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)
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 - Susan Parkins, ABOS Vice-President
My first conference was in 2001 about 5 months after I started my new position as Outreach Specialist at our library. At the time it was called the “Great American Bookmobile Conference”. It was put on by Clarion University in Ohio. My head was spinning! So many wonderful programs and bookmobiles to visit. I couldn’t imagine being at a conference where everyone was talking about Outreach and Bookmobiles. I have attended every 2-3 years since and have made many wonderful friends over the years.
I have been involved with ABOS as a member since the inception and have served on the Advocacy committee off and on through the years. I was nominated to run for a Board Member at Large position and felt it was time to support the organization even further. I was not elected that year but knew I wanted to continue to help so I stayed on the Advocacy committee. Fast forward a few years and I again was nominated for a board position and this time was successful. After serving on the board for a year I was nominated for the Vice President/President position. It was a big commitment but I felt it was time to move up and accepted the nomination. I was elected as VP/President last year and appreciate the dedicated board this year to help with the transition. I look forward to serving as President in 2019.
We have a wonderful network of members and those who have served in an elected position. If you choose to run, please don’t be discouraged if you don’t succeed the first time. I would encourage everyone to find a committee and help with one of those. Many hands makes light work and we need your help and input. Feel free to ask us any questions you may have about serving on the board.
Past My ABOS Stories