Tenn-Share is inviting volunteers to join in an effort focused on re-imagining the face of Tenn-Share. This is expected to be a four-month commitment that will result in ideas and messages for future branding (what is Tenn-Share?) and marketing (who needs to know about Tenn-Share?) plans. This committee will create a marketing framework that will clearly communicate the power and value of the organization to potential members, partners and the state of Tennessee.
We appreciate the staff at the 594 libraries that have renewed with Tenn-Share this year. We hope that you are reaping the rewards of membership in some way.
The Tenn-Share Firefly courier service is fully operational. It began on January 2 and has more than 200 libraries participating in lending and borrowing throughout the state.
The Tenn-Share "office" will be closed on Monday, January 21, and Thursday, January 24th, through Monday, January 28th, returning to email/work on Tuesday, January 29th. Jenifer may be answering email but only sporadically. If it's urgent, please call her at 615-669-8670.
The Tenn-Share board will be meeting on Thursday and Friday, February 7th and 8th, at the Nashville Public Library Main Branch. All are welcome and if you have insights to share, please email Jenifer by February 6th
We are preparing for spring database offers, which you will see sometime in March.
Membership invoices for 2013-2014 will be sent in May.
For the first time in five years, Tenn-Share will be increasing its dues rate for member libraries with budgets above $125,000. In 2013-2014, the new dues chart will be updated to reflect the new fees. The Tenn-Share Board of Directors and Membership Committee carefully considered the mission of Tenn-Share and how it can make strides in reaching its Strategic Plan goals. Schools, school districts and libraries with budgets below $125,000 will continue to pay the same rate as 2012-2013. Tenn-Share will send invoices to members for the renewal cycle, beginning in March, for membership from July 2013 through June 2014. Membership payments are due on September 15, 2013.
Membership in Tenn-Share often pays for itself with cost-saving subscription agreements for all library types, such as at least 6% savings on OCLC WorldCat, 45-50% savings on Movie Licensing USA, 10-20% on Films on Demand and Mango, and significant savings on STAT!Ref. Tenn-Share also delivers the value of professional development at DataFest and Fall Conference, and networking.
Tenn-Share continues to innovate, with its newly launching Firefly courier, intent to broaden its eBooks negotiations, and discussions about hosting a state-wide catalog. We appreciate your membership and input as we “help Tennessee libraries deliver efficient, effective library services.”
Please contact the Executive Director with questions.
Firefly, Tenn-Share's statewide courier service, begins on Wednesday, January 2, 2013. The courier will serve 207 public and academic libraries throughout the state, including the Tennessee State Library and Archives regional libraries. Firefly builds on a pilot, called Glowworm, which had 18 Tenn-Share members to participate. Tenn-Share thanks them for helping us work out the "bugs" in processes.
Firefly information can be found at www.fireflycourier.org, including presentations about how it works, cost, participating libraries and FAQs. The courier contractor for Firefly is RR Donnelley, a national company with a strong Tennessee presence. Each library will be visited at least twice a week.