2018 Award Recipients

TEL Trainer of the Year - Amanda Yother, Coordinator, College of Education, Tennessee Tech University

The recipient of the 2018 TEL Trainer of the Year was Amanda Yother (pictured on the left) from Tennessee Tech University. When asked about TEL, Amanda said: “Over the course of a few short years, I've had the privilege of sharing the wonderful resources available in TEL with a wide variety of audiences. Adults and children visiting their public libraries, elementary school students, educators working with all age groups, university administrators, and public library staff all express awe at the breadth of the databases and gratitude that such quality resources are available for free use by all Tennesseans. TEL truly is for every Tennessean; I love being able to share this resource in the course of my work, no matter the audience.”


Andrea Zielke, TEL Administrator (pictured on the right), reflected, “The first time I met Amanda, when she was working as the Assistant Director at the Falling Water River Regional Library, she told me how much she loved using the resources provided in TEL and what a service it was for Tennesseans.  Her enthusiasm and knowledge of TEL helped her connect with libraries, teachers, and patrons across the state. Her training sessions on how the resources can be utilized within the classroom helped her build partnerships beyond the public libraries. Now that she is at Tennessee Tech University, I know we have a great advocate for TEL.” Tenn-Share appreciates Amanda for bringing the power of TEL to public and academic library patrons and staff. Andrea presented the award to Amanda at Fall Conference 2018.


DeAnne Nipp-Kientz Volunteer of the Year - Mary Ellen Sloane, User Services Librarian and Liaison for the College of Basic and Applied Sciences, Middle Tennessee State University

President Pat Van Zandt chose Mary Ellen Sloane as Tenn-Share’s Volunteer of the Year, presenting her with an award at the Tenn-Share Fall Conference on September 28, 2018.. Mary Ellen has been employed at Middle Tennessee State University for 14 years – and a volunteer with Tenn-Share for almost as long. In 2009, she proposed that Tenn-Share form an Electronic Resources Committee, now known as TSERC. She served on the TSERC committee as the Tennessee Board of Regents representative from 2009 through 2014, followed by a term as Secretary of Tenn-Share’s Board of Directors from 2016-2017.

Mary Ellen has served as a valuable member of the Fall Conference Committees, most notably in 2016 when she brought in Joyce Coleman to speak on African American Genealogy, and in 2017 when she brought in Dr. Vincent Woodrow, MTSU, to speak on student success/Drive to 55, then monitored a panel discussion on the same topic featuring librarians from Tenn-Share institutions. Both keynote speakers are still remembered as favorites by attendees. Pat remarked, “She’s always thinking Tenn-Share,” evidenced most recently by initiating and planning Library Carpentry Day in January 2019, in cooperation with MTSU and Tenn-Share (details forthcoming).


Tennessee Resource Sharing Award - Memphis Area Independent Schools Library Information Consortium (MAISLIC)

Memphis Area Independent Schools Library Information Consortium (MAISLIC) was honored with the Tennessee Resource Sharing Award at Tenn-Share’s Fall Conference on Friday, September 28, 2018.
The Tenn-Share Nominating Committee selected MAISLIC, the Memphis Association of Independent Schools Library Information Consortium, a group of four independent school libraries that have collaborated since 1981, from the nominees for the Tennessee Resource Sharing Award. MAISLIC, comprised of Memphis University School, St. Mary's Episcopal School, Lausanne Collegiate School, St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School, jointly became the first independent school member of SOLINET/OCLC in 1981. The schools maintain a shared catalog which allows them to borrow from each other, but they also share their collections with libraries across the state and the nation, sending out an average of 100 interlibrary loans per year since 1990. They loan more books than they borrow almost every year (28 to 124 items), sending most of the books and articles to other universities and colleges throughout the state of Tennessee. They have loaned books to libraries as far away as Syracuse University, California State University, and the University of Miami.

The MAISLIC librarians meet several times a year, work together to provide excellent services to their own communities, and stay up to date with the technical training required to maintain their OCLC membership and WorldCat holdings.This group is exemplary of the mission of the Resource Sharing Award; recipients receive a plaque and a $100 contribution.