The ABOS John Philip Award is given to recognize outstanding contributions and prominent leadership by an individual in 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. He 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 and serves as a pinnacle for all Bookmobile and Outreach staff to aspire to reach.
Three $500 travel awards
Carol Combs Hole provided exemplary leadership on behalf of libraries, bookmobile and outreach services throughout her 32 year career as a professional public librarian. She retired from distinguished service to the Alachua County Library District on March 1, 2006 and died on October 1, 2007. The three (3) $500 travel awards include free conference registration and a stipend for his/her travel expenses and/or accommodations for the conference. The winners automatically will be registered for the conference. Carol Hole Award winners will be notified by August 8, 2015.
In order to contribute to the education and training of library staff working in the area of bookmobile and outreach services, ABOS has created the Bernard Vavrek Scholarship. It will be awarded annually to a student who has been accepted into or is currently enrolled in a Library and/or Information Science graduate degree program, and who is interested in this particular field within the library profession. A check will be sent directly to the ALA accredited library school where the applicant is currently enrolled to be applied to the next term of study.Â Dr. Bernard Vavrek, Professor of Library Science and Chair of the Library Science Department at Clarion University, retired after teaching at Clarion from 1971-2008. Along with John Philip, he co-founded the “Great American Bookmobile Conference” running it for many years until ABOS was formed and took over management of the conference.This scholarship honors Dr. Vavrek’s profound commitment to library science and, in particular, bookmobile and outreach services.
The awards submission deadline is August 1, 2016. The deadline for notifying Carol Hole Award winners is August 8, 2016.
2016 ABOS Awards Chair:
St. Charles Public Library
One South 6th Ave.
St. Charles, IL 60174
John Philip Award:2015 Pattie Johnston 2014 Willow Gale 2013 Rose Huling
Carol Hole Conference Attendance Award:2014 Brook Bahnsen, Ginny Duferrena, Dawn Peters 2013 Jill Mitchell, Ron Sears, Tracy Warren
Bernard Vavrek Scholarship:2014 Claudine Taillac 2013 Kathleen Weiss