We Want You!

Are you new to Outreach?  Are you a long time ABOS member?  Are you silently lurking on the listserv?  Whatever your level of involvement with the association, we are looking for folks who are passionate about library outreach to serve on our board.  This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know others in the field and to grow professionally.

This fall the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services  will be electing the following positions:

Vice President/President Elect (3 year term)

Secretary (1 year term)

Board Member at Large (2 year term)

Complete job descriptions

Interested in running for the ABOS Board or nominating another ABOS member?  Click here

What to Expect

All of our board meetings occur via phone conference except for the meeting at the annual conference.  Typically the board meets once a month for an hour or two. In addition to the monthly board meeting, board members are encouraged to be involved with one of our many committees, ideally as a chair or co-chair.  Board members are also expected to attend the annual conference and do receive a free registration and a $300 stipend toward expenses.

My ABOS Story - Kim McNeil-Capers, Advocacy Chair

In 2015 Queens Library received two new mobile libraries. Within a few months they were on the road and I was scheduling the mobile libraries all over Queens. Our first event was a school. I felt like the captain of a ship when the children boarded on the bus. There were  so many children and so much excitement that a few children left the buses with books without checking them out.

That  summer the outreach team decided to do a seven consecutive day 21 stop tour. The mobile library made a stop in every elected officials community district.This included schools, faith based institutions, cultural centers, beaches, parks, shopping malls, shelters, day care centers and much more. The tour reached over 3,580 people who learned about Queens Libraries programs and services.

In 2015 I found ABOS. Finally, I found an association that provided great networking  and evidence based practices about outreach & bookmobile services. After joining in 2015 , I became a board member and recruited several colleagues to join.

ABOS offers years of experience with the commitment of providing members a helping hand in doing outreach and mobile library services that will last a lifetime.

Past My ABOS Stories

Ann Plazek, ABOS Past President

Susan Parkins, ABOS Vice-President

Cathy Zimmerman, BOIR Fundraising Chair

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