2011 Fall Conference

Tenn-Share Delivers

October 28
Nashville Public Library

Tenn-Share held its 2011 Conference at Nashville Public Library on Friday, October 28.

The Conference theme of “Tenn-Share Delivers” reflects the latest Share Your Stuff initiative: the Request For Proposals seeking a statewide courier for interlibrary loans (ILL). In the General Session, David Atkins will report on the results of the RFP process.

This emphasis on interlibrary loan brings Tenn-Share back to its roots. A past benefit of Tenn-Share membership was group access to OCLC for ILL (GAC). One breakout session will look at starting a new GAC for libraries that do not use OCLC for interlibrary loan. Another session will cover some recent developments in the tools and methods of modern ILL service.

Eric Forte, Member Consultant at OCLC, will give the keynote address on OCLC's Perceptions of Libraries, 2010 report, a sequel to the 2005 Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources. The address will be followed by a panel discussion led by Dr. Steven Smith, Dean of Libraries, UT Knoxville.

The Conference 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.


9:00 am to 9:25 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by Ingram Content Group
9:30 am to 11:30 am

General Session
Tricia Bengel, Presiding

Tennessee Resource Sharing Award
Sponsored by EBSCO Publishing

TEL Trainer of the Year Award
Sponsored by World Book

Share Your Stuff
David Atkins summarizes the Statewide Courier Initiative.

Keynote Address by Eric Forte, Member Consultant at OCLC

Panel discussion on Perceptions of Libraries, 2010
Panelists: Dr. Steven Smith, Dean of Libraries, UT Knoxville; Tricia Bengel, Tenn-Share President; Karyn Storts-Brinks, Fulton High School, Knox County; Eric Forte


For Interlibrary Loan workshops:

11:30 am to 12:15 pm Lunch
Sponsored by Gale Cengage
12:15 pm to 1:30 pm

Getting started with OCLC interlibrary loan and Group Access Capability (GAC)

An OCLC trainer will lead this session and answer your questions about how you can participate in interlibrary loan (ILL).

Tenn-Share is considering re-instituting the GAC benefit, which would allow Tenn-Share member libraries to use OCLC for ILL without having to be OCLC members. Find out what this means for your library, and let Tenn-Share know if this is a benefit you would use. Get a look at the new portal that provides free training in the OCLC resource sharing software.

1:30 pm to 1:45 Break
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm

OCLC interlibrary loan, level 2: an update on tools and methods

An OCLC trainer will lead this session and present the latest innovations. Topics will include the WorldCat knowledge base, Article Exchange, and disintermediation.

11:30 am to 12:30 pm Lunch
Sponsored by Gale Cengage
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

WorldCat Local Quick Start, ContentDM Quick Start: Modernize your catalog’s public interface in one half day or less.

Besides enjoying a deep group discount, the Tenn-Share member libraries participating in the group subscription to FirstSearch may configure a localized view of WorldCat that serves as a “next-gen” interface to their own catalog. They can also start a digitization project with ContentDM. Come see examples of public and academic library configurations, and find out how to join the group. Session leaders are David Hajdik, Distance Learning and Reference Librarian; Kyle Cook, Nashville Public Library; DeAnne Luck, Tenn-Share Database Coordinator.

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

Volunteer Voices
Becky Verner is your guide for a closer look at the new Volunteer Voices website. Ms. Verner, an educator for 17 years, served as a member of the education committee for the Volunteer Voices project. She is an instructional designer at John Early Museum Magnet Middle School (JEMMMS); previously she managed two Teaching American History Grants for the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, and worked in the Public Programs (Education) Department at the Tennessee State Museum.

1:30 pm to 1:45 Break
1:45 pm to 2:45 pm

Ebook issues
This panel discussion will focus on the potential threats and opportunities inherent in the technology of ebooks, such as Digital Rights Management and vendor licenses. Panelists include Jud Barry, Director of Bristol Public Library; Marion Bryant, Director of Bluegrass Regional Library; Tricia Bengel, Technology Manager of Nashville Public Library.

Notice: these issues will be closely examined also in a preconference on October 24.


Near Nashville Public Library

All downtown parking

If you want to park in the garage attached to Nashville Public Library, here are a couple of tips:

  • Arrive early.  (This garage is also used for monthly and per-day parking by downtown workers, many of whom start their day before 8:30 a.m.)  But remember, you won’t be able to get into the Library until it opens at 9:00.
  • Park on level 4N, if possible; this allows you to walk into the first floor of the Main Library. The Conference Center will be on your right as you come in.

The Convention Center is expecting 650 people on Sept 12 and 13, so parking for the DataFest and Collection Fair could be affected.

Registration Fee Options:

  • Current Library School Students and Retirees: $10.00
  • New Librarians (One Year or Less in the Profession): $15.00
  • Member Libraries (Per Person): $30.00
  • Non-Member Libraries (Per Person): $50.00

Tenn-Share thanks our Conference Sponsors:

Ingram Content Group


World Book

Gale Cengage

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