ABA is a trade association that belongs to its members. Members help set the course for the organization by electing a board of directors made up of their peers. The ABA Board sets policy for the association, monitors the performance of the CEO — who is responsible for formulating and executing the strategy to meet the goals of the organization — and futurecasts for industry trends to inform the membership and ABA’s work. Directors on the ABA board make a significant time commitment, meeting many times over the course of the year, virtually and/or in person.
Booksellers are invited to nominate a qualified candidate for consideration for election to the ABA Board of Directors in 2022. Booksellers are also welcome to nominate themselves.
ABA’s governance policy stipulates that a nominee for the Board of Directors must:
- Be the owner or employee of an ABA member independent bookstore that sells in a physical location (bricks-and-mortar storefronts, pop-up stores, mobile stores, and events-only bookselling companies)
- Have at least three years of recent experience as the owner or employee of an ABA member bookstore
It is also desirable, though not required, that nominees have at least two years experience as an active volunteer in ABA and/or in a regional association or other constituency organization. Qualifications are outlined in the ABA Nomination and Election Guidelines from the ABA Governance Policy Manual.
Learn more about the Board of Directors election process here.
Nominating takes just a few minutes via a web form that asks three questions.