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Tenn-Share News

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.

Delayed processing of dues payments

Tenn-Share has experienced a delay in processing and depositing the payments of membership renewals for the past month. If you are concerned that your check has not yet been posted, please be patient. A large number of checks from May and June were deposited on June 20. We will try hard to expedite any other checks that come in by June 27.

Courier service start-up

By the end of the summer, Tennessee will have a statewide library courier service.  After months of hard work, Tenn-Share’s RFP Committee selected RR Donnelley as our winning courier vendor.

Called Firefly, this Tenn-Share courier will provide 2 days a week service for all participating libraries. We do not have the final price yet as that will be determined by the total number of libraries who join the initial July-September implementation. Currently, we estimate each participant's cost to be between $1,400-$1,500 a year for 2 days a week service. There will also be options for 3 days and 5 days a week service at higher rates.

Currently, we have over 200 libraries willing to join the network. The Tennessee State Library and Archive plans to provide the service for over 180 public libraries throughout the state. Jennifer Cowan-Henderson is managing the TSLA project. David Atkins is currently coordinating the registration of non-TSLA libraries.

If you are a TSLA supported public library or if you have already registered with Tenn-Share as one of our original RFP libraries, you are good to go. You needn’t register again.

However, if you aren’t a TSLA supported public library and you haven’t registered and want to sign up for the service, complete this form. If you were one of the original RFP libraries, you should have already been contacted regarding joining the courier.

In registering, we will pass your information along to the vendor and we will work your library into our final cost quote. Once the quote is set, Tenn-Share will contact you with the option to purchase the service for an annual fee. In the coming months we’ll also provide information on how to purchase reusable shipping bags plus helpful how-to’s on using the courier.

If you are wondering if the courier will be a cost effective replacement for your current shipping methods and if you don’t have ready access to your actual shipping costs, use the Tennessee Shipping Costs Worksheet and Calculator. This spreadsheet helps estimate shipping costs via USPS, including supplies.

A hearty thank you to our RFP Committee for their hard work and support of this tremendous undertaking: David Atkins, UT, Knoxville; Christy Groves, Middle Tennessee State Univ.; Theresa Liedtka, UT, Chattanooga; Tricia Bengel, Nashville Public; and Yildiz Binkley, Tennessee State Univ.  Chuck Sherrill and Jennifer Cowan-Henderson at TSLA provided helpful information to the committee about the regional library system's needs. 

Rural broadband--what's taking so long?

A CNET series on rural broadband, with related stories, explains the difficulty of bringing broadband access to rural students, freelancers, business owners, and others who need it to be competitive. Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4 - Part 5

Adoption continues to be an issue where broadband is available. Keep your eyes and ears open about the FCC's efforts to modernize the Lifeline program and watch for grant opportunities aimed at digital literacy programs in schools and libraries.

Remember that Connected Tennessee is the organization to work with if your community is underserved in broadband access.

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