Diversity & Inclusion

07 Aug

Fall Workshop to Focus on “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion”

Registration is underway for ABA’s fall workshop, which will take place ahead of the SIBA and MPIBA trade shows and aims to help booksellers address stereotypes and create a welcoming environment.

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01 Aug

Registration Opens for “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” Workshops

Registration is now open for ABA’s fall workshop on addressing stereotypes and creating a welcoming environment, which will take place just ahead of the SIBA and MPIBA trade shows.

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12 Jul

ABA to Offer Fall Workshop on Implicit Bias and Inclusion

This fall, ABA will present a full-day education session, “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Addressing Stereotypes and Creating a Welcoming Environment,” in New Orleans and Denver.

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26 Jun

Binc, Macmillan Partner to Offer Scholarships for Underrepresented Booksellers

The Macmillan Booksellers Professional Development Scholarship pilot program aims to provide professional development opportunities to booksellers traditionally underrepresented within the industry.

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21 Jun

BTW News Briefs

ILSR responds to Amazon’s Whole Foods acquisition; Tubby & Coo’s, White Birch Books win Sourcebooks challenge; WNDB launches OurStory app; NEA awards $84 million in grants; Chicago Review Press acquires Bright Ideas for Learning series; Man Booker International Prize, WNBA Awards, CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medal winners announced

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07 Jun

ABA at BookExpo: Mecca Santana on Hiring for Diversity

On June 1, Mecca Santana, the vice president of diversity and community relations and chief diversity officer for Westchester Medical Health Network, shared tips and best practices for hiring diversely.

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02 Jun

ABA Town Hall: Booksellers Discuss Diversity, Membership, and Programs for New Stores

Preceding the Annual Meeting at BookExpo, ABA member booksellers shared their comments, questions, and concerns about a range of topics with the association’s Board.

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23 May

Mecca Santana to Discuss “Hiring for Diversity” at BookExpo 2017

At BookExpo, Mecca Santana, the vice president of diversity and community relations and chief diversity officer for Westchester Medical Health Network, will discuss best practices for hiring diversely.

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16 May

Ci5 Education: Fostering an Inclusive Environment for Staff and Customers With Disabilities

At last month’s ABC Children’s Institute, a panel of booksellers discussed how they modified their stores to become more inclusive spaces for people with disabilities.

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10 May

ABA’s Diversity Task Force Seeks Input From Booksellers

ABA’s Diversity Task Force is asking booksellers to complete a short survey on issues of diversity in their stores and in the book industry as a whole.

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09 May

ABA to Present Four Education Sessions at BookExpo 2017

ABA education at BookExpo 2017 will feature sessions on hiring for diversity, selling controversial books, and migrating to Edelweiss+, as well as a session for authors interested in working with indies.

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02 May

Voting Deadline for Indies Choice Book Awards Extended & an Author’s Note to ABA Members

ABA has extended the voting deadline for the Indies Choice and E.B. White Read-Aloud awards and has shared a letter from author Jacqueline Davies about a Picture Book Hall of Fame nominee.

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18 Apr

Ci5: Jason Reynolds on His Journey From Reluctant Reader to Award-Winning Author

In his breakfast keynote speech at the ABC Children’s Institute, author Jason Reynolds told booksellers how not finding his childhood experiences reflected in books shaped his journey as a writer.

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12 Apr

Ci5: Ilsa Govan on the Effect of Implicit Bias on Hiring for Diversity

Author Ilsa Govan, the co-founder of Cultures Connecting, offers tips for ensuring that implicit biases do not get in the way during the hiring process.

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12 Apr

Booksellers Celebrate Inclusivity, Diversity at Fifth Children’s Institute

The energy among booksellers, publishers, and authors at the Children’s Institute reflected enthusiasm for greater diversity in books and bookselling and a commitment to making the industry more inclusive.

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