Our communities. Libraries wouldn’t be what they are without them. Librarians and library staff understand that not all patrons are able to visit the library for a number of reasons from transportation issues to poor health to incarceration. To reach these non-traditional patrons, outreach librarians and staff visit hospitals, nursing homes, isolated communities both urban and rural, and correctional facilities. They provide materials for these patrons as well as other library services.
The OLC’s John Philip Outreach Award honors John Philip, who was known as a bookmobile guru. As a consultant for the State Library, Philip dedicated his time to reaching under served communities and he understood the importance of reaching non-traditional patrons.
Do you know someone or a group of people that takes your library services outside the confines of your building? Do you think what they do is amazing? If so, nominate them for the John Philip Outreach Award.
Here are the criteria:
- Must be library staff, department, Friend, volunteer, member of the community or library organization.
- Displays exceptional achievement in library outreach.
- Demonstrates true dedication to the philosophy of bringing library programs and services to the under served.