Diversity & Inclusion

04 Jan

On ABA's Disability Meetup: "If You're Out There, We Need You!"

Breaking into the book and bookselling industries can be more than a challenge for many of us who are disabled, either visibly or invisibly," said booksellers Sarah Hollenbeck and Annie Carl. "So how do we as an independent industry create bookselling jobs that are more inclusive?"

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13 Oct
National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Observing National Disability Employment Awareness Month

To help raise awareness about the importance of access and representation for disabled employees, ABA has compiled some educational resources.

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29 Jun
Bookstores Celebrate Pride

Indie Bookstores Celebrate Pride

This June, indie bookstores took to social media to share reading lists, special events, and more in honor of Pride. 

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21 Jun
Happy Juneteenth!

Bookstores Celebrate Juneteenth

In celebration of Juneteenth (June 19), independent bookstores hosted special events and shared reading lists.

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17 Jun
The American Disabilities Act

Stores Encouraged to Assess ADA Website Compliance

Accessible websites support people who may use assistive technology to navigate the internet, foster a more welcoming environment within the book community, and help to reach a greater population.

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11 Jun
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How Bookstores Are Celebrating Juneteenth

In celebration of Juneteenth (June 19), independent bookstores have shared reading lists, dedicated displays, and special events. 

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04 Jun
Celebrate Juneteenth on June 19

Celebrating Juneteenth

Juneteenth became an official state holiday in Texas, where it is still an important widely-celebrated holiday, and for decades observance has grown in communities nationwide. 

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14 Apr
Center for Anti-Violence Education sessions

Last Day to Sign Up to Attend Thursday’s De-escalation Workshop

On Thursday, April 15, Center for Anti-Violence Education Program Manager Rej Joo will lead a workshop on a range of de-escalation techniques as well as safety considerations during such unpredictable moments. 

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07 Apr
Center for Anti-Violence Education sessions

Sign Up for Education Sessions From the Center for Anti-Violence Education

All booksellers are invited to sign up for the De-escalation Workshop on April 15 and Microaggressions in the Workplace session on April 22.

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31 Mar
Center for Anti-Violence Education sessions

ABA to Present Two Sessions From the Center for Anti-Violence Education

The April 15 event will look at de-escalation techniques, while the April 22 program will unpack microaggressions. All booksellers are invited to sign up for these sessions now.

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23 Mar
Some of Loyalty Bookstore's favorite books by AAPI authors.

Bookstores Show Support for Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities

“We mourn those lost, and share in the outrage about the under-reporting of anti-Asian hate crimes, which continue to rise,” wrote Changing Hands Bookstore in an Instagram post. 

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17 Mar
International Women's Day asset from 44th and Third Bookseller

Booksellers Celebrate Women’s History Month

Bookstores from coast to coast took to social media to share some of their favorite books by women. 

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17 Mar
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Wi16 Education Recap: Creating a Work Environment That Embraces Access, Equity, and Justice

Speakers Amber Cabral, Dr. Stephanie Pinder-Amaker, and Dr. Lauren Wadsworth discussed how to dismantle white supremacy in the workplace.

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10 Mar

Wi16 Education Recap: Neurodiversity at Work

This session featured a panel of neurodiverse individuals and advocates who provided context for individuals seeking to learn more about neurodiversity and the challenges and concerns neurodiverse employees and customers may face in the store.

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09 Mar

Talk With Colleagues During ABA’s Coffee Breaks

Regular Coffee Breaks are held every Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. ET, as well as the last Thursday of the month at 8:00 p.m. ET. All booksellers are invited to join.

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