The Women’s National Book Association is a national organization of women and men who work with and value books. WNBA exists to promote reading and to support the role of women in the community of the book. The Association came into being in 1917 and has ten chapters: Boston, Charlotte, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.
The Women’s National Book Association is organized under the laws of the State of New Jersey, where WNBA is incorporated. Jill Tardiff allows WNBA to use her New Jersey address to maintain the incorporation status. So long as a member living in New Jersey allows WNBA to cite her address, WNBA does not need to be incorporated in any other state. It is not necessary for the WNBA to be incorporated in the state in which each succeeding president resides. The national organization must file an annual report in New Jersey. The form is mailed to WNBA national in care of its New York office (PO Box 237, FDR Station, New York, NY 10150-023), then forwarded to the national treasurer for completion. An annual fee is paid. There is a penalty if this fee is not paid each year.
WNBA has four categories of membership. Active members are chapter members who live in or near a chapter city; Network members are chapter members who live in a city without a WNBA chapter; Sustaining members are corporations, individuals, or organizations that support WNBA financially and are recruited by chapter presidents, national officers, and others; and Honorary members may be named by a chapter board of directors. Chapters may establish additional membership categories for local use.
Active membership in a chapter is open to people who are or have been in, or who have an interest in, publishing and allied fields. Active members are eligible to vote in all WNBA elections, to hold office, to serve on the board of directors, to serve as chair or member of any committee, to nominate candidates for national office and awards, to attend all WNBA functions, and to receive The Bookwoman.
Network membership is open to anyone who does not live in a city with a WNBA chapter. Network members may elect to affiliate with any WNBA chapter and are entitled to all rights and privileges accorded to active chapter members and to any additional benefits extended by that chapter to its members.
Sustaining membership is open to firms, individuals, or organizations that support the goals and activities of the WNBA. Representatives of sustaining members are eligible to attend all functions of the WNBA. Sustaining members receive The Bookwoman.
Honorary membership may be conferred upon persons who, in the opinion of the board of directors of a chapter, have rendered outstanding service to WNBA. Honorary members must be active members if they wish to hold office, vote, serve on the chapter board of directors, or receive The Bookwoman.
The WNBA Award is given biennially in the even-numbered years. The recipient is a living American woman who derives a part or all of her income from books and allied arts and who has performed meritorious work in the world of books beyond the duties or responsibilities of her profession or occupation.
WNBA PANNELL AWARD
Consisting of an original piece of art and a cash prize, two awards are given annually. The recipients are booksellers who have developed and implemented innovative programs for bringing children and books together.
WNBA EASTMAN GRANT
Given annually, the WNBA Eastman Grant is a cash grant given to a library association in a state where there is a WNBA chapter. The funds are given to support librarian professional development or training offered by an official library association. The WNBA national board administers the program and selection of the library association to receive the award occurs at the WNBA annual national board meeting.
WNBA is a non-governmental organization (NGO) affiliated with the United Nations. The UN/NGO representative is responsible for informing WNBA members about relevant UN activities as well as informing the UN Department of Public Information about WNBA activities that may be of interest to the UN.
Chapter per capita payments are due to national by January 7 and April 7 each year. The chapter per capita contribution is determined by the national board of directors.
The official WNBA archives are housed at Columbia University. The address: Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Butler Library, 6th Fl East, 534 W 114th Street, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027. Archive materials include documents both from national and from chapters.