2013 Fall Conference

"Who are the people in your neighborhood?"  Effectively serving our libraries' diverse users

Fall Conference was held on Friday, September 20th, at the Nashville Public Library Conference Center.  The theme of the 2013 Tenn-Share DataFest and Fall Conference was serving diverse communities. Elements that comprise diversity can include language, socioeconomic levels, religion, ethnicity/race, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, geographic location, education level (Common Core and Complete College Tennessee Act), national origin, immigration status, political beliefs, and more.

Presenters will share programs, services, resources, and strategies that they are employing for this purpose. Possible presentation topics could include: using electronic resources to meet the needs of diverse or marginalized populations, the digital divide, marketing credible resources for minority populations, and minimizing/eliminating accessibility barriers to electronic resources. Attendees will learn about how better understanding and meeting the wide ranging needs of their unique users can make their libraries more relevant and valuable. We hope you'll join us!

Resources and Follow-up from speakers

Building Community, Providing Access and Saving Lives, by Loida Garcia-Febo - Useful links, articles and books.

Breaking Down the Wall: Teaching Teens about Technology at the Chattanooga Public Library, by Justin Hoenke and James McNutt

Serving LGBT Youth in Your Library, by Heather Lambert - http://www.slideshare.net/heatherneptune/working-with-lgbt-teens-final

Bicycool Library, by Sally Robertson - http://contentbuilder.merlot.org/toolkit/users/bikinglibrarian/bicycoollibrary

ASCLA Library Accessiblity Tipsheets, by Heather Lambert - http://www.slideshare.net/heatherneptune/library-accessibility-26542558

Library Service to People with Print Disability, by Ruth Hemphill

Creative Open Source Tools for Your Library and Your Patrons, by Bryan Jones

Affordable Care Act in Tennessee, by Martha Earl and Faith Holdredge - Presentation slides

Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services, by Anne Fox - Outreach Flyer

Keynote speaker

Loida Garcia-Febo

Loida Garcia-FeboBuilding Community, Providing Access and Saving Lives

Libraries serve diverse communities functioning as learning, cultural and information centers. These services are based on our commitment to basic human rights supporting equity and access to information for all.  By meeting the needs of our diverse populations, librarians can expand the scope of who has access to information and save lives. As librarians, we are positioned with exceptional opportunities to raise awareness, build community, and improve understanding and cooperation for diversity and inclusion. Promoting dialogue and cooperation is a necessary investment in our local, national and international futures.

Loida Garcia-Febo is an international librarian and consultant, researcher, speaker and writer of topics such as human rights, access to information, advocacy, diverse populations, new professionals and continuing professional development. Loida is President of Information New Wave, an international charity seeking to enhance the education of minority groups in the USA and in developing countries.


For more information, view the Program (pdf)

Time Room 1A Auditorium Room 1B Room 2 Room 3
9:00-9:30 Registration & Breakfast  
9:30-10:20   Welcome & Keynote  
10:30-11:20   Breaking Down the Wall: Teaching Teens About Technology at the Chattanooga Public Library Library Service to People with Print Disabilities English Language Learners and the Library Tell it to Tenn-Share
11:30-12:20   The Circulation of Tablets, Notebooks, and E-Readers at an Academic Library Serving LGBT Youth in Your Library Creative Open Source Tools for Your Library & Your Patrons Preserving the Scientific and Academic Serial Backfile for the state of Tennessee
12:30-1:40 Pick up Box Lunch  
1:45-2:35   Get Common: The 1962 Consolidation and Creation of Metro Government ASCLA Library Accessiblity Tipsheets The Digital Divide Today: Not the same as your parent's generation Digital Divide Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services - LIFT Website
2:45-3:35   Collection Development for Marginalized Populations Bringing the Community into the School Bicycool Library: Get to know your community by bicycle Affordable Care Act in Tennessee


Deanna Nipp-Kientz Memorial Service Award - Leah Allison, St. George's Independent School

TEL Trainer of the Year Award - Amanda Mason, E.W. Grove School

Tennessee Resource Sharing Award - Charles (Chuck) Sherrill, Tennessee State Library and Archives

Thanks to our Sponsors

Ingram Content Group


Registration Cancellations and Refunds

Registrations are transferable.  If no one can come in your place, upon request, Tenn-Share will refund your registration fee at 100% if the cancellation is more than 30 days before the event.  For attendees who cancel within 30 days of the event and request refunds, Tenn-Share retains $10 from the fees paid for administrative expenses.  If you prefer to transfer your registration, please contact Tenn-Share.


Please see the DataFest page for a list of nearby hotels.