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Leading Leaders: Developing Staff Leadership Skills

Leading Leaders: Developing Staff Leadership Skills (February 13, 2024)
Content related to the education session Leading Leaders: Developing Staff Leadership Skills, Winter Institute 2024.
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Topic:
  • Bookselling Essentials
Tags:
  • 101
 
Description
Investing in the leadership skills of your staff has both short-term and long-term benefits, from building a better culture for your team to identifying potential successors when you retire. In this session, Kim Scott, author of Radical Candor and the forthcoming Radical Respect, will teach you how to nurture staff into leadership roles, and evaluate the process for success!
 
Speakers
Kim Scott, author of Radical Respect : How to Work Together Better (On sale May 7, 2024 from St. Martin's Griffin)
 
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Banned Book Preparedness

Banned Book Preparedness (February 13, 2024)
Content related to the education session Banned Book Preparedness, Winter Institute 2024.
Topic:
  • Advocacy
Tags:
  • ABFE
 
This session presents practical ways to prepare to fight book bans before they come to your area. Staff from the American Booksellers for Free Expression (ABFE), ABA’s free expression initiative, will advise attendees on what they can do locally: how to engage with their community and local government, and what actions to take if attempted book bans do arrive. Presented by the ABA Children’s Group.
 
Speakers
Cathy Berner, Blue Willow Bookshop - Houston, TX
Leah Johnson, Loudmouth Books - Indianapolis, IN
Philomena Polefrone, American Booksellers Association - White Plains, NY
Angela Cooper, ACLU of Kentucky - Louisville, KY
 
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Batch for Books: The Easy Invoice Management Solution

Batch for Books: The Easy Invoice Management Solution (February 13, 2024)
Content related to the education session Batch for Books: The Easy Invoice Management Solution, Winter Institute 2024.
Topic:
  • Finance
Tags:
  • Technology

 
Every bookseller in the UK uses Batch to simplify their Accounts Payable and publisher invoice management and over 300 US booksellers (and growing!) are now using it. Come learn more about this free platform to:
  • Automatically and electronically organize publisher invoices to reduce paperwork and free up time.
  • Provide access to invoice information 24x7, enabling you to manage invoices when it’s most convenient for you.
  • Provide electronic invoices, allowing you to verify shipments and raise claims for damages or shortages at the point of delivery.
  • Allow payments to be prepared and remittances received and stored electronically.
  • Link with QuickBooks, enabling automated entry of invoice data directly into QuickBooks.
The more booksellers that sign up for Batch, the more publishers that will sign up! Saving everyone time and money.
 
Speakers
Kathy Burnette, Brain Lair Books - South Bend, IN
Kate Layte, Papercuts Bookshop - Boston, MA
Zachary Matelski, McLean and Eakin Booksellers - Petoskey, MI
Nathan Halter, Batch for Books - Hartford, CT
 
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Project Management for Booksellers

Project Management for Booksellers (February 13, 2024)
Content related to the education session Project Management for Booksellers, Winter Institute 2024.
Topic:
  • Bookselling Essentials
Tags:
  • 101
 
Keeping a bookstore running can feel like having too many tabs open in your brain at once. Luckily, there are project management tools and strategies that can help with that. In this presentation, booksellers who have cracked the code on project management will share the tools and strategies that have helped them set goals and timelines and stay organized with their short- and long-term projects. You’ll leave this session with a better understanding of effective project management, which tool or approach is right for you, and what your next steps are for getting started!
 
Speakers
Kirsten Hess, The End & Let's Play Books Bookstore(s) - Emmaus, PA
Angela Schwesnedl, Moon Palace Books - Minneapolis, MN
Rachel Watkins, Avid Bookshop - Athens, GA
Cori Theroux, The Green Dragon Bookstore - Fort Dodge, IA
 
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Featured Talk: Beyond the Binary

Featured Talk: Beyond the Binary (February 13, 2024)
Content related to the education session Featured Talk: Beyond the Binary, Winter Institute 2024.
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Topic:
  • Bookselling Essentials
Tags:
  • 101
 
Description
Contemporary fiction increasingly invites the reader to see race, gender, and sexuality not as binary identities, but as a vibrant spectrum of diversity. This year's new fiction is opening up space for new ideas about how we might expand our understanding of identity and what myriad of relational dynamics are possible beyond the normative concepts of race, gender, and sexuality. In this keynote panel, four authors share their thoughts and experiences writing for a world that has moved beyond the traditional binary definitions of identity and belonging.
 
Speakers
Miranda July, author of All Fours (On sale May 14, 2024 from Riverhead Books/Penguin Random House)
Danzy Senna, author of Colored Television (On sale September 3, 2024 from Riverhead Books/Penguin Random House)
LaDarrion Williams, author of Blood at the Root (On sale May 7, 2024 from Labyrinth Road/Penguin Random House)
Maysoon Zayid, author of Shiny Misfits: A Graphic Novel (On sale April 16, 2024 from Graphix/Scholastic)
Anton Bogomazov, Politics and Prose Bookstore - Washington, DC
 
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Lunch and Booksellers Present: Indies Introduce Authors

Lunch and Booksellers Present: Indies Introduce Authors (February 13, 2024)
Content related to the education session Lunch and Booksellers Present: Indies Introduce Authors, Winter Institute 2024.
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Topic:
  • Bookselling Essentials
Tags:
  • 101
Description
The Indies Introduce program is about what independent booksellers do best: discovering exciting debut authors and sharing the best with readers across the country. Enjoy lunch while learning about the title selection process from the bookseller panelists who curated the Winter/Spring 2024 Indies Introduce list. Many of the Winter/Spring 2024 Indies Introduce debut authors will be present to read a short passage and answer a question posed by one of the bookseller panelists. Authors will be available to sign copies of their debut books following the presentation.
 
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Education for Authors: Best Practices for Bookstore Events

Education for Authors: Best Practices for Bookstore Events (February 13, 2024)
Content related to the education session Education for Authors: Best Practices for Bookstore Events, Winter Institute 2024.
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Topic:
  • Bookselling Essentials
Tags:
  • 101
Description
Developed for author guests in the early stages of their writing careers, this panel features booksellers who have formulated best practices for creating events that benefit both stores and authors. This session will cover a number of issues, from author publicity to dealing with pre-event nerves.
 
Speakers
Paul Hanson, Village Books - Bellingham, WA
Linda Kass, Gramercy Books - Bexley, OH
Errol Anderson, Charis Books and More - Decatur, GA
Bunnie Hilliard, Brave + Kind Bookshop - Decatur, GA
Javier Ramirez, Exile in Bookville - Chicago, IL
 
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Starting a Worker Owned Co-op

Starting a Worker Owned Co-op (February 13, 2024)
Content related to the education session Starting a Worker Owned Co-op, Winter Institute 2024.
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Topic:
  • Bookselling Essentials
Tags:
  • 101
 
Description
According to the United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives (USFWC), “Worker cooperatives are values-driven businesses that put worker and community benefit at the core of their purpose. Worker members…participate in the profits, oversight, and often management of the enterprise using democratic practices.” If you are interested in opening a worker-owned co-op bookstore or transitioning to one, this conversation is for you. In this session, a representative from USFWC will talk about the benefits of a worker-owned model as well as the drawbacks. They will review legalities of incorporation, decision making, financial operations, and more. Leave this session with the knowledge you need to evaluate if this shift is the right fit for you.
 
Speakers
Cullen Nawalkowsky, Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse - Baltimore, MD
Talia Whyte, Rozzie Bound Books - Boston, MA
Ellen Vera, Co-op Cincy - Cincinnati, OH
 
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Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid (February 13, 2024)
Content related to the education session Mental Health First Aid, Winter Institute 2024.
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Topic:
  • Bookselling Essentials
Tags:
  • 101
 
Description
Most of us know how to help when we see someone in cardiac arrest — we start CPR, or at the very least, call 9-1-1. But too few of us might know how to respond when we see a customer having a panic attack, or if we are concerned that a co-worker shows signs of alcoholism. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a training program that takes the fear and hesitation out of starting conversations about mental health and substance use problems. It helps to improve understanding and provides an action plan that teaches people to safely and responsibly identify and address a potential mental illness or substance use disorder. Rich Palmer, a certified MHFA instructor will provide an introduction to basic MHFA skills on how to navigate hard conversations, tackle stigma in the workplace, and address what resilience truly means – with strategies to alleviate burnout.
 
Speakers
Rich Palmer, Mental Health America of Northern KY and Southwest OH - Blue Ash, OH
 
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Beyond Allyship: Supporting LGBTQIA2S+ Staff Members

Beyond Allyship: Supporting LGBTQIA2S+ Staff Members (February 13, 2024)
Content related to the education session Beyond Allyship: Supporting LGBTQIA2S+ Staff Members, Winter Institute 2024.
Topic:
  • Diversity & Inclusion
Tags:
  • 101

 
Join this bookseller-led panel for a discussion on supporting trans and nonbinary staff and colleagues. With LGBTQIA2S+ (particularly trans) rights under constant siege, it is more important than ever to have procedures in place that protect our staff and colleagues. Panelists will discuss what active allyship means for all employees, and will review best practices for responding to anti-trans legislation and community hate.
 
 
Speakers
Gretchen Treu, A Room of One's Own Bookstore - Madison, WI
Kai Burner, Bookworm of Edwards - Edwards, CO
Linda Sherman-Nurick, Cellar Door Bookstore - Riverside, CA
Brein Lopez, Children's Book World - Los Angeles, CA
 
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