Spring Forum

NEIBA is pleased to announce an expanded Spring Forum — to take place on April 7-8, 2020 — with our traditional April All About the Books as the kickoff event. Authors, illustrators, and booksellers will gather at the DoubleTree in Portland, ME for two days of author presentations, education, and a cocktail party in the middle.

P
Schedule of Events
P
Tuesday, April 7:
10:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Authors TBA
P
2:00 – 3:30 PM
P
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
with Leah Johnson, author of You Should See Me in a Crown (Scholastic)
P
Wednesday, April 8:
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Join us for a morning of education taught by NEIBA booksellers and publisher partners! This program is designed to give frontline booksellers a 360-view of the book industry so they can emerge informed, engaged, and hopeful about our business. We’ll cover the publishing process from start to finish, the ABA and what it does, and what the deal is with Book Expo, Winter Institute, and regional association Fall Conferences. We’ll move on to how bookstores work from the inside out: from finances to strategy to inventory management to community engagement. Then, it’s time to skill-build: including merchandising and handselling basics,  mastering Edelweiss, how to get all the ARCs (and build your reputation as a reader by reviewing them), and how to perfect the art of professional communication (otherwise known as, “Help, I have to have a tough conversation with my boss!”) Finally, we’ll focus on personal finance: strategies for making the most of the bookseller salary, which tools to use to wrestle your debt to the ground, the logistics of the side-hustle, and how to use Binc as a resource. 
P
sponsored by Baker & Taylor Publisher Services
Join fellow store owners and managers for a session led by a Human Resources professional and designed to provide a playbook for how to handle HR situations, from the everyday to the sticky-wicket difficult.  How can we stop talking about wanting to hire for diversity and actually do it? How do we write engaging job descriptions that help manage employee expectations up front? In this session, you’ll be provided with specific scripts to which you can refer for every part of the hiring and termination process (and training on how best to use them), learn how to referee employee disputes in an enlightened way, and master the art of the effective performance review.  We’ll cover it all and leave plenty of time for group brainstorming and ask-the-expert questioning about the specific HR issues we all face each day. 
PP
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Keynote Author Luncheon (included with Education Registration)
with Jennifer Weiner, author of Big Summer (Atria Books)
P
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Break-Out Roundtable Discussions (included with Education Registration)
P
Thank You to Our Sponsors
P
P
P
For Attendees
Registration & Fees
Attendance at the Spring Forum is free for NEIBA members, with some events (noted above) ticketed at a cost. RSVPs to free events are appreciated. Non-NEIBA members may attend the Spring Forum for a fee of $100 per badge. The deadline to register for the Spring Forum is Friday, March 27.
P
Binc Spring Forum Scholarship
NEIBA is pleased to announce that one Spring Forum scholarship is available to NEIBA member booksellers, courtesy of Binc. The scholarship has a value of $300 to be used for a night’s stay at the hotel, tickets to each event, and travel costs. We would especially like to hear from booksellers at our smaller and mid-size stores who haven’t been able to attend many NEIBA events. The recipient of this scholarship will be determined by the NEIBA Board of Directors. The deadline for applications is Friday, March 6. To submit yourself for consideration, complete this Google Form.
P
Transportation & Hotels
Portland is accessible by car, train, bus, and plane. On-site parking is free. A complimentary shuttle is available for those flying into Portland International Airport. For those who would like to spend the night, a block of hotel rooms are available at the DoubleTree at a discounted rate ($115, pre-tax). Mention “NEIBA” when making your reservations (or use code “NIB” online) to receive this discounted rate.
P
For Publishers
P
Additional Author & Sponsorship Opportunities
Does your publisher have an author or title they would like to promote in a unique way? Would your company like to sponsor an educational session? E-mail Executive Director Beth Ineson (Beth@NEBA.org) to discuss available opportunities.
P
Transportation & Hotels
Portland is accessible by car, train, bus, and plane. On-site parking is free. A complimentary shuttle is available for those flying into Portland International Airport. For those who would like to spend the night, a block of hotel rooms are available at the DoubleTree at a discounted rate ($115, pre-tax). Mention “NEIBA” when making your reservations (or use code “NIB” online) to receive this discounted rate.