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CIBA's Lectures and Labs Series

CIBA’s Lectures and Labs series is designed to enhance the professional capabilities of the Canadian independent bookselling sector. These sessions cover a range of topics, addressing both timely concerns and the ongoing challenges that booksellers and their various partners are facing, while creating opportunities to strengthen the sector.

In 2021 more than 550 people attended 30+ events from January to October. Speakers included booksellers, publishers, distributors, authors, and NGOs representing regions across Canada, from British Columbia to Nova Scotia. 

In 2022 we are building on the success of last year, offering members relevant, timely, and targeted professional development, business development, knowledge-sharing, and networking opportunities that will improve business results across the sector.

The series has evolved to offer several different presentation formats in response to bookseller needs:

CIBA Lectures

CIBA Lectures are focused on improving and supporting CIBs’ business capabilities via panel discussions, presentations, and information-sharing. Content is delivered by subject matter experts and practitioners from within the industry. 


CIBA Labs are small group workshops designed to be interactive, forums for peer sharing, and opportunities for building networks and connections with fellow booksellersSessions will often profile bookstore case studies (by topic area) that provide immediate value and usability.

CIBA’s Lectures & Labs @ Lunch Series

Designed to help you save time, these quick 30-minute sessions are meant to take the guesswork out of curating and stocking sections of your store. These events explore a variety of themes and genres, in addition to diverse voices and cultural perspectives.  Learn from expert peers as they suggest which books to stock to drive sales in the 5-5-5 format: 5 essentials they love to handsell, 5 upcoming books with buzz, 5 minutes for questions. 

CIBA Publisher Picks

Discover the titles that publishers think will be this season’s surprise hits. Over the course of four dedicated sessions each season, you’ll hear from those who have fallen for or championed these books within a variety of multinational and independent publishers’ offices. Booksellers will get an insider look at the seasonal releases they need to be aware of, why these books will have buzz, and how to hand sell them effectively.  

CIBA Discussion Forums – a chance to share and learn from your peers

The Discussion Forum for Booksellers is a semi-regular opportunity to connect with industry peers, share ideas and discuss the issues that affect your business. There are two streams: one for booksellers generally and one for children's booksellers. CIBA bookseller members are welcome to attend any session that corresponds to their business needs. 

Each forum begins with a short, informal presentation or discussion on a specific topic. The floor then opens to a group discussion. Participants are asked to participate actively, to generate discussion, and to crowd-source answers to common issues and challenges. 


Introducing the first event in a new ‘mythbuster’ series presented by BookNet Canada. These bite-sized, 30-minute sessions are perfect for busy booksellers looking to improve their business efficiencies! 

Do you have an idea for a session?
Booksellers, publishers and industry professionals have a wealth of knowledge and experiencewe encourage you to share it! If you are interested in contributing to our Lectures and Labs series as a content expert, session leader, or moderator, please reach out! We also welcome your feedback and recommendations for workshop topics and presenters. Please contact CIBA’s Program Managers for Lectures and Labs, Nicola Dufficy and Danielle LeBlanc, to share ideas and program proposals.



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