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Yes She Can: Programs and Partnerships to Empower Women

Yes She Can: Programs and Partnerships to Empower Women (January 23, 2019)
Content related to the education session Yes She Can: Programs and Partnerships to Empower Women, Winter Institute 2019.
Topic:
  • Buying and Selling
  • Diversity & Inclusion
Tags:
  • Events

Join your colleagues for a discussion on creating events and opportunities to highlight women's voices in the store and larger retail community. Hear from booksellers who are fostering women entrepreneurs, cross-promoting with women-owned businesses, creating dynamic in-store programming, and more. ABA members know that a diverse business district promotes a thriving local economy, and they are finding ways to ensure their stores, their communities, and their business districts are as dynamic and profitable as possible.

Casey Coonerty Protti, Bookshop Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA); Sarah Hollenbeck, Women & Children First (Chicago, IL); Mary Laura Philpott, Parnassus Books (Nashville, TN); Janet Webster Jones, Source Booksellers (Detroit, MI)

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Selling International and Diverse Books: Panel with Bookselling Without Borders Alumni & Organizers

Selling International and Diverse Books: Panel with Bookselling Without Borders Alumni & Organizers (January 23, 2019)
Content related to the education session Selling International and Diverse Books: Panel with Bookselling Without Borders Alumni & Organizers, Winter Institute 2019.
Topic:
  • Buying and Selling
  • Diversity & Inclusion
Tags:
  • Handselling

Never has there been a greater need for diverse and international voices in the American market. In this session, panelists will discuss practices they have brought back to their stores from their experiences with Bookselling Without Borders, a fellowship program that sends U.S. booksellers to foreign book fairs as part of a book industry professional exchange program. Among other things, the Bookselling Without Borders program seeks to help booksellers develop concrete ideas for increasing sales of diverse and international literature in the indie market.

Stefani Beddingfield, Inkwood Books (Tampa, FL); Christie Henry, Princeton University Press (Princeton, NJ); Michael Reynolds, Europa Editions (New York, NY); Lyn Roberts, Square Books (Oxford, MS); David Sandberg, Porter Square Books (Cambridge, MA); Anna Thorn, Busboys and Poets (Washington, D.C.)

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Refugee Book Drive

Refugee Book Drive (January 22, 2019)
Content related to the education session Refugee Book Drive, Winter Institute 2019.
Topic:
  • Diversity & Inclusion
Tags:
  • Handselling

A Refugee Book Drive will be held during Wi14, beginning on Tuesday at the Welcome Desk, then moving to the Galley Room for the remainder of the Institute. Spanish-language books are being collected to benefit parents and children from Central America and Mexico. Organized by Denise Chávez (Casa Camino Real Bookstore, Las Cruces, NM) and administered by Border Servants Corps. Genres and subject suggestions are posted here on BookWeb.org. Refugees are people who have been forced to leave their homes or their country, either because of war, economic or societal problems, their political or religious beliefs, or natural disaster.

Webinar: Web Accessibility And Your IndieCommerce Site

Webinar: Web Accessibility And Your IndieCommerce Site (October 25, 2018)
Content related to the education session Webinar: Web Accessibility And Your IndieCommerce Site, .
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Topic:
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • IndieCommerce
Tags:
  • Technology

While digital accessibility should be at the forefront of every IndieCommerce site, ADA guidelines can be difficult to understand, decipher, and put into practice in a real and meaningful way. In the webinar booksellers will discover how to implement the guiding principles of digital accessibility by learning how to decode the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (the federal standard for digital accessibility) as well as how they can put some of those guidelines into practice on their IndieCommerce and IndieLite websites.

ABA’s webinar on ensuring ADA website compliance was run by Art Frick, who has been designing and developing websites and multimedia collateral for a variety of companies, organizations, and institutions since 2004.

Hiring for Diversity and Inclusion

Hiring for Diversity and Inclusion (January 25, 2018)
Content related to the education session Hiring for Diversity and Inclusion, Winter Institute 2018.
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Topic:
  • Diversity & Inclusion
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Making hiring decisions for a diverse sales force often requires a new and different approach to hiring — including looking outside your normal sources for candidates and fostering relationships both in the store and in the larger community. Mecca E. Santana will be joining Marc Villa (Politics and Prose Bookstore) in a discussion on how to make your store more diverse and inclusive. Mecca is the Vice President of Diversity & Community Relations for Westchester Medical Center Health Network in White Plains, NY. Prior to this position, Ms. Santana served as the Chief Diversity Officer for the State of New York, and was responsible for the promotion of workforce diversity and inclusion, while also leading new initiatives to increase Minority & Women Owned Business (MWBE) procurement opportunities.

Marc Villa, Politics and Prose Bookstore (Washington, D.C.); Mecca Sykes-Santana, Esq, Senior Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement, Westchester Medical Center Health Network (White Plains, NY)

Best Practices for Buying, Marketing, and Handselling Diverse Books

Best Practices for Buying, Marketing, and Handselling Diverse Books (January 24, 2018)
Content related to the education session Best Practices for Buying, Marketing, and Handselling Diverse Books, Winter Institute 2018.
Topic:
  • Diversity & Inclusion
Tags:  None

Booksellers who have successfully expanded sections to include diverse books will share resources and techniques for buying, marketing, and handselling these books. Panelists will represent stores from communities of different sizes and demographics.

Hannah Oliver Depp, WORD Bookstores (Brooklyn, NY/Jersey City, NJ); Lane Jacobson, Flyleaf Books (Chapel Hill, NC); Melanie Knight, Books Inc., (San Francisco, CA); Moderated by Aaron Curtis, Books & Books (Coral Gables, FL)

Featured Talk: Marley Dias in Conversation with Suzanna Hermans, “Inspiring Readers to Enact Change”

Featured Talk: Marley Dias in Conversation with Suzanna Hermans, “Inspiring Readers to Enact Change” (April 7, 2017)
Content related to the education session Featured Talk: Marley Dias in Conversation with Suzanna Hermans, “Inspiring Readers to Enact Change”, Children's Institute 2017.
Topic:
  • Diversity & Inclusion
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Marley Dias, in conversation with Suzanna Hermans of Oblong Books, will discuss her journey from New Jersey tween to viral activist sensation—and now to author. Marley’s effort to diversify the characters on her bookshelf by collecting #1000BlackGirlBooks was celebrated by thousands of readers, and by booksellers across the country who supported her campaign in their stores and on social media. At this event, Marley will engage in a lively Q&A about reaching young readers who are equally interested in activism, pop culture, and serious news As she said in an Elle.com interview, “My generation feels the pressure to make things better, but we need more spaces to speak our minds and to make a difference.” Marley will encourage booksellers to make their stores a go-to resource for young people and their varied passions.

Fostering an Inclusive Environment for Staff and Customers With Disabilities

Fostering an Inclusive Environment for Staff and Customers With Disabilities (April 7, 2017)
Content related to the education session Fostering an Inclusive Environment for Staff and Customers With Disabilities, Children's Institute 2017.
Topic:
  • Diversity & Inclusion
Tags:
  • Children's Bookselling

Creating an inclusive environment is essential to broadening the goodwill and customer base of any bookstore. Panelists will discuss the social and financial reasons for making your store accessible in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, strategies for educating staff, how to make accommodations for staff and customers with disabilities, ideas for special programming and related outreach, and resources to guide such initiatives.

  • Kimberly Cake, Enchanted Passage (Sutton, MA)
  • Drew Sieplinga, Wild Rumpus (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Susan Kusel, [words] Bookstore (Maplewood, NJ) (Moderator)
     

Breakfast Keynote: Jason Reynolds, "Karibu Means Welcome"

Breakfast Keynote: Jason Reynolds, "Karibu Means Welcome" (April 7, 2017)
Content related to the education session Breakfast Keynote: Jason Reynolds, "Karibu Means Welcome", Children's Institute 2017.
Topic:
  • Diversity & Inclusion
Tags:  None

Jason Reynolds tells the story of being a reluctant reader as a child, to being a bookseller at Karibu Bookstore, and how all of it helped shape him as a writer.

 

Partnering for Diversity With Schools and Non-Profits

Partnering for Diversity With Schools and Non-Profits (April 20, 2015)
Content related to the education session Partnering for Diversity With Schools and Non-Profits, Children's Institute 2015.
Topic:
  • Diversity & Inclusion
Tags:
  • Children's Bookselling

Bookstores everywhere are resources and gathering places in their communities but underrepresented and disenfranchised students often lack the means to visit your store or are unaware of how much you have to offer.  In these cases, partnering with religious, cultural, and non-profit organizations, as well as underprivileged schools, can help reach new customers.  Learn from booksellers across the country who have been successful in bridging this divide and creatively getting a share of Title I money so books can find a home in diverse households of all income levels.

  • Jenny Cohen, Waucoma Bookstore (Hood River, OR)
  • Shirley Mullin, Kids Ink (Indianapolis, IN)
  • Angie Tally, The Country Bookshop (Southern Pines, NC)
  • Sarah Hutton, Village Books (Bellingham, WA) (moderator)

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