Alberta Bookmobile Service

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A model of Exemplary Bookmobile Service

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I: Floor plan for the Alberta Bookmobile Service

II: Geographic Areas for Library Systems

III: New Guidelines for the 21st Century by Richard M. Cheski
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A model of Exemplary Bookmobile Service

The County of Strathcona operates a highly successful bookmobile which provides services to the county. It stops in twelve towns weekly, spending approximately one hour in each place. The entire county is committed to the continuation of the service, their motto being "Part of the Service, Part of the Community." In 2004, the bookmobile circulation reached 45,000 items during the 9,000 visits from its users. Using averages, this means that at least 14 visits were made at each hour at every stop. If every regional library system made the same commitment to their rural users, it is sure that library usage would improve exponentially.

This paper was originally written in June 2005 to fulfill course requirements for Facilities Planning (LIS 587), at the School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta. It was converted to HTML to fulfill the requirements of the Capping Exercise (LIS 600).

Last updated: March 12, 2006
Merrill Kemp 2006