Fall Conference

Fall Conference is Friday, September 28, 2018

Reach Up, Reach Out
Reach Up and Reach Out! 
  Libraries across Tennessee exist in a time defined by change. We are all experiencing the excitement and fears of building new collections including board games, digital streaming services, maker/tinker spaces, mobile apps (on every platform and software ecosystem), and technology lending of ever-broadening scope. All libraries are working to ensure they can meet user needs and show -- while our spaces change -- that libraries will continue to serve.

Let's come together and share how our libraries market new collections, services, and technologies. Discuss how to engage community partners, find grants, and test new areas for library leadership.

<b>Be bold, take risks, and innovate! Let's show our users who we are and what we can be. Reach up and reach out! </b>

There will be two presentation formats available: Full Presentations (45 minutes) and 10-for-Tenn presentations, which are 10-minutes-or-less presentations, ideal for introducing a new strategy, concept or resource.We invite entries from all library types, departmental roles and professional experience.

Important Dates
August 17, 2018: Deadline to submit proposals
August 31, 2018: Presenters will be notified of the status of proposals
Contact Tenn-Share if you have questions.

Fall Conference focuses on resource-sharing opportunities for all types of libraries. The conference schedule begins with a keynote speaker and distribution of volunteer awards. The remainder of the day is filled with sessions and discussions inspired by the theme; meaningful, targeted content about resource sharing; and continuing conversations among Tennessee’s library leaders. There are presentations for LIBRARY STAFF in EVERY LIBRARY TYPE!

Registration Cancellations and Refunds

Registrations are transferable.  If no one can come in your place, upon request, Tenn-Share will refund your registration fee at 100% if the cancellation is more than 30 days before the event.  For attendees who cancel within 30 days of the event and request refunds, Tenn-Share retains $10 from the fees paid for administrative expenses.  If you prefer to transfer your registration, please contact Tenn-Share.

Highlights from previous Fall Conferences

The 2017 Fall Conference was held on Friday, October 27 and featured Vince Windrow from MTSU as the keynote speaker.

The 2016 Fall Conference was held on Friday, September 30 and featured Joyce Coleman from the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati as the keynote speaker.

The 2015 event was ShareFest, a one-day mashup of librarians and vendors, where everyone learned from one another.

The 2014 Fall Conference was held on Friday, September 26, and featured Dr. Joni Blake, Executive Director of the Greater Western Library Alliance, as keynote speaker. She told the audience about the progress of Occam's Reader. We also had our first Ten for Tenn presentations, which were librarian-led presentations of 10 minute or less.

The 2013 Fall Conference was held on Friday, September 20th, at the Nashville Public Library Conference Center.  The theme of the 2013 Tenn-Share DataFest and Fall Conference was "Who are the people in your neighborhood?"  Effectively serving our libraries' diverse users" serving  diverse communities.  The 2013 conference featured:

  • Loida Garcia-Febo as keynote speaker, who spoke on Building Community, Providing Access and Saving Lives.
  • Sessions about teaching teens about technology, serving LGBT youth in your library, serving patrons with print disabilities, and creative open source tools for your library.

The 2012 Fall Conference was held on Friday, September 28.  The theme was The Future of Resource Sharing: It's Still About the Book, and it featured:

  • Brett Bonfield, director at Collingswood (NJ) Public Library was the keynote speaker who challenged us to think about the Hundred Year Library.
  • Sessions were held about the Firefly courier service, Digital Rights Management Patron-Driven Acquisitions and the future of resource sharing.

The 2011 Fall Conference was held on Friday, October 28 and featured:

  • Keynote speaker Eric Forte, Member Consultant at OCLC, on OCLC's Perceptions of Libraries, 2010 report, a sequel to the 2005 Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources
  • A panel discussion following the keynote address, led by Dr. Steven Smith, Dean of Libraries, UT Knoxville
  • Sessions on the new Volunteer Voices website, the OCLC resource sharing platform, WorldCat Local, and ebooks

The 2010 Fall Conference was held on Friday, October 29 and featured:

The 2009 Fall Conference was held on Friday, October 30 and featured:

  • Keynote speaker Matt Goldner of OCLC
  • Sessions on Smarter, Faster, Cheaper resources
  • TEL 10th Birthday celebration
  • Check out the photos
  • Tennessee's Digital Debut of Volunteer Voices

The 2008 Fall Conference featured:

  • Keynote speaker Sherrie Galloway Library of Congress Educator in Residence
  • Sessions on other digital collections from across the state
  • Check out photos
2001 - SHARE in the Vision
2000 - SHARing Strategies for Successful Library Advocacy
1995 - Technology for Resource Sharing
1994 - Net-Working for You

Which one is for you? All of them!
  • DataFest - Presentations from vendors providing products to each library type (Thursday)
  • School Library Collection Fair - K-12 library book vendors (Thursday)
  • Fall Conference - Librarian presentations in each library type, panels, discussions, and a keynote. (Friday)