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    • 04-Apr-2023
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Are you the owner or manager of a new(ish) bookstore business? Do you have a list of questions you’d like to ask a pro-bookseller? Here’s your chance to connect with a mentor and ask anything! There will be no formal presentation at this event – simply log on and ask all your burning questions! 

    Mentor: Hilary Atleo, co-owner of Iron Dog Books and CIBA Board Director

    Hilary Atleo is a mixed Anishinaabe/Settler bookseller with a passion for science fiction and Indigenous literatures. She and her husband Cliff own Iron Dog Books in Vancouver, BC. The store originated as a mobile bookstore in 2017, and in 2019 they opened a brick-and-mortar store in the Hastings Sunrise neighbourhood of Vancouver. 

    Iron Dog Books is in its sixth year of business and is thriving. As the owner of a relatively new bookstore, Hilary has recent experience and knowledge to share with other young bookstore businesses operating in, or soon-to-be launching-in, the Canadian market.

    Who should attend this event: Bookstore owners with young businesses (less than five years old), or members planning to open a bookstore.

    Hilary loves to talk about:

    • Inventory curation (being a “good parts” book store)
    • Data analysis
    • Empathetic and judgement free book recommendations 
    • Adapting and evolving our bookstore plan
    • The creative and intellectual opportunities in bookselling

     Time listed is ET.

    • 20-Apr-2023
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Books may be your business, but your friendly, knowledgeable staff are the key to leaving a lasting impression on your customers. Where do bookstores advertise for staff? What skills should you look for in a new team member? How do you work out when you need (and can afford) to increase the size of your team? What can your store do to encourage long-term staff loyalty? Join our panel of experienced booksellers to discuss the ins and outs of successful staffing strategies!

    Host: Shelley Macbeth, Blue Heron Books (ON)


    • Laura Ash, Another Story Bookshop (ON)
    • Anna Beddie, Misty River Books (BC)
    • Karlene Nicolajsen, Shelf Life Books (AB) 

    Who should attend? Bookseller Members

    Time listed is ET.

    • 29-Apr-2023

    Canadian Independent Bookstore Day (CIBD) is the annual day when readers, writers, illustrators, publishers, and other industry supporters come together to celebrate indie bookstores across Canada. By joining the celebration, you are advocating for independent businesses, supporting a flourishing bookselling community, and investing in Canadian culture. This year's event is taking place on Saturday, April 29. In addition to our Contest for Book Lovers, readers can look forward to giveaways, limited edition products, and bookseller activities across the country.

    Readers: click here to learn more.

    Members: access the campaign toolkit here.

    • 09-May-2023
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Did you know that 327 bookstores across Canada use Bookmanager as their POS and ordering system? Publishers – here’s your chance to get a peek behind the curtain! Ryan Smith (Co-owner of Owl’s Nest Books, Calgary, AB) will walk publishers through a Bookmanager order from start to finish, demonstrating the importance of up-to-date publisher records, and provide other useful tips to ensure a smooth ordering process for your bookstore clients.

    Learn how an experienced, independent bookseller uses publisher data to inform ordering decisions, what prompts his bookstore to order from a small or independent press, and roadblocks that can prevent them from placing an order.

    Presenter: Ryan Smith, Owl's Nest Books (AB)

    Bookmanager representative: Kellynda Scherck

    Who should attend: CIBA Associates, ACP Members, LPG Members

    Time listed is ET. 

Past events

28-Mar-2023 ACP & CIBA Knowledge Exchange: Exploring the Evolving Role of Sales Reps
21-Mar-2023 Media Training for Booksellers: Interviews with Impact!
07-Mar-2023 CIBA Town Hall: Supplier Relations
28-Feb-2023 Ask the Bookseller: Successful School Relationships
16-Feb-2023 Penguin Random House Demonstration of the BIZ Portal
07-Feb-2023 Publisher Picks: Spring Picks from Canadian Independent Publishers
26-Jan-2023 Publisher Picks: Spring Picks from Multinational Publishers
19-Jan-2023 Ask the Bookseller: Design Your Store for Discoverability
22-Nov-2022 CIBA Brainstorm: Investing Your Support for Booksellers Funding
18-Oct-2022 Ask the Bookseller: A Crash Course in Consignment
06-Oct-2022 LECTURES & LABS: Pre-Holiday Season Website Preparation
04-Oct-2022 Mythbusting with BookNet Canada: We Fight Anecdata and So Can You!
29-Sep-2022 STRATEGY SHARING: Curating and Ordering French-language Children’s Books
27-Sep-2022 Publisher Picks: Fall Picks from Canadian Independent Publishers
20-Sep-2022 Publisher Picks: Fall Picks from Multinational Publishers
13-Sep-2022 CIBA Annual General Meeting
13-Sep-2022 Mythbusting with BookNet Canada: Forthcoming Canadian-authored Books Are Easy to Find!
23-Aug-2022 Ask the Bookseller: Planning for a Successful Holiday Season
18-Aug-2022 Using Consumer Insight Information to Do Better Business This Fall
16-Aug-2022 Ask Us ANYTHING! - CIBA Summer Mentor Series (Session 3)
26-Jul-2022 Ask Us ANYTHING! - CIBA Summer Mentor Series (Session 2)
12-Jul-2022 Ask Us ANYTHING! - CIBA Summer Mentor Series (Session 1)
28-Jun-2022 Publisher Picks: Summer picks from Canadian independent publishers (PART 2)
21-Jun-2022 Think local: Independent Canadian publishers and you
09-Jun-2022 Publisher Picks: Summer picks from Canadian independent publishers (PART 1)
02-Jun-2022 Publisher Picks: Summer picks from multinational publishers
31-May-2022 Mythbusting with BookNet Canada: Canadian Book Sales at Your Store
26-May-2022 Use your voice: Share feedback with publishers on the future of virtual and in-store events
19-May-2022 French-language books for young people: Publisher pitches (session 2)
17-May-2022 French-language books for young people: Publisher pitches (session 1)
05-May-2022 Lectures & Labs: Ask the bookseller – Effective sideline strategies
30-Apr-2022 Canadian Independent Bookstore Day
21-Apr-2022 Lectures & Labs: French-language books for young people - Part 1: Curating your stock of backlist titles
12-Apr-2022 Lectures & Labs: Ask the Bookseller - Ordering and replenishment
07-Apr-2022 Lectures & Labs: Overstock Returns, Dead Stock, and Inventory Reconciliation: Housekeeping Worth Your Time
06-Apr-2022 How to apply for the new Support for Booksellers grant program
05-Apr-2022 Lectures & Labs - Mythbusting session #2: You can use sales data information to identify emerging trends in the market
31-Mar-2022 CIBA Town Hall (for bookseller members)
15-Mar-2022 Enhance your gift and sideline business with the new Raincoast Distribution Group website
10-Mar-2022 Lectures & Labs: Flex your Facebook muscles!
01-Mar-2022 Mythbusters: You can flex your terms and use SalesData to showcase your sales performance!
03-Feb-2022 Publisher Picks: Books for Young People (Independent Publishers)
03-Feb-2022 BookNet Canada presents: Emerging trends: Book subjects on the move in the Canadian market
01-Feb-2022 Publisher Picks: Books for Young People (Multinational Publishers)
27-Jan-2022 Publisher Picks: Books for Adults (Independent Publishers)
27-Jan-2022 BookNet Canada presents: I opened a bookstore in the pandemic!
25-Jan-2022 Publisher Picks: Books for Adults (Multinational Publishers)
18-Jan-2022 Lectures & Labs: The Business of Returns
21-Oct-2021 Lectures & Labs @ Lunch series: Cookbooks & comics and graphic novels
07-Oct-2021 Lectures & Labs @ Lunch series: Indigenous literatures
23-Sep-2021 Lectures & Labs @Lunch series: Mysteries and Queer Literature
15-Sep-2021 DISCUSSION FORUM (children's booksellers): Create new readers for life
14-Sep-2021 LECTURES & LABS: Increasing revenue through gifts and sidelines
09-Sep-2021 LECTURES & LABS: Handling Prepayments with Bookmanager
24-Aug-2021 LECTURES & LABS: Effective and timely ordering and reordering strategies for the fall and holiday seasons
20-Jul-2021 Discussion forum for booksellers: Tips for managing online orders
22-Jun-2021 What can Instagram do for your bookstore?
15-Jun-2021 Recreate the browsing experience online: Facilitating the discoverability of in-stock titles
20-May-2021 The independent bookstore consumer: insights and analytics
18-May-2021 Discussion forum for children’s booksellers
11-May-2021 Increase your sales: Improvements to the PRH supply fulfillment chain and rapid replenishment
04-May-2021 Canadian book buying, reading and consumer habits for data-driven decisions
27-Apr-2021 Virtual event training: Part two – Managing your live Zoom event
20-Apr-2021 Virtual event training: Part one – Setting up your Zoom event
15-Apr-2021 BookNet Canada Tech Forum: Book Industry State of the Nation 2021
14-Apr-2021 Media Savvy Lunch and Learn
06-Apr-2021 BookNet Canada Tech Forum: Serving communities in crisis - the bookseller's role
25-Mar-2021 BookNet Canada Tech Forum: Humane Resources - Managing your people systems with no HR department
24-Mar-2021 Introducing the Shop Local API, powered by Bookmanager
23-Mar-2021 BookNet Canada Tech Forum: Come taste the difference good management can make in your crisis!
23-Mar-2021 Where are the Tourists?
11-Mar-2021 Relax, Dammit!
04-Mar-2021 Replenishing Your Stock
23-Feb-2021 Bookselling in the Era of Virtual Events
11-Feb-2021 COVID-19 Success Stories: Creative and Adaptable Solutions
04-Feb-2021 Adapting to the Online Retailer Model: Tips from Bookmanager on Managing Your E-commerce Website
27-Jan-2021 CIBA Coffee Break: Get to Know Your Association
15-Oct-2020 CIBA bookseller welcome


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