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Tennessee Libraries

Volume 57 Number 4



From the Editor

Marie F. Jones

As I'm preparing for this year's TLA annual conference, I've been thinking about the place that our state association has in my life and how important it has become to me. Before I came to Tennessee (nearly a decade ago now!), I lived in another state, and never found a niche in the state library organization there. I was happily surprised, when I came here, to find TLA and other statewide library organizations to be very welcoming for a newcomer. When I was on leave last year and out of the state for quite a bit of time, I found that I missed seeing my TLA colleagues in person, even though I was in touch with many people through this journal and the TLA listserv. It still amazes me that it is so far to travel from one end of this state to the other, but I've reached the point where I don't mind the drive as long as I know that those friendly faces from Memphis and Nashville will be there.

I have found that TLA offers me a chance to gain fresh insights into my own library every time I step into a meeting. Sometimes insight comes from a conference presentation. Sometimes it comes from a casual conversation with someone about the work we do. It might even come from reading an article in Tennessee Libraries or the TLA Newsletter. And every time I get together with a group of colleagues from around the state, there is always at least one moment when I am able to dissolve into laughter, shrug off the stress of the daily grind, and be glad that I am a librarian.

My point is this: if you are a newbie to Tennessee libraries or if you simply haven't gotten involved in TLA, I firmly believe that it is worth it to put in the time and effort to get involved. No matter what type of library or what setting you work in, there are people and resources available to freshen your outlook and help you in your daily work. And I am certain that you have knowledge and talents that can enhance TLA and, in turn, create even better libraries in our state.

So come to the Annual Conference in Kingsport this year. Yes, I know it's a long drive for most of you. But you'll have a chance to be a part of an event that creates our community of librarianship. There is much to be learned and much to share. I'll look forward to seeing you there.

Modular Serials Training at the University of Memphis
Elizabeth McDonald
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Some Unrecorded Early Tennessee Imprints
Alan Boehm
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The Andrews Family Collection: An Interview with UTC Professor Kit Rushing
Steven Cox
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Webliography: Special Collections at Tennessee Academic Institutions
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Book Reviews
Rebecca Tolley-Stokes, Book Review Editor
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