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2017 Spring newsletter

Check out the newsletter! Our thanks to the Marketing Committee and other leaders and volunteers for the content. And happy 21st birthday to Tenn-Share.

Welcome to the new Board members

Tenn-Share gleefully welcomes these new Board members, who will serve from January 2017 - December 2018. Remember, they are your representatives to tell Tenn-Share what your library needs or wants related to resource sharing. 1.) Secretary: Heidi Busch, University of Tennessee–Martin
2.) Academic Library Rep, East TN: Lori Warren, Chattanooga State Community College
3.) Public Library Rep, East TN: April White, Knox County Public Library
4.) Public Library Rep, Middle TN: Jaclyn Anderson, Chattanooga Public Library
5.) School Library Rep, East TN: Carla Whiles, Harold McCormick Elementary School, Elizabethton
6.) School Library Rep, Middle TN: Joyce Claassen, Hillsboro High School, Nashville

Tabitha Wakefield is 2016 TEL Trainer of the Year

During the 2016 Tenn-Share Fall Conference welcome, Erin Loree presented the 2016 TEL Trainer of Year Award to Tabitha Wakefield. Tabitha is the librarian at Macon County Junior High School and her combined TEL training sessions reached more than 1,000 attendees this year. Tabitha began her career in the classroom teaching fifth grade for five years before getting her librarian endorsement. She was an elementary school librarian for three years and is now in her 11th year as a middle school librarian. Tabitha does extensive TEL training with her students and takes a graduated approach to her teaching. She starts by giving her sixth graders a general introduction to TEL and an in-depth lesson on World Book. Seventh graders get a detailed look at Research in Context and a mini-lesson on Books & Authors. Finally in the eighth grade, students try out Powerspeak Languages and explore the Learning Express Career Center. By the time they leave middle school, Tabitha's students have had tremendous exposure to TEL resources.

Memphis Area Library Council Reciprocal Borrowing Program is 2016 Tennessee Resource Sharing Award Recipient

During the 2016 Tenn-Share Fall Conference welcome, Joe Weber, Past-President, presented the Tenn-Share Tennessee Resource Sharing Award to the Memphis Area Library Council (MALC). In the fall of 2013, MALC began its Reciprocal Borrowing Program for students, faculty, and staff of thirteen Memphis college and university libraries to borrow print material from any participating library, which includes nearly every college and university library in the Memphis area.

The MALC Reciprocal Borrowing Program has greatly expanded access to library materials for over 50,000 students enrolled in Memphis area colleges and universities as well as the several thousand faculty and staff employed at those institutions.  Smaller colleges supply access to specialized collections and larger universities supply access to research collections.

Courtney Fuson is 2016 Deanna Nipp-Kientz Volunteer of the Year

During the the 2016 Tenn-Share Fall Conference welcome, Leah Allison, President, presented the Deanna Nipp-Kientz Memorial Award to Courtney Fuson, Electronic & Educational Resources Librarian at Belmont University. Courtney is currently one of the co-webmistresses for Tenn-Share and has been involved with Tenn-Share in since 2010, when she was the Learn & Discover chair, coordinating Tenn-Share's online statewide training program for library staff. She began serving as a co-webmistress in 2011. Courtney has served on several DataFest and Fall Conference committees as well. She has helped design and maintain Tenn-Share's websites and social media presence, provided technical support, and worked to help maintain Tenn-Share's membership database. When asked to help with a task, Courtney never says "no," and her knowledge and work ethic are exemplary. She truly epitomizes Deanna Nipp-Kientz's attitudes of service,  hard work, and dedication to Tenn-Share.

Tenn-Share Board Nominations

Call for Tenn-Share Board Nominations
Tenn-Share is seeking nominations to fill six upcoming vacancies on its Board of Directors. The Tenn-Share Board is an active governing board, not just an advisory board, and meets three times a year. Terms of office are two years, and will run from January 1, 2017, through December 31, 2018. Nominations may be submitted online anytime now through November 18.
We need to fill the Board Secretary position, as well as public, academic, and school libraries representatives. We try to maintain a geographic balance of representation across the three grand divisions of Tennessee; however, nominations for any good candidates are welcome and will be given due consideration.
Positions to be filled include:
·         Board Secretary
·         Academic Library Representative from East Tennessee
·         Public Library Representative from East Tennessee
·         Public Library Representative from Middle Tennessee
·         School Library Representative from East Tennessee
·         School Library Representative from Middle Tennessee
Are you interested in serving? Nominate yourself! Self-nominations are welcome and encouraged. If you have someone else in mind, be sure to get that person's agreement before submitting your nomination. You may submit nominations for more than one position. Remember, the deadline to make nominations is November 18. Why wait? Send us a name or two now!

Submitted by Joe Weber 
Chair, Tenn-Share Nominating Committee

DataFest Sponsors 2016

Tenn-Share appreciates its DataFest sponsors!


Volunteer ($1500 +)
Ingram Book Company
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Jubilee ($750)
Absolute Wireless (Sprint)
Baker and Taylor

Smoky ($500)

Submit a Proposal for Fall Conference 2016

The Tenn-Share Fall Conference Planning Committee invites proposals for the Friday, September 30, 2016, Fall Conference to be held at the Nashville Public Library's Conference Center. Fall Conference is an opportunity for librarians to present and raise discussions around the topic of:

Innovation and Inspiration: Bringing the best to your work and your library.


Nominations for Tennessee Resource Sharing Award

The Tennessee Library Resource Sharing Award is presented annually to any person, institution or organization in Tennessee that has done outstanding work in promoting resource sharing within and among Tennessee libraries and other information agencies. The recipient(s) will be recognized based on efforts to make available shared library and/or information resources that benefit the organizations involved and the patrons they serve, and that would not be available to them without cooperative efforts.

Nominations will be accepted through this form until Friday, September 2, 2016. The Tenn-Share website provides a list of recent recipients.

The award will be presented at Fall Conference on Friday, September 30, at the Nashville Public Library Conference Center.

DataFest-School Library Collection Fair-Fall Conference 2016

DataFest and School Library Collection Fair, Thursday, September 29
Fall Conference, Friday, September 30

Which one is for you?
 All of them!
  • DataFest - Presentations from vendors providing products to each library type (free)
  • School Library Collection Fair - K-12 library book vendors (free)
  • Fall Conference - Librarian presentations in each library type, panels, discussions, and a keynote. ($30)
Nashville Public Library Conference Center. Breakfast and lunch provided.