2012 DataFest

DataFest 2012: A Mobile Feast for Libraries was a great success!DataFeast

DataFest 2012 was on Thursday, September 27th (9:30am to 5pm Central) at Nashville Public Library and focused on Mobile products and technologies.

Our patrons depend on their smartphones, tablets and other mobile internet devices for real-time information. Is your library "mobile-friendly"?

This year's Datafest explores electronic resources and ideas to help your library patrons connect to your collections and resources "on the go".

Twitter hashtag is #tsdf12.

Online registration is closed


View the Datafest2012 event schedule (Word document)

View the Datafest2012 event schedule (PDF document)

Keynote speaker

Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Robbie Melton, TN Board of Regents Associate Vice-Chancellor of eLearning and Emerging Mobilization Technology.

Read more about Dr. Melton.

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)

This year's Datafest is BYOD. Participants are encourage to bring their smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. Vendors are being encouraged to let attendees use their personal mobile devices to see products and services first hand.

Vendors - A menu for the mobile feast (presentations)

Confirmed vendors for workshops include:

AtoZ Databases  Alexander Street Press

Baker and Taylor Britannica Digital Library

EBSCO Follett

Gale Ingram



Recorded Books  Rittenhouse

World Book

Vendor Registration

Librarian-led "how to" information sessions

Presentations include:


Mobile Strategies for Libraries
presented by Amy York (MTSU)

From apps to mobile websites to QR codes, there are numerous ways for libraries to get into their users' pockets. This presentation will describe methods of building a mobile presence and explore which features mobile library users really want.

Integrating Apps into Your Library
presented by Heather Lambert (MTSU)

Want to use apps in your library? You are going to need a plan. This session explores criteria to consider when deciding what apps to use and which to avoid.

iPads in K12
presented by Vickie Bailey, Ashley Croft, Becky Woodard

Metro Nashville Public Schools are integrating iPads. K-12 librarians share their thoughts and experiences about the use of iPads in school libraries.

Stay for dinner - Datafest Dine-arounds

Have dinner plans? This year, Datafest will offer Dine-arounds. Plan to join a Tenn-Share dine around Thursday evening after Datafest. Enjoy the company of your fellow Tenn-Share members at one of several local restaurants with your choice of interesting conversation topics.  You can register for Dine-Arounds when you register for attending DataFest or the Fall Conference.

Meet and mingle with other library professionals while sharing information about timely themes. Each attendee is responsible for their bill and gratuity.  Please meet your group in the front lobby of the NPL at 5:00 p.m.  Locations and hosts subject to change.  There may be a limit on how many attendees we will have at each restaurant.

Resource Sharing with David Atkins & Christy Groves at Demo’s, 300 Commerce Street, (615) 256-4655, .4 miles from NPL

Future of Consortia with Jenifer Grady at 417 Union, 417 Union Street, (615) 401-7241, .4 miles from NPL

Electronic Resources with Mary Ellen Pozzebon at Koto Sushi Bar, 421 Union Street, (615) 255-8122, .2 miles from NPL

ILS discussion with Maria Sochor at Puckett's, 500 Church Street, (615) 770-2772, .1 miles from NPL -- Note: This event has moved from Joe's Crab Shack due to reservation limits.

Library Leadership with Robert Benson at Flying Saucer, 111 10th Ave South #310, (615)259-3039, .6 miles from NPL


Hotels, Restaurants and Entertainment

AtoZdatabases, one of the DataFest vendors, compiled these lists for TennShare members who are attending DataFest and Fall Conference.  All are MS Excel files.


Comments/questions about the DataFest may be addessed to Tenn-Share's Vice President.

More about Datafest

The Tenn-Share DataFest is a day-long vendor fair and conference held each year at the Nashville Public Library.  

Each year's DataFest Committee meets in the late spring and summer to determine the "hot" areas in electronic resources.  A number of themes are developed, and vendors are invited to present certain products in 25-minutes sessions.   Because of space limitations, DataFest vendors do not have exhibit space, although they are welcome to meet with interested librarians in the hospitality room.  

The DataFest Committee strives to offer our members several resources in the same category or subject area for comparison purposes.  We also attempt to appeal to all our membership types: academic, public, school, and special.