• Spring 2016 Newsletter
EBMA Spring 2016 Newsletter - 2017 Annual Meeting Annoucement
Spring 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
It's been less than a month since we met in Tucson and already the EBMA Board has a number of updates.  Some key highlights, which I'm delighted to announce, affect the board the Board composition. 
The Executive Board has been elected! Joyce Skokut of Ingram Content Group will serve as Vice President and Nancy Stetzinger of Follett School Solutions as Treasurer. Equally exciting are our two new wholesaler board members, who were
 announced on the slate in February and were approved, Melissa Posten of Classroom Library Co. and Tim Ditlow of Epic! 
This dynamic composition of Board members is looking forward to serving the Association to the best of its ability. One tool that enables the Board to assess the Association's needs going forward is the follow up survey results from our 2016 Conference. If you have not yet completed the survey please take the time to do so and submit by Friday, March 4th.
As I noted in our Business Meeting in February you are invited to recommend other wholesalers, publishers, and associated vendors whose participation would potentially enhance EBMA. There is a prompt on the survey for this information, or you can submit names to Maureen Gelwicks, meeting@edupaperback.org. 
There are a number of other exciting updates provided below. All of the key updates will be reflected on the EBMA webpage, as necessary. 
Kind regards,

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

EBMA 2016 Annual Meeting Wrap Up
The meeting co-chairs, Arianne McHugh of Saddleback Publishing and Angela K. Sherrill of Children's Plus put together an exciting and engaging program for the 2016 Annual Meeting at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, AZ. The co-chairs are passionate about the educational book and media marketplace and the EBMA community. They hope their dedication to the organization and their efforts to generate engaging and important content enhanced the meeting for EBMA's members. They hope members found the programming to provide both reflective opportunities to look inward and inspirational moments that will help motivate actions throughout the year.  

The theme of the meeting was Diversity in Action. Presentation topics explored the most widely discussed topic in education today  --diversity-- while at the same time focusing the conversation on EBMA's membership and the action plans that can be developed in order to better serve the readers of today and tomorrow. Presenters included: 
  • Dr. Sharroky Hollie, Executive Director and Author, Center for Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning; Shell Education
  • Louis Sachar, Author, Random House Children's Books in conversation with his editor, Beverly Horowitz, Vice President & Publisher, Delacorte Press.
  • A Panel Discussion Moderated by: Tim McHugh, Vice President of Sales, Saddleback Educational Publishing and Panelists: Judy Chiasson, Ph.D., Los Angeles Unified School District Human Relations, Diversity & Equity; Andrew Medlar, Commissioner of Collections, Chicago Public Library; Troy Fresch, Assistant Principal, Pioneer Middle School, Tustin, CA
  • Doreen Rappaport, Author, Disney Publishing Worldwide, and Kadir Nelson, Author and Illustrator, HarperCollins Children's Books
  • Kwame Alexander, Author, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 
EBMA 2017 Annual Meeting Announcement
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 located across the street from a harbor, and less than 1 mile from the St. Petersburg Pier and The Dali Museum.

At the annual business meeting at the 2016 Annual Meeting, Jill Faherty announced that Joyce Skokut of Ingram Content Group  and Cletus Durkin of Random House Children's Book & Audio will co-chair the 2017 Annual Meeting program. The co-chairs have already begun their work on developing an exciting and engaging program. 

Registration is expected to open Fall of 2016. Details will be forthcoming. 

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

Annual Meeting Photo Head shot Follow Up
Thank you to all who participated in getting your head shot done. We have received the images from the photographer and are working to re-size them for easier distribution. You will receive your head shot in the next 10 days. 
Highlights of the February 2016 EBMA Board Meeting
The EBMA Board of Directors met prior to the 2016 Annual Meeting for their winter Board Meeting. Highlights and outcomes of the meeting included:
  • Reviewed the financials for the fiscal year thus far and continued to discuss investment policies. 
  • Reviewed the board composition and committee structure following the annual meeting. 
  • Discussed a recruitment strategy for new members.
  • Discussed the 2016 Annual Meeting program schedule and logistics. 
If you have questions about the work of the board or updates, please contact info@edupaperback.org.   

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