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Intellectual Freedom Committee Banned Books Display Contest

Check out this year's entries!


Banned Books Week is Sept. 22 – 28!   Have you started thinking about your display? Check out last year’s submissions on TLA’s flickr and Facebook page for ideas.

The TLA Intellectual Freedom Committee is hosting its annual Banned Books Display Contest.  Last year, we received over two dozen submissions, and we can top that number this year.

This year, the winner will receive a certificate!

There are three easy steps:

1. Have a Banned Books Week display!

2. Take photos of your Banned Books Week display!

3. Send the photos, the name of your library, and any other related details to Anthony Prince ( before October 4, 2013.  Photos of Banned Books Weeks celebrations will be posted to TLA’s website and Facebook page.


As with last year, we want you to vote on Facebook for your favorites (Voting = Liking your favorite display).  The winning library receives one full year of bragging rights and a certificate for having the best display!


Nominate a Colleague for TLA Leadership

The Nominating Committee is seeking candidates for TLA Vice-President/President Elect and Recording Secretary. Duties and responsibilities can be found in the TLA Manual of Procedures. Please send your nominations to one of the committee members listed below. You may nominate yourself.

TLA Needs You!

There are still positions for TLA committee members!  If you would like to serve TLA and meet some other librarians from around the state, please email Ruth Kinnersley. In particular, we could use additional committee members for the Honors & Awards Committee, Intellectual Freedom Committee, Archives & History Committee, Legislation Committee, and Scholarship Committee.  Click here to find descriptions of those committees.

Career Development Services Offered @ the 2013 Annual Conference

Last year, more than 20 people took part in our resume review service at the TLA Annual Conference. This year, we are expanding the opportunities to boost your career! If you are seeking a job now, think you may be in the future, or simply want to ensure you are prepared if that dream job opens up, please consider registering for one or more of our Career Development Services, held on both days of the TLA Annual Conference, April 25 and 26, in lovely Chattanooga, TN.  Services provided include resume review, mock interviews, consultations, programming, and an information shop.

Please register as soon as possible (here: ) so that we can ensure everyone who wants a consultation can indeed schedule one. Once you register, you will be paired with an experienced librarian who will offer friendly, constructive advice.  All information you share with the consultant will be kept confidential. The appointments will last approximately 15-30 minutes, and will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you have any questions about the Career Development Services, please do not hesitate to contact Kevin Reynolds.

Call for Papers: Grad Students Wanted

Special Graduate Student Issue – March 2013
Tennessee Libraries, the peer-reviewed journal of the Tennessee Library Association, seeks manuscripts for an issue highlighting the research of graduate students on any library-related topic.
The deadline for submissions is January 10, but get it in early and enjoy your break! See the Call for Papers (submission categories) at our website:
Tennessee Libraries is an open-access journal and authors maintain copyright to their works. See Contributor Guidelines:


Tennessee Teen Read Week – Oct. 14-20

Tennessee’s second-ever Teen Read Week is this week!!  And it is not too late to plan something, anything really, to get your teens involved in the library.  Plan an elaborate program, like Teen Iron Chef, or have a book club and do a craft.  Anything that involves food, cause this year’s theme is “Reading is Sooo Delicious”.
If you need ideas on book lists, programs, crafts, games, artwork, and more, the libguides page ( is a smorgasbord of information.
Don’t forget to document your programs!  We’ll be asking for pics and stats in the following weeks.
Have a Happy Teen Read Week!


Governor Haslam Declares October Information Literacy Awareness Month in Tennessee

Nominating Committee Seeks Candidates

The Nominating Committee is seeking candidates for TLA Vice President/President Elect and Recording Secretary. Duties and responsibilities may be found in the TLA Manual of Procedures found on TLA’s web site at under the heading “About TLA.” Please send your nominations (and yes, you may nominate yourself), to one of the Committee members listed below:

Pam Dennis, CULS
Susie Ries, Trustees/Friends
Sarah Searles, School Libraries
Stephanie Sutton, Special Libraries
Janet Walker, Public Libraries

All nominations must be received by October 14, 2012, so the Nominating Committee can finalize the ballot by November 30, 2012.

Bylaws Vote

Remember to cast your ballot in the ByLaws amendment issues.  All ballots must be postmarked no later than July 27, 2012.  Also please remember the correct PO Box number for TLA is 241074, (not 240174 as printed on the ballot). If you should have any questions concerning the proposed ByLaws changes, please contact Louise Kelly ( or Perveen Rustomfram (

Social Media Guidelines

The TLA Executive Commitee has voted to add Social Media Guidelines to the TLA Manual of Procedures. A preview of this new policy is available here.

Calling All TLA Members -- We Need Your Help

The TLA Membership Committee needs your HELP! As we begin our new committee year, we would like to see how TLA can better serve member needs and identify ways to attract new members to our great organization. If you are reading this email, we need you to fill out our short TLA Member/Non-Member Survey:

BUT…we need for you to go one step further! We are challenging EVERY TLA MEMBER to forward this email on to any of your Tennessee colleagues, coworkers, trustees, library friends group - anyone that you think might provide helpful feedback for us - that you don’t think is a TLA member, and ask them to fill out the survey as well.

The deadline to complete this survey is July 1.Thank you for your help with this project!


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