2010 Fall Conference


theme ~ speakers ~ schedule ~ lodging


Tenn-Share will hold its 2010 Conference at Nashville Public Library on Friday, October 29. This is the day after Tenn-Share’s popular DataFest, a free event showcasing electronic database vendor demonstrations. A school library collection fair runs both days, bringing in more than 15 vendors of school library books. In addition, the Government Documents Round Table of the Tennessee Library Association meets in conjunction with the Conference. All these programs and events happening in the same place over two days create an inexpensive opportunity for continuing education and networking.

The Conference theme of “Smarter, faster, cheaper” is reflected in the programs on the day’s agenda.

Smarter: Give customers the simplest possible search box that delivers the best possible results from the widest possible field of library-vetted resources. Attend two sessions on “discovery” interfaces.

Faster: Once a person has discovered a resource, how can libraries break down the obstacles to delivering that resource in the quickest way possible? Respond to the Rethinking Resource Sharing Manifesto and hear about efforts to organize a statewide courier service.

Cheaper: Tenn-Share’s Database Coordinator provides an update on the TN Consortial Purchase Project.


Anne Beaubien, winner of the 2007 Virginia Boucher-OCLC Distinguished ILL Librarian Award (RUSA), is the keynote speaker. She is the Director of MLibrary Document Delivery and Grants Office at the University of Michigan library. She is also past chair of the Rethinking Resource Sharing Steering Committee (an international group) and member of the ALA RUSA STARS Rethinking Resource Sharing Policies Committee.  See her presentation slides!

Marshall Breeding will present an overview of the trends in library discovery interfaces, from so-called Next Generation catalogs to web-scale discovery products. He is the Director for Innovative Technologies and Research at the Jean and Alexander Heard Library of Vanderbilt University, a Library Journal columnist, and a regular contributor to Library Technology Reports. His book Next-Gen Library Catalogs was published this year by Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc.


9:00–9:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast

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Sponsored by Ingram Library Services  

9:35–11:00 Opening Session

Tricia Bengel, President; Technical Services Administrator, Nashville Public Library
Donna Nicely; Director, Nashville Public Library

2010 Tennessee Resource Sharing Award          

For outstanding work in promoting resource sharing within and among Tennessee libraries and other information agencies


2010 TEL Trainer of the Year Award                     

The Austin Peay State University Instruction Team of Philenese Slaughter, Sharon Johnson, Nancy Gibson, Inga Filipo and Christina Chester-Fangman are the 2010 TEL Trainers of the Year. 


Share Your Stuff

David Atkins, Head of Resource Sharing and Document Delivery at University of Tennessee, reports on progress towards a statewide courier for ILL.

Keynote: Rethinking Resource Sharing  [slides]

Anne Beaubien, Director, MLibrary Document Delivery & Grants Office, University of Michigan; winner of the 2007 Virginia Boucher-OCLC Distinguished ILL Librarian Award (RUSA)

11:10–12:00 Breakout sessions on Rethinking Resource Sharing

Tennessee’s School, Public, and Academic libraries are making technical and policy changes to improve access to library materials between institutions. See how Sharing Your Stuff can work smarter, faster, and cheaper in your library.

RRS for academic and special libraries

Anne Beaubien and Marion Bryant, Moderators

RRS for public libraries

David Atkins and Dinah Harris, Moderators

RRS for school libraries

Kathryn Bennett and Nancy Dickinson, Moderators

11:10–12:00 Merging Reference Service Points: Keeping the Service Level High (a GODORT program)

When libraries merge service desks, what are the effects on customer service, collections, service styles, and cross-training?

Mary Freilich and Betsy Park, University of Memphis;
Miriam Barrett, Nashville Public Library;
Janette Prescod, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

12:00 Lunch

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Lunch sponsored by Gale Cengage Learning



Learn & Discover Prizes sponsored by EBSCO Publishing 


1:00–1:50 Federated Searching:  Reaching Out to Valuable Resources You Would Otherwise Probably Never Search (a GODORT program)  [slides]

This presentation will focus on federated searching tools from the Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information, including Science.gov and Science Acclelerator.gov. Discussion will include how to improve federated search results and how to understand what results you are getting. The presentation will also demonstrate the new multilingual search capabilities of WorldWideScience.org.

Tim Byrne, Department of Energy, Office of Scientific and Technical Information

1:00–1:50 Search Revolution: Layered Simplicity  [slides]

A new generation of discovery products have emerged that streamline and modernize searching across library catalogs, article databases, and digital collections. They provide users a simpler way to access the full breadth of library collections, while providing more appealing presentation and more powerful search and selection capabilities.  Can these products support a state-wide discovery platform spanning a large number of library catalogs as well as the content offered through TEL? Marshall Breeding will describe the current technologies, products, and trends in this area.

Marshall Breeding, Director for Innovative Technologies and Research, Vanderbilt University

2:00–2:50 Discovery Layer Close-ups

Panelists will provide a closer look at Primo and Encore implementations of “discovery layers.” (See the DataFest schedule for opportunities to view other products on October 28.)

David Ratledge, UTK, on Primo
Tricia Bengel, Nashville Public Library, on Encore
Marshall Breeding, Vanderbilt University, on Primo

2:00–2:50 Mostly Cloudy and Cool

In follow-up to last year’s session on OCLC’s library management system in “the cloud,” we hear how one Tennessee library migrated in about 30 days.

Andrea Schurr, ILS manager, UT Chattanooga

2:00–2:50 TN Consortial Purchase Project update

DeAnne Luck, Moderator

3:00    Wrap-Up and Action Plans, Door Prizes

Tricia Bengel, President, Tenn-Share

Registration Rates

Please note special Retiree rate this year!

$10 Current Library School Students and Retirees

$15 New Librarians (One Year or Less in the Profession)

$30 Per Person, Member Libraries

$50 Per Person, Non-Member Libraries

Please note also that separate registration for the Tenn-Share DataFest on Thursday, October 28, while FREE, is REQUIRED!

The School Library Collection Fair, Thursday, October 28 and Friday, October 29, does not require registration.


Here's a list of accommodations.