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2012 Tennessee Resource Sharing Nomination Time

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 Monday, September 3, 2012. Please nominate someone for this award at http://www.tenn-share.org/resources/award/nominate. Award will be presented at the Tenn-Share Fall Conference this year. 

Firefly start delayed to Oct. 1 & Glowworm extended

Glowworm, our temporary courier service, will need at least one more month of life, continuing thru September.  This pushes our earliest start date for Firefly to October 1.  We plan to contract with the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the State of Tennessee to expand the courier to include the state's public libraries by then.

We’ll use the Firefly listserv to keep everyone up to date. (Want to join the listserv? Email Jodie Gambill.) We apologize for any problems this delay will create.


Save the Date: Datafest and Tenn-Share Fall Conference 2012

Tenn-Share’s annual DataFest and Collection Fair will be held at the Nashville Public Library on Thursday, September 27. We are working on a mobile technology theme and are fortunate to have Dr. Robbie Melton from TBReLearning as our morning keynote. We are currently identifying vendors to present at this year’s event and need your help.

We often ask vendors to develop their DataFest presentations with a few key questions in mind. These questions help ensure that the vendors are answering the kinds of product questions librarians really want answered. So here’s your chance. What kinds of questions would you like vendors to answer as they show their products and discuss how their products can be used in our increasingly mobile-friendly libraries?

Send your thoughts to Robert Benson.

DataFest planning team members include: Jenifer Grady (executive director); Eloise Hitchcock (Cumberland University); Cynthia Carmack (Millard Oakley PL); JoAnn Lynn (St. Agnes/St. Dominic); Mary Ellen Pozzebon (MTSU); Stephanie Hamm (Nashville Public Library); Wendy Cornelisen (TN State Library and Archives).

Also not be missed: Tenn-Share’s Fall Conference on Friday, September 28 at Nashville Public Library. More information on program details to follow soon.

Please send your ideas on vendor questions.
Robert Benson, Tenn-Share Vice President

Firefly hatches as Glowworm

The brand new Tenn-Share courier service hatches this week as Glowworm, maturing into Firefly in September when the network will grow to about 200 libraries or more.

Find the new Firefly section of this website at the address www.fireflycourier.org, and a listserv for Firefly/Glowworm network members.

New Executive Director Announced

Tenn-Share is pleased to announce that Jenifer Grady is the next Executive Director.

Jenifer Grady, MSLS, MBA, CAE, was recently Director of the American Library Association – Allied Professional Association for more than seven years. ALA-APA was established to fulfill two missions: supporting salary and status improvement initiatives and certifying library workers in specializations beyond their initial degree, whether it is an MSLS or a high school diploma. She managed certification programs for public library managers and public and academic support staff, conducted salary surveys, delivered conference programs in areas such as negotiation and affordable healthcare, and edited a monthly newsletter called Library Worklife.

Jenifer took her MSLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her MBA from the Weatherhead School of Case Western Reserve University. She has been on staff and as a manager at academic, medical, nonprofit, government and public libraries. In her personal life, Jenifer is always on the lookout for great bread pudding and a nearby trail to walk or bike off the calories.

Jenifer says “I am excited about the opportunity to serve as the Executive Director of Tenn-Share and put my negotiation skills to work for its members. I welcome your feedback, suggestions and best wishes for Tenn-Share.”

The search committee, chaired by Tenn-Share President Melissa Brenneman, included officers Tricia Bengel, Robert Benson, Sue Maszaros and Joe Weber, and also Database Coordinator DeAnne Luck. The search produced several impressive candidates. The Board is confident that Jenifer will implement the Tenn-Share mission and be a strong advocate for libraries and Tenn-Share. She loves working with people and data, which will serve the organization well.

Penny Frere, Tenn-Share’s first Executive Director, retired at the end of November 2011 after many years of dedicated service to the consortium and to Tennessee libraries. She was instrumental in the formation and expansion of the Tennessee Electronic Library, for which Secretary of State Riley Darnell called her "the Mother of TEL." We owe her a deep debt of gratitude for her leadership in bringing Tenn-Share to its strong position today. DeAnne Luck is resigning as Database Coordinator at the end of June to begin her new job as the librarian at Burt Elementary School in Clarksville. Her duties are combined into the new full time Executive Director position.

Tenn-Share welcomes Jenifer to the consortium, and wishes her well as the second Executive Director.

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