2019 Spring Newsletter

Spring 2019 Newsletter
Happy new year, Tenn-Share!
2019 is going to be an exciting year for Tenn-Share.
In February, the Board of Directors will meet to formulate a new strategic plan under the expert guidance of Karen Russell and Stefanie Ashley from the Facilitation Center at Eastern Kentucky University. The Board is enthusiastic and energized by this initiative, and we hope you will be also.
In March, Tenn-Share is presenting three EveryLibrary workshops across the state for library leaders in Tennessee (see details below). Learn how to advocate for your library!
In the fall, we'll hold our annual DataFest, School Library Collection Fair and Fall Conference, where you'll be able to meet our vendors as well as learn and share information with your colleagues across the state.
All this in addition to business as usual and possible new initiatives originating from strategic planning. As always, if you have questions or suggestions, contact me or any member of the Tenn-Share Board.
Thanks for being part of this!
Pat Van Zandt, Tenn-Share President
Coming to a Location Near You!
Tenn-Share invites you to learn practical strategies to advocate for your library from the experts at EveryLibrary, a nonprofit social welfare organization chartered to work on local library ballot initiatives.
Join John Chrastka and Patrick Sweeney from EveryLibrary, who have planned these days to be productive and relevant for staff at ALL library types.
  • East Tennessee - Monday, March 18, 2019 - University of Tennessee Knoxville John C. Hodges Library, 1015 Volunteer Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37996
  • Middle Tennessee - Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - Goodwill Industries Corporate Office, 1015 Herman St., Nashville, TN 37208 (near Farmer's Market and Tennessee State Museum)
  • West Tennessee - Thursday, March 21, 2019 - University of Memphis Ned R. McWherter Library, Memphis, TN 38152
We need your help!
DataFest and Fall Conference are scheduled for Thursday and Friday, October 17-18, 2019, at the Nashville Public Library Conference Center. Although that seems far away, we need your help now!
  • DataFest – What and which vendors do you want to see at DataFest on Thursday, October 17th? What improvements or changes do you imagine for the event?
  • Plan the Fall Conference – Who and what do you want to hear at Fall Conference on Friday, October 18th? Help us choose a theme and recruit speakers to plan a day that will address the latest trends and training in e-resources and resource sharing.
We would like to have a conference call with volunteers within the next couple of weeks, if possible, so let us know now if you can serve on either or both committees. It’s a great opportunity to get involved with planning a professional conference, and – of course – to have some fun as well!
Email execdir@tenn-share.org to join one or both committees.
Q & A with new
Tenn-Share board members.
Susan Drye, Assistant Director for Administrative Services at the Nashville Public Library in Nashville, Tenn.
Question 1: What do you most value about Tenn-Share?
Tenn-Share is a great resource for libraries small, large and of the school variety. Tenn-Share’s consortium structure gives member libraries leverage for reducing costs that individual libraries would not have because of the larger pool of libraries that are purchasing products together. Tenn-Share can get needed electronic resources at the best possible cost. In turn, member libraries can get more materials and resources for the public that they may not otherwise be able to provide. The more materials and resources libraries can provide their customers, the more current and relevant libraries stay in society, and that is good for all.
Question 2: What is the last book you have read and do you recommend that others read it? Why or why not?
I must admit I am not the avid reader that some who work in a library are. The last book I have actually read was with my Sunday school class called “Seamless” by Angie Smith. The book is supposed to help one gain clarity and confidence in one’s overall understanding of the Bible. However, I found it just didn’t do the trick for me.
Diette Ward, Electronic Resources/Instruction Librarian in Squires Library at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn.
Question 1: What do you most value about Tenn-Share?
I think most librarians would agree that one of the main goals in our profession is to make sure that everyone has access to quality information. The Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL) is a great example of that kind of provision. TEL provides access to thousands of electronic resources to everyone who resides in the state of Tennessee, including academic articles, magazines, ebooks, and even encyclopedias. This means that under-served communities and under-funded school systems still have access to library resources with their access to the Internet. I can’t think of anything more valuable.
Question 2: What is the last book you have read and do you recommend that others read it? Why or why not?
I recently finished “The New Instruction Librarian: A Workbook for Trainers and Learners,” by Candice Benjes-Small and Rebecca K. Miller, which did give me some great ideas on ways to improve what I do as a librarian. While I would absolutely recommend this book to my colleagues, I don’t think the general public would find it quite as riveting.
Rebekah Ellis, Librarian and Key Club Advisor at The L&N STEM Academy in Knoxville, Tenn.
Question 1: What do you most value about Tenn-Share?
I love the consortium pricing for the practical and legal needs of Tennessee libraries. The two discounts that I appreciate most right now for my public high school library are Movie Licensing USA and Demco. Additionally, I value Tenn-Share's support of TEL.
Question 2: What is the last book you have read and do you recommend that others read it? Why or why not?
I've just finished “Becoming” by former First Lady Michelle Obama. I highly recommend this autobiography because Obama's compelling and personal story shares her life and her family's journey to the White House. By the end of the book, it's clear that even though her journey is dramatically different than ours, her concerns, hopes, and dreams are still very much the same.
Kathryn (Katie) Hiney, Library Director of EG Fisher Public Library in Athens, Tenn.
Question 1: What do you most value about Tenn-Share?
Tenn-Share offers all Tennessee libraries, big and small, the opportunity to stay up to date and in touch with innovation in our field. Their communications, conferences, and member discounts allow us to be informed and provide the best to our communities.
Question 2: What is the last book you have read and do you recommend that others read it? Why or why not?
“The Woman's Hour” by Elaine Weiss. It's an incredible read that delves deep into Tennessee's history-altering 19th amendment ratification vote. I recommend it to everyone. It's a fascinating story that shows the struggles of those who fought for women's suffrage (and those who opposed it).
Patricia Dover, Electronic Resources Librarian at Jessie Ball duPont Library at The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn.
Question 1: What do you most value about Tenn-Share?
I most value the purchasing discounts that Tenn-Share offers to members.
Question 2: What is the last book you have read and do you recommend that others read it? Why or why not?
The last book I read was “The Punishment She Deserves: A Lynley Novel” by Elizabeth George. This is the 20th book in the author’s detective series featuring Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers. This is one of my favorite series. I enjoy George’s accomplished writing style, and I like the characters in this series. The cases are always interesting, and I enjoy the tidbits of British culture that I pick up. I would recommend the series for detective fiction fans or just for anyone who likes a well-written series of novels with compelling characters.
Rachel Rich, High School Library Media Specialist at Lipscomb Academy in Nashville, Tenn.
Question 1: What do you most value about Tenn-Share?
I value the discounts we receive for books and supplies. I’m able to stretch my budget!
Question 2: What is the last book you have read and do you recommend that others read it? Why or why not?
I recently purchased “DAMSEL” by Elana Arnold for my library, but based on reviews, I wanted to read it before I put it out for the general population. I thought it was an excellent fairytale-ish book, but it’s definitely an unexpected take. It’s a perfect story for readers who are curious if whether Prince Charming really does equal a happily ever after or if maybe the Damsel didn’t need to be rescued after all. This story does have some sexual violence and may be a trigger for some, but I think it’s appropriate and extremely thought-provoking for mature YA readers.
Resource Highlight
Statista is one of the leading providers of quantitative data and statistics on the internet. Their online database, by the same name, provides users with access to market and consumer data aggregated from over 18,000 sources on 80,000 topics.
This robust database is perfect for business and finance researchers wanting to stay current with rapidly changing markets. The interface is easy to use and clearly breaks down statistical information by market with information on everything from digital advertising and e-commerce to food, clothes, and consumer electronics. These market outlooks define the scope of the statistical data and provide information regarding revenue, users, and an outlook on the future of each market.

For the more casual user of Statista, the “Statistics” dropdown on the homepage provides a quick overview at some of the data available, along with the website’s most viewed statistics. Do you want to know the total volume of bananas produced worldwide from 2010 to 2016, the number of licensed drivers in the United States by gender, or which U.S. cities are teeming with bed bugs? Statista can tell you and provide you with not only the data, but infographics that can be downloaded and used in reports or presentations to help tell the story.

Statista is a tool that can be used by experienced researchers and first-time users. It is extensible and useful in many areas. Membership in Tenn-Share gives your library the opportunity to purchase Statista and other databases at a discount. If you are interested in a trial of Statista, please email
Not just for beds anymore:
?Bed bugs in libraries
I am the LAST person who should have volunteered to write an article on bed bugs (not bedbugs) in libraries because I didn’t anticipate the photographs! Ick! I do not feel neutral about bugs – definitely negative. But educating our member library staff is important so I will overcome my disgust to tell you what to watch for.
Much of this brief is taken from the American Library Association publication, “Don’t let the bed bugs bite,” from 2015. The topic was inspired by Lauri Thompson, TSLA, who told me about bed bug sniffing dogs – yes, let them do the work! There’s more about canine inspectors at the end of the brief.
Why should you read this brief?
  • Bed bugs are not dangerous and do not transmit disease but they are a nuisance. Some people are allergic to the bites.
  • They feed on blood at night (but they can live for months without feeding) and move fast.
  • Bed bugs are prolific. Females lay between 1 and 12 eggs a day, and six weeks after this, not only is the female ready to mate again, so are her offspring. In 6 months, one mated female can produce almost 8000 adults and 170,000 bites.
  • They have been on the earth for hundreds of thousands of years.
How prolific are bed bugs in libraries?
  • They caused a Michigan public library to close in 2013. They hide in the spines of library books.
  • The bed bug population has increased overall since 2010. There was even a bedbug summit in Nashville that year.
  • Knoxville was #21 (think cabins and resorts) and Nashville #22 (hotels? Apartment development?) on Orkin’s Top 50 Bed Bugs Cities 2018.
What are the signs of an infestation?
  • Pestworld.org says, “small red to brown fecal spots, molt bed bug skins or red bite marks on the body.”
  • The ALA article shows pictures of the dots on books that signify bugs.
What should your staff do if they suspect bed bugs are in books?
  • Be calm.
  • Be vigilant when inspecting books.
  • Appoint a pest management coordinator (if staffing levels allow).
  • At circulation desks, create a Quarantine Kit:
  • Ziploc bags
  • Spray bottle of rubbing alcohol
  • Isolated place to store the bags
  • LED flashlight
  • UV flashlight
  • Magnifying glass
  • Latex gloves
  • Borrowing history for infected books – the ALA article gives pointers on how to contact a borrower suspected of returning books with bugs.
  • Put clothing that may have been infected in a hot dryer for an hour to kill all signs – do not wash first!
  • Contact a pest control company
How is an infestation treated?
  • Chemicals (Fumigation) – used for materials and facilities
  • Chemicals (Residual) – used as a preventative measure in facilities
  • Heat – used for materials and facilities
  • Steam – used for furniture
  • Why/how are dogs used to “sniff” out bed bugs?
  • Canines have a 90% effective rate at finding bugs compared to 30% for pest control specialists.
  • Dogs track the bed bug pheromones.
Where do we find canine bed bug inspectors?
Here are a few companies we found in Tennessee through a Google search (please conduct your own due diligence regarding the quality of service). Some companies have their own canines and others partner with dog inspectors.
What do we do now that we’re itching and/or grossed out by this article?
  • Be aware.
  • Be prepared.
  • Practice prevention by using methods such as:
  • Diatomaceous earth (it’s a white powder sold at gardening and home improvement stores) in book drops
  • Sticky traps in book drops
  • Establishing policies regarding what items and of what size can be brought into the library, e.g., luggage, bedding, large backpacks.
  • Educate your community and dissuade the notion that homeless individuals are culprits. The bugs travel and hitch rides with travelers.
Jenifer Grady, Tenn-Share Executive Director
Oh, the Places Alcoa City Schools Is Going!
Video collaboration technology is opening the door to an endless array of learning opportunities. Students can now explore museums, science and cultural centers, and art galleries around the globe.
One elementary school in the Alcoa City Schools (Alcoa) system worked with ENA to purchase and implement Video Collaboration Powered by Zoom (VCPZ), the preeminent collaborative learning video tool in the market today. Teachers and students are now leveraging the tool to create versatile, interactive, and impactful learning opportunities. Click here to seeAlcoa’s Director of Career and Technical Education Patty Thomas shared some of the creative ways teachers are enhancing their curriculum through video collaboration.
“We’re not simply taking field trips—we’re empowering our students with learning experiences that will influence the next stages of their lives.” - Patty Thomas
Virtual field trips and video collaboration technologies offer today’s students access to the vast global landscape. As Patty Thomas notes above, these experiences are more than just field trips—they are life-changing events that can open a student’s eyes to a wide spectrum of opportunities!
For more information about VCPZ, please contact Bria Curry at bcurry@ena.com. She will be happy to set you up with a demo or free trial.
Items for your Future Log
  • Thursday, October 17 for DataFest
  • Friday, October 18 for Fall Conference
Do you have information that you would you like to contribute to the Tenn-Share newsletter? Then email your thoughts and questions to Jenifer Grady at execdir@tenn-share.org
We hope you enjoyed Tenn-Share's Spring 2019 Newsletter!
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