The American Booksellers Association has announced that it will again award the Avin Mark Domnitz Scholarship to attend the upcoming ABA Winter Institute (Wi10) to the owner or an employee of a bookstore that submits its 2013 financial data to the ABACUS-13 survey before the July 31 deadline.
Wi10 will be held in Asheville, North Carolina, from February 8 to 11, 2015.
Data gathering for ABACUS-13 is underway, and the deadline for submissions is July 31.
“No one believed more strongly in the unique role ABACUS could play in helping bookstores increase their profitability in order to fuel their important social mission than Avin," said ABA Senior Strategy Officer Dan Cullen. “We hope that this scholarship will help in furthering the ABACUS project and bookseller education.”
All ABA main store members should have received an e-mail at the end of June that included instructions for participating in the ABACUS-13 Survey, as well as the bookstore’s unique I.D. number and links to the secure, online submission form. The sender was Martha Love from the National Association of College Stores’ OnCampus Research, which is collecting and compiling the data for ABA.
Booksellers at stores that have submitted their 2013 financial data to ABACUS can apply for the Avin Mark Domnitz Scholarship by sending an e-mail with “Domnitz Scholarship” in the subject line to ABA Education Manager Lisa Winn. The e-mail should include the applicant’s name, staff title, store name, and store contact information.
By submitting their store data for ABACUS-13 via a secure and confidential electronic form, stores will receive both the ABACUS executive summary and a customized report that analyzes their financial results, including comparisons with other stores based on multiple criteria (such as sales level, store size, and community type) in addition to year-to-year trending information. The customized report allows participating bookstores to focus on key drivers of profitability and benchmark their performance across a number of different criteria.
Booksellers with questions about submitting data to the survey should contact Love at On Campus Research.