ABA Seeks Booksellers of Diverse Backgrounds for Task Force and BAC

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Following booksellers’ calls at the Winter Institute 12 Town Hall meeting for the American Booksellers Association to increase the diversity of the overall governance of the association, on Monday, January 30, ABA President Betsy Burton of The King’s English Bookshop in Salt Lake City, Utah, announced two new initiatives: the formation of a bookseller task force to help the association foster diversity and plans to expand ABA’s Booksellers Advisory Council (BAC) to make it more inclusive.

Booksellers who are interested in serving on either the task force or the BAC, or who know a fellow bookseller who would be, are asked to contact Burton (btke@comcast.net; 801- 792-8363) or another member of the ABA board.

The 25-member Booksellers Advisory Council is designed to provide the board with a broad cross-section of views from within the community of independent booksellers.

For more on the subject of diversity, see Burton’s bimonthly President’s Letter in today’s issue.