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The Digital Library of Tennessee: Sharing Stories from the Volunteer State

Recording | Slides


  • Meredith Hale, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Jennifer Randles, Tennessee State Library and Archives
  • Carolyn Runyon, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

In 2019, the Digital Library of Tennessee (DLTN) launched a new website that provides access to unique primary source materials, including maps, musical performances, photographs, newspapers, postcards, and oral histories. Currently, this is the only site that aggregates cultural heritage materials from across the entire state. While these resources are also available through the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), the portal focuses exclusively on the approximately 125,000 records shared by Tennessee rather than the full 35 million records available through DPLA. It also features curated topics, like “Winning the Right to Vote”, to provide easy entry into the records for both librarians and the public at large. This webinar will highlight the special features and content found within this open access website. In addition, we will provide information on how institutions of all types can contribute to the portal to enhance Tennessee’s cultural presence.


Positive Organizational Shenanigans: From Interview Through Retirement - Crafting Team Victories Driven by Kindness

Presenter: Christina Riedel, Clarksville-Montgomery Public Library

Building a solid operational foundation for your library should be created in concert with your teammates at every level in mind. Crafting internal training systems that are consistent, informative, and engaging from the interview process to the day a teammate retires is one of the most important things you can do for your library. The values of your organization should be deeply imbedded in this training program. Job descriptions should clearly define the scope of the position, expectations for performances and required interpersonal skills. Developing core competencies by leveraging the expertise of your team members is crucial. This training is a how-to of the above with humor.


Privacy is Dead. Can I Have Your Password?

Presenter: Bryan Neil Jones, Nashville Public Library

We live in an era of constant surveillance and data breaches. A core professional value of libraries is privacy. Can libraries reconcile our values with a shifting technological and legal landscape? How do we utilize valuable data while mitigating risks to our patrons? What are our responsibilities to the communities we serve? This program will offer practical advice and explore the ethical implications of future paths.


Separating Fact from Fiction: Remaining Vigilant in the War against Misinformation

Presenter: Laura Sheets, Volunteer State Community College

Interview Tips and Tricks from Both Sides of the Desk

Martha Earl, Preston Medical Center, University of Tennessee, Knoxville 
Meredith Goins, Oak Ridge Associated Universities 
Susan Earl, John P. Holt Brentwood Library 

Worried what your interviewer is going to spring on you? Perplexed as how to weed the wheat from the chaff among your applicants? Wondering how you can employ technology to strengthen your chances of getting the job you want or the librarian with the skills to take your team to the next level? Need some insight and discussion on taking your search to the next level?


Free Educator Tech Tools
slides     audio

Play it Again Sam
Many of us are looking for ways to put life into our instruction sessions.  This presentation will give us great ways to engage our students and keep our presentations from being the “same old, same old.”


Eureka  Handout
SU Venture Catalyst, the startup unit of Arizona State University, along with the Scottsdale Public Library system, have started a new initiative for helping inventors, problem-solvers, social enterprises, entrepreneurs, and small businesses. The new Alexandria Network is designed to provide support for the innovation economy within designated public libraries.  The Eureka Loft opened in mid-May in the Scottsdale Public Library and offers co-working spaces, mentorship, advice, and access to some "pracademic" classes both online and in the library.  Speakers Jim Cook from ASU and Michael Beck from the Scottsdale Public Library will share information on the program start up and community feedback.


Everyone is a Leader

Presented by Ruth Kinnersley and Dolores Greenwald.


The Latest and Greatest in TEL

Wendy Cornelisen gives a tour of new and improved features of the Tennessee Electronic Library.   Particularly featured databases are PowerSpeak (a languages database) and Learning Express Library (a testing and skills database).


Circulating Ideas: Creating a Personal Learning Network for Librarians

The field of librarianship is evolving at a rapidly-increasing pace, making it more important than ever to keep up with new ideas and trends. A Personal Learning Network (PLN) is one of the best ways to stay on top of new developments. Join Steve Thomas, assistant branch manager at Gwinnett County Public Library, as he talks about what a PLN is and explores ways you can create and curate your own PLN to increase your professional knowledge base and connect with your peers.


Adopting New Technologies for Reference Services
PowerPoint Slides

Are you finding that your patrons are asking for assistance with digital devices, downloading ebooks, and posting pictures to Facebook? Let’s take a look at how libraries are incorporating some of the new technologies into Reference Services and meeting the digital needs of their patrons.

Instructor Jeffie Nicholson is the Adult Services Manager at the Williamson County Public Library in Franklin Tennessee and one of the two Social Media Managers for the Tennessee Library Association.


Embrace The Dark Side: Using Wikipedia to Teach Information Literacy
PowerPoint Slides

E-Readers 101: A Buying Guide

Libraries and Economic Development

Future of Libraries with Sarah Houghton-Jan

Cataloging Demystified

Generation Now! Surviving and Thriving with Four Generations in the Workplace

51 and a Half Things to Do with Google
This video was interrupted and so it is offered in two parts. The video files are available in wmv format and must be downloaded to view. If you have never used GoToMeeting, you will have to download the GoToMeeting Codec to be able to view the video.To download the codec, go to:

     Google 1
Google 2
PowerPoint Slides

Information Overload

Conflict Resolution: Dealing with Difficult People

Everyday Early Literacy

The New Librarianship

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