New Member-at-Large Appointed to IOBA Board

The IOBA Board has just concluded its inaugural meeting, and the first order of business was to fill the Member-at-Large (MAL) vacancy created by Jonathan Smalter’s resignation to accept the position of Vice-President. Rock Toews, of Back Creek Books, first runner-up for MAL in the recent elections, has accepted the appointment, and will serve until the conclusion of Jonathan’s original term, in January 2015.

Here is the complete roster of the IOBA Board of Directors for 2013:

Elected Members:

President — Chris Volk – Bookfever.com
Vice President — Jonathan Smalter – Yesterday’s Muse Books
Treasurer — David Friedman – Barner Books
Secretary — Mark Lambert – Cereal City Books
Members at Large (3-year terms)

Ex-Officio Members:

Bylaws Committee Chair: Sandra L. Morris – Nan’s Book Shop

Ethics Committee Chair: Melanie James – Carolina Moon Books

Finance Committee Chair: Linda Strike – Optical Insights

Membership Committee Chair: Greg Gibson – Ten Pound Island Book Company

Membership Committee Co-Chair: Howard Prouty – ReadInk

Public Relations Committee Chair: Karin Isgur Bergsagel

Standard Committee Chair/Editor: Brian Cassidy – Brian Cassidy, Bookseller

IOBA Election Results 2013

From Elections Officer Howard Prouty (ReadInk):

The votes have been counted, and I am happy to present you with the roster of newly-elected IOBA Board members for 2013:

President — Chris Volk (Bookfever.com)
Vice President — Jonathan Smalter (Yesterday’s Muse Books)
Treasurer — David Friedman (Barner Books)
Secretary — Mark Lambert (Cereal City Books)
Members at Large (3-year terms) — Zhenya Dzhavgova (ZH Books) and Gabe Konrad (Bay Leaf Used and Rare Books)

IOBA Elections 2013

IOBA elects a new Board every January, voting for President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer, as well as two Members at Large. Since the Members at Large serve 3-year terms, only 2 are voted into office each year.

Here is the schedule for this year:

Saturday, Jan. 19th

The Final Ballot was sent out to all members via Announce. If you did NOT receive a ballot, please email the Elections Officer, Howard Prouty: hprouty@LABridge.com

Wednesday, Jan. 23rd, 9 p.m. (Pacific Time)
The polls close, at the stroke of 9.

Friday, Jan. 25th, 9 a.m. (Pacific Time)
Announcement of election results.

Friday, Feb. 1
Beginning of the terms of our newly-elected Officers and Members at Large.

IOBA’s New Members in 2012

Gregory Gibson, Membership Chair, and his Committee were happy to welcome the following new members to IOBA in 2012. They come from 20 US states, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Belgium, and Japan. Why not browse their website offerings and get to “know” a new member?

 

Diversity Books Archer, Anne Langwarrin Victoria, AU
Garry R Austin Austin, Garry R Wilmington VT, USA
Quaint Book Shop Baker, J Wesley Springfield OH, USA
Old Bag Lady Books Blom, Madlyn Sun City Center FL, USA
Prairie Creek Books & Tea Bond, Michael Torrington WY, USA
Chardonmedia Bryce, Charleen Boulder City NV, USA
Old Florida Book Shop Chrisant, William Hollywood FL, USA
Central Street Books Coleman, John Knoxville TN, USA
Paladin Fine Books Coorsh, Robert Toronto ON, Canada
ZH BOOKS Dzhavgova, Zhenya Fremont CA, USA
Old New York Book Shop Graubart, Cliff Atlanta GA, USA
Ariel Books Harcus, Deborah & Ron Auckland, NZ
Commandant’s Cottage Hoekstra, Sandra College Station TX, USA
The Book Lady Ltd Jansen, Janna Waiheke Island, NZ
Lux Mentis, Booksellers Kahn, Ian J. Portland ME, USA
First Place Books Kinley, Kevin Walkersville MD, USA
J. Lawton Booksellers Lawton, James Readville MA, USA
The M.A.D. House Artists Lillie, Candace & Dennis Eucha OK, USA
McInBooks McIntyre, Marvin Farmington NM, USA
kandjsplace.com McKenna, John East Northport NY, USA
Attic Books and Treasures Metzer, Tina Mathias WV, USA
Robinson Street Books Moran, Rhett Binghamton NY, USA
Underground Books Niesse, Josh Carrollton GA, USA
Harvest Book Company LLC Okamoto, Eugene Fort Washington PA, USA
Bibliodditiques Piper, Michael Bradford ON, CA
Richard C. Ramer Ramer, Richard C. New York NY, USA
Good Books In The Woods Rohfritch, Jay Spring TX, USA
Paper Books Rovito, Jason Toronto ON, CA
H&R SALERNO Salerno, Henry Hauppauge NY, USA
First Class Used Books Sampson, Ronald L. Rockaway Beach MO, USA
Caliban Book Shop Schulman, John Pittsburgh PA, USA
ABookLegacy.com Smith, Mike Palm Harbor FL, USA
Jeff Stark Books Stark, Jeff Barstow CA, USA
Moonlighting Librarian Thornton, Mary Highland IN, USA
Revere Books Varane, Kenneth Valley Forge PA, USA
LJ’s Books Verderame, Laura Cody WY, USA
The Land of Nod Vincke, Christine Oostende, Belgium
Books Watanabe de Tokyo Watanabe, Naoshi Tokyo-to, Japan
Empire Books Wingfield, Mark Greensboro NC, USA

 

UPak – IOBA Member Discount

As small business people ourselves, most of us like to support other small businesses, especially when the price and service is right. IOBA member Serena Wykoff (Copperfish Books) recommends the quality, service, price, and selection at Upak and has negotiated an IOBA member discount. Details of the discount may be found here. Remember that Member Login has moved to the bottom of the IOBA.org home page, and that you now have a unique User ID and password.

IOBA 2012 Scholarship Winners

From IOBA President Joachim Koch:

There’s many different reasons for being a member of the IOBA.  One of them is the opportunity to share knowledge and to learn from others.  As one way of fostering a learning environment for our member booksellers, the IOBA has been offering scholarships for some of the best institutions in the trade.

On behalf of the IOBA Scholarship Committee, chaired this year by Vice-President Howard Prouty, I am honored to announce this year’s recipients of an IOBA scholarship:

Gabe Konrad
Bay Leaf Used & Rare Books
9 E. Lake
PO Box 105
Sand Lake, MI 49343
USA
Telephone: 616-636-8500
Email: bayleafbooks@sbcglobal.net
Website: http://www.bayleafbooks.com

Gayle Williamson
Champ & Mabel Collectibles
PO Box 741
San Pedro, CA 90733-0741
USA
Telephone: 310-833-8629
Email: info@champandmabel.com
Website: http://www.champandmabel.com

Both winners have chosen to use the $1,500 scholarship to attend this year’s Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar.  The only regret that the Committee had was that they could not make an award to each of this year’s field of applicants.

Congratulations to Gayle and Gabe. We wish both of you a great time in Colorado!

IOBA and Chrislands Partner to Offer New Benefit

IOBA is pleased to announce a new benefit partnership with Chrislands, a provider of ecommerce websites for independent booksellers.

IOBA members wii receive $50 off the bookstore set-up fee – a savings of 25%. To qualify for this discount, a bookseller will need to

  1. Be an IOBA member
  2. Sign up for a Chrislands built bookstore,
  3. Enter “IOBA” as “How they heard” about Chrislands.

IOBA is grateful to Jaymes Sorbel, President of Chrislands, for helping our booksellers to achieve greater independence.

For more information, please visit http://www.chrislands.com/index.php

Chrislands is owned by AbeBooks, and AbeBooks, in turn, is owned by Amazon.com.

Welcome to the NEW ioba.org!

If you are reading this, you know that, after a long period of anticipation and preparation, the new and improved IOBA.org website is now live.

As functional as it is attractive, the new site as developed by Mika Babcock and his team at Foreseeing Solutions has several exciting new features. Some are visible, and some are behind the curtain. Let us introduce you:

Member Profiles

Each bookseller now has the ability – and the responsibility – to edit their own profile, including one image that can be a logo or photo, a tagline, specialties, member-to-member discount rate and terms, and a few other informative fields. The member directory, viewable by the public, includes a link to a member profile for each bookseller that reflects those inputs. The member-to-member discount page, viewable by members, reflects the member-to-member discount as entered by each bookseller. This is all driven by a custom database; updates made by each bookseller are effective immediately.

IOBABooks.com Search

Every page of the new IOBA.org website now includes a search box linked to IOBA Books; at the top on the home page, at the bottom elsewhere. When editing their member profile, participating booksellers can enter their IOBAbooks dealer ID. Once that bit (or byte) of data is provided the IOBAbooks search box will be shown on the publicly viewable member profile, and searches that specific bookseller’s listings on IOBAbooks.

Log-in

Within the next day or two, each member will receive an email generated by the site with a username and temporary password. (Please note that the old global username/password will not work here, wait for the email from support@ioba.org.) Initial log-in will prompt for a user-defined password and security question/answer. Once completed, the new Member Area consists of member profile options front and center, with member-only page links to the right. Members are urged to edit their “bookseller profile,” this is the profile data that in turn populates the member profile including the member-specific IOBA search and the discount page. The username is assigned by the site; you may also want to change this to something easily remembered. In the eventual case that you forget your username or password, the log-in page now includes links to reset, leading again to an “initial” log-in.

Thanks

We would like to thank first the members of IOBA for their patience and understanding while waiting for this new site to become available. Thanks also go to Rayburn Taylor, former IOBA member and web developer, who developed and supported the original ioba.org site for many years. To Mark Gaulding, the previous Internet Committee Chair, who developed a clear and comprehensive set of goals for a new site. Finally, thanks to Mika Babcock of Foreseeing Solutions for developing the new site while the volunteer staff at IOBA shifted roles and slowly responded to development issues that needed resolution. It must be a challenge to be a full-time professional developer serving a many-headed volunteer organization.

Problems / Questions / Suggestions

Please send email regarding any problems, suggestions, inconsistencies found, etc. to webmaster at ioba.org

Robert Stenzel
IOBA Internet Committee Chair and Member at Large

IOBAbooks is Changing

My name is Bruce Bell and as Chair of the IOBAbooks Committee I thought I should keep you, our members, informed of the committee’s work. Over the coming months the IOBAbooks committee is going to begin a programme of changes to the IOBAbooks site. These changes are based on a number of things we believe about IOBAbooks.

  • As the only trade body aimed at ‘online’ sellers the IOBA should have the best possible (if not the best) online sales portal.
  • Most of us lack the resources (time/knowledge/technical know-how/finance) to create our own, truly effective, web presence, but collectively we can do just that.
  • The IOBAbooks site should be more than simply a sales venue for our members. It should also be a means of promoting the IOBA and of promoting the businesses of our members.
  • The IOBAbooks site should serve as an educational resource for members developing their own site – we’ll share with you what’s working and what’s not and, if we think we know them, the reasons why.
  • IOBAbooks needs to be radically different. Lots of small venues have come and gone. If we do what they did we’ll end up where they ended up.
  • Central to all this is moving the site from a search based model toward a browsing model. At some point I shall say more about this but for now all I shall add is that I want visitors to our site to browse the books we do have, not search for something we very well might not have.

So what are you going to see?

In the very short term we intend to make a few, pretty crude, changes to the front page. These changes are a stop-gap measure while we work on a full redesign and are aimed at reducing the site’s bounce rate. As we make these changes we’ll publish to this list regular analytics reports. This will give both you and us an insight into what’s working and what’s not and, we hope, why.

Going forward the site will be redesigned.  The brief for that is that we want a site that is engaging and interactive and which encourages browsing (we will not be removing any of the search functionality from the site). Obviously engaging and interactive suggests things to interact with and to be engaged by. This is where you all come in. How far we can get with any of this will depend on how involved we can encourage you to be.

One of the things the committee is working hardest on is finding ways to involve the membership in the site. This is about us helping you to help us to promote your books and your business. But all that is in the future.

For now if anyone would like to get involved (those with ideas about marketing, driving traffic etc might be especially welcome on the committee), has ideas on or questions about what we’re doing, then please feel free to contact me bruce@double-b-books.co.uk