Bookmobile and Outreach Information Repository Project (BOIR)
The Bookmobile and Outreach Information Repository (BOIR) project is one of the largest projects tackled by ABOS to date, but also one of its most important. This project will provide a very valuable tool to archive, unify, and further bookmobile and library outreach services worldwide, and is being developed with cooperation from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the American Library Association (ALA), all US State Libraries and Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA).
The completed BOIR tool will not only improve library outreach service delivery through improved collaboration, but also the way these services are viewed and funded by the public and government agencies. Accurate data and statistics are a powerful tool that can be leveraged for planning, research and reporting, and historical data and photos are a very important way to preserve library history and accomplishments. The BOIR tool will be one of the easiest to use, reliable and trusted resources available to all who recognize the tremendous value of outreach services!
August 2020 - Completion of phase 3 “Implementation”
September 2020 - Final testing and debugging
October 2020 - Debut of completed tool
With the debut of this important tool on the near horizon, it is of utmost importance to keep access to the database as a service to the ABOS membership rather than a paid subscription. Therefore, please support this initiative by participating in any or all of the following ways:
To be a part of this project to serve on the BOIR committee, contact the committee chair Michael Swendrowski at firstname.lastname@example.org