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BISG Opens Call for Nominations for Its Board of Directors

Monday, November 4, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Brian O'Leary

The Book Industry Study Group (BISG) has opened a call for nominations to its governing Board of Directors. Nominations are currently being accepted for seven two-year terms across six member categories.

A 14-member Board of Directors oversees BISG. Drawn from companies that are BISG members, Board members represent one of six industry segments (publisher, manufacturer, wholesaler/distributor, retailer, library, or industry service partner), with specific seats reserved for each segment.

Members of the Board serve two-year terms that may be renewed once. In 2017, the BISG Board adopted a formal statement of expectations, a copy of which has been posted online. Those interested in serving on the BISG Board are asked to read the formal statement and acknowledge it as part of the nominating process.

Any member in good standing is eligible to serve on the Board, with nominations reviewed by an ad hoc committee that consists of current members of BISG, including past members of the Board. The ad hoc committee will recommend a slate for consideration by voting members at the annual meeting, scheduled next for April 24, 2020. The proposed slate will be announced in March 2020.

Members may self-nominate. If nominated by a third party, BISG will confirm interest before proceeding. In all cases, nominations involve completing an online survey that will remain open until close of business on December 16, 2019.

Two-year terms starting July 1, 2020 include:

  • Two publisher seats, one of which must publish in the education or professional markets
  • One manufacturing seat
  • One wholesaler/distributor seat
  • One retailing seat
  • One library seat
  • One industry service partner seat

Terms for several members of the current Board continue until June 2020. Those companies or organizations include Crossway, getAbstract, Ingram, Kaplan Publishing, knk Software, and NPD Bookscan. Individuals who work for one of these organizations are asked to refrain from applying for a Board role this year. Your current Board member can help identify other ways to become more involved with BISG in the coming year.

Questions about eligibility, service, the nominating process, or BISG in general can be directed to


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