Hello! I am the Outreach Librarian for my system and it is a brand-new position. I will be coordinating and implementing homebound services, among other things. Are there any librarians who do outreach (specifically service to the homebound) who would be willing to share tips/experiences/anything with me? You can respond here or I’d love to email or chat with anyone.
Hi there. I’ve been running a mobile library now for 7 years. My set up is sort of odd-ball though so I’m not sure if I’d have any pertinant words of wisdom for you. I run it alone, go only to pre-schools (where I do storytimes) and ALFs (where I do some programs in the facility as well as a honor-system LP library on-board). I did recently add a half-way house for teen girls into the mix. I sort of fly by the seat of my pants in a way and make the mobile work for the facilities needs. The stops are “closed” and set up in advance on a schedule and I typically go to each place once a month. In my library system there is no cohension with the Mobile Library and the other outreach services: homebound that mails books to the qualifying homes and Talking Books. Here is a recent link about the lady who runs those departments http://www.floridatoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013306140026&nclick_check=1
At any rate, I’m more than happy to try & answer questions!
Hi Librarianette. One of the best tips (and it makes so much sense!) is one we got from an ABOS conference: Never do outreach alone. Sometimes there are — issues — with the homebound, and a partner can make all the difference.