"It can sometimes be difficult to get a decent crowd for a Thursday night event at the library, so when the Memphis Public Library welcomed 78 women to a recent Garden Tea Party, it was definitely impressive..."
Tenn-Share's ShareFest Planning Committee invites proposals for the October 23, 2015, conference to be held at the Nashville Public Library's Conference Center.
Are you taking digital resource sharing to the next level? Tenn-Share welcomes submissions from staff at all professional levels, from all library types and library fields, as well as library school students and faculty. Proposals about the digital aspect of libraries are especially encouraged. Ideas include, but are not limited to, topics such as e-resources, mobilization strategies, digital marketing, virtual reference, social media, the library as a digital environment, and effective use of technology in the library. However, any proposal discussing innovative and useful ideas concerning libraries will be considered.
There will be two presentation formats available: Full Presentations and 10-for-Tenn presentations, which are 10-minutes-or-less presentations, ideal for introducing a new strategy, concept or resource.
To learn more about presenting at ShareFest, visit Tenn-Share's website, or email Jenifer Grady, Tenn-Share's executive director, or Leah Allison, planning committee co-chair.
It is with deep sadness that I must announce the resignation of Pam Dennis as incoming President of TLA. Pam has a phenomenal opportunity in my adopted home state of North Carolina and has accepted a job there. She will be sending out a note to all of you in tandem with this email. We will miss Pam tremendously! I know I speak on behalf of the association when I say that we all appreciate all she has done for TLA. She will truly be missed by all! Thank you, Pam, personally for all the support you have given to me! I have really loved getting to know you better this year and appreciate your friendship!! And thank you so much for filling in so brilliantly in my absence at the Memphis Conference! From my heart, I appreciate you so much! Thank you, Pam, on behalf of all of us!
Despite this sad news, TLA has to go on! On the recommendation of the Executive Board, I have agreed to fill in as President for this upcoming year with the Board of Directors that Pam appointed. Some are calling this my “do over” ;-) By filling in this year, Richard Groves will be given the opportunity to fulfill his duties as VP/President Elect. That year is critical in appointing his own Board of Directors for his presidential year but also gives him time to see the inner workings of the association from a different perspective. Ruth Kinnersly, Past President of TLA, will remain as past President for the upcoming year. Ruth and Heather Lanier (outgoing secretary) will head up the Strategic Planning Committee. I ask all of you to send us your good thoughts this year as we fulfill our roles.
Now… down to business….
Two weeks ago (can it really have been that long ago?), the TLA Boards of Directors (incoming and outgoing) met for our annual 2 day retreat and last board meeting of the year. We always have a good time … it’s a time to laugh and to learn… learn about each other, learn our association, and learn what is important to all of us … the future of TLA. We spent a lot of time talking about the future of TLA at this board meeting. We are 113 years old. We must ask ourselves… does the current structure and workings of the association match the needs of our members, potential members, our libraries and our patrons. Is our structure and inner workings still relevant today? Soon, I will be appointing a task force to work on evaluating our current inner workings and report back to us. I hope that we will have some plans to discuss at the September board meeting. Stay tuned! (And… let me know if you want to serve on the task force)!
During the coming year, we will be exploring these questions. My theme for this year is “Dare to Imagine.” While it includes daring to image a different structure for our association, it also speaks to more far reaching questions for all of us in the library world… why do we do this? Does it still make sense today as it did before? Dare we imagine new programs, new services, new structures…? For the answer to many questions… it could be “Yep, it works.” But for others (as was apparent in one of our exercises at the retreat), there are many things that no longer work. We must remain relevant now as well as into the future. Now that “everyone has a place at the table,” what will we do with them? Will we allow them to soar? To Dare to Imagine? I hope the answer is yes… and hope you will join me in this quest this year.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve our wonderful association!
"... Maryville – Experience the Out of the Ordinary Fair with activities like yoga at your desk, honey-making exhibit line dancing, basket making and more 1-4 p.m. at the Blount County Public Library..."
After many years of faithful service to TLA, the Middle Tennessee Library Association has disbanded. Retirements, moves, etc have taken a toll on this organization. The remaining members wanted to honor the work of their association by donating their remaining funds to TLA. How fitting that these funds will continue the association’s work through the support of new professionals through the Gleaves Scholarship. On behalf of the Tennessee Library Association and all the future professionals that will benefit, I would like to thank the Middle Tennessee Library Association for their donation of $648.09. Thank you!
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bright, clean layout for easy navigation and discovery.Packed with engaging content in a variety of formats, the reorganized interface will make it easier to find videos, audio, or related articles in quick navigation tabs.
Larger fonts, additional spacing, and bold section headers help to ensure that kids get the most out of every search.A fixed header allows easy access to the handy tools and features in the navigational bar from anywhere on the article page, without having to scroll back up or lose your place.
Stunning “splash” images accompanying each article are designed to capture attention and inspire curiosity, encouraging the user to learn more.Images have an easy-to-use caption activation that can quickly be displayed or hidden to fully enjoy the photo in its entirety.
Learn more about the enhancements to Student and Advanced! Additional tutorials are available at the World Book training site.
FREE MOVIE @ FAIR THEATER - TUESDAY, JUNE 30 at 10:00AM on the historic Somerville Square. The SOMERVILLE-FAYETTE COUNTY LIBRARY and FRIENDS of the LIBRARY will host a family-friendly movie as a part of our "Every Hero Has a Story" library summer reading and summer programs. FRIENDS serving fruit drinks and cookies. Open seating begins at 9:30am. For more information, you may call 901-465-5248.
Thank you FRIENDS and City of Somerville for helping make our summer reading and summer programs so much fun! See you there!!!
"On June 30, 2015, Tenn-Share says thank you to the RR Donnelley, the vendor currently operating the Firefly courier for 208 public and academic libraries across Tennessee, including public libraries in the Tennessee State Library and Archives system..."
"Join the Cleveland Bradley County Public Library’s Friends of the Library Association for our Annual Fall Luncheon and Merchant’s Alley featuring author Sallie Bissell, author of the riveting Mary Crow Appalachian Mystery Series! This event will be held Thursday, September 24 at the Cleveland Country Club..."
Join us for our GIRLS ONLY Teen book club! This month we will be discussing SAINT ANYTHING by Sarah Dessen! We’ll also chat about her other books if you haven’t gotten to read her latest novel! Stop by for fun discussion and snacks!For ages 12-18In the TEEN ROOM on the 2nd floor
The Blount County Community Health Initiative’s Environmental Action Team, in cooperation with the Blount County Planning Department, is hosting a special presentation on the connection between health and growth in our community.
A day in the life of New York City's public libraries: Traveling from borough to borough, this short documentary by Julie Dressner and Jesse Hicks reveals just how important the modern library is for millions of people.
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