Wi2023 Program

Tuesday, February 21, 2023  

10:40 am to 11:40 am

Hiring and Onboarding Best Practices (Bookseller Panel) 609, Level 6, Seattle Convention Center

A good hiring process will help you attract and retain high-quality booksellers who are passionate about your mission. Onboarding new employees, while time consuming, can make or break that employee’s successful transition from a new employee to an involved and productive employee. If it’s been a while since you took some time to think about hiring and onboarding in a strategic way, then this session is for you! Booksellers who have developed processes around these critical bookstore procedures will share hiring and onboarding strategies for bookstores of all sizes. (Managers)

Speakers: Erin Chervenock, Village Books (Bellingham, Washington); Alsace Walentine, Tombolo Books (St. Petersburg, Florida); Camden Avery, The Booksmith (San Francisco, California); Hannah Oliver Depp, Loyalty Bookstore (Washington, District of Columbia)


About ABA

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.


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