendly, so create a shortcut on your phone and check in often.
  • It is modeled on a Facebook-like layout, so you have a "feed" with all the important recent SIBA news.
  • It is easy to upload and share information.

Put a shortcut on your phone and login to see for yourself.And while you are there, make sure your account information is up to date. Here's what we have for you:

Login: http://sibaweb.site-ym.com/login.aspx
You username: @@username@@
Your name: @@first_name@@ @@last_name@@
Your email: @@email@@
Your store: @@employer@@
Your member type (store/staff): @@member_type@@
Your membership expiration: @@membership_exp_date@@ *

**if your member type says "staff" then your expiration date is whenever your bookstore's membership expires.

and some more information that may be useful (for bookstores only):

Your oustanding SIBA credit: ##CREDIT##
Your B3! points: ##B3TOTAL##

Are you a Circle of Sites store?: ##CIRCLEOFSITESBANNER##
Your ecommerce system: ##ECOMMERCESYSTEM##
(if you have ecommerce, but are not a Cirle of Sites store, contact nicki@sibaweb.com about participating)

Square footage of your store: ##SQUAREFEET##
Store location: ##MAINSTREET##
Store town size: ##TOWN##
Year incorporated: ##YEARINCORPORATED##

 

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