The John Philip Excellence in Outreach Award
The John Philip Excellence in Outreach Award is given to an individual in recognition of their outstanding contributions and prominent leadership to the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services. John Philip, known to all as “Mr. Bookmobile”, spent his long and honorable career as an advocate of Bookmobile and Outreach Services. John Philip passed away on February 1, 2016.
John Philip is the “Father” of the National Bookmobile Conference which started in 1986 and has now evolved into the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services. Through his strong leadership and high profile advocacy, bookmobiles have been recognized as a viable library outreach service.
This award honors his dedication and tireless work to Bookmobile and Outreach Services and serves as a pinnacle for all members of the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services to aspire to reach. This is the most prestigious award presented by ABOS.
The winner must be a current member of the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services.Ohio State Library stated:
John retired from the State Library in 1995 after 25 years of dedicated bookmobile service and library system development. Often referred to as the “bookmobile guru,” John was both diligent and passionate in his work to support outreach services with bookmobiles. Nationally recognized for his work, he was featured in a 1994 Wall Street Journal article titled Bookmobiles Make a Comeback, Doing What Libraries Can’t: John Philip Champions Them on Tour in Amish Country; ‘The Book Stops Here’.[i] He believed bookmobiles were vital to reaching those that could not, or were not able to, go to traditional library settings. His affection for bookmobiles is evident in this quote:
“You walk into a bookmobile and there’s a smiling person who knows your name and what you like to read,” Mr. Philip says, “You can make noise and chat with neighbors. It’s intimate and informal, like shopping at a mom and pop store.” [Information source: State Library of Ohio (1969). Librarians Join State Library Staff. News from the State Library. 98, 23.]
This information was retrieved from https://library.ohio.gov/news/6231/
The nominator will need to answer the following questions:
A complete nomination will also include:
Winner receives FREE conference registration to attend the 2023 ABOS Conference.
One (1) John Philip Excellence in Outreach Award will be presented in 2023.
To submit your 2023 John Philip Excellence in Outreach Award nomination, please click HERE.
The 2023 ABOS Awards Program will open on March 31, 2023 and close on July 28, 2023 at 5 p.m. CST.
Questions about the 2023 ABOS Awards Program can be directed to Kassy Trejo, 2023 ABOS Awards Committee Chair, at email@example.com.