For immediate release | September 13, 2011

Bookmobile and outreach conference celebrates and advances essential library services

CHICAGO – Outreach librarians and bookmobile professionals will come together Oct. 13-15, 2011 in Cleveland for the 2011 Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS) Annual Conference.

This year’s conference returns to Ohio, site of the first national bookmobile conference in 1985, as attendees examine the trends and challenges in delivering 21st century library services in their communities. Themed “Reach Out, Reach Up,” conference programs will explore service to at-risk teens, bookmobile maintenance, e-book collection and promotion, grant writing, reader’s advisory and more.

Featured speakers include Audrey Niffenegger, author of “The Night Bookmobile,” “The Time Traveler’s Wife” and 2011 National Bookmobile Day Honorary Chair, keynote for the conference’s Author Luncheon, and opening keynote speaker Satia Marshall Orange, retired director of the ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services.

Attendees will have an opportunity to tour bookmobiles, visit the Cleveland Public Library’s new bookmobile facility and check out the latest library outreach products from leading vendors in the library industry.

For more information about the conference, and to register, please visit

The mission of the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services is to support and encourage government officials, library administrators, trustees, and staff in the provision of quality bookmobile and outreach services to meet diverse community information and programming needs.

ABOS is an affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA) and partners with ALA’s Office for Literacy and Outreach Services in the promotion of library outreach services across the library profession, including National Bookmobile Day and Bookmobile Sunday at ALA’s Annual Conferences.


John Amundsen