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Tennessee Library Association

2017 Annual Conference
April 5-7, 2017
Knoxville Convention Center
701 Henley Street
Knoxville, TN 37902


Welcome to the 2017 TLA Annual Conference!  This year's theme is Celebrate Tennessee Libraries, and we're planning a fantastic conference!  

Our hotel conference rate is $119.00 per night.  If you'd like to make a reservation, you can do so here

The hotel is the Holiday Inn Knoxville Downtown, and the group room code is TLA.

Want to register for the conference?  Do so here!

Registration will be turned off at 5pm CDT on Wednesday, March 29th.

Pre-conference information

8:00 – 12:00

Room 300-A

Library Information Technologies: Showcasing Our Achievements and Gazing into the Future  – Sponsored by College and University Section & Library Technology Round Table 

Mr. Marshall Breeding, an independent consultant, speaker, and author. He is the creator and editor of Library Technology Guides and the

This half-day pre-conference program will focus on the use of rapidly changing information technologies in libraries, and aims to celebrate wonderful achievements, discuss how to tackle on-going challenges, and explore numerous opportunities in this area. Despite great successes realized by libraries in Tennessee, moving at the same pace as that of advancements in information technologies has never been easy for librarians, both in implementing new technologies as well as learning new skill sets to succeed in providing user-driven library services. This pre-conference includes: presentation(s) and a panel discussion that reflects on key successes and failures, highlighting present-day challenges, and exploring various opportunities regarding library and IT.


8:00 – 12:00

Room 300-B

Youth Services for All: The Whys and Hows of Serving All Children 

Kate Greene Smith, Tennessee State Library and Archives

Dr. Cindy Welch, School of Information Sciences, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

 Keisha Parks, Cleveland Bradley Co. Public Library


Tennessee’s population is growing more diverse each year. With children and families from a greater range of backgrounds becoming our neighbors, we need to make sure our library collections and programs reflect that diversity. Offering ways our patrons can learn about each other’s differences and find ways to celebrate common ground are more necessary than ever. We will look at how to select representative books for our collections, create programs that open our doors to all, and ways to express the reasons we need to mindfully celebrate our increasing diversity. 


1:00 – 5:00

Room 300-A

 Promoting Health Literacy through Easy-To-Read Materials 

Sponsored by Tennessee Health Science Library Association (Afternoon)

Learn to critique, rewrite and create materials that get your health and wellness information across quickly and clearly. We'll explore the topic of health literacy and review the disconnect between information providers and information seekers, the process of educating adults, the success of "plain language" initiatives and the importance of text, type, graphics, space and layout. In this class you will also learn about assessing literacy levels using examples, and will edit pieces so that at the conclusion you'll have new awareness, new skills, a new product and access to further resources. Clear health communication is the goal, regardless of medium. This class was developed by the National Networks of Libraries of Medicine and offers 3 MLA CE credits.


1:00 – 5:00

Room 300-B

Professional Librarians Envisioning Summit


This is an exciting time to be a librarian! But, when you earned your degree, nobody said that the library environment would be so ripe with change. Let us help you catch up and keep up with a pre-conference that will address evaluating information with Laura Sheets, and move on to impact & outcome evaluations with Cecilie Maynor and Betty Jo Jarvis. We’ll finish the afternoon with an interactive workshop offered by Miguel Figueroa from the Center for the Future of Libraries at the American Library Association. Entitled “From Futuring to Innovation” the session is designed to help you identify trends found in the Center for the Future of Libraries – as well as your own community insights and evidence – and think through positive innovations for the future of libraries.

Wondering what will be available at the conference?  Checkout the Program Booklet

Back this year: Use the 2017 TLA Conference Sched to organize your schedule and connect with other attendees! Take your schedule with you on your mobile device, in your calendar app, or on old-fashioned (but still awesome) printouts.


Once you register for the conference, you will be invited to join Sched. In the meantime, you can check out the programs schedule without registering:


No separate app download is needed on your mobile device -- simply visit the Sched URL above in your favorite mobile browser. Add it as a bookmark on your home screen for easy access.


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