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    • 30-May-2023
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    Registration is closed

    Grab a coffee, pull up a chair, and join us for a (virtual) chat! Please bring your questions, share concerns or experiences, and let us know where you need CIBA's support. These sessions will be offered quarterly, creating an opportunity for CIBA Bookseller Members to talk directly with CIBA board members and staff. There will be no formal presentation during these meetings. 

    Who should attend? CIBA Bookseller Members

    Time listed is ET.

    • 08-Jun-2023
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Kelly McKinnon (Kidsbooks, Vancouver) has been selling books for more than 30 years. What is her superpower? She actively uses sales data to fuel decision-making and drive profitability in many areas of her business. You can ‘level up’ your business by using data too! Join us for an interview, demonstration, and learn how creating and analysing simple reports (taking no more than one hour a week) can boost your sales and efficiency by at least 10%!

    Presenter: Kelly McKinnon, Kidsbooks (BC)

    Host: Hilary Atleo, Iron Dog Books (BC)

    Who should attend? Bookseller Members

    Time is listed as ET.

    • 15-Jun-2023
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    The popularity of book subscription boxes is on the rise! With Year 2 of the Support for Booksellers funding once again earmarked for improving your online sales, there’s no time like the present to get in on the action and introduce this sales concept in your store. Learn how a panel of your peers administers their book subscriptions programs, what sales income it adds to their stores, and so much more!

    Who should attend? Bookseller Members

    Host: Chris Hall, McNally Robinson Booksellers (MB & SK)


    • Erin Dalton, Huckleberry Books (BC)
    • Elizabeth (Lizzie) Ferguson, Mabel's Fables (ON)
    • Zoe Grams, Upstart & Crow (BC)

    Time listed is ET.

    • 20-Jun-2023
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    A sunlit room, shelves full books, and a friendly bookstore cat…it’s the dream, right? But how do bookstore owners turn dreams into real (money-making) businesses? Join a panel of CIBA members as they share their experiences of launching their recently opened stores. This session is not designed as a “how-to guide for opening a bookstore”! Attendees will learn from the examples of successes and challenges faced by their peers (who are also still learning!) and walk away with things to consider and questions to ask yourself and answer if you’re planning to open an indie bookstore.

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

    Host: Jo Treggiari, Block Shop Books (NS)


    • Melissa Bourdon-King, Once Upon a Bookstore (BC)
    • Jan Scott, Betty's Bookshelf (ON)
    • Penny Warris, Analog Books (AB)

    Time listed is ET. 

Past events

24-May-2023 Ask the Bookseller: Demystifying Co-op
09-May-2023 Publishers: Maximize Your Success in the Indie Market
29-Apr-2023 Canadian Independent Bookstore Day
20-Apr-2023 Ask the Bookseller: Hiring, Training, and Retaining Staff
04-Apr-2023 New Bookstore Owners: Ask Us ANYTHING!
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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