2010 DataFest

Thanks to everyone that made DataFest 2010 such a success.  Total attendance was 197.

Detailed schedule of sessions (MS Word) (revised 10/25)

Vendor demonstrations (by Subject): 

Discovery / Federated Search

  • EBSCO Discovery Service
    EBSCO Discovery Service is a comprehensive discovery solution that locally indexes an enormous collection of metadata made searchable via a single search box in order to provide the most comprehensive, customized experience for each subscribing library.
  • EBSCOhost Integrated Search
    EBSCOhost Integrated Search (EHIS) is a next generation approach to federation, which eliminates the frustration caused by slow search results.  EHIS includes the industry’s most inclusive list of possible connectors and offers the added benefit of providing all of the search functionality of the EBSCOhost interface.
  • Encore (Innovative)
    The Encore Synergy platform brings together community participation, easy discovery, and library content (full-text articles, books, digital collections, and more) to make the library a preferred destination for finding information people need.  With Encore, it’s all right here.  
  • Primo (Ex Libris)
    Primo is a state-of-the-art discovery system that provides a single point of search for instant access to books, articles and more.  Primo integrates seamlessly with library applications from Ex Libris and other vendors.


  • netLibrary (EBSCO)
    In this session, learn how what NetLibrary becoming part of EBSCO Publishing will ultimately mean.  Main topics of discussion will be related to EBSCO’s plans to integrate NetLibrary into EBSCOhost, plans to expand business models, plans for content growth, and information related to our collection development services.
  • MyiLibrary eBooks (Ingram)
    Ingram offers public libraries access to more than 250,000 e-books available via MyiLibrary®, our comprehensive online platform. With content from the world’s most reputable publishers and a full range of purchasing options from single-title acquisition to publisher-specific subject collections, MyiLibrary’s the winning combination for beginning or expanding your e-book collection.


  • EBSCO History Resources: America History & Life w/ Full Text, Historical Abstracts w/ Full Text and History Reference Center
    Learn the details related to the new Full-Text Versions of America History & Life and Historical Abstracts - long awaited especially for college level history research.  Also, learn more about the new interface for our History Reference Center resource designed for secondary school, public library, community college, and undergraduate level research.
  • U.S History and World History in Context (Gale)
    World and US history is delivered in two recently released next-generation knowledge portals that will attract and supports today's learners.  These new portals offer outstanding primary and secondary history sources combined with journals, news and media-rich selections for a rewarding and comprehensive user experience.
  • 19th Century U.S. Newspapers (Gale)
    Acquire a collection of 500 newspapers offering 1.7 million pages, most not available in digital format, with the ability to search full text and to display both the article level and page level image.  This amazing (and fun) resource provides both historical and genealogical information and supports local history research.


  • MyiLibrary Audiobooks (Ingram)
    Ingram’s MyiLibrary Audio online platform offers public libraries access to thousands of downloadable audiobook titles and is the most compatible and user-friendly product on the market—operating on both Mac® and PC platforms. Best of all, our acquisitions model—similar to purchasing audio CDs—means no expensive, long-term subscriptions.
  • Freegal (Library Ideas)
    Freegal Music is online downloadable music service offering over 500,000 major label songs.  Freegal requires no software or platform, uses a libraries existing authentication system and works with all operating systems, browsers and players (including iPods) without any reconfiguration. 10,000’s of patrons have downloaded 100,000’s of songs to date. 
  • Movie Stick (Library Ideas)
    Movie Stick a cutting edge library solution to offer popular Hollywood feature film on a USB drive that works on either PC’s or MACs.  Easy to use a simple plug and play option, requires NO ADDITIONAL software, highly durable, shelf ready packaging and includes MARC records. Core collections and standing orders available
  • ImageQuest (Britannica)
    Simplify and improve your search for images with Image Quest.  Now you can access over two million images from 40 of the best collections in the world. Free of advertising and from trustworthy sources, Image Quest provides access to the highest quality images on all topics, for all ages.

Language Learning

  • BYKI Online for Libraries (Recorded Books)
    Over 80 language options available including English for foreign language speakers, Byki Online features: remote patron access, listening, reading, speaking, and writing exercises, as well as pronunciation analysis to improve pronunciation skills, patron progress tracking and assessment tests to help identify areas for improvement.
  • BYKI Online for Education (Recorded Books)
    Over 80 language options available including English for foreign language speakers, Byki Online features: remote student access, listening, reading, speaking, and writing exercises, pronunciation, student progress tracking, assessment tests help identify areas for improvement, unique classroom set up and curriculum support via unique content creation.
  • Rocket Languages (Library Ideas)
    Rocket Languages is an online language learning program with more than 60 hours of instruction for 11 languages (including American Sign Language & ESL).  Patrons can download or stream the instruction on either PCs or MACs and is iPod compatible. Unlimited use and downloads at HIGHLY AFFORDABLE price for all libraries.

Catalog Enhancement

  • Syndetics Solutions (Bowker)
    Syndetics strives to provide a wide variety of the most useful information available, much of which cannot be found in online bookseller catalogs or other sources.  Presentation will focus on New Content Elements available from Syndetics.
  • Library Thing For Libraries (Bowker)
    LTFL enhancements enrich your library's online catalog with the power and fun of Library 2.0.  It gives librarians the ability to browse, search and discover your holdings in a new, powerful, and engaging way.  Shelf Browse allows you to virtually browse a physical shelf via the convenience of your online catalog.


  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context (Gale)
    Find out why this is the premiere online resource covering today’s hottest issues.  With over 9,000 viewpoint articles along with outstanding context-providing content -- reference, journal, newspapers, primary source, statistics, multimedia, web-sites and more -- you’ll see why it has garnered significant awards and is beloved by its subscribers.
  • Job & Career Accelerator (Learning Express)
    LearningExpress LLC the leading educational technology learning company brings you Job and Career Accelerator™, online career guidance, placement and advancement platform, where users assess interests; explore careers; create resumes/cover letters; master interviewing; find jobs/internships; and organize and track progress.  Visit LearningExpresand learn how we accelerate careers.
  • Universal Class (Recorded Books) 
    An online adult continuing education service with over 540 courses, featuring: remote patron access, real instructors guiding the learning, engaging video-based lessons, graded lesson tests, certificates of achievement and Continuing Education Units available. Courses offered inFitness, Entrepreneurship, Music, How To, Cooking, Computers, Homeschooling, Job Assistance…plus 100’s more.
  • AASL Planning Guide for Empowering Learners (Britannica)
    A Planning Guide for Empowering Learners is a web-based program evaluation, planning, implementation, and advocacy tool that will ensure school library program planners go beyond the basics to provide goals, priorities, criteria, and general principles for establishing effective library programs.

We'll also continue our popular librarian-led sessions.  

  • "Issues in the News: Comparing Databases," Larry Romans, Vanderbilt Univ 
     Compares CQ Researcher, Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center, Points of View, Pro/Con Online, and the presenter’s Public Policy webpage in terms of providing the basics about current issues from abortion to youth suicide.
  • "Data.gov: Helping You Find and Use U.S. Government Data Files," Tim Byrnes, U.S. Dept of Energy 
    Data.gov exists to increase public access to high value, machine readable datasets generated by the executive branch of the federal government. This presentation will give an introduction to Data.gov and discuss some of the successful ways that Data.gov has been used.
  •  "Tennessee State of Mind: Accessing State Data and Services for Your Patrons," Tricia Kitchens, TN State Office for Information Resources; Brian Boling & Larry Romans, Vanderbilt Univ
    Focuses on how the state government collects, organizes, and manages the explosion of state government information and how librarians can help patrons access state data and services.


Special come-and-go lunchtime session (12:15-1:30):
"Gadgets and Gizmos"
Ever wanted to just play with one of those e-reader thingies?  Or an iPad?  Come and get your hands on these and other neat electronic gadgets that can be both fun and educational! 

TEL training (55 minutes) will be provided by the following vendors:

  • Gale
  • ProQuest
  • Learning Express
  • NewsBank 

"Behind the Scenes at NPL: A Librarian's Tour" @ 4:00.   The tour will be led by Betsy Fisher and will cover the areas you never normally see - Tech Services, digitization lab, server room, puppet workshop, print shop, etc. 

Plus, you can take advantage of the opportunity to network with your colleagues!  All FREE!

Also on Thursday, check out the School Library Collection Fair, and after DataFest, stick around for the Tenn-Share Conference on Friday!

DataFest Committee