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Friday, October 18, 2019

Tenn-Share Fall Conference 2019

Start Date: 10/18/2019 9:00 AM CDT
End Date: 10/18/2019 4:00 PM CDT

Venue Name: Nashville Public Library Conference Center

615 Church Street
Nashville, TN  United States  37219

Event Website: /fallconference

Organization Name: Tenn-Share

Jenifer Grady
Phone: 6156698670

Member registration = $35
Non-member registration = $35 - choose this option if you don't have a login, even if your library is a member.
Text Mining Workshop (see below) = $10 in addition to registration (same for member and non-member)
Data Curation Workshop (see below) = All Spaces are Filled $10 in addition to registration (same for member and non-member)

*If your library is a current member of Tenn-Share (check the directory on the home page), but you do not have a login, contact Tenn-Share for an invoice at payments [at] to receive the member rate. 

**If you want to register several people, please email a list of their names, email addresses, whether they are attending either or both of the data workshops described below, and any dietary restrictions (Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Nut Allergy, Other) to payments [at] to receive the member rate on a combined invoice.

The 2019 Fall Conference theme is exciting! And see below for information about two optional data workshops. You may be eligible for continuing education credits by attending.

Data Storm!
Bridging Divides, Navigating Data, and Harnessing Change for Good

Librarians in all library types know how patrons and users are awash in a flood of data and data science software. Within the library, collection statistics, usage reports, focus groups, surveys, and so much more demand our eyes, minds, and time as we chart out new services and plans. Outside of the library, our communities are discovering and participating in a new world of big data and data analytics. How do libraries take the lead in managing data resources, tools, and skills?  What can we do to better harness the information at our fingertips and transform it into a better environment for our communities and our patrons?

Join us in Nashville at the Tenn-Share Fall Conference to find and share ways to weather the data storm and make data work for libraries across the state. The day will start with a keynote by David Green, then there will be a traditional schedule with sessions in several rooms throughout the day. If  you're interested in presenting for the Data Storm!, the proposal deadline is August 15.  The data workshops described below will be in one designated room, which will be identified on the schedule.

Keynote Speaker: David Green, Chapel Hill (NC) Public Library, will give tips on being "Open to Something New". Green is the Open Data Program Manager for the Town of Chapel Hill.

Data Workshops

This year Tenn-Share is offering two workshops designed for members with some previous exposure to data science and data management. There will be a morning and an afternoon workshop. Attendees must register ahead for the workshop as space is limited to 12 people. The cost is an additional $10 for each. Participants must also bring their own laptops and download software. Click on the Sessions tab when you register to select one or both.

  • Text Mining, 11:15 am - 1:00 pm

Presented by Monica Ihli, Librarian & Liaison to ORNL, Joint Institutes, & Bredesen Center Data & Energy Science Programs, University of Tennessee Libraries

Description: This workshop will provide a hands on introduction to text mining for librarians. Our beginner-friendly group will review some of the basic vocabulary and an overview of general approaches. There will also be in-class demonstrations of a few techniques such as web scraping and sentiment analysis. Those who wish to follow along on their own laptops may install the latest version of Python ( and R (, both of which are available for Windows, Mac, or Linux. Links to code and reading materials will be shared in advance of the workshop. The instructor may be contacted with any questions at

  • What is Data Curation and How Can My Library Get Involved?, 1:45 pm – 3:30 pm

Presented by Chris Eaker, Associate Professor & Data Curation Librarian, University of Tennessee Libraries

Description: What is data curation, and why is it important? Should my library be involved in it? In this workshop, Chris Eaker will provide the background, concepts, and tools for librarians to 1) determine if they should become involved in this area within their library, 2) determine the best initial steps to take, and 3) understand the key concepts and tools involved in this area. Chris will introduce the DMPTool developed by the California Digital Library and the CURATE model of curation developed by the Data Curation Network. Hands-on activities will include reviewing real data management plans and working through the CURATE model on a real data set.

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Registration is Closed
Closed: 10/14/2019 9:00 PM

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