2013 DataFest

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

DataFest was held on Thursday, September 19, 2013.

The theme of the 2013 Tenn-Share DataFest and Fall Conference is 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.

Vendors will showcase products and services that could help us more effectively serve our increasingly diverse communities. Presenters will share programs, services, resources, and strategies that they are employing for this purpose. 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!  

Schedule Grid      Schedule in detail      Future dates      Sponsorship Opportunities      Sesame Street Playlist

Vendor/Speaker Resources and Follow-up

Future of FirstSearch website - http://www.oclc.org/go/en/firstsearch-migration.html.  Includes link to sign up as a beta user to start testing out the new environment.


Websites for all: Free from the Feds!, by Perveen Rostomfrom


We've signed the declaration. Have you? ilovelibraries.org/declaration



Alexander Street Press








Project MUSE



Sponsors (thank you!)


EBSCO  Gale/Cengage

Ingram    Innovative

Project Muse     ProQuest



Schedule in detail 
Subject to change.  Sponsors are in green cells.

Time Auditorium Room 1B Room 2 Room 3 Computer Lab
9:00 - 9:30 Registration and Breakfast available in Room 1A
9:35 - 9:50 Welcome        
9:55 - 10:25 High Speed Broadband: The New Digital Divide


Corinne Hill, Chattanooga Public Library

JSTOR Innovative Interfaces:  Encore ES    
10:30 - 10:55 ArtStor Digital Library Ingram: E-Books Made easy through MyiLibrary   The Latest & Greatest in TEL: Powerspeak and Learning Express 3.0
11:00 - 11:25   Naxos Cengage/Gale National Geographic Virtual Library  
11:30 - 11:55   Project MUSE Recorded Books
The Future of FirstSearch
12:00 - 1:15 Lunch on your own
1:15 - 1:40   Alexander Street Press: From Stonewall to sustainable architecture: What's new? Innovative Interfaces: Sierra Websites for All: Free from the Feds! TEL & The New Curriculum Standards
1:45 - 2:10   EBSCO eBooks
Reaching Readers
Mackin: eBooks for K-12
2:15 - 2:40   Project MUSE Ingram: Building a diverse collection with Collection Development and Standing Order programs  
2:45 - 3:00 BREAK
3:15 - 3:40  

R2 Digital Library

Cengage/Gale Artemis ProQuest
Black History Primary Resources
Tips & Tricks for Sharing TEL
3:45 - 4:10


ARTstor Digital Library EBSCO Reaching Readers

Sage Knowledge

5:00pm Meet in atrium for dine arounds



Have dinner plans? Once again, 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 to attend DataFest.

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.

  1. Digitization Projects, including impact of DPLA and next generation software solutions for digitization - host: Tricia Bengel; Restaurant TBD
  2. Electronic resources - Host: Kevin Merriman; Restaurant: Merchants (upstairs) - 401 Broadway, (615) 254-1892
  3. Negotiating with Vendors - Host: Charlie Remy; Restaurant: Puckett's - 500 Church Street, (615) 770-2772
  4. The only thing constant is change - Host: Mary Jane Spehar; Restaurant: Amerigo's - 1920 West End Avenue, (615) 320-1740 1.4 miles driving distance from library
  5. TEL - Host: Wendy Cornelisen; Restaurant: Fleet Street - 207 Printers Alley (615) 200-0782


The hotels highlighted in yellow were the highest rated by attendees and vendors in 2012.

More about Datafest

The Tenn-Share DataFest is a day-long vendor fair and conference held each year at the Nashville Public Library.  Future dates for 2014- 2018.

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.