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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.

Tenn-Share 2014 Awards to Luna, Bryant and Brewer

At the 2014 Tenn-Share Fall Conference on September 26, three Tennessee librarians were given highest honors for improving access to library and Tenn-Share services. Tracy Luna was named the Deanna Nipp-Kientz Memorial Award Volunteer of the Year.  Marion Bryant was given the Tennessee Resource Sharing Award.  Gayla Brewer was recognized as the TEL Trainer of the Year. Each received an engraved crystal plaque.

Tracy Luna, Lending Supervisor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville accepted the mantle from David Adkins, one of the "architects" of the Firefly courier program, at the start of the Firefly Courier Service. Since July 2012 she has been a training developer, quality assurance expert and champion. Tracy has asked great questions and posed practical solutions that show her concern for staff and patrons of all libraries participating in the service.

Marion Bryant, Director of the Buffalo River Regional Library, is the principal person responsible for providing the R.E.A.D.S. program to four million Tennesseans served by the regional library system. The Regional Ebook and Audiobook Download System offers thousands of digital ebooks and audiobooks to these readers through their public libraries.  R.E.A.D.S. began in 2005 as a project of the State Library and Archives. For many years Marion managed the entire program on her own.

Marion also designed and implemented the "Gadget Zoo" program now used across the regional system, training staff to download R.E.A.D.S. titles on various devices so that they can assist patrons individually or offer local training. Use of R.E.A.D.S. has grown exponentially, and her nominator gave her credit as “the best R.E.A.D.S. librarian we could wish for.”

Gayla Brewer, Director of Library Services at Chattanooga College, shares the Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL) during library orientation with students, and has embedded TEL into a myriad of classes at Chattanooga College in many disciplines. Gayla has also provided training for the staff of other libraries, fellow church goers, and the children of Chattanooga College students. Just this past year, she’s logged 65 training sessions for over 1,200 attendees. The TEL Coordinator at the Tennessee State Library and Archives, Wendy Cornelisen, said Gayla is a tremendous resource for the Tennessee Electronic Library.

Tenn-Share appreciates all library workers in Tennessee who forward the mission of resource sharing. If you would like to nominate someone for 2015, contact Tenn-Share or watch for the notice in the summer of 2015 that nominations are being accepted.

Registration for Fall Conference closes Friday, September 19th

Registration is  open through Friday, September 19th, for Tenn-Share’s 2014 Fall Conference, to be held Friday, September 26, at the Nashville Public Library. Dr. Joni Blake, Executive Director of the Greater Western Library Alliance, will be the keynote speaker, explaining the innovative Occam's Reader software for interlibrary loan of electronic books. The schedule is now posted.

The conference also offers a number of terrific sessions designed to stimulate ideas, answer questions, and provoke discussion. Presentation topics include:

Building from Foundation to Vista: K-16 Information Literacy Standards in Tennessee

A New Model for Assessing Relative Interest in E-books Compared to Print

Book Xchange: How Public Libraries Can Partner With K-12s

How Does She Do It? How a Bookseller-Turned-Librarian Brought a Rural Public Library Back to Life

Free Federal Resources for Financial Literacy

Makerspaces (2 separate sessions tailored for Academic and K-12 libraries)

The Digital Public Library of America

Understanding Non-profit Financial Statements

The $30 registration fee includes lunch, and also provides a wonderful opportunity to network with other library professionals from around the state. Reduced fees are available for library school students, retirees, and newly minted librarians. So don’t delay, register today at http://www.tenn-share.org/2014registration. You’ll be glad you did.


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