2020 Fall Conference Presentations


10/27/2020, 1:00PM - 1:45PM
Engaging Virtual Learners, presented by Ashley Stanley, Lincoln Memorial University  
Educators face many challenges in 2020, one of those be challenge of teaching virtually in various ways across the state.  The need for the use of effective instructional strategies is a must for the virtual classroom in today's world.  The presentation will cover 3 main instructional strategies librarians can use to motivate and engage students in a virtual classroom setting: 1) Use of props; 2) Use of Total Physical Response TPR); 3) Use of technology.  This session will give attendees 10 examples of fun and engaging online strategies to use and teach with in the virtual classroom.
Area of Impact: Virtual Learning
10/27/2020, 2:00PM - 2:45PM
Principles for Designing Effective Online Instruction, presented by Sarah Searles, Knox County Schools  
Following the events of early 2020, we’ve all had training about how to use tools for putting instructional materials online.  But what about how to actually teach so students and users can learn in that environment?  This session will address the most important and high-leverage principles to help you and your collaborative partners create successful experiences for learners.
Area of Impact: Technology and Services
10/27/2020, 3:00PM - 3:45PM
Keep Your Library Open Using Google Slides, presented by Kelly Shipman, Shelby County Schools  
This pandemic has closed a lot of school and public libraries.  Creating a virtual classroom using Google Slides will allow some services and instruction to remain open.  This will help you reach patrons when they can’t come to you.  I will show you how to create your own virtual library.  Bitmoji account and Google Account are very helpful.
Area of Impact: Technology and Services


10/28/2020, 2:00PM - 2:45PM
Creating Dynamic and Interactive Digital Programming for Families, presented by Kip Polmanteer, Johnson City Public Library   Jennifer Johnson  100 W. Millard St. Johnson City, TN 37604 423-434-4458 jennifer.johnson@jcpl.org
In answer to the call for inventive digital programming, we created two online series that encourage audience participation and appeal to a wide age range. From storyline content to basic video editing, and setwork to social media marketing, we will cover the fundamentals of designing a program that will keep your young patrons (and their parents) entertained and help create meaningful interaction between your staff and community.
Area of Impact: Programming
10/28/2020, 3:00PM - 3:45PM
Plant Your Mission and Watch it Grow, presented by Melissa Clark, Millersville Public Library of Sumner County   Maddie Hicks mhicks@sumnercountytn.gov
How can a library’s mission create an environment that cultivates growth in the community, regardless of the challenges that the community is facing?  The Millersville Public Library staff looks at the landscape of our community’s needs and designs our responses by addressing both the deficiencies in our environment and resources and the strengths of our staff and materials.  We build our plans around what we naturally have in order to produce an organic, holistic approach to community service.  Our staff will demonstrate how our mission empowered us to adapt to the challenges of COVID-19 and grow our library’s services throughout the closures, limited patron access, and social distancing requirements.
Area of Impact: Mission and Purpose
10/28/2020, 4:00PM - 4:45PM
Interlibrary Loan in the Age of COVID, presented by Amanda Dembiec, Nashville Public Library (ILL)  
Nashville Public Library recently undertook an eight-week study to explore what impact COVID has had on our Interlibrary Loan services. This is a bi-annual study that looks at how much money we save by using the statewide Firefly courier vs. mailing books via the US Postal Service. This year we also considered how long it takes for us to fill requests and how our current request numbers for both lending and borrowing compare to pre-COVID levels. Every library in Tennessee was affected in some manner by COVID, whether they were shut down, are shut down, or never shut down, so we asked our fellow libraries about their experiences and compiled their answers. Only by knowing where we currently stand, with budgets, with timing, and with safety, will we be able make the necessary adjustments in order to find the best path back to ‘normal.’
Area of Impact: Mission and Purpose


10/29/2020, 2:30PM - 2:45PM
Face to Face Instruction Post COVID-19, presented by Amber Wessies, Union University  
My poster will explore changes to instruction sessions due to social distancing guidelines. The administration of Union University returned to in person classes for the Fall 2020 semester The administration provided teaching guidelines for our return to in person classes for the Fall 2020 semester. These guidelines include encouraging social distancing, limiting group work, and flexibility for students who were unable to attend classes in person. Several changes to our previous teaching methods were needed including virtual opportunities to explore library resources, methods for including individual gamification and competition, and flexibility with instruction spaces to allow distance between students. I will show case different technology tools I incorporated into my instruction sessions to engage students while still following administration guidelines. I will also discuss methods the instruction librarians used to keep social distancing within instructional spaces. Although many universities are still practicing virtual learning, we do not know how long the concepts of social distancing guidelines and the impacts of COVID-19 on education will last. Exploring technology tools that can be used for both in person and virtual learning is beneficial for librarians with the increase of hybrid instruction. In addition, librarians and educators are always looking for tools and tips to add to their instruction toolbox.
Area of Impact: Technology and Services
10/29/2020, 3:00PM - 3:45PM
Meeting the Challenges of COVID-19 at Union University Library, an Academic Library in West Tennessee, presented by Savannah Patterson, Union University  
COVID 19 brought an immense number of challenges in 2020 where academic librarians were challenged to meet patrons' needs.  This presentation follows the challenges that Union University, an academic library in rural West Tennessee, faced during the global pandemic.
Area of Impact: Resources and Spaces
10/29/2020, 4:00PM - 4:45PM
Changing Our Game, Not Our Mission, presented by Andrea Fowler, Trevecca Nazarene University   Lanette Strickland, 615-248-1548, lrstrickland@trevecca.edu Beth Purtee, 615-248-1455, bpurtee@trevecca.edu
This past spring, when universities suddenly pivoted to virtual learning and libraries all over the world closed their doors, Waggoner Library was no exception. We were closed to the public for several months, with all library personnel working from home. During the time our physical building was closed, and now since reopening, our game plan may have changed, but our mission has stayed the same: Waggoner Library is dedicated to facilitating education and research by providing access to resources and quality services for our University community.  In this session, three librarians from Waggoner Library will share how the library has continued to fulfill our mission during a time of increased expectations and decreased budgets. We have adapted services and added new ones to better support our campus community. Our experiences include providing virtual reference and instruction and maximizing our resources through interlibrary loan, grant writing, and creative staffing.
Area of Impact: Mission and Purpose