Bookmobile and Library Outreach Networking Group

Abbreviation: 
B'LONG

We are a group of outreach specialists, librarians, managers, and support staff dedicated to bringing outreach services to meet the unique needs of each of our libraries populations. We meet to share programming ideas, marketing tips, and ways to partner with community organizations. We promote and advocate for outreach as an essential library service. Whether you use a bookmobile, library van, or your personal car to reach your patrons, this group has something of interest to anyone working in outreach.

Basic information can also be found here: https://blongoutreach.wordpress.com/

We encourage you to work with Outreach Services staff and organizations.
Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS), a national association and affiliate of ALA:
http://abos-outreach.com

Serving Patrons with Dementia, a RAILS/IHLS networking group:
https://www.railslibraries.info/community/groups/serving-patrons-dementia-group

Meetings: 

Meetings are held on Fridays from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, approximately quarterly at different area libraries/locations in the Midwest Illinois area.

Dates for 2023 ZOOM Meetings from 10:00am-12:00pm:

Future dates and the 2023 RoundUp Committee are TBD.

Email/Communications: 

This group communicated utilizing the RAILS Outreach email list.
‚ÄčTo subscribe to the RAILS Outreach list, log into the RAILS website and visit https://www.railslibraries.info/membership/email-lists.

Communicate via email to:

2023 B'LONG President: Mari Buttweiler, Highland Park PL, Information & Readers Services Librarian, mbuttweiler@hplibrary.org

2023 B'LONG Secretary: Stephanie Bone, Indian Trails Public Library, Community Outreach Coordinator, sbone@indiantrailslibrary.org

B'LONG Past President & 2023 RoundUp Co-Chair, Tina Williams, Outreach Services Manager, White Oak Library District, twilliams@whiteoaklib.org

B'LONG 2023 RoundUp Co-Chair, Daniel Rice, Manager Bookmobile Services, Gail Borden Library, drice@gailborden.info

Library Types: 
Public
Category: 
Member Networking Group
Outreach
Geographical Area: 
Aurora
Bloomington/Normal
Burr Ridge
Chicago
Freeport
Galena
Galesburg
Joliet
Kankakee
LaSalle
Macomb
Moline
Northbrook
Peoria
Quincy
Rockford
Sterling
Sycamore