The key, said former board member Valerie Koehler, is “to remember that you are there for all the shops, not just yours.” The process is open now for booksellers to nominate themselves or a colleague for the ABA Board of Directors.
Nominating takes just a few minutes via a webform that asks two questions: In what capacity have you known and/or worked with this candidate? What talents or experiences do you believe this person would bring to the ABA Board?
The Coffee Break meeting spaces for BIPOC — Black, Indigenous, or People of Color — booksellers and bookstore owners offer a virtual space to gather for connection, support, community, resources, and networking.
Nominees that meet the minimum requirements will receive a form to fill out with more information and will be asked to provide two recommendation letters. Booksellers can nominate themselves or someone else.
After ABA bookstore members voted to change the association bylaws, the ABA Nominating Committee put out a call for two Black booksellers to join the Board of Directors. Today, the board announces the results.
The American Booksellers Association, a national not-for-profit trade organization, works with booksellers and industry partners to ensure the success and profitability of independently owned book retailers, and to assist in expanding the community of the book.
Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.