The American Booksellers Association has announced that it will award the Avin Mark Domnitz Scholarship to attend the upcoming Winter Institute to the owner or an employee of a bookstore that submits its 2014 financial data to the ABACUS-14 survey before the July 1 deadline.
Winter Institute 11 (Wi11) will be held in Denver, Colorado, and will open with a reception on Saturday, January 23, followed by three days of education and programming, from Sunday, January 24, through Tuesday, January 26, 2016.
At this year’s Celebration of Bookselling at BookExpo America, ABA honored Domnitz, its former president and CEO, who was unable to attend due to health issues. Speaking on behalf of the association and seven former presidents, ABA CEO Oren Teicher said, “Avin Mark Domnitz’ life in bookselling was characterized by his belief in the transformative power of books and of bookselling and by his passionate belief that the best educational tools possible would help ensure that indie bookstores would be empowered to continue to reinvent and reinvigorate their businesses.”
All ABA main store members were sent an e-mail in early June that included their unique ABACUS I.D. number, instructions for participating, and links to the online submission form. The e-mail bore the subject line “ABACUS-14 USE THIS LINK,” and the sender was Martha Love, the National Association of College Stores’ OnCampus Research information analyst.
Booksellers at stores that have submitted their 2014 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-14 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 622-7498, ext. 2448.