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This is a Fire Drill: Preparing for and Avoiding Crises

This is a Fire Drill: Preparing for and Avoiding Crises (November 9, 2023)
Content related to the education session This is a Fire Drill: Preparing for and Avoiding Crises, Regional Conferences.
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  • Bookselling Essentials
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  • 101
Join ABA Director of Education, Kim Hooyboer, as we review some of the top crises stores have experienced this past year. From cybersecurity threats to a car driving into the store, we will provide resources and tips to prepare for and, when possible, avoid these crises at your store. Topics will include: fire, flood, and natural disasters; protesters, break-ins, and ransomware, credit card fraud, and more. Throughout the session, we’ll explore ways to respond to these crises, prioritize employee communication, and mitigate the risk of these events occurring at your store. Think of this session as insurance and take this time to invest in protecting your business.
 
The session guide and accompanying templates can be found in the ABA Bookstore Resource Library.
 
 
This is a Fire Drill was presented at the Fall 2023 Regional Shows.

 

ABA New Member Series: Store Ownership 101

ABA New Member Series: Store Ownership 101 (November 7, 2023)
Content related to the education session ABA New Member Series: Store Ownership 101, New Member Series.
Topic:
  • Bookselling Essentials
Tags:
  • 101
  • Owners and Managers

This session will provide new & prospective bookstore owners with an opportunity to ask questions of seasoned bookstore owners/staff. New and new-ish members are welcome!

ABA New Member Series: Store Ownership 101 (November 7, 2023)
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  • Bookselling Essentials
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  • 101
  • Owners and Managers

This session will provide new & prospective bookstore owners with an opportunity to ask questions of seasoned bookstore owners/staff. New and new-ish members are welcome!

New Member Series: Intro to ABA Benefits Q4

New Member Series: Intro to ABA Benefits Q4 (October 31, 2023)
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  • Bookselling Essentials
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  • 101

Our New Member Series: Intro to ABA Benefits includes a tutorial on navigating Bookweb.org to ensure a better understanding of where to find the information most vital for members. The presentation looks at education resources, networking and community, business affinity partnerships, indie marketing, advocacy, and much more. The second half of the session will offer booksellers an open forum during which they can ask questions and talk with ABA staff.

The opinions expressed are those of the individual participants, not of the ABA. Information discussed is reflective of the time of the recording. Please see the most recent coffee break and/or the daily email update for the most current information.

New Member Series: Intro to ABA Benefits Q4 (October 31, 2023)
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  • Bookselling Essentials
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  • 101

Our New Member Series: Intro to ABA Benefits includes a tutorial on navigating Bookweb.org to ensure a better understanding of where to find the information most vital for members. The presentation looks at education resources, networking and community, business affinity partnerships, indie marketing, advocacy, and much more. The second half of the session will offer booksellers an open forum during which they can ask questions and talk with ABA staff.

The opinions expressed are those of the individual participants, not of the ABA. Information discussed is reflective of the time of the recording. Please see the most recent coffee break and/or the daily email update for the most current information.

Lightning Talk - Lane Jacobson (Paulina Springs Books) on Employee Retention

Lightning Talk - Lane Jacobson (Paulina Springs Books) on Employee Retention (October 12, 2023)
Content related to the education session Lightning Talk - Lane Jacobson (Paulina Springs Books) on Employee Retention, Lightning Talks.
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  • Bookselling Essentials
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  • Owners and Managers

ABA's Lightning Talk series features booksellers presenting 5-10 minute talks on tech tools, organizational strategies, communication methods, or innovations they’ve made in their stores. On October 12, 2023, Lane Jacobson (Paulina Springs Books) discussed Employee Retention.

 

Virtual Bookstore Tour - Brain Lair Books (South Bend, IN)

Virtual Bookstore Tour - Brain Lair Books (South Bend, IN) (September 14, 2023)
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Topic:
  • Bookselling Essentials
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  • 101
Bookstore tours are always a highlight of ABA’s in-person institutes, and now you can join in on the fun from the comfort of your home (or bookstore!). These tours will offer booksellers the opportunity to take a peek behind the curtain to see how other stores set up their spaces. On September 14, 2023, Kathy Burnette took us on a tour of Brain Lair Books (South Bend, IN). 
 
 
 
We look forward to touring a variety of store models, from traditional to pop-up to mobile, urban to rural, and all across the country. Email education@bookweb.org to submit a proposal for your store!

Virtual Bookstore Tour - Little Shop of Stories (Decatur, GA)

Virtual Bookstore Tour - Little Shop of Stories (Decatur, GA) (September 14, 2023)
Content related to the education session Virtual Bookstore Tour - Little Shop of Stories (Decatur, GA), Virtual Bookstore Tours.
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Topic:
  • Bookselling Essentials
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  • Children's Bookselling
Bookstore tours are always a highlight of ABA’s in-person institutes, and now you can join in on the fun from the comfort of your home (or bookstore!). These tours will offer booksellers the opportunity to take a peek behind the curtain to see how other stores set up their spaces. On September 14, 2023, Hannah Hyde took us on a tour of Little Shop of Stories in Decatur, GA. 
 
 
 
We look forward to touring a variety of store models, from traditional to pop-up to mobile, urban to rural, and all across the country. Email education@bookweb.org to submit a proposal for your store!

Lightning Talk - Cynthia Compton of 4 Kids Books & Toys (Zionsville, IN) on Podium

Lightning Talk - Cynthia Compton of 4 Kids Books & Toys (Zionsville, IN) on Podium (August 10, 2023)
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Topic:
  • Bookselling Essentials
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  • Technology

ABA's Lightning Talk series features booksellers presenting 5-10 minute talks on tech tools, organizational strategies, communication methods, or innovations they’ve made in their stores. On August 10, 2023, Cynthia Compton of 4 Kids Books & Toys (Zionsville, IN) discussed Podium.

 

New Member Series: Store Ownership 101 - Q3

New Member Series: Store Ownership 101 - Q3 (August 8, 2023)
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Topic:
  • Bookselling Essentials
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  • 101
  • Owners and Managers

Our New Member Series:Store Ownership 101 provides new and prospective bookstore owners with an opportunity to ask questions of seasoned bookstore owners/staff. 

The opinions expressed are those of the individual participants, not of the ABA. Information discussed is reflective of the time of the recording.

A full transcription is available for this session. Please note that it is machine-generated and not reviewed for accuracy.

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