In response to an anonymous survey, core members finished the sentence prompt below.

I am a member of SIBA because…

I feel it’s important to support all activities highlighting independent businesses. There are useful communications that help me run my business.

Resources, encouragement, great responsiveness from Wanda to our questions, cutting edge info that is invaluable.

It’s important to support an organization that binds indies together.

I love the resources, the members, the helpful familial atmosphere- and of course, the authors and the books.

I enjoy the trade show and use the holiday catalog each year.

SIBA is a forum of knowledge contact with publishers and authors. We look for SIBA to be the eyes and ears of independent booksellers in a rapidly changing industry. Only as a group will we have a voice.

Community is important.

It is important to continue to support the local organization related to the profession; and to meet and learn from others in the profession

My bookstore has been open for 16 years and I have been a SIBA member for 8. The membership is the single most valuable expenditure (other than merchandise) that I make each year.

As booksellers in the Southeast, we should be.

I bought the store with the membership and decided to keep it.

The invaluable information we receive about authors, new titles, popular titles, the publishing industry, the trade show, networking and feedback from other southern booksellers. Our store would not be viable without all the info and services SIBA provides.

Bookseller Support Professional Association

So far it has been a good resource of ideas and references but I have not been a member too long so it is hard to comment.

of the holiday catalog, the free website, the e-mail community.

of the wealth of information I gain by reading emails, blogs and networking with other members at trade show.

SIBA is wonderful resource for the southern indie bookstores!!

I am a believer that we can help each other remain strong and INDEPENDENT

It is a great support system for my store.

Southern books are our core business

SIBA is invaluable for an independent shop, even when all of its programs are not taken advantage of.

It is a great network

I think it is important to be part of an organization related to my business.

I just opened a used bookstore and can use all the help I can get. I find valuable information on the website.

together we are stronger

tremendous amount of info – you all do a lot of the leg work for booksellers as a whole

of the irreplaceable contacts with publisher reps, authors, and fellow booksellers with whom I mingle at the trade show.