The American Booksellers Association will once again be awarding the Avin Mark Domnitz Scholarship to attend the upcoming ABA Winter Institute (Wi9) to the owner or an employee of a bookstore who submits the store’s 2012 financial data to the ABACUS-12 survey before the July 15 deadline. The scholarship covers travel expenses up to $350 and up to a four-night stay at the Wi9 host hotel.
Wi9 will be held in Seattle from January 21 – 24, 2014.
Data gathering for ABACUS-12 is underway, and the deadline for submissions is July 15.
Booksellers recently received an e-mail reminder from OnCampus Research Information Analyst Martha Love about participating in ABACUS that included a link to the survey and a unique survey ID number. The e-mail had the subject line “ABACUS-12 Reminder 2” and included information on how to participate in the survey, a link to the secure and confidential online electronic form, and the bookseller’s survey I.D. number for logging into the survey.
This year, participating is easier than ever. New survey software automatically adds up a bookstore’s sales and expenses and calculates income, and, as always, data submitted to the survey is kept strictly confidential.
Booksellers at stores that have submitted their 2012 financial data to ABACUS can apply for the Avin Mark Domnitz Scholarship by sending an e-mail with “Domnitz Scholarship” in the subject line to ABA Education Manager Lisa Winn. Please include the applicant’s name, staff title, store name, and store contact information.
Stores that participate in ABACUS-12 will receive a customized report that analyzes their financial results, including comparisons with other stores based on multiple criteria (such as sales level, store size, and community type) in addition to year-to-year trending information. This year’s survey will provide booksellers even more detailed comparisons, and it will again provide insights into key data through an expanded use of charts and graphs.
Booksellers with questions about submitting data to the survey should contact Love at On Campus Research.