ShareFest Programs 2015

ShareFest 2015 Peer Presentations

10 for Tenns

SE-YA (Southeastern Young Adult) Bookfestival

Marcie Leeman; Barbara Collie; Elizabeth Hicks; and Erin Alvarado

SE-YA (Southeastern Young Adult) Bookfestival in the 'Boro is a one-of-a kind of event designed to place teens and authors of young adult literature in a setting to interact about what they love most -- YA lit! The primary goal of the Southeastern Young Adult Book Festival is to encourage and develop literacy in young adults by connecting them with authors, thereby advancing education in the community.  This session will describe the young adult book festival, which will take place March 11-12 of 2016 on the MTSU campus in Murfreesboro. Information on participating in the event will be presented. The festival is free and open to schools and citizens throughout Tennessee and other states. Educating librarians about the festival is the key goal.    


Building Rapport with Job Seekers

Harmonie Thomas, Nashville Public Library

Rapport is critical: it keeps people coming back. When someone has a good experience, they are likely to return again and recommend the service to others. I use Contact Cards to stay in touch with patrons who use the job lab. The cards help document successes and the impact of the program.  



Bryan Jones, Tennessee Library Association    

What the heck is HTTPS and why are some librarians telling you should enable it by default?


The Relations of Social Media Use on Patronage in Tennessee Public Libraries

Marcia Smith

The purpose of this study was to analyze the annual patronage of Tennessee public libraries and to determine if the use of social media has any impact on attendance.  Patronage in many American libraries is declining and public libraries are experiencing more competition than at any other time in history.  This study was conducted using a quantitative methodology.  The point-biserial correlation coefficient analysis in SPSS was used to analyze the data.  The population consisted of all of the libraries in operation within the state of Tennessee (292) and the sample included all of the libraries that report annual data to the IMLS (191).  The results of the point-biserial correlation coefficient analysis showed a slightly positive correlation between the use of social media by libraries and their annual patronage.  Administrators and managers of public libraries can use the results of this study to document the need for marketing efforts such as the use of social media to increase annual patronage.  Over one half of the libraries in Tennessee have experienced decreasing annual patronage and this often leads to a vicious cycle of reduced budget, reduced staff, reduced programs and materials, and then sadly, to even greater reductions in annual patronage.  If libraries are to succeed despite the growing number of barriers and increasing competition, leaders in the industry must acknowledge the proven results of using marketing strategies such as the use of social media and include them in overall strategies.

Mindfulness Meditation

Kerry Miller

Mindfulness Meditation as a library program for community service and outreach. Since June 2012, the Bellevue Branch Library has maintained a monthly one hour Mindfulness Meditation program. Since that time, Mindfulness Meditation programs are in service at a total of 4 Nashville Public Libraries. I conducted the first program and would like to share my observations of the program ie; attendance, participant feedback and program value to the community.

Increasing diversity inclusion in your digital resources

Keila Zayas-Ruiz

The changing demographics of the nation are quickly changing the face of who is conducting research at our universities.  This presentation will cover how to increase diversity inclusion of an institutional repository and better showcase work published by diverse faculty and students.  Additionally, the presentation will present ideas on how to make digital collections more accessible to users of diverse backgrounds, including users with disabilities and limited technology access.

Blendspace in the Library

Rhonda Harris, Gallatin High School

Blendspace is a multi-media alternative to PowerPoint that will transform lesson presentations and resource platform. It is integrated with GoogleDrive and other commonly used tools and research features.    




The Flipped Library: Blending the Library K-12

Joyce Claassen, MNPS- Nashville Public Schools

Working Smarter, not harder to share the resources found within the walls of your library. With the passion of Customer Service as your fuel, you can create simple means to connect information to your patrons in & out of the library. I will share examples of implementing Blackboard Collaborate, Screen Casting, social media, and more that help librarians effectively share information to all Patrons in the Public School Environment. "Here to help!"    


Introduction to & Updates on the Digital Public Library of America Tennessee Service Hub

Christina Harlow, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Mark Baggett, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

In February of this year, the Digital Library of Tennessee (DLTN) was accepted to be the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Service Hub for the state of Tennessee. Guided by a committee put together by Tenn-Share and with technical support from the University of Tennessee Knoxville, the DLTN works to get Tennessee content into the DPLA, thus increasing the visibility of the institutions and local collections from our state. This presentation will introduce you to the DPLA, the DLTN, and the work currently underway with the Phase 1 ingest project, involving eight institutions and about 150,000 digital items from across the state. The presenters will also explain the DLTN organizational and technical infrastructures as well as highlight challenges (and solutions) for getting this project off the ground. We welcome questions at this session from those wanting to know more about the DPLA, the DLTN, or who are possibly interested in getting involved with a future content ingest project.

Metadata Quality Analysis: Tools & Scripts to Check Your Data

Christina Harlow, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Workflows for digital collections metadata can vary greatly dependent on the platform or digital asset management system one is working with. However, there are ways to pull and review metadata for quality analysis work, then use that analysis to better target metadata remediation projects as well as improve indexing of this metadata. This talk will be a quick introduction to some tools and scripts available for pulling and reviewing metadata sets for quality control purposes. Use cases and examples of these tools and scripts in action, in particular for the University of Tennessee Knoxville as well as the Digital Library of Tennessee, will be presented. This short talk should inspire further community effort on documenting and sharing metadata quality analysis and control workflows, as well as possible lead to future workshops in the state.


Plant the Seeds of Success: Start Your Own Seed Library

Katherine Bryant, Nashville Public Library Bellevue Branch; Suzanne Robinson

Libraries can join the food justice and sustainable agriculture movements! We will explore how to use intrinsic library skills of collecting, organizing, and sharing information to this end, as exemplified by the Nashville Public Library Seed Exchange. We will learn the steps required to start a seed library and build creative opportunities for involvement in the local food system. Participants will leave knowing how to connect with community partners, work with library administration, advertise their seed library to the public, and find funding to do all of this.


Where Do We Go From Here? Tenn-Share's New Strategic Plan        

Joe Weber, Austin Peay State University; Leah Allison, St. George's Independent School

Joe Weber, Board President, and Leah Allison, Vice President/President-elect, report on Tenn-Share's strategic plan and goals for 2015-2018. The plan, developed by the Tenn-Share Board with guidance from the Center for Nonprofit Management, focuses on four distinct but interrelated areas: marketing, membership, funding, and adding value.


Are you relevant enough? : How a small academic library used eResources to gain recognition on campus.

Amber McKee and Ashli Wells

Have you noticed that your library’s budget has been a little leaner lately? Found yourself with a shortage of staff and no ability to replace them in the foreseeable future? Join us as we discuss how our library was able to use free and low cost resources to help fill in the gaps left by a lack of human and financial resources while increasing the library’s usage and recognition on campus. We will share our success secrets and have an open forum discussion with the audience members about their challenges and potential solutions.


Effective leadership in academic libraries: a qualitative phenomenological study

Ricky Fought

Academic libraries are going through a challenging period of transition and competition. Libraries are still transitioning from a print to electronic environment. Libraries are also facing competition for the first time from the Internet and other information providers. Adding to these challenges, higher education has gone through a prolonged period shrinking state appropriates while facing greater accountability and calls for more affordability. Libraries, therefore, must demonstrate good stewardship of their budgets, prove to their administrations a solid return on investment, and be able to explain their contribution to the mission and goals of the institution. These challenging times are also bringing opportunities to libraries to contribute more to their campuses and partner with other departments of new programs and projects like never before possible. However, to realize these opportunities and make it through the challenges ahead, academic libraries will need good leadership from their directors. These directors will need focus on their external leadership responsibilities, while also ensuring that their internal leadership responsibilities are being taken care of. They also need to develop an approach for evaluating whether or not they are being effective in their leadership. This would further their credibility, assist in proving the value of the library to their campus, and ensure a bright, promising future for libraries.


Emerging Technologies and Community Impact

K.C. Williams and Becky Barry

This program will discuss the ongoing implementation of a comprehensive library business plan at Blount County Public Library.  This program was developed to address four initiatives: Implementation of Efficient/Effective Internal and External Information Creation and Distribution Systems; Provision of Training Opportunities in Advanced Industries; Provision of Collaborative Work Spaces for Library Users; and Participation in Closing the Internet/Technology Access Gap for Residents.

Utilizing Virtual Servers in the Academic Library Environment

Kebede Wordofa and Michael Hooper

How can moving from physical to virtual servers save you time, effort, and money at your library?  This session will provide and introduction to virtual servers, which library services and systems may work well with virtual servers compared to physical servers, the pros and cons of using each type of server, and important procedures for migrating systems and services from a physical server to a virtual server.  The presenters will share their experiences transferring the library website, EZproxy authentication system, CONTENTdm digital collection management system, and the library domain controller to a virtual server environment at Woodward Library (APSU).  Challenges, lessons learned from these migration projects, and future use of virtual servers will be discussed.