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.
For those of you who are waiting to see what Tenn-Share’s Fall Conference session line-up looks like before you register (by Friday, September 6), to start we have our keynote speaker, Loida Garcia-Febo. Loida is an internationally-known powerhouse in librarianship with a message to inspire us all – “By meeting the needs of our diverse populations, librarians can expand the scope of who has access to information and save lives.”
These are just some of the sessions brought to you by colleagues from across the state:
ASCLA Library Accessibility Tipsheets
Bicycool Library: Get to know your community by bicycle
Breaking down the wall: Teaching teens about technology at the Chattanooga Public Library
Bringing the community into the school
Circulation of library materials to assist community groups
High speed broadband: The New Digital Divide
Library service to people with print disabilities
Serving LGBT youth in your library
What are you waiting for? Tenn-Share’s Fall Conference features a great schedule that will stimulate ideas and answer unasked questions, a delicious lunch, and networking with people who do what you do, all for $30 or less - http://www.tenn-share.org/2013registration.
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 until Friday, August 29, 2014. The award will be presented at the Tenn-Share Fall Conference this year.
Tenn-Share encourages member libraries to join by September 1, 2013, for July 2013-June 2014. You have a new great incentive, a member discount with DEMCO orders - http://www.tenn-share.org/membership/join#DEMCO. The primary contacts for academic, public and special libraries received emailed invoices on June 20th. School librarians will receive an invoice on July 29th. If you need an invoice, please visit the Join page on the Tenn-Share website - http://www.tenn-share.org/membership/join - where you can complete the invoice online, or contact Tenn-Share. We appreciate those who have already renewed - http://www.tenn-share.org/membership - and look forward to receiving the other membership renewals. Please note that if you receive an invoice though you have already send a payment, please disregard it; we will reconcile your account. And remember that staff at member libraries pay a reduced registration fee for the Tenn-Share Fall Conference - http://www.tenn-share.org/FallConference - in September.
You won't want to miss this year's School Library Collection Fair, DataFest, and Fall Conference. Our theme, "Who are the people in your neighborhood: Effectively serving our libraries' diverse users" applies to everyone! The School Library Collection Fair and DataFest are Thursday, September 19th, and Fall Conference is Friday, September 20th. All are held at the Nashville Public Library main branch.