Karen Hake Outstanding Bookmobile Librarian Award


Karen Hake had a rewarding fifty-year career as the bookmobile librarian at the Platte County Library System in Columbus, Nebraska. During her five decades of service as the bookmobile librarian, Karen made a meaningful impact in the lives of countless adults, children, and families. A long-time member and supporter of the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services, the ABOS Board of Directors is proud to establish the Karen Hake Outstanding Bookmobile Librarian Award in recognition of Karen’s fifty years of exceptional service to the bookmobile profession.

To learn more about Karen Hake’s fifty year history as the Bookmobile Librarian at the Platte County Library System:

https://columbustelegram.com/news/local/hake-handing-off-keys-to-library-on-wheels/article_783b3f32-47ef-5b67-960f-e0c2798bf13c.amp.html?fbclid=IwAR0KhqVnifaQUVP5a3BcB_90ICpVrcQZNvxKaQ-3BmvJsLooOIPXd44CJvM

Presented annually to a bookmobile manager, supervisor, or MLIS librarian in recognition of their continuous dedication and commitment to the bookmobile profession.

The nominator will need to answer the following questions:

  • describe how the nominee displays a passion for the bookmobile profession and how the nominee makes an impact in the community they serve through library bookmobile services. Why should the nominee be recognized for their continuous dedication and commitment to the bookmobile profession?

A complete nomination will also include:

  • two (2) letters of recommendation.

Winner receives FREE conference registration to attend the 2021 ABOS Conference. 

One (1) Karen Hake Outstanding Bookmobile Librarian Award will be presented in 2021.

To submit your 2021 Karen Hake Outstanding Bookmobile Librarian Award nomination, please click HERE.

The 2021 ABOS Awards Program will open on April 1, 2021 and close on July 16, 2021 at 5 p.m. CST.

Questions about the 2021 ABOS Awards Program can be directed to David Kelsey, 2021 ABOS President and 2021 ABOS Awards Committee Chair, at awards@abos-outreach.com.

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