The American Booksellers Association has opened nominations for four open spots on the Booksellers Advisory Council, which serves as a sounding board and advisory council on issues facing the bookselling community and ABA.
BAC members "provide feedback about ABA programs and services as they are being developed; offer suggestions to help ABA improve programs and services to better serve the bookselling communities; help identify and respond to emerging threats and opportunities related to antiracism, equity, representation, and access in the industry; bring concerns of booksellers and bookstore owners to the ABA staff and Board; and generally assist ABA," Bookselling This Week reported.
A candidate for the BAC:
- Is a full-time bookseller or bookstore owner at an ABA member bookstore (any format or model)
- Has not served on the BAC before
- Does not currently serve on the Diversity, Equity Inclusion Committee (DEIC) or the ABC Advisory Council
- Is able to meet the time obligation (see below) and serve for two years
Nominations are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on May 30, and will be reviewed that week by current BAC members and ABA staff, who together will select four new members (one each from MIBA, NAIBA, MPIBA and SIBA) to fill the empty seats. Booksellers are invited to nominate themselves. Nominees will be informed of final decisions by June 17.
For more information about the committee, contact bookseller committee members collectively or individually; or ABA staff committee members CEO Allison Hill or COO Joy Dallanegra-Sanger.