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Fall Conference Line-up

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

2014 Tennessee Resource Sharing Nomination

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 has a new member benefit

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.

Registration is open for Tenn-Share's School Library Collection Fair, DataFest and Fall Conference

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.

At School Library Collection Fair - http://www.tenn-share.org/collectionfair - you can talk to representatives from your favorite vendors, see new books and products, and interact with your peers from across the state over a snack. Registration to School Library Collection Fair is free - http://www.tenn-share.org/2013schoolcollfair

At DataFest - http://tenn-share.org/datafest - you can learn about new products, see colleagues, connect with vendor representatives, and walk away with new ideas for service.  Registration to DataFest is free - http://www.tenn-share.org/2013registration

At Fall Conference - http://tenn-share.org/FallConference - workshop presenters will share programs, services, resources and strategies for serving diverse communities.  This full day of professional development is $30 (lunch included) for member library staff, less for students and new librarians - http://www.tenn-share.org/2013registration

We will see you there!


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

"Who are the people in your neighborhood?"  Effectively serving our libraries' diverse users

is the theme of the Tenn-Share 2013 DataFest and Fall Conference, to be held at the Nashville Public Library on September 19th and 20th.  Elements that comprise diversity can include language, socioeconomic levels, religion, ethnicity/race, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, geographic location, education level (Common Core and Complete College Tennessee Act), national origin, immigration status, political beliefs, and more.  

DataFest features vendors presenting on how their products can help you serve your community.  There are also 25-minute slots at DataFest for presentations by library staff who are using some aspect of technology or electronic resources to serve a diverse population.  Please submit your ideas!

Fall Conference sessions are 50 minutes and will feature presentations and workshops to share information about programs, services, resources, or strategies employed to meet the needs of a diverse population.

The 2013 Fall Conference 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.  In particular, Tenn-Share is keen to receive proposals that will share programs, services, resources, and strategies that they are employing that help them address our theme.

Possible presentation topics could include:

o   using electronic resources to meet the needs of diverse or marginalized populations;

o   the digital divide;

o   marketing credible resources for minority populations; and

o   minimizing/eliminating accessibility barriers to electronic resources.

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 the theme, 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 9:


Proposals will be reviewed and presenters will be notified by August 16. 

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