Bookmobile Staff Perceptions on Bookmobile Service

by Fain, Mary K.

Abstract (Summary)
This study describes a questionnaire survey of bookmobile staff across the United States via the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS). The survey was conducted to determine if and in what ways do bookmobile librarians and staff perceive bookmobiles as important and relevant to contemporary bookmobile users and how do they perceive the bookmobile’s role in fulfilling patron’s informational, recreational, and educational needs? Their thoughts and opinions help to explain why bookmobiles exist and their role in the modern world.Forty-eight bookmobile staff persons from 22 states responded. From the survey, it is clear that they believe strongly in what they do. 75% expected to continue to increase their services in the next 5 years due to increasing needs of seniors, preschoolers, school children, and communities. A growing need was seen for more bookmobiles, more specialized bookmobiles for specific populations, more technology and more staff to serve more people.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Brian Sturm

School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

School Location:USA - North Carolina

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:bookmobiles bookmobile services public libraries united states aims and objectives surveys


Date of Publication:11/29/2007

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