A Word From the President

ABOS Family,

We have successfully wrapped up another amazing in-person and virtual conference! Thank you so much for those of you able to attend in one capacity or another. It was wonderful getting to reconnect and meet with our in-person attendees. We could not have pulled off this successful conference without our amazing 2023 Board and our friends on the Conference Planning Committee. Kudos to everyone involved in the planning of this event. 

As my presidency nears the end, I would like to reflect on the growth of our organization this year. At the beginning of the year, my goal for in-person conference attendees was 375 and for overall membership, was 900. I am proud to say that we have surpassed both of my goals. Thank you for believing in this organization and for what you do for your communities. I know that I have said this before but the work that we do in this field is hard but oh so rewarding. ABOS is here to serve you, if you need anything, don't hesitate to reach out on the Listserve or to one of our brilliant board members. 

A Word From the President-Elect

For those that were able to experience this year’s Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services Connections & Confections Conference, whether in person or virtually; we hope that you enjoyed your time. If you were unable to join us this year, we hope that you will be able to join us next year. The annual conference is a time to network with fellow outreach staff, gain valuable information and ideas through the continuing education opportunities, and gives you the opportunity to recharge your battery as an outreach staff member. We are so thankful for the opportunity and experience of coming together as a larger outreach community, to support and learn from others who TRULY understand what we each do in outreach services. While each member of this large outreach community serves in a variety of organizational structures and roles back in our home libraries, we all serve in outreach and have a common passion to ensure that our community members are able to receive library services and resources regardless of where they are located. 

I want to thank Cathy Zimmerman for her leadership and guidance as our Executive Director; to Brittany Peacock for her passion and energy as our 2023 President; and to each member of our Board of Directors who bring their unique and valuable gifts to the table, without which we would not be able to be the cohesive unit that we are. I also want to thank each of you; for those whom I have been able to meet and visit with, and to those of you that I look forward to meeting and visiting with in the near future. All of you are an invaluable part of my journey in this organization and in outreach.

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ABOS 2023 Conference - Huge Shout Out and Thank You

Dear ABOS Vendor Family,

On behalf of the ABOS Board of Directors, the entire ABOS membership and myself, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for another wonderful conference. Your participation, generous support and helping hands are a wonderful part of our conference experience. We could not imagine a conference without you. Here's to a job well done!! See you all in Indy in 2024.

Cathy Zimmerman, Executive Director

2023 ABOS Awards

2023 Carole Hole Conference Attendance Award:

  • Daniel Walz
  • Jen Tolley
  • Laura Antolin
  • Liz Ochoa
  • Lucas VanArsdalen
  • Mandy Decker
  • Dixie Cook

2023 Bernard Vavrek Scholarship

  • Hannah Pratt

2023 Pattie Johnston Outreach Award

  • Jesusita Leon-Palma

2023 Karen Hake Outstanding Bookmobile Librarian Award

  • Audra Green

2023 Book Bike Community Impact Award

  • The Gail Borden Public Library District BookBike

2023 Senior Services Superstar Award

  • Sandra Kelly

2023 Rising Stars Award

  • Megan Carbiener

2023 Preschool Outreach and School Services Inspirations Award

  • Kenosha Public Library Outreach Department

2023 Innovation in Outreach Programming Award

  • Elena Cabodevilla

Check It Out

2024 ABOS Committee Signup

We want you to join us in moving ABOS forward in 2024! We have nine (9) committees to choose from, so there is something for everyone! Check out the committee descriptions below to see where your interests lay. Committee work averages two (2) hours per week plus a one (1) hour meeting each month. There are certain times of the year, depending on the committee, when the time commitment may increase. Committees run from January - December, but you can join at any time.

To sign up for a committee, visit https://forms.gle/cbzQQDkxnXNYUcfo9 and select the check box under the committee you are interested in. Have several interests? No problem. You can sign up for more than one committee!

It’s Time to Prepare for 2024 Board Nominations!

It’s an exciting time for our organization – our membership has more than doubled and continues to grow steadily, we have year-round continuing education opportunities, we’ve set record-breaking conference attendance, have hired an executive director, and are being recognized on national and international levels. We are looking to our membership for the next generation of leaders to move ABOS into the future.

Nomination Form

If you are planning on running for an open position on the 2024 ABOS Board of Directors, start checking things off the list of requirements.

🗹 You must be a current member to run for an open position, to serve on the board, and to vote. If you aren’t a member, please join before October 23, 2023 by going to http://abos-outreach.com/membership.

🗹 Any candidate running for an open position should have permission and support from their library/organization before filling out the nomination form.

🗹 A short bio detailing your outreach or bookmobile experience, any prior committee work or involvement with ABOS, and why you want to be on the Board of Directors is required as part of your application.

🗹 A photo will be required for all individuals running for a board position. Your photo should be a good-quality headshot taken in a professional setting. The photo will be displayed on the election ballot and the ABOS website.

🗹 If you would like to encourage someone to run for an open ABOS Board seat, please contact them directly.

Nominations will be accepted October 23, 2023, through November 6, 2023.

Any questions may be directed to Lori Berezovsky, ABOS Past President, at [email protected].

Outreach Spotlights

St. Charles City-County Library among 215 libraries nationwide to conduct digital literacy trainings funded by PLA Digital Literacy Workshop Incentive, supported by AT&T

St. Charles City-County Library is among 215 public libraries nationwide awarded funding by the Public Library Association (PLA) this year to conduct digital literacy workshops using new Digitallearn.org resources. The PLA Digital Literacy Workshop Incentive, supported by AT&T, provides support to libraries of all sizes to conduct workshops using DigitalLearn training materials on up to 8 topics designed to help patrons build skills and confidence using technology.

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Connecting with Senior Dementia Patients

At Clinton - Macomb Public Library, which consists of three branches located in Clinton and Macomb Townships in Michigan, we travel to our patrons who cannot come to us.

In September 2022, the Library started an outreach program at the local county adult day care center to engage with seniors diagnosed with dementia. Once a month, outreach librarians visit to do various activities with them. Sometimes we make crafts, such as creating wreaths out of old puzzle pieces, decorating Styrofoam pumpkins for Halloween, or decorating cookies for the holidays.

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Making Lemonade When You Have Lemons

What do you do when your mobile services vehicle is a complete lemon? Ever since we received our Winnebago Bookmobile in 2019, it seems we have had nothing but issues with it. There always seems to be some kind of problem or broken feature, ranging from broken door latches to broken air conditioners to broken windows to leaking battery acid that started corroding through the vehicle frame. One time, our bookmobile (or as we affectionately call it, “the brokemobile”) was out of commission for over a month because there were issues with the coolant system and the parts were on back order for several weeks.

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