• Summer 2016 Newsletter
Summer 2016
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
Our May Board Meeting yielded many exciting results. Among items discussed were the 2016 conference survey results, which were considered in the creation of the theme and core educational sessions for our 2017 annual conference. Our conference co-chairs, Joyce Skokut and Cletus Durkin, have made great strides and are off to a productive start in creating a timely, innovative program for 2017. To support the conference and the Association the Board approved a viable budget for the upcoming year, proposed by Treasurer Nancy Stetzinger. 

Upon review and reports by each committee The Board saw the need to develop additional committees to actively support our Association's mission. You'll find more details about these committees and other news as you read this exciting edition of our EBMA newsletter.

Have a great summer!

Jill Faherty
President, EBMA
Director of Children's and Teen Services, Baker & Taylor

EBMA 2017 Annual Meeting - Theme Announced
EBMA is headed to St. Petersburg, Florida for the 2017 Annual Meeting. The 42nd Annual Meeting will be held February 6-9 (Monday - Thursday) at The Vinoy® Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club. The pink landmark resort and spa is located across the street from the harbor, and less than 1 mile from the St. Petersburg Pier and The Dali Museum. 

Theme Announced

The 2017 Annual Meeting Program Committee co-chairs, Joyce Skokut of Ingram Content Group  and Cletus Durkin of Random House Children's Book & Audio, are pleased to announce the theme of the 2017 Annual Meeting: Reaching the Reader in a Changing Marketplace. The committee is lining up an array of engaging presenters and authors.  

Registration is expected to open fall of 2016. Early bird registration rates will continue to hold at $995 per person and hotel room rates will be $229/night. 

If you have questions regarding the meeting, please email meeting@edupaperback.org or call 540-318-7770.

Your company's EBMA administrator received the 2016-2017 member renewal invoice the first week of June. 

Please email meeting@edupaperback.org or call 540-318-7770 for updates about your company or for questions regarding your membership renewal. As a reminder, membership is required for attending the 2017 EBMA Annual Meeting.   

EBMA is always looking for ways to keep our community informed about the professional activities and personal events of its members. Please email meeting@edupaperback.org if there have been changes within your company, such as new employees, or if you have press releases that you would like to share with the EBMA membership. EBMA wants to connect at the personal level too, so if you have any notable anniversaries, birth or marriage announcements or other fun events, please let us know those too!

Stay connected to your EBMA connections throughout the year. Join the EBMA LinkedIn group where you can share news, keep yourself informed, and keep in touch. Whether you want to share information with the group or just monitor posts, you're invited to join today.

Highlights of the May 2016 EBMA Board Meeting
The EBMA Board of Directors met in mid-May for their spring board meeting in Chicago. Highlights and outcomes of the meeting included:
  • Presentation and acceptance of the 2016-2017 fiscal year budget. The board was pleased to pass a budget that kept membership dues and annual meeting fees the same from the year prior. The budget also included EBMA buying down the room rate at the 2017 annual meeting hotel venue, so that members continue to have access to affordable room rates.  
  • Formation of several new board committees and assignment of board members to represent the various committees. 
  • Discussed the one-on-one table rotation flip and how to continue to streamline and enhance the sessions for members. 
  • Discussed the 2017 meeting program, the 2016 Ludington Award and program and theme specifics, and the Ludington winner will be announced in September 2016.
If you have questions about the work of the board or updates, please contact info@edupaperback.org.   
Industry Events Calendar
  • ALA Annual (American Library Association) | 23 Jun 2016 * Orlando, FL
  • NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) | 02 Nov 2016 * Los Angeles, CA
  • ALA Midwinter (American Library Association) | 20 Jan 2017 * Atlanta, GA 
  • 2017 EBMA Annual Meeting | 06 Feb 2017 * The Vinoy Renaissance | St. Petersburg, FL
  • ALA Annual (American Library Association) | 22 Jun 2017 * Chicago, IL

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