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Testing Education Reference Center Trial Offer Fall 2012


Tenn-Share members are invited to try the Testing Education Reference Center from Gale between now and November 30.  The focus of Testing Education Reference Center is high school and college students, career and job testing and preparation.

The product has an online practice environment that closely replicates the test experience, and high quality ebooks published by Peterson. 

Chronicle of Higher Education and Chronicle of Philanthropy Trial Offer Fall 2012

Tenn-Share members can try the Chronicle of Higher Education and Chronicle of Philanthropy online from now through September 30 on a trial basis.  Current subscribers may add domain (as opposed to IP) access for a discount and gain an additional month+ of free access if they add it now.  Your patrons will be able to access the Chronicle on mobile devices from anywhere.  Details are on the Databases website.  

Registration now open for 2012 DataFest and Fall Conference

Tenn-Share’s annual DataFest, Collection Fair and Fall Conference will be held at Nashville Public Library on September 27-28. Registration is now open at http://www.tenn-share.org/registration2012.


DataFest 2012 will be a mobile feast for libraries, featuring electronic resources and products that are available to our patrons on smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. The list of vendors and presenters is growing. Dr. Robbie Melton from Tennessee Board of Regents eLearning will be the morning keynote. Dr. Melton is a leading authority on the use of mobile technologies in education (pre-school through higher ed).

Datafest is a BYOD event. Nashville Public Library offers free wireless access. Bring your smart phone, tablet or other device to test products and share your ideas.

Datafest registration is free. Visit http://www.tenn-share.org/datafest for the latest updates and to get registered.

Dine Arounds

Have dinner plans? This year, Datafest will offer Dine-arounds. Plan to join a Tenn-Share dine-around Thursday evening after Datafest. Enjoy the company of your fellow Tenn-Share members at one of several local restaurants with your choice of interesting conversation topics.  You can register for Dine-arounds when you register for attending DataFest or the Fall Conference.

Meet and mingle with other library professionals while sharing information about timely themes. Each attendee is responsible for their bill and gratuity.  Please meet your group in the front lobby of the NPL at 5:00 p.m.  Locations and hosts subject to change.  There may be a limit on how many attendees we will have at each restaurant.

Dine-around topics, restaurants and hosts are listed at http://www.tenn-share.org/datafest.

Fall Conference – The Future of Resource Sharing: It’s Still About the Book

The future of resource sharing for Tennessee libraries is exciting. Celebrate Firefly, Tennessee’s new state-wide library courier. Learn how it works and how to join. Explore ideas on how the courier might impact future access to resources and the ways we offer collections to our patrons. Explore the possible future of shared eBook collections. Presentations will highlight opportunities and challenges  surrounding consortial sharing of eBook resources.

We are excited to welcome Brett Bonfield, 2012 Library Journal Mover & Shaker, as our conference keynote. Brett will offer his thoughts about the future of library consortia and resource sharing. Learn more about Brett and the Fall Conference at http://www.tenn-share.org/FallConference.

Registration and fee information is available at http://www.tenn-share.org/registration2012.

Stay tuned

More information is coming soon.

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Please help us spread the word. Share with your friends, followers and colleagues. Let’s make this the best Tenn-Share event yet!

See you in September.

Robert Benson, Tenn-Share Vice-President/President-elect

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.


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