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									Rallying the Troops
        Presented by

       Susan Hill
      Library Director
Paulding County Carnegie Library
         Paulding, Ohio
  Where have we been?
In 1897 the State Library of Ohio began
a series of 61 “traveling libraries”
geared toward reaching Ohio’s farmers
but soon requested by women’s groups,
granges and public schools in districts
where no public library existed.
Traveling Library – SLO - 1897
     So Actually…
Ohio’s book delivery service
PRECEEDED the Hagerstown,
Maryland’s claim to fame as being the
first “bookmobile” in the country in
1905.
The first shipment of books was sent
to Mt. Vernon in November 1896.
 Quotable from 1897
“When farmers get stirred up all over
Ohio, the capacity of the state library will
be severely tested. There will not be half
enough books to go round…but that will
arouse the legislature to the possibilities
of the system and books will undoubtedly
be furnished.” – C.B. Galbreath, state
librarian
 Quotable from 1897
“…the library is considered an important
educational auxiliary. It supplements the
work of the schools by furnishing
literature for pupils and for those whose
school days are ended – who have
graduated into the busy world to engage
in the arduous struggle for food and
shelter and raiment.” – C.B. Galbreath,
state librarian
Quotable from 1897
“…evening brings the opportunity to
commune, through the opportunity of
books, with the master minds of all ages.”
– C.B. Galbreath, state librarian
Quotable from 1897
“Good books are safe friends; the best
never grow old. It is for the great state of
Ohio to say whether or not they shall go on
their beneficent mission to those who are
waiting and calling for them.”
– C.B. Galbreath, state librarian
Hagerstown, Maryland book wagon
Delivery Service Evolved
Library service in Ohio mirrored the
changes in transportation by incorporating
mobile delivery service.
Early bookmobiles were accessible from
the outside only.
  A Great Example
The Cleveland Public Library has
documented their history and provides a
great example of the evolution of
bookmobile service
Cleveland Public Library 1926
Cleveland Public Library
Cleveland Public Library
Cleveland Public Library
Cleveland Public Library
Cleveland Public Library 1955
Cleveland Public Library
Cleveland Public Library
Cleveland Public Library
Cleveland Public Library Bookmobile - 2001
   “The People’s University on Wheels”
The Common Element
The “elements” were (are) a common
challenge for bookmobiles throughout the
country… neither rain, snow, flood, mud?
   But they came…
Perhaps not by boat, like these patrons in
Louisiana, but they came none the less…
and they were (are) loyal. Bookmobile
patrons are among the most loyal patrons
of any organization because they know we
are making a special effort to serve “them”.
Creative Bookmobiles
Maybe it was just colorful photography, but
bookmobiles began taking on a new feel…
a new ambiance. Patrons entered the
structure on wheels. The conversions were
many: converted bread trucks, converted
campers, etc.
     Gerstenslagers
In the 1950s…
didn’t
everyone have
one? Didn’t
everyone want
one?
     The modern trend
The modern bookmobile had to be larger in
order to carry more materials and fit more
patrons on board. Modern bookmobiles had
to be able to carry more weight and leap tall
mountains or deep ditches with a single leap.
Hello bus chassis!
Early bookmobile: Lane Public Library
Noble County
Bookmobile
Service
1960s
Noble County
Bookmobile
Service 1960s
And still they came…
For over 110 years patrons have been
coming to bookmobiles to get books, get
information, meet friends, get rid of excess
produce… Our patrons come from all walks
of life, cross all cultures, blend together yet
fit no mold.
   And they came…
For over 110 years patrons have been
coming to bookmobiles to get books, get
information, meet friends, get rid of excess
produce… Our patrons come from all walks
of life, cross all cultures, blend together yet
fit no mold.
  …and continue…
With each change of season, each change
of technology, we continue to be visionary
thinkers… how can we provide more, faster,
broader services?
       But do not…
Ever settle for being “below the fold” news.
Fight for the funding and the recognition
this mobile service has always deserved.
Do…
Celebrate the service you provide.
Celebrate your patrons!
            …do…
Look at your library’s homepage. There
should be a prominently placed photo of
the bookmobile with a link to the schedule,
services and contact person.
Provide e-mail service for your patrons to
request items… maybe a special interest
blog for your patrons?
            …do…
Send out special announcements
announcing new stops, new equipment,
new services. Many libraries use the “birth
announcement” format stating specs and
stats about the new program.
         Imagine…
As “Doc” said in Back to the Future…
“Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need
roads…”


Keep dreaming of what your service will
look like in one, five, ten, twenty years
down the road…
   Advice for success…
Adventure (as in “life is an…” and “sense of”)
Determination
Vision
Imagination
Courage (to reinvent service)
Enthusiasm & Energy (the fight for funding)
This image should not be the last one you
have of your service… but it should be a
 constant reminder of the importance of
           change and vision.
Thank you for your kind attention.

								
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