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Tennessee Library Association

2019 Annual Conference

Opening Hearts, Doors, Minds

April 24-26, 2019

Chattanooga Convention Center

1150 Carter St, Chattanooga, TN 37402


Welcome to the 2019 TLA Annual Conference!  

Conference Registration/Hotel Reservations

Want register for a pre-conference or two?  Pre-Conference Registration

Want to register for the conference as well?  Conference Registration

You can also make your hotel reservations at the Chattanooga Marriott Downtown, Two Carter Plaza, Chattanooga, TN 37402 for $149.00 per room. Book your group rate for Tennessee Library Association If you would prefer to make your reservation via phone, you can call the hotel at 800-841-1674 and let them know that you are with the Tennessee Library Association so you can get the conference rate.


8:00 – 12:00

Room 9

Basic Reader's Advisory

Sharon Evrard, Hollye Ferguson, and Melissa Skipper, Memphis Public Library 


We will teach participants how to handle the very scary question, "I need another book just like this one." We will give them tactics, major points, strategies for grouping books that don't appear to go together, and tips and tricks for working with parents and children.


8:00 – 12:00

Room 10


Walking Together Through Open Doors: Successful Mentoring

Featured Speaker: Diane Kelly, Professor and Director, University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences 


Panel Discussion: Joseph Winberry, University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences Martha Earl, University of Tennessee Preston Medical Library, Meredith P. Goins, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, Ruth Kinnersley, Trevecca Nazarene University Waggoner Library, Susan Earl, John P. Holt Brentwood Library


Sponsored by the College and University Libraries and Library Leadership Roundtables



Imagine that you have just graduated with your Masters of Library and Information Science degree and got your first librarian job. Or consider that you have worked for a while and would like guidance on moving up the ladder. Or contemplate being the big fish in a small pond hoping to make a splash in new waters. No matter where you are in your library career, no matter what kind of library you work at, or the size of institution or the community it resides in, every librarian can benefit from successful mentoring. Join in on this important discussion by hearing from a host of successful library mentors sharing their own experiences and by building a proactive plan for your own successful mentoring. 


1:00 – 5:00

Room 9


Supercharged Storytimes: Opening Your Mind to Self-Reflection & Assessment

Kate Greene Smith, Tennessee State Library and Archives,  Liz Schreck, Ocoee River Regional Library Whitney Nelson, Holston River Regional Library, Jenny Claiborne,  C.E. Weldon Public Library 


Supercharged Storytimes training will be provided across the state this year as a way to inspire storytime practitioners to be more intentional and interactive during their storytime offerings. Part of Supercharged Storytimes training reminds learners that self-assessment, peer assessment, and peer sharing are vital to improving storytime practices. This half-day pre-conference will be an opportunity for public library staff who have completed the Supercharged Storytimes training to think about what has worked, what has not worked, and to work together to find ways to improve and grow. It is also an opportunity to encourage one another and expand our peer learning community for this vital Early Literacy training. Self-reflection time will start our session, followed by the opportunity to share stories and model early literacy skills to one another, and then provide peer observation and responses. This pre-conference is intended for those who have already attended Supercharged Storytimes training. 


1:00 – 5:00

Room 10


Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Building a Foundation

Jody Gray, Director, ALA Office of Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services

ALA recognizes that equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) impacts all aspects of work among members of the association, within the field of librarianship, and within the communities served by libraries. This work includes addressing, dismantling, and transforming policies, structures, and biases. This pre-conference aims to facilitate an understanding of self and our interactions with others.  We will begin to identify and disrupt learned behaviors by exploring of implicit bias, cultural competence and privilege. This session will also introduce the officially adopted definitions of equity, diversity, and inclusion developed by members of ALA as a model for libraries. The pre-conference is designed as an interactive workshop. 


Session Information

 Please click here for the program grid, which will give you general information about the sessions, meals, and other events happening at the conference.  For more detailed information about the sessions provided, please click here.



Back this year: Use the 2019 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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