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Tennessee is now a hub of the Digital Public Library of America

Tennessee joins Maryland, Maine and the Caribbean as the newest service hubs of the Digital Public Library of America. Tenn-Share is proud to join the partnership with the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Tennessee State Library and Archives. Our thanks to all of the staff at many libraries across the state for their efforts to submit what became a successful application. Tenn-Share's Digital Library of Tennessee Committee will be led by Chair Carolyn Runyon, Digital Archivist, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

From the DPLA press release, "Tennessee plans to make available important material on the Civil Rights Movement, and Appalachia and the Great Smoky Mountains." Tenn-Share looks forward to seeing images from Volunteer Voices  and other collections from libraries that will bring the culture and history of Tennessee to the world.  


Welcome to 2015-2016 Tenn-Share Board members


Tenn-Share is proud to announce the following new members elected to the Board of Directors.  These new Board members will serve from January 2015 through December 2016:

  • Secretary: Steve Smith, Professor and Dean, University of Tennessee-Knoxville Libraries
  • Treasurer: Patricia Van Zandt, Professor and Dean of University Libraries, East Tennessee State University
  • Academic Library Representative: Julie Lewis, Librarian & Research Coach, Walters State Community College Library
  • Public Library Representative: Sarah-Anne Brewer, Library Assistant, Chattanooga Public Library
  • Public Library Representative: Elizabeth Kozlowski, Director, White House Inn Library (previously served a partial term vacated by another Board member)
  • School Library Representative: Sarah Culp Searles, Specialist, Library/Media Services, Knox County Schools

We also look forward to the continued leadership of the Board members who will serve through December 2015.

  • President Joe Weber: Director of Library Services at the Felix G. Woodward Library, Austin Peay State University in Clarksville 
  • Vice President/President-Elect: Leah Allison, Director of Library Services, St. Georges Independent School in Memphis
  • Past President: Melissa Brenneman, Reference Technology Librarian, Knox County Public Library
  • Special Library Representative: Nathan Collins,  Digital Resources/Reference Librarian, Belmont University College of Law
  • Special Library Representative: Leslie Holland, Manager of Library Services, Southern College of Optometry Library
  • Academic Library Representative: Cody Behles, Emerging Technologies Librarian, University of Memphis
  • Academic Library Representative: Amber McKee, Reference & Instruction Librarian, Volunteer State Community College
  • Public Library Representative: Michele Barnes, Director, Obion County Public Library
  • School LIbrary Representative: Jeanine Akers, Assistant Director of Libraries, St. Mary Episcopal School
  • School Library Representative: Kecia Ray, Executive Director of Learning Technology, Metro Nashville Public Schools

Our gratitude is extended to those Board members who served from 2013-2014 and whose terms have been completed.

  • Secretary: Courtney Fuson, Educational and Electronic Resources Librarian, Belmont University
  • Treasurer: Stephanie Sutton, Director, Library Technical Services, Tennessee State Library and Archives
  • Academic Representative: Charlie Remy, Electronic Resources and Serials Librarian, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • Public Library Representative: Mary Jane Spehar, Head of Public Services, Chattanooga Public Library
  • School Library Representative: Krystal McReynolds, School Librarian, Lincoln Elementary Library, Kingsport City Schools 
  • Tennessee State Library and Archives Representative: Wendy Cornelisen, (now) Assistant State Librarian for Library Innovation and Collaboration, Georgia Public Library Service


Fall 2014 Database Offers Now Available

It's that time again, to let us know if you're interested in one or more databases (listed below).  You can access the links from the Databases page, and you must be logged in to view details and use trial versions; they are restricted to members-only access. There is also a form where you can indicate if your library would truly benefit from any of these databases, and could seriously anticipate generating funding for a subscription or license. Filling out the form does not obligate you or your library, it just gives us an idea of whether we can negotiate a discount for you. The form must be completed by December 5, and there is a section to note that a library already has a subscription and would like to know if pricing would be different in a Tenn-Share group.

Once the deadline passes, we will get quotes from vendors and contact you.  There is no guarantee that a Tenn-Share discount group is feasible, but with your help, we can try. If you have questions, please contact me.

Chilton's Database (Gale) - Academic, Public
ClinicalKey (Elsevier) - Academic, Special
CultureGrams (ProQuest) - Academic, Public, School
Digital Campus (Swank Motion Pictures) - Academic
LibGuides (SpringShare) - All library types
NoodleTools - All library types
PlumX - Academic, Special
Research Companion (ProQuest) - Public, School
Rosetta Stone - All library types


Call for nominations to fill board member positions

Tenn-Share is seeking nominations for the following Board of Directors positions for 2015-2016:

  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Academic Library Representative from East TN
  • School Library Representative from East TN
  • Public Library Representative from East TN

Terms will begin on January 1, 2015 and end December 31, 2016. The deadline for nominations is October 24.

All directors are employed by a library or information provider that is a member of Tenn-Share. Term of service is two years. The elected board positions are President, Vice President/President-Elect, Past-President, Secretary and Treasurer; three representatives each from Academic, Public and School Libraries; and two representatives from Special Libraries. Directors are also selected for balanced geographic representation of the three grand divisions of Tennessee. Current directors elect the new directors.

In addition to attendance at all board meetings (typically three per year) and other meetings as called, including the Tenn-Share DataFest and Fall Conference, and participation on committees as necessary, responsibilities are as follows:



Keep minutes of all action taken by the Tenn-Share Board. Following review by the Executive Committee, have minutes distributed electronically within ten days of the meetings. Participate as a member of the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee and the Finance Committee. Serve as secretary to the Executive Committee.


Maintain Tenn-Share checking account. Provide current Treasurer’s Report at all Board Meetings and upon committee or officer request. Participate as a member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee, and chair the Finance Committee. Write receipts for payments to Tenn-Share when requested and write checks for approved expenses.


Act as a steward and exercise the duty of loyalty and duty of care as a director of a nonprofit corporation under Tennessee law. Establish policies for administering the programs and services in support of the mission of Tenn-Share. Be informed about Tenn-Share’s programs, policies and services and communicate that information to constituent member libraries, i.e., Academic, Public, School, Special. Serve on committees.

Tenn-Share Unveils New Logo

At the 2014 DataFest, School Library and Collection Fair, Tenn-Share revealed its new logo to participants. It will be integrated into Tenn-Share's website, invoices and other materials over the next three months.

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