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Prestigious Outreach Services Award Given to PPLD Employee


The Association for Bookmobiles and Outreach Services (ABOS) John Philip Award is given annually to recognize outstanding contributions and prominent leadership by an individual in bookmobile and outreach services. In October the 2011 award was given to recently retired Pikes Peak Library District employee, Jan Meadows, to honor her 24 years of dedication and tireless work. This prestigious award serves as a pinnacle for all bookmobile and outreach staff to aspire to reach.

In 1987, Pikes Peak Library District hired Jan Meadows as a bookmobile resource technician. Within three years, Jan was named as the bookmobile supervisor, responsible for the two bookmobiles, as well as three staff. Over the course of her 23 years at PPLD, the staff increased to 12, including six specialists, three clerk drivers, and three pages. She wrote specifications, monitored production, and took delivery of three new bookmobiles in 1990, 1998, and 2008.

In 1990, she implemented regular service to the senior citizens of El Paso County. In 2007, Jan assisted in the writing and winning of two grants. The first was through the Congestion, Mitigation, and Air Quality Improvement Program, which provided funds for the new city bookmobile, provided in 2008. The second was a four-year grant awarded through the Healthy Aging Initiative from the Colorado Trust, which funded the Lobby Stop Sprinter Van Service to 16 assisted living facilities in Colorado Springs. At this time the Bookmobile’s Department at PPLD was renamed “Mobile Library Services” to better describe the broader scope of service.

In addition to her department achievements, Jan served on several PPLD committees. Beyond PPLD, Jan has supported and served the Association of Bookmobiles and Outreach Services as well as the American Library Association. In fact, in January of 2007, she was invited to speak at the New Zealand Mobile Libraries Conference. The 2010 publication On the Road with Outreach: Mobile Library Services included a chapter written by Jan: “Rural Bookmobile Service.”

“I could not have done all this without the firm support of the administration at Pikes Peak Library District,” Meadows said, “but most importantly, I couldn’t have done it without the staff of the Mobile Library Services. They carried on when I was gone for conferences and to meetings, or locked in my office working on committee work. They continued to serve our patrons, which is, of course, the most important part of the job.”

For more information about this award, or to schedule an interview with Jan, contact PPLD Media Specialist Travis Duncan at 719-531-6333, x1202 or email