2020 ABOS Board Nominations,

Dear Association Participants: Below you will find a link to a Google Form for those interested in running for the 2020 ABOS Board with terms beginning January 1, 2020. If you would like to encourage someone to run for an open ABOS Board seat, please contact them directly. Nominations open November 1, 2019 and close November 22, 2019 at 11:59pm. You must be a current member to run for an open seat, to serve on the board, and to vote. If not, please complete your membership by November 22, 2019 by going to http://abos-outreach.com/membership.

A "pre-election survey" will be conducted prior to the election to confirm the email addresses of members for the election. If you have ever opted out of taking a SurveyMonkey survey you will not receive the ballot and will need to visit your SurveyMonkey account to opt-in to participate in the election. Here is the link to opt back into SurveyMonkey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/user/email-opt-in/

Before filling in the form, please: • Verify you are a member of ABOS • Have the support and permission of your library to participate. • Prepare a brief biography of yourself (300 words or less) that you can copy and paste into the form. • Find a professional photo to email. Photos are due by the time nomination process closes. • Fill in the form here: https://forms.gle/Yq5ZTxtw4jSs28zk8

We are accepting candidates for the following positions: • Vice President/President-Elect/Past President (3-year term) • Treasurer (2-year term)/Past Treasurer (1-year following term) (Total 3 years) • Secretary (1-year term) • Board Member-at-Large (2-year term) (3 seats are open) The job descriptions for these positions may be found at: http://abos-outreach.com/jobdescriptions

  • The deadline to submit a Nomination Form, biography, and photo is 11:59pm November 22, 2019. Candidate information will be posted on the ABOS website and sent out on the listserv. The election will take place November 29 through December 9, 2019 at 11:59pm. Those elected will be notified and requested to attend the December 20, 2019 ABOS Board Meeting.

Best wishes from the ABOS Nomination and Election Committee. Please refer questions to the committee: nominations@abos-outreach.com.


Vice President/President Elect (3 year term)

Secretary (1 year term)

Board Member at Large (2 year term)

Complete job descriptions

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 - Lori Berezovsky, Secretary and Marketing Chair

I have worked at Salina Public Library for 24 years, starting in the reference department. Ten years ago a new outreach department was formed and I was selected to head up the department. Around that same time, I discovered ABOS by accident as I was googling something else and immediately became a member. Being the only one doing outreach at my library, ABOS was a lifeline! I attend as many conferences as I can and always come away with great ideas for future services, as well as new contacts and friends.

I’ve been on the ABOS board, serving as Secretary, for one year. I actually ran for the VP/President position, but came in second. Since no one ran for the Secretary position I was asked to take that role. I’m so glad I did! In the past, I’d served on the Advocacy Committee and got a taste of what the committees do. As secretary, I’m responsible for accurately recording the minutes from our board meetings. In that role, it is so interesting to hear what goes on with all the committees and how together we move the organization forward and make it stronger. The board is supportive and I consider all the board members to be professional allies as well as friends.

As the chair of the Marketing Committee I have made sure that there will be t-shirts and other fun things for sale at the conference, all of which help support ABOS, as well as saw the creation of the premiere issue of the the new ABOS newsletter, “Out and About”. It not only takes a committee to put all of this together, but it takes input from all the organization’s members.

As I start my second year as Secretary I’d like to offer this advice: If you are passionate about outreach and wish to help shape the future of ABOS, then do yourself a favor and run for office. You can’t serve if you don’t run!

Past My ABOS Stories

Ann Plazek, Past President

Susan Parkins, President

Cathy Zimmerman, Vice-President

Kim McNeil-Capers, Advocacy Chair


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