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Applications Now Accepted for IBPA Board of Directors

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Eight seats are opening on the Independent Book Publishers Association’s (IBPA’s) Board of Directors. All IBPA members in good standing are welcome to apply. A class of incumbent candidates is also being considered.

Application Deadline: December 31, 2015

Each term on IBPA’s Board of Directors is two years in length. Members are allowed to serve two consecutive terms. Potential candidates will be asked for a personal interview in addition to the written application. Here is the election cycle:

  • Nov 16, 2015: Online application opens for IBPA’s Board of Directors.
  • Nov 30, 2015: IBPA’s Board Chair confirms the members of the 2016 Board Nominating Committee.
  • Dec 31, 2015: Online application closes.
  • Jan 1 – 31, 2016: Board Nominating Committee interviews potential candidates.
  • Feb 1, 2016: Board Nominating Committee chooses a slate of candidates for the open seats.
  • Feb 9, 2016: IBPA sends the Board Nominating Committee’s slate of candidates to the full membership for consideration.
  • Apr 9, 2016: IBPA membership votes to approve the slate of candidates during IBPA’s Annual Members Meeting at Publishing University in Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Jul 1, 2016: New Board members take office for a two-year term.

Being on the IBPA Board of Directors is an important way to help carry forth IBPA’s mission of educating and supporting independent publishers and self-published authors. As a member of IBPA’s Board of Directors you will directly contribute to the success of our over 3,000 members who pledge to adhere to the following Code of Ethics. . .

  • To uphold the highest standards of our industry, to create works of lasting financial and/or cultural value, and to pursue editorial, design, and production excellence.
  • To respect the rights of authors and other creators and stakeholders, to observe all copyright laws and conventions, and to never knowingly publish plagiarized work.
  • To reward authors and contributors for their work, to be honest in our financial dealings, to write contracts in understandable language, to resolve all disputes promptly and fairly, and to foster equal opportunity in our workplaces.
  • To not mislead readers or buyers with false promises, inflated sales data, or manipulated reviews.
  • To recycle and reuse and to follow green practices.

If you’d like to read more about the Board election process in IBPA’s bylaws, please visit www.ibpa-online.org/bylaws and, as always, please contact the IBPA office at 310-546-1818 if you have any questions. We’re happy to help!

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