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Operations & Finances: Categories and Sub-categories for Inventory Maintenance and Control

Operations & Finances: Categories and Sub-categories for Inventory Maintenance and Control (June 28, 2019)
Content related to the education session, Operations & Finances: Categories and Sub-categories for Inventory Maintenance and Control Children's Institute 2019.
Topic:
  • Operations
Tags:
  • 101
  • Owners and Managers
  • Technology

Optimize your bookstore search and reordering process by implementing tags and keywords for categories and sub-categories in your point-of-sale system, Edelweiss, and in staff reference documents. Attendees of this session will learn:

  • The benefits of using tags and keywords
  • Tag and keyword suggestions
  • Best practices for implementing tags and keywords
  • How to get staff involved

Kelsey April, Savoy Bookshop and Cafe (Westerly, RI); Stephanie Appell, Parnassus Books (Nashville, TN); Jamie Thomas, Women and Children First (Chicago, IL); Drew Sieplinga, Wild Rumpus (Minneapolis, MN)

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Programming & Partnerships: Customer Loyalty Programs

Programming & Partnerships: Customer Loyalty Programs (June 28, 2019)
Content related to the education session, Programming & Partnerships: Customer Loyalty Programs Children's Institute 2019.
Topic:
  • Operations
Tags:
  • Owners and Managers

There’s nothing like walking into your favorite bookstore and being on a first-name basis with the staff. Why not say, “Thank you for being a friend,” and reward customers’ loyalty with a frequent buyer card, membership subscription, or other benefit program that will keep them coming back over and over again? A panel of booksellers with robust customer loyalty programs will share:

  • Background on their store’s customer loyalty programs
  • How to create a program that rewards the customer but also the store
  • How to onboard customers
  • How to market the program
  • How to integrate a new program into your store’s culture

Cathy Fiebach, Main Point Books (Wayne, PA); Bethany Strout, Tattered Cover (Denver, CO); Dave Richardson, Blue Marble Books (Fort Thomas, KY); Dane Ferguson, Ferguson Books and More (Grand Forks, ND)

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Glory Edim: Well-Read Black Girl Workshop

Glory Edim: Well-Read Black Girl Workshop (June 28, 2019)
Content related to the education session, Glory Edim: Well-Read Black Girl Workshop Children's Institute 2019.
Topic:
  • Bookselling Essentials
  • Diversity & Inclusion
Tags:
  • Events

This year, the American Booksellers Association is partnering with Well-Read Black Girl founder Glory Edim to bring book club meetings to independent bookstores nationwide with the goal of amplifying diverse voices and supporting emerging writers of color. Booksellers are invited to sign on to serve as ambassadors and host Well-Read Black Girl book clubs in their stores throughout the year. Learn more about the partnership.

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Glory Edim: Well-Read Black Girl Workshop (June 28, 2019)
Content related to the education session, Glory Edim: Well-Read Black Girl Workshop Children's Institute 2019.
Topic:
  • Bookselling Essentials
  • Diversity & Inclusion
Tags:
  • Events

This year, the American Booksellers Association is partnering with Well-Read Black Girl founder Glory Edim to bring book club meetings to independent bookstores nationwide with the goal of amplifying diverse voices and supporting emerging writers of color. Booksellers are invited to sign on to serve as ambassadors and host Well-Read Black Girl book clubs in their stores throughout the year. Learn more about the partnership.

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Buying & Selling: Books in Translation

Buying & Selling: Books in Translation (June 28, 2019)
Content related to the education session, Buying & Selling: Books in Translation Children's Institute 2019.
Topic:
  • Bookselling Essentials
  • Buying and Selling
  • Marketing & PR
Tags:
  • 101
  • Children's Bookselling
  • Handselling

Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales, The Little Prince, Pippi Longstocking, Asterix — what do they all have in common? They are all beloved classics that have been translated from the authors’ original languages and have enriched the U.S. children’s book landscape as well as readers of all ages. In this informational session, publishing personnel will share with attendees:

  • An overview of the translation and rights process
  • Why translated books are important
  • How to promote and sell these books to U.S. audiences
  • How books can be used in outreach to schools and community groups
  • How translated books can foster diversity, cultural awareness, and cross-cultural understanding

Marika McCoola, Porter Square Books (Cambridge, MA); Claudia Bedrick Zoe, Enchanted Lion Books (Brooklyn, NY); Jen Kraar, City of Asylum (Pittsburgh, PA); Nicholas Miller, NorthSouth Books (Vestal, NY); Isabel Sanchez Vegara, Author

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Buying & Selling: Books in Translation (June 28, 2019)
Content related to the education session, Buying & Selling: Books in Translation Children's Institute 2019.
Topic:
  • Bookselling Essentials
  • Buying and Selling
  • Marketing & PR
Tags:
  • 101
  • Children's Bookselling
  • Handselling

Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales, The Little Prince, Pippi Longstocking, Asterix — what do they all have in common? They are all beloved classics that have been translated from the authors’ original languages and have enriched the U.S. children’s book landscape as well as readers of all ages. In this informational session, publishing personnel will share with attendees:

  • An overview of the translation and rights process
  • Why translated books are important
  • How to promote and sell these books to U.S. audiences
  • How books can be used in outreach to schools and community groups
  • How translated books can foster diversity, cultural awareness, and cross-cultural understanding

Marika McCoola, Porter Square Books (Cambridge, MA); Claudia Bedrick Zoe, Enchanted Lion Books (Brooklyn, NY); Jen Kraar, City of Asylum (Pittsburgh, PA); Nicholas Miller, NorthSouth Books (Vestal, NY); Isabel Sanchez Vegara, Author

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Buying & Selling: Books in Translation (June 28, 2019)
Content related to the education session, Buying & Selling: Books in Translation Children's Institute 2019.
Topic:
  • Bookselling Essentials
  • Buying and Selling
  • Marketing & PR
Tags:
  • 101
  • Children's Bookselling
  • Handselling

Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales, The Little Prince, Pippi Longstocking, Asterix — what do they all have in common? They are all beloved classics that have been translated from the authors’ original languages and have enriched the U.S. children’s book landscape as well as readers of all ages. In this informational session, publishing personnel will share with attendees:

  • An overview of the translation and rights process
  • Why translated books are important
  • How to promote and sell these books to U.S. audiences
  • How books can be used in outreach to schools and community groups
  • How translated books can foster diversity, cultural awareness, and cross-cultural understanding

Marika McCoola, Porter Square Books (Cambridge, MA); Claudia Bedrick Zoe, Enchanted Lion Books (Brooklyn, NY); Jen Kraar, City of Asylum (Pittsburgh, PA); Nicholas Miller, NorthSouth Books (Vestal, NY); Isabel Sanchez Vegara, Author

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Conducting a Diversity Audit

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Conducting a Diversity Audit (June 28, 2019)
Content related to the education session, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Conducting a Diversity Audit Children's Institute 2019.
Topic:
  • Diversity & Inclusion
Tags:
  • 101
  • Children's Bookselling
  • Owners and Managers

Representation matters. #OwnVoices matters. As bearers of knowledge and information for children, it is imperative that a bookstore’s inventory reflects the experiences of all kinds of people to cultivate cultural awareness and engender empathy in youth. One step toward a more inclusive collection of books is to conduct a diversity audit on your store’s inventory. This session will teach attendees how to:

  • Assess their inventory
  • Conduct an audit
  • Identify where attention needs to be focused
  • Use an audit to inform the ordering process

BrocheAroe Fabian, River Dog Book Co. (Beaver Dam, WI); Dr. Belinda Boon, Kent State University (Kent, OH); Molly Gilroy Olivo, Barstons Child's Play (Washington, D.C.); Clarissa Hadge, Trident Booksellers & Cafe (Boston, MA)

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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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