ABOS Committees

Awards Committee

The Awards committee is charged with distribution of awards, grants, and scholarships. The amount of scholarship and types of awards and grants will be determined by the Board of Directors. The committee will have an uneven number of members for voting purposes and of a number determined by the Chairperson.

By-Laws Committee

The Bylaws committee is charged with reviewing the bylaws every five years. The Chairperson shall be appointed as needed.

Bookmobile/Outreach Information Repository (BOIR)

Goals: ABOS is aiming to archive, unify, and further bookmobile and library outreach services worldwide with a multipurpose database.  This compiled information will be used in a variety of ways to enhance and promote library outreach services worldwide.

Libraries quietly provide bookmobile and outreach services to their local Communities, be it homebound and senior services, service to daycare facilities, schools or the incarcerated.  Outreach services are ever-evolving, thanks in part to new technologies and the creativity of library personnel.  They have been and will continue to be a critical link connecting underserved populations to books, computers, and other resources that promote early childhood literacy, lifelong learning, and community enrichment. 

To date, these valuable services have not been adequately archived for future reference or appropriately surveyed at a high level to help ensure their continued success. The BOIR project aims to change that for the good of all.

Communications Committee

The Communications Committee is charged with promoting outreach and bookmobile services and their purpose on a national level. In addition, the committee manages ABOS social media platforms and related events, publishes the Out & About newsletter, and creates professional-looking graphics for events, promotions, and the conference. The committee also works with other organizations or businesses in selling ABOS merchandise and creating designs for merchandise.

Conference Planning Committee

The Conference Planning committee is chaired by the President. The Chairperson shall manage the ABOS Conference. The Conference

Planning Committee is charged with the program, speakers, events, vendors, exhibitions, and other duties as needed. Conference sub-committees shall be formed as needed. Please note that we have divided the responsibilities.

Continuing Education Committee

The Continuing Education committee is charged with planning and implementing professional development and networking opportunities in the fields of library outreach throughout the year.

Finance Committee

The Treasurer, serving as the Finance Committee Chairperson, shall work with the President, Vice President, Secretary, Past Treasurer and any appointed members (by the President and as approved by the Board of Directors) to oversee the finances of ABOS. The Finance committee is charged with developing and reviewing fiscal procedures, filing of annual paperwork associated with the finances, a fundraising plan, and proposals for the annual budget.

Long Range Planning Committee

The Long Range Planning committee is charged with providing direction to ABOS for future conference sites. The long range planning committee does not have authority to sign negotiated contracts without the approval of the Board of Directors.

Membership Committee

The Membership committee is charged with membership development and recruitment. The committee will work with the President to promote member involvement within ABOS.

Nominations Committee

The Nominations committee, chaired by the Past President, shall manage the annual election and nominations. This committee is charged with forming a slate of Nominees.

Technology Committee

The Technology committee is charged with working with the Board of Directors to create and maintain an interactive website for the membership. In addition, this committee shall incorporate new technologies, as they become available, to enhance the exposure of ABOS. They also play a vital role in providing technical assistance during the annual conference. In the event that technologies advance beyond the capabilities of members of the ABOS, the Board of Directors shall hire a technology specialist or appoint an Ex-Officio Board Member to perform the functions of this committee.

Association of Bookmobile & Outreach Services

1190 Meramec Station Road, Suite 207

Ballwin, MO  63021-6902

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