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Tenn-Share is getting refreshed! We will be moving to an all-new website in August. Preview it now! Questions? Contact the webmistresses.

Tenn-Share is getting a new website

Tenn-Share is moving to an all-new website! Within the next couple of weeks, you'll notice that www.tenn-share.org looks different. We hope that the changes will further enhance your membership with Tenn-Share.

If you would like to preview the new site now, visit http://ts.membershipsoftware.org

Your current members-only login accounts will not transfer to the new site, so if you regularly need access to the members only sections of the Tenn-Share website (billing, subscriptions, renewals, courier), you'll need to create a new login and password. For many of you, the new site will recognize your email address if you go to Forgot My Credentials. If it doesn't recognize your email, please contact Tenn-Share to be added to your institution's membership record. 

If you have problems, questions, or suggestions for improvement, please contact the Tenn-Share Webmistresses. Thank you for your patience as we make this transition!

Tenn-Share has a new partner for the Firefly Courier service

On June 30, 2015, Tenn-Share says thank you to the RR Donnelley, the vendor currently operating the Firefly courier for 208 public and academic libraries across Tennessee, including public libraries in the Tennessee State Library and Archives system. Since July 2012, RR Donnelley has transported more than 100,000 books, DVDs, Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL) materials, etc., across the state. We appreciate the service that RR Donnelley has given Tenn-Share over the last three years.

Beginning on July 1, 2015, deliveries and pick-ups for the 209 Firefly Tenn-Share member libraries (Welcome Memphis Public Library and Information Center!) will be handled by Expak Logistics. Steve Schmidt, Senior Vice President of Business Development at Expak, says, "We are so excited to have this contract, and to have another opportunity to serve a library community. We and our partners are committed to timely and correct deliveries across the 200+ libraries in Tennessee, and look forward to other libraries in the state joining Firefly."

Expak Logisticss is a respected national third party logistics company with years of experience in library exchange.  Expak has previously been contracted with the Tex-Share library consortium providing coverage over Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas, and with the Orbis consortium providing coverage in Oregon and Washington.  This is a three year contract..

Tenn-Share Call for Proposals for 2015 ShareFest Programs

DataFest and Fall Conference are being combined this year into a one-day event called ShareFest: A Digital Leadership Conference! Tenn-Share invites program proposals for the Friday, October 23, 2015, conference to be held at the Nashville Public Library's Conference Center. As at last year’s DataFest and Fall Conference, there will be two presentation durations available: full 50-minute presentations and 10-for-Tenn presentations, which are 10-minutes-or-less presentations, ideal for introducing a new strategy, concept or resource. Library staff and students from all library types, departmental roles and years of experience are encouraged to submit.

Proposals should be informative and relevant, based on theory, research, or practice; encourage opportunities for learner engagement; and/or demonstrate application to the work of participants. E-resource trends, big questions, selection, use, evaluation and promotion are especially encouraged.

We want to hear about your staff and library’s cutting edge ideas, best practices and approaches for different types of users based on or supported by research, and stimulating and provocative discussion topics related to resource-sharing or e-resources!

Tenn-Share will host the School LIbrary Collection Fair on the same date, in the same location.

Important Dates

August 14, 2015: Deadline to submit proposals
August 28, 2015: Submitters will be notified of the status of proposals

Contact Tenn-Share if you have questions.

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


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