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Tenn-Share Call for Proposals for 2014 DataFest and Fall Conference Programs

Tenn-Share is celebrating 10 years of DataFest and is excited about the opportunities that are shared at Fall Conference, to be held at the Nashville Public Library on September 25th and 26th.  

There are 25-minute slots at DataFest for presentations by library staff who want to share how they are using specific tools to encourage resource sharing. Since this is the 10 year anniversary, presentations about the history of resource-sharing and Tenn-Share are also welcome.  Please submit your ideas!

Fall Conference sessions are 50 minutes and will feature presentations, panels and workshops to share information about programs, services, resources, or strategies employed to meet the needs of a your population. Tenn-Share is seeking proposals that will be informative and relevant, based on theory, research, and 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 all appropriate for Fall Conference presentations.

In addition, we are looking for 10 minute (or less) sessions that we are calling 10 for Tenn, which will be short talks about an experience, passion or best practice that can teach, entertain and inspire your colleagues. You can use no more than one slide per minute you're presenting, i.e., if you're presenting for 7 minutes, you would have no more than 7 slides. 

If you can show how your staff and library deliver best practices using approaches for different types of users based on or supported by research, have cutting edge ideas, or want to stimulate and provoke discussion related to resource-sharing or e-resources, we want to hear from you!  We invite entries from all library types, departmental roles and levels of staff.

Submit your proposal here by August 15:


Proposals will be reviewed and presenters will be notified by August 29. Contact Tenn-Share if you have questions.

Tenn-Share welcomes newly-appointed mid-term Board members

The Tenn-Share Board of Directors approved the nominations of three librarians to fill vacant positions:

  • Nathan Collins, Belmont University College of Law (special library representative)
  • Michele Barnes, Obion County Public Library (public library representative)
  • Elizabeth Kozlowski, White House Inn Library (public library representative)

We look forward to their ideas and input through December 2015. To contact them if you have comments, suggestions or concerns about Tenn-Share, please submit to the Contact Us form.

Members are asked to complete Tenn-Share's Biennial Database Survey

Tenn-Share is conducting its biennial survey of database subscriptions held by Tennessee libraries.  The survey is online this year, and much easier and faster to complete.  Tenn-Share wants to hear from every member library because that will allow it to form groups that can save libraries 10-90% off subscription fees.  It will also give Tenn-Share leadership ideas for services that the organization might offer to members. 

The survey takes some time to complete, but you can stop and return to it at any time before the deadline of Wednesday, February 19.  Please coordinate so that just one person from each library completes the survey. Tenn-Share is hoping for a 50% or better response rate.

Enter the survey: https://umcas.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0kQX3VCIEIBVO5v

Survey instructions

Please contact Deborah Babb (TSERC Co-Chair) at dbabb@cbu.edu if you have any questions.

Thank you for your efforts, which translate into more efficient uses of resources for Tennessee libraries.

Tenn-Share welcomes new Board members

Tenn-Share welcomes the following librarians to the Board of Directors.  These new Board members will serve from January 2014 through December 2015, with President Joe Weber, Director of Library Services at Austin Peay State University:

  • Vice-President and President-Elect, Leah Allison, Directory of Library Services, St. George’s Independent School (to serve as President from January 2016 through December 2017)
  • Secretary, Courtney Fuson, Educational and Electronic Resources Librarian, Belmont University (serving through December 2014)
  • Academic Representative, Amber McKee, Reference & Instruction Librarian, Cumberland University
  • Academic Representative, Cody Behles, Emerging Technologies Librarian, University of Memphis
  • Public Representative, Rebecca James, Area Manager Nashville Public Library, Nashville Public Library
  • School Representative, Kecia Ray, Executive Director of Learning Technology, Metro Nashville Public Schools
  • School Representative, Jeanine Akers, Assistant Director of Libraries, St. Mary School
  • Special Representative, Leslie Holland, Library Director, Southern College of Optometry

We would like to thank the President Melissa Brenneman, Reference Technology Librarian for Knox County Public Library and other Board members who served from January 2012 to December 2013 (and at points in between), making progress on Tenn-Share’s latest Strategic Plan and participating in committee work.  Melissa will stay on the Board as Past-President for the next two years. 

  • Past-President, Tricia Racke Bengel, Emerging Technologies Administrator, Nashville Public Library
  • Eloise Hitchcock, Director, Vise University Library, Cumberland University
  • Kevin Merriman, Head of Collection Management, Center for Science and Social Science Information (CSSSI), Yale University
  • Alan Stewart, Collection Development Manager, Memphis Public Library and Information Center
  • Kathryn Boudreau-Henry, Program Coordinator of the Library Science Program, Middle Tennessee State University
  • Sandy Oelschlagel, Director, Preston Medical Library, University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine

Call for Board nominations

Tenn-Share is looking for a few good board members.  Are you interested in serving on the Board?  We are looking for public, academic, school and special reps to serve two year terms.  We need candidates from across the state to help continue making Tennessee libraries better through resource sharing activities such as expanding the Tennessee Electronic Library, promoting the statewide courier service and engaging in advocacy for libraries.

If you are interested in serving, nominate yourself.

If you have a good candidate in mind, nominate the person.

Check it all out at http://www.tenn-share.org/nomform.

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