Our History

For many years, Professor Bernard (Bernie) Vavrek from Clarion University sponsored two organizations, the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) and the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS).  They would have a joint conference in Columbus, Ohio each year.  Clarion University also hosted a listserve for each organization.  In early 2006, Prof. Vavrek decided to retire.  The two groups decided to separate.

2006

This was the last conference that was hosted by Clarion University and Prof. Vavrek. This conference was held in Columbus, OH. The Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services was formed in 2006.  Marilyn Kackmeister was elected the  first president.

 2007

The 1st Conference was held in Saint Louis, Missouri. Jeannie Dilger-Hill was the second president.

During the year, Carol Hole, a pioneer in early bookmobile and outreach services in Florida passed away.  The Association created the John Philip Award to honor a person who was instrumental in mentoring colleagues and expanding the reach of bookmobile and outreach services.  Carol Hole received the award posthumously.

 2008

The 2nd Conference was held in Columbus, Ohio. Theresa Gemmer was the third president. John Philip presented the award named after him to Barbara Adrianopoli.

 2009

The 3rd Conference was held in Everett, Washington (outside of Seattle).  Jody Oliveri was the fourth president.

 2010

The 4th Conference was held in Denver, Colorado.  Kathy Totten was the fifth president. This was a joint conference with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL).

 2011

The 5th Conference was held in Cleveland, Ohio. Mary Anne Majamma was the sixth president.

 2012

The 6th Conference was held in Richmond, Virginia. Brad Thomas was the seventh president.

 2013

The 7th Conference was held in Baton Rouge, Louisana.  Martha Buckner was the eighth president.

 2014

The 8th Conference was held in San Diego, California. Eletha Davis was the ninth president.

 2015

The 9th Conference was held in St. Charles, Illinois. Pattie Johnston was the tenth president.

 2016

The 10th Conference was held in Covington, Kentucky (across the river from Cincinnati, OH). Marianne Thompson was the eleventh president. ABOS celebrated the 10 year anniversary.

 2017

The 11th Conference was held in Pittsburgh, PA.  Ann Plazek was the 12th president. 



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