After this year's dynamic 5th Annual Conference and blitz of successful cooperative marketing events, the IPNE Board Nominating Team was so pumped that we combed through the membership list and short-listed a few folks we had met during this period who we felt could contribute most to guiding IPNE through the exciting times ahead. We continue to invite any members with experience in the independent publishing field who can collaborate creatively with other board members, to join our pool of candidates for the Board or to sign up to lead one of our Project Teams.
The number and quality of membership benefits and new programs we can carry out will depend on the number of Board members elected and their commitment to serving full terms of 1-3 years. Our bylaws permit 11 members on the Board of Directors, and we currently have six. Just think what we could do with you on board!
There will never be a better time to step up as a member of the Board of Directors or one of our key Project Teams to assist as your organization helps its members navigate the fast-changing world of publishing.
What is expected of a Board member?
You are not expected to "do it all" yourself. Board members choose specific areas of focus and build teams of rank-and-file members to carry out IPNE programs and fulfill our mission. A Board member's willingness and ability to reach out to members and to build and coordinate effective Project Teams will determine the amount of time and energy they will need to devote to the Board position.
Board members should be familiar with the Bylaws; demonstrate their commitment by paying for their own membership; attend one online board meeting per month; field incoming communications as necessary for their focus area; and attend the Annual Meeting in early December. When elected, Board members commit to a either a one, two, or three-year term of service.
If you're not quite ready for Board service, IPNE Project Teams like Membership, Partnerships, Vendors & Sponsors, Events, Special Projects all have openings for facilitators and members.
What do Board and Project Team members receive for service?
We anticipate that each of you will recognize the enhanced networking and collaboration that serving as a Board member can bring, in terms of contacts with industry experts, members, and vendors. We predict you'll find that "paying it forward" with IPNE Board service will always come back around to benefit you, if you are mindful of how to appropriately leverage these opportunities.
In addition, after one year of completed service, Board members receive one complimentary registration for the Annual Conference. After two years of service, we add a complimentary exhibit registration for one book at NEIBA, the Boston Book Festival, or NELA; and after three or more years of service, we add complimentary exhibits for one book each at all of the "Big Three" shows.
We can just about guarantee Board and Project Team service will be fun, rewarding, and the work well distributed, if we all adopt the spirit of "Collaboration Is the New Competition," our IPNE theme for 2015-2016. This theme has already resonated with many members since the Conference, and was featured in a Shelf Awareness column by Conference speaker Robert Gray.
Okay, I'm in. What's the next step?
We hope you are able to respond to this invitation with a resounding YES!!! If so, please fill out the form, which asks you to confirm your nomination and identify your skills, passions, experience, and preferred roles.
The Nominating Team will begin interviewing Board nominees who accept this invitation starting on on Monday, Nov. 9, and continuing through Nov. 20. The IPNE Annual Meeting is set for Dec. 5 at 10 am in Charlestown, Mass., when in-person elections will be held, along with a yummy lunch and workshop (topic TBA). Electronic voting will start on Nov. 20 and wrap up on Dec. 4. Electronic votes will be added to the live votes cast on Dec. 5.
The newly elected board will convene in January 2016 to elect officers. All current board members and and our merry band of seasoned IPNE volunteers will be available to get new board members up to speed so we can quickly move this dynamic organization to the next level of fabulousness!