• Fall 2015 Newsletter
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Fall 2015
A Newsletter to Keep EBMA Membership Informed.

About EBMA
The mission of the Educational Book and Media Association is to foster a unique community that brings together a wide range of wholesalers and publishers in order to address the ever changing book & media buying needs of the educational marketplace.

Letter from the President

Plans for our Annual Meeting (February 2-5) are in full swing and once again, it's going to be a great meeting. Co-chairs Angela Sherrill of Children's Plus and Arianne McHugh of Saddleback Publishers have created a fabulous program filled with amazing speakers, educators, authors, and illustrators, and the Loews Ventana is spectacular. 

We have offered companies that support publishers and wholesalers in the educational and library marketplace an opportunity to exhibit at the meeting. Please contact Maureen Gelwicks, meeting@edupaperback.org, with names of companies that you would be interested in having as part of this exhibit group. 

As you're making travel plans for the Annual Meeting, please be aware that the meeting schedule is full and one-on-ones on Friday, February 5th will go until noon. There will be approximately 23 meeting slots on that day, so all wholesalers and a large majority of publishers will have meetings on that Friday. 

I look forward to seeing you all in Tucson!

Jennifer Allen
EBMA President
Turtleback Books
EBMA 2016 Annual Meeting Theme Announcement
The meeting co-chairs, Arianne McHugh of Saddleback Publishing and Angela K. Sherrill of Children's Plus have put together an exciting and engaging program for the 2016 Annual Meeting on February 2-6 (Tuesday - Friday) at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, AZ. The theme of this year's meeting is Diversity in Action. The co-chairs are eager to explore with attendees the most widely discussed topic in education today --diversity-- while at the same time focus the conversation on our membership and the action plans we can develop within our own companies in order to better serve the readers of today and tomorrow.

Registration for the annual meeting will open next week, watch your inbox for complete meeting details including registration fees, how to register, meeting agenda and the deadline schedule. As a reminder, hotel rooms will cost $199 per night, the resort fee has been waived for EBMA and registration will cost $995. 
If you have questions regarding the meeting, please email meeting@edupaperback.org or call 540-318-7770.
Membership News & Updates
EBMA is pleased to announce that several member applications were received and approved at the September 2015 Board Meeting. We are pleased to welcome the following members to EBMA:

Publisher Members

Wholesaler MembersIf you have a wholesaler or publisher contact that you would like us to reach out to regarding membership in EBMA, please forward their information to Maureen Gelwicks at meeting@edupaperback.org. As a reminder, the membership application deadline is November 24th for approval prior to the annual meeting. 
Committee Information
Many people within EBMA serve behind the scenes on various committees leading and supporting the work of the association. Below is a list of committees and individuals that support the tasks. 
  •  Executive Committee - Guides the board and management company in decision making and long term strategic planning. 
    • Jennifer Allen, Turtleback Books
    • Jill Faherty, Baker & Taylor
    • Joyce Skokut, Ingram Content Group
  • Membership Committee - Provides oversight on membership recruitment, follow-up and long term growth planning.    
    • Trudy Knudsen, Follett School Solution
    • Jennifer Jenson, Gareth Stevens Publishing
  • Program Committee - Develops and oversees planning of the program for the annual meeting, including theme/content development, speaker invitations, etc. 
    • Angela Sherrill, Children's Plus
    • Arianne McHugh, Saddleback Books
  • Ludington Committee - Nominates a candidate for the Ludington Award and coordinates the award acceptance at the annual meeting. 
    • Kathleen Faber, HarperCollin's Children's Books
    • Nancy Stetzinger, myON
  • Communications Committee - Provides guidance on external communications to the membership and marketing collateral. 
    • Jill Faherty, Baker & Taylor
    • Jennifer Jenson, Gareth Stevens Publishing
    • Patrick Nelson, Elephant Books
  • Historian - Collates historical records (documents, pictures, testimonials, etc.) to provide an understanding of the origination and traditions of the association. 
    • Margaret Coffee, Sourcebooks
Highlights of the September 2015 EBMA Board Meeting
The EBMA Board of Directors met in mid-September for their fall Board Meeting in Chicago, Illinois. Highlights and outcomes of the meeting included:
  • The EBMA Board approved 4 new members, 1 Wholesaler Members and 3 Publisher Members. Please see above for member details. 
  • Discussed a follow-up process for non-reviewed members.  
  • Discussed the 2016 meeting program and 2015 Ludington Award; program and theme specifics, and the Ludington Winner will be announced in October 2015.
  • Reviewed the July 2014-June 2015 fiscal year end financial statements, and discussed investment policy recommendations. 
If you have questions about the work of the board or updates, please contact info@edupaperback.org.   

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Ph. 540-318-7770


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