The recipient of the 2011 Tennessee Resource Sharing Award is Limitless Libraries, a unique partnership between Nashville Public Library (NPL) and Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) that combines the purchasing power and resources of both entities to facilitate students' access to library resources wherever they are in the city. Students can borrow resources from NPL to their school library; NPL has started purchasing resources for MNPS; and the two institutions have started buying e-resources together.
Accepting the award presented by Tricia Bengel, Tenn-Share President, at the Tenn-Share Conference on October 28, was Danielle Mezera, Director for the Mayor's Office of Youth and Children. Ms Mezera and Nashville Mayor Karl Dean conceived of the program; it was led by Ms Mezera.
Tenn-Share's annual fall events are fast approaching! The DataFest, Thursday, October 27, is free but requires registration. The Conference, Friday, October 28, requires registration and payment of a fee that can be paid by check of PayPal. The School Library Collection Fair, Thursday and Friday, October 27 and 28, is free also. All three events are open to librarians from all types of libraries.
Please help us identify a person, institution or organization on our state that as done outstanding work in promoting resource sharing among Tennessee libraries this year.
The recipient of the Tennessee Resource Sharing Award 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.
The 2011 DataFest on Oct 27 focuses solely on eBooks, and includes vendor presentations for all types of libraries, sessions on free eBooks, exploration of eReaders, and TEL training. And for the first time, a webinar Pre-conference on eBook issues will be presented on Monday, Oct 24.
The Conference theme of Tenn-Share Delivers reflects the latest Tenn-Share initiative: a statewide courier for interlibrary loans (ILL). In the General Session, David Atkins will report on the results of the Request For Proposal process.
This emphasis on interlibrary loan brings Tenn-Share back to its roots (an early benefit of Tenn-Share membership was group access to OCLC for ILL). One breakout session will focus on getting started with ILL for libraries that currently do not offer the service. Another session will cover some recent developments in the tools and methods of modern ILL service.