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Internship Opportunities Available

Tenn-Share seeks interns who are currently in library school for two initiatives.  Both internships are unpaid but the knowledge gained will be invaluable as you begin your career.  Tenn-Share is Tennessee’s consortium, serving libraries of all types.  Tenn-Share’s 600+ member libraries save money on materials by taking advantage of multiple resource sharing services including a statewide courier service for interlibrary loan and cooperative electronic resource purchases. Learn about the inner workings of a diverse association with this special opportunity.  If you are interested, please complete the Internship Volunteer form.

Internship #1:  Return on Investment (ROI) study requires

•    advanced skill with reading, manipulating and creating Excel spreadsheets

•    the ability to synthesize multiple data sources

•    experience with converting data analysis to narrative formats

•    extraordinary attention to detail

•    good organizational skills

•    interest in library materials budgeting (preferred)

Internship #1 Details

Complete Return on Investment (ROI) study, analyzing the past three years of data for each database, consortial discounts and price increases, and provide a report on savings for all members participating in group database purchases.  In addition to ROI, this will provide data for decision-making by Tenn-Share’s Electronic Resources Committee and Executive Board.

Time commitment:  30 hours total

Internship #2:  Membership and office assistance requires

•    Availability 2 hours per week

•    skill with reading, manipulating and creating Excel spreadsheets

•    customer service experience

•    strong writing skills

•    extraordinary attention to detail

•    good organizational skills

•    effective interpersonal communication skills

Time commitment:  2 hours per week through June 2013 (negotiable)

Internship #2 Details

Intern will update subscription, courier and membership lists.  Intern will provide invaluable assistance during the beginning of the membership cycle.

Contact members when emails bounce back and update relevant spreadsheets/records with new contact information.

Other duties as assigned.


Both interns must be dependable, communicate well and regularly with Tenn-Share’s Executive Director, and sign a confidentiality agreement.

Welcome to new Tenn-Share Board members


Tenn-Share welcomes the following to the Board of Directors.  These new Board members will serve from January 2013 through December 2014:

  • Vice-President and President-Elect, Joe Weber, Director of Library Services at the Felix G. Woodward Library, Austin Peay State University in Clarksville (to serve as President from January 2014 through December 2015)
  • Secretary, Sara Casey, Librarian at St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School, Memphis
  • Academic Representative, Kevin Merriman, Head of Collection Management at the University of Memphis
  • Academic Representative, Charlie Remy, Electronic Resources and Serials Librarian at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • Treasurer, Stephanie Sutton, Director of Library Technical Services at the Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville
  • Public Representative, Mary Jane Spehar, Head of Public Services at the Chattanooga Public Library
  • Public Representative, Barbara Shelton, Director of the Jefferson County Public Library in Jefferson City
  • School Representative, Krystal McReynolds, School Librarian at Lincoln Elementary Library, Kingsport City Schools 

We would like to thank the Board members who served from January 2011 to December 2012, developing Tenn-Share’s latest Strategic Plan, participating in committee work, and carrying the organization through staffing transitions from January 2011 to December 2012. 

  • Vice-President, Robert Benson, Director of Library Services at Roane State Community College in Harriman 
  • Secretary, Joe Weber, Director of Library Services at the Felix G. Woodward Library, Austin Peay State University in Clarksville
  • Treasurer, Sue Maszaros, Collection Management Librarian at the Lila D. Bunch Library, Belmont University, Nashville
  • Academic Representative, Christy Groves, User Services Coordinator at the Walker Library, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro
  • Academic Representative, Anna Beth Morgan, Associate Vice President for Academic Resources and Director of the Library, Emma Waters Summer Library at Union University, Jackson
  • Public Representative, Rita Shacklett, Director at the Linebaugh Public Library, Murfreesboro
  • Public Representative, Bob Swanay, Library Director at the Johnson City Public Library, Johnson City
  • Special Representative, Deborah Taylor, Assistant Professor, Acquisitions at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, Memphis
  • School Representative, Leah Allison, Director of Library Services at St. George's Independent Schools, Collierville 


Help Tenn-Share update its image

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.



Tenn-Share News for January

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.

If you have questions or comments, please contact Jenifer.

Tenn-Share 2013-2014 dues increase

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.

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