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Counterspeak: Open Discussion and Combating Censorship with Chris Finan

Counterspeak: Open Discussion and Combating Censorship with Chris Finan (January 3, 2019)
Content related to the education session, Counterspeak: Open Discussion and Combating Censorship with Chris Finan .
Topic:
  • Advocacy
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Counterspeak: Why We Shouldn't Censor Hate Speech featuring Nadine Strossen

Counterspeak: Why We Shouldn't Censor Hate Speech featuring Nadine Strossen (December 6, 2018)
Content related to the education session, Counterspeak: Why We Shouldn't Censor Hate Speech featuring Nadine Strossen .
Topic:
  • Advocacy
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Counterspeak is a free speech podcast hosted by Sydney Jarrard, ABA's Content Director; Dave Grogan, ABA's Director of ABFE, Advocacy and Public Policy; and Maria Peroni, ABA's Advocacy and Public Policy Coordinator.

In this episode, ABFE talks to Nadine Strossen, former president of the ACLU and author of Hate: Why We Should Resist It With Free Speech, Not Censorship, about her book and experiences as a defender of free speech.

The views expressed in this podcast are not necessarily that of the American Booksellers Association or the American Booksellers for Free Expression.

Counterspeak: Who Are We? A Short Intro

Counterspeak: Who Are We? A Short Intro (November 29, 2018)
Content related to the education session, Counterspeak: Who Are We? A Short Intro .
Topic:
  • Advocacy
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Counterspeak is a free speech podcast hosted by Sydney Jarrard, ABA's Content Director; Dave Grogan, ABA's Director of ABFE, Advocacy and Public Policy; and Maria Peroni, ABA's Advocacy and Public Policy Coordinator.

In this introductory episode, Dave explains what Counterspeak is all about.

The views expressed in this podcast are not necessarily that of the American Booksellers Association or the American Booksellers for Free Expression.

Maximizing Pre-Orders Fall Shows 2018

Maximizing Pre-Orders Fall Shows 2018 (October 21, 2018)
Content related to the education session, Maximizing Pre-Orders Fall Shows 2018 Fall Regionals 2018.
Topic:
  • Buying and Selling
Tags:
  • Owners and Managers

Maximizing Pre-Orders focuses on how indie bookstores can take full advantage of pre-order opportunities and boost their sales, PR, and market share. In this presentation, booksellers will also discover ways to successfully promote and sell pre-orders including new methods developed and tested by ABA’s Pre-Orders Task Force of indie stores.

Principals of Bookstore Finance Seminar

Principals of Bookstore Finance Seminar (October 3, 2018)
Content related to the education session, Principals of Bookstore Finance Seminar Fall Regionals 2018.
Topic:
  • Finance
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The 101-level seminar, led by ABA CFO Robyn DesHotel and Cynthia Compton of 4 Kids Books & Toys in Zionsville, Indiana, covers the fundamentals of budgeting, understanding cash flow, business financing, bookkeeping, and financial statements. The seminar concentrates on bookstore finances as opposed to bookstore accounting and deep financial experience is not required.

 

Emergency Preparedness and Resiliency for Your Business

Emergency Preparedness and Resiliency for Your Business (January 25, 2018)
Content related to the education session, Emergency Preparedness and Resiliency for Your Business Winter Institute 2018.
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Topic:
  • Operations
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When your business is hit by a disaster, you need to know you are prepared. Whether you are dealing with floods or fire or other disaster, your business survival will depend on having a solid emergency plan in place and a resilient and adaptable business model. Booksellers who have experienced disaster in their store and community will share best practices, and local and national FEMA and emergency preparedness experts will share tips that will help businesses survive and rebound.

John Cavalier, Cavalier House Books (Denham Springs, LA); Philip Strouse, FEMA Region IV External Affairs; Pamela French, Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Ann Arbor, MI); Moderated by Valerie Koehler, Blue Willow Bookshop (Houston, TX)

Courting the Romance Reader

Courting the Romance Reader (January 25, 2018)
Content related to the education session, Courting the Romance Reader Winter Institute 2018.
Topic:
  • Buying and Selling
Tags:
  • Genre

The romance genre has one of the highest shares of fiction sales in the U.S. market at 23 percent (NPD Book 2016). Now is the time to take a closer look at marketing and selling this dynamic genre. In this session, bookseller and publisher panelists will discuss best practices for developing a successful relationship with the romance reader as well as tips for marketing this genre in a general bookstore.

Pamela Jaffee, HarperCollins Publishers (New York, NY); Heidi Weiland, Sourcebooks, Inc (Naperville, IL); Billie Bloebaum, Third Street Books (McMinnville, OR); Rachel Person, Northshire Bookstore (Saratoga Springs, NY), Moderated by Christine Onorati, WORD Bookstores (Brooklyn, NY/Jersey City, NJ)

ABC Idea Exchange: Tips and Tricks to Train General Booksellers to Hand-Sell Children's Books

ABC Idea Exchange: Tips and Tricks to Train General Booksellers to Hand-Sell Children's Books (January 25, 2018)
Content related to the education session, ABC Idea Exchange: Tips and Tricks to Train General Booksellers to Hand-Sell Children's Books Winter Institute 2018.
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Topic:
  • Bookselling Essentials
Tags:
  • Children's Bookselling

Uh-oh! A customer needs help in the children's department, and not one children's specialist is available to assist. Don't panic — this session is for you! In a workshop setting, children's booksellers will offer advice, tips, and tricks to help the general bookseller expand their repertoire of sales skills to include selling children's books with confidence.

Allison Senecal, Old Firehouse Books (Fort Collins, CO); Clarissa Murphy, Papercuts J.P. (Boston, MA)

Hiring for Diversity and Inclusion

Hiring for Diversity and Inclusion (January 25, 2018)
Content related to the education session, Hiring for Diversity and Inclusion Winter Institute 2018.
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  • Diversity & Inclusion
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Making hiring decisions for a diverse sales force often requires a new and different approach to hiring — including looking outside your normal sources for candidates and fostering relationships both in the store and in the larger community. Mecca E. Santana will be joining Marc Villa (Politics and Prose Bookstore) in a discussion on how to make your store more diverse and inclusive. Mecca is the Vice President of Diversity & Community Relations for Westchester Medical Center Health Network in White Plains, NY. Prior to this position, Ms. Santana served as the Chief Diversity Officer for the State of New York, and was responsible for the promotion of workforce diversity and inclusion, while also leading new initiatives to increase Minority & Women Owned Business (MWBE) procurement opportunities.

Marc Villa, Politics and Prose Bookstore (Washington, D.C.); Mecca Sykes-Santana, Esq, Senior Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement, Westchester Medical Center Health Network (White Plains, NY)

Best Practices for Buying, Marketing, and Handselling Diverse Books

Best Practices for Buying, Marketing, and Handselling Diverse Books (January 24, 2018)
Content related to the education session, Best Practices for Buying, Marketing, and Handselling Diverse Books Winter Institute 2018.
Topic:
  • Diversity & Inclusion
Tags:  None

Booksellers who have successfully expanded sections to include diverse books will share resources and techniques for buying, marketing, and handselling these books. Panelists will represent stores from communities of different sizes and demographics.

Hannah Oliver Depp, WORD Bookstores (Brooklyn, NY/Jersey City, NJ); Lane Jacobson, Flyleaf Books (Chapel Hill, NC); Melanie Knight, Books Inc., (San Francisco, CA); Moderated by Aaron Curtis, Books & Books (Coral Gables, FL)

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