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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.

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.

Tenn-Share Fall 2013 Database Offers

Hello Tenn-Share members!  It's that time again, to let us know if you're interested in one or more databases (listed below).  Most are appropriate for every library type.  Filling out the form does not obligate you or your library, it's just gives us an idea of whether we can negotiate a discount for you.  If your library would truly benefit from any of these databases, and could seriously anticipate generating funding for a subscription or license, complete this form by October 31st.

Details about the offers.  Once the deadline passes, we will get quotes from vendors and contact you.  If you have questions, please contact me.

These offers are brought to you by the Tenn-Share Electronic Resources Committee (TSERC).  

  • ARTstor
  • EasyBib Library Edition
  • EasyBib School Edition
  • EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS)
  • Oxford English Dictionary
  • Oxford Chinese Language Dictionary
  • Oxford French Language Dictionary
  • Oxford German Language Dictionary
  • Oxford Italian Language Dictionary
  • Oxford Russian Language Dictionary
  • Oxford Spanish Language Dictionary
  • African American Studies Online
  • American National Biography Online
  • Dictionary of National Biography
  • Grove Art Online
  • Grove Music Online
  • Oxford Biblical Studies Online
  • Oxford Islamic Studies Online
  • Oxford Reference Online
  • Sage e-books (Sage Knowledge, Sage Journals, Research Methods)
  • Sage CQ Press (CQ Researcher, CQ Press e-books, Congress Collection, Supreme Court Collection, State Stats, U.S Political Stats, etc.)
  • Sage Adam Matthew Historical Archives (for genealogy)

For academic libraries

  • EBSCO DynaMed (only for non-medical academic libraries)
  • Wiley Full Collection (full or STM)


Tenn-Share 2013 Awards to Mason, Sherrill and Allison

At the 2013 Tenn-Share Fall Conference on September 20, three remarkable librarians were recognized. The 2013 TEL Trainer of the Year is school media specialist Amanda Mason.  The Tennessee Resource Sharing Award was given to Charles "Chuck" Sherrill.  The Deanna Nipp-Kientz Memorial Award was presented to Leah Allison.  Each received a crystal plaque engraved with their names and honors.

Amanda is the librarian at E.W. Grove 9th grade Academy in Paris, Tennessee. Amanda has provided TEL training for more than 1,000 people in the past year.  She has integrated TEL into her school, and provided training sessions throughout the Henry County School District. She has even shared TEL information on a boat in the middle of the river.

Chuck has been integral to many Tenn-Share initiatives, and served as President in 2009.  As the State LIbrarian at the Tennessee State Library and Archives, he was influential in Secretary of State Tre Hargett's decision to involve 180 regional and local libraries in the Firefly courier service.  These libraries continue to share materials via Interlibrary Loan, and now have access to the collections of dozens of academic and metropolitan public libraries.  

In the spirit of Deanna Nipp-Kientz, Tenn-Share's first Membership Coordinator who passed away in 2012, Leah was chosen for her leadership and participation on the Membership and Marketing committees, and special projects.  She approaches projects with thorough attention and enthusiasm.  Whether the request is tedious or fun, whether it's within her skill-set or outside, she gives her all. Leah is the Director of Library Services at St. George's Independent School, Collierville, where she is head coach of three teams.  At her school and with Tenn-Share, when Leah says yes to a request for help, she means it. 

Tenn-Share appreciates all of the library workers in Tennessee who help forward the mission of resource sharing.  

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