The Billy Pilgrim Traveling Library (BPTL) is the brainchild of two Houston-area librarians, Kelly Allen and Chris Grawl, a couple who met while getting their MSIS degrees from the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Information. The BPTL will essentially be a free range bookmobile, operating on a rent-barter-donate system.
When Smitty Miller was hired at Canada’s Fraser Valley Regional Library last November for the newly created position of community development librarian, she had just one assignment: build a mobile initiative. “I, of course, said, ‘duh, build a book mobile,’” Miller told LJ. She began researching the project, visiting King County to see their Library [...]
The Georgetown Public Library needed to reach many elderly residents and low-income school children who couldn’t get to the library. They weren’t going to do it with ebooks, even though the library offers them. The solution was the good, old-fashioned bookmobile, which required a huge fund-raising effort.