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Operations & Finances: Intro to ABACUS: The Independent Bookstore's Benchmarking Report

Operations & Finances: Intro to ABACUS: The Independent Bookstore's Benchmarking Report (June 28, 2019)
Content related to the education session, Operations & Finances: Intro to ABACUS: The Independent Bookstore's Benchmarking Report Children's Institute 2019.
Topic:
  • Finance
  • Operations
Tags:
  • ABACUS
  • Owners and Managers

The ABACUS benchmarking report is designed to provide easy-to-understand guidelines for identifying independent bookstore business performance improvement opportunities. If you have never participated in the survey and would like to learn more about reporting to ABACUS-19, which will open in spring 2020, this session will teach you:

  • The importance of reporting to ABACUS
  • Information you need to prepare to complete the report
  • Best practices from booksellers who reported their store's numbers to the 2018 ABACUS
  • Actionable steps to take when you return home to prepare for ABACUS-19

Dan Cullen, ABA (White Plains, NY); Sarah Hutton, Village Books (Bellingham, WA); Tina Ferguson, Face in a Book (El Dorado Hills, CA); Andy Perham, Books Inc. (San Francisco, CA)

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Operations & Finances: Intro to ABACUS: The Independent Bookstore's Benchmarking Report (June 28, 2019)
Content related to the education session, Operations & Finances: Intro to ABACUS: The Independent Bookstore's Benchmarking Report Children's Institute 2019.
Topic:
  • Finance
  • Operations
Tags:
  • ABACUS
  • Owners and Managers

The ABACUS benchmarking report is designed to provide easy-to-understand guidelines for identifying independent bookstore business performance improvement opportunities. If you have never participated in the survey and would like to learn more about reporting to ABACUS-19, which will open in spring 2020, this session will teach you:

  • The importance of reporting to ABACUS
  • Information you need to prepare to complete the report
  • Best practices from booksellers who reported their store's numbers to the 2018 ABACUS
  • Actionable steps to take when you return home to prepare for ABACUS-19

Dan Cullen, ABA (White Plains, NY); Sarah Hutton, Village Books (Bellingham, WA); Tina Ferguson, Face in a Book (El Dorado Hills, CA); Andy Perham, Books Inc. (San Francisco, CA)

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Indies Introduce Breakfast

Indies Introduce Breakfast (June 28, 2019)
Content related to the education session, Indies Introduce Breakfast Children's Institute 2019.
Topic:
  • Bookselling Essentials
Tags:
  • Children's Bookselling

Indies Introduce is about what independent booksellers do best: Discovering exciting debut authors and sharing the best with readers across the country. You will hear about the title selection process from the bookseller panelists who curated the list and many of this season’s debut authors will be present to read a short passage and answer a question posed by one of the panelists.

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Buying & Selling: Buying Non-book for the Holidays

Buying & Selling: Buying Non-book for the Holidays (June 27, 2019)
Content related to the education session, Buying & Selling: Buying Non-book for the Holidays Children's Institute 2019.
Topic:
  • Buying and Selling
Tags:
  • 101
  • Children's Bookselling

Holiday gift buying is not a last-minute task, but how does a gift buyer not only source but anticipate what will be a popular gift six months down the road? In this session, bookstores that have a unique collection of non-book items will teach buyers:

  • The role seasonal non-book items play in holiday sales
  • Best practices for discovering the next “it” holiday gift
  • Efficiencies and systems for ordering and reordering, shipment scheduling, and storing holiday gift items
  • How to move, move, move items that may not be selling

Lauren Coleman, RJ Julia Booksellers (Madison, CT); Cynthia Compton, 4 Kids Books & Toys (Zionsville, IN); Angela Schwesnedl, Moon Palace Books (Minneapolis, MN); Donna Wells, Politics & Prose (Washington, D.C.);

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Programming & Partnerships: The Art of Reading Aloud

Programming & Partnerships: The Art of Reading Aloud (June 27, 2019)
Content related to the education session, Programming & Partnerships: The Art of Reading Aloud Children's Institute 2019.
Topic:
  • Bookselling Essentials
Tags:
  • 101
  • Children's Bookselling
  • Events

Almost every bookstore has a story time, but not every bookstore has a story time that keeps customers coming back again and again. This session is designed to teach attendees:

  • The performance aspect of story time and how to turn up the energy
  • Tips and tricks to be the best reader in the world
  • How to keep little ones engaged
  • Ways to adjust your approach when the crowd gets restless
  • How to read to kids of all ages

Tegan Tigani, Queen Anne Book Co. (Seattle, WA); Jonathan Hamilt, Drag Queen Story Hour NYC (New York, NY); Anastasia McKenna, The Twig Book Shop(San Antonio, TX); Angela Whited, Red Balloon Bookshop (St. Paul, MN)

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Representation in Store Culture and Why It Matters

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Representation in Store Culture and Why It Matters (June 27, 2019)
Content related to the education session, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Representation in Store Culture and Why It Matters Children's Institute 2019.
Topic:
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Operations
Tags:
  • Owners and Managers

Bookstores are important fixtures in every community. They serve as places to gather, to find and research new ideas, to explore new worlds, and to find refuge. But bookstores can also be intimidating for people who are underrepresented by the makeup of a store's staff That’s why it is important for a store to not only reflect its immediate community but also the larger community. In this session, HR leaders will share with attendees:

  • The importance of hiring a diverse staff
  • The impact a diverse staff has within the store and on the greater community
  • How to find great bookstore employee candidates outside your store’s community

Veronica Liu, Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria (New York, NY); Rio Cortez, The Schomburg Shop (New York, NY); Patricia Bucek, Vibrant Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA); Jeffrey Blair, Eyeseeme African American Children's Bookstore (University City, MO)

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Representation in Store Culture and Why It Matters (June 27, 2019)
Content related to the education session, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Representation in Store Culture and Why It Matters Children's Institute 2019.
Topic:
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Operations
Tags:
  • Owners and Managers

Bookstores are important fixtures in every community. They serve as places to gather, to find and research new ideas, to explore new worlds, and to find refuge. But bookstores can also be intimidating for people who are underrepresented by the makeup of a store's staff That’s why it is important for a store to not only reflect its immediate community but also the larger community. In this session, HR leaders will share with attendees:

  • The importance of hiring a diverse staff
  • The impact a diverse staff has within the store and on the greater community
  • How to find great bookstore employee candidates outside your store’s community

Veronica Liu, Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria (New York, NY); Rio Cortez, The Schomburg Shop (New York, NY); Patricia Bucek, Vibrant Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA); Jeffrey Blair, Eyeseeme African American Children's Bookstore (University City, MO)

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Advanced Bookselling & Special Topics: Marketing Events to Ensure a Home Run

Advanced Bookselling & Special Topics: Marketing Events to Ensure a Home Run (June 27, 2019)
Content related to the education session, Advanced Bookselling & Special Topics: Marketing Events to Ensure a Home Run Children's Institute 2019.
Topic:
  • Marketing & PR
Tags:
  • Events

You have a good idea for an event, but it’s not catching fire. You’ve sent out emails, created fliers for the store, and have even posted on all of your store’s social media channels, so what gives? In this session, marketing and events managers teach attendees:

  • Best practices for creating marketing campaigns
  • Opportunities for advertisement
  • Areas for potential partnerships for cross-marketing
  • Marketing timelines
  • Using social media methodically to get the most out of your posts
  • Thirteenth-hour efforts for the final push

Nichole Cousins, White Birch Books (North Conway, NH); Joy Preble, Brazos Bookstore (Houston, TX); Colin McDonald, Seminary Co-op Bookstore (Chicago, IL); Stephanie Heinz, Print: a Bookstore (Portland, ME)

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Operations & Finances: Small Acts for Financial Gain

Operations & Finances: Small Acts for Financial Gain (June 27, 2019)
Content related to the education session, Operations & Finances: Small Acts for Financial Gain Children's Institute 2019.
Topic:
  • Finance
  • Operations
Tags:
  • Owners and Managers

When your wallet is slim and margins are small, every penny counts. But there are little things that can be done every single day to boost a bookstore’s bottom line. Bookstore panelists who have effectively pinched a penny here and saved a penny there will teach attendees:

  • How to identify small costs that add up
  • Where to look for savings
  • Small actions booksellers can take to impact overall savings and sales

Adlai Yeomans, White Whale Books (Pittsburgh, PA); Katie Orphan, The Last Bookstore (Los Angeles, CA); Ariana Paliobagus, Country Bookshelf (Bozeman, MT); Suzanna Hermans, Oblong Books & Music (Millerton, NY)

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Operations & Finances: Small Acts for Financial Gain (June 27, 2019)
Content related to the education session, Operations & Finances: Small Acts for Financial Gain Children's Institute 2019.
Topic:
  • Finance
  • Operations
Tags:
  • Owners and Managers

When your wallet is slim and margins are small, every penny counts. But there are little things that can be done every single day to boost a bookstore’s bottom line. Bookstore panelists who have effectively pinched a penny here and saved a penny there will teach attendees:

  • How to identify small costs that add up
  • Where to look for savings
  • Small actions booksellers can take to impact overall savings and sales

Adlai Yeomans, White Whale Books (Pittsburgh, PA); Katie Orphan, The Last Bookstore (Los Angeles, CA); Ariana Paliobagus, Country Bookshelf (Bozeman, MT); Suzanna Hermans, Oblong Books & Music (Millerton, NY)

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