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ABA is committed to antiracism, representation, equity, and access in all that we do. We believe that diversity and diverse perspectives make our organization stronger and we are committed to equity, dignity, and diversity for all Peoples. ABA will:
ABA’s Code of Conduct is updated and reviewed annually (adopted May 2018; updated October 2021; updated September 2022)
ABA is committed to antiracism, equity, access, and representation. ABA is also committed to being more inclusive, and we value the dignity and diversity of everyone in our community. To that end, ABA strives for safer events and a safer community and workplace as well as an enjoyable experience for everyone involved with ABA’s work, both in-person and virtually. We use the terms “safer” and “more inclusive” to indicate that these conditions are not perfectible but a continuous effort.
American Booksellers Association Staff Committee Members:
Bookseller Committee Members:
Now accepting nominations for ABA’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee (DEIC) 2023!
ABA continues to create content and programming for members and staff. Some of our member favorites activities include:
Native Stories Now: Keynote & Breakfast (June 22, 2022)
Content related to the education session Native Stories Now: Keynote & Breakfast, Children's Institute 2022.
Report from the Field: Black Female Entrepreneurship: Bookselling and Literacy as Resistance (March 8, 2022)
Content related to the education session Report from the Field: Black Female Entrepreneurship: Bookselling and Literacy as Resistance, Snow Days 2022.
Diversity & Inclusion Matters in your Store: A DEIA Store Audit to Walk the Talk (February 16, 2022)
Content related to the education session Diversity & Inclusion Matters in your Store: A DEIA Store Audit to Walk the Talk, THREE WORKSHOPS: Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone: Knowing Better Means Doing Better.
Creating a Work Environment That Embraces Access, Equity, and Justice (materials available) (February 18, 2021)
Content related to the education session Creating a Work Environment That Embraces Access, Equity, and Justice (materials available), Winter Institute 2021.
When we gather together for our events, ABA acknowledges that those of us here in the United States reside on traditional lands of Indigenous People past and present. In gratitude, ABA acknowledges this at the beginning of our conferences. We also make a donation to a local Indigenous organization to honor the local community. For virtual events ABA makes a donation to the American Indian College Fund.
ABA has created Affinity Groups to allow members an opportunity to gather for connection, support, community, resources, networking, etc. ABA is not present during these sessions and the discussion topics are completely up to those in attendance. These closed sessions are available only for those individuals who identify as members. Ally support is greatly appreciated while attendance is not.
These are the 4 groups below:
Monthly, Second Wednesday, 7 pm ET
Black, Indigenous, or People of Color — booksellers & BIPOC bookstore owners only.
Monthly, Second Monday, 8 pm ET
LGBTQIA2S+ booksellers and LGBTQIA2S+ bookstore owners only.
Monthly, Third Tuesday, 7 pm ET
Disabled-identifying booksellers and bookstore owners and those exploring their relationship to Disability identity. Booksellers who are thinking of attending but aren't quite sure, don’t self-reject! The term Disability applies to any condition of the body or mind to any degree.
Monthly, First Wednesday, 7 pm ET
A closed space for Neurodivergent-identifying booksellers and bookstore owners and those exploring their relationship to Neurodiversity. Booksellers who are thinking of attending but aren't quite sure, don’t self-reject! The term Neurodiverse applies to all neurodivergent neurotypes.
The American Booksellers Association, a national not-for-profit trade organization, works with booksellers and industry partners to ensure the success and profitability of independently owned book retailers, and to assist in expanding the community of the book.
Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.
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