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Pre-Conference [clear filter]
Wednesday, April 5

8:00am EDT

Library Information Technologies: Showcasing Our Achievements and Gazing into the Future
The College and University Libraries Section (CULS) & Library Technologies Roundtable will co-host a half-day pre-conference program that will focus on the use of rapidly changing information technologies in libraries. The pre-conference, sub-titled “Showcasing Our Achievements and Gazing into the Future”, 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. We are planning to organize a half-day pre-conference, which could include a presentation(s) and a panel discussion, reflecting on key successes and failures, highlighting present-day challenges, and exploring various opportunities regarding library and IT.

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Bonnie Allen

Dean, Middle Tennessee State University
Bonnie Allen has had a career full of changes, innovation and engagement a variety of library types and organizations. Bonnie holds a Master of Library Science degree from Indiana University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Portland State University (Oregon). Her... Read More →
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Marshall Breeding

Creator & Editor, Library Technology Guides
Marshall Breeding is an independent consultant, speaker, and author. He is the creator and editor of Library Technology Guides and the libraries.orgonline directory of libraries on the Web. His monthly column Systems Librarian appears in Computers in Libraries; he is the Editor... Read More →

David Hadjik

Tennessee Technological University

Kebede Wordofa

Coordinator of Technology Resources / Systems Librarian, Woodward Library, Austin Peay State University


Wednesday April 5, 2017 8:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Room 300-A

8:00am EDT

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

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Kate Smith

Youth Services & Special Project Coordinator, TN State Library and Archives
Kate Greene Smith is the Youth Services & Special Projects Coordinator for the TN State Library & Archives. She is program manager for the Summer Reading Program and develops youth services training for public libraries across the state. This year she has focused on early literacy... Read More →
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Dr. Cindy Welch

Clinical Associate Professor, School of Info Sciences
Dr. Cindy Welch is a Clinical Associate Professor in the ALA-accredited School of Information Sciences program at UT-Knoxville, where she teaches primarily youth services classes, but also oversees and advises future school librarians. She travels the state offering the Best of the... Read More →

Wednesday April 5, 2017 8:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Room 300-B

1:00pm EDT

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.


Betty Jo Jarvis

Stones River Regional Library

Lauri Thompson

CE Coordinator, Tennessee State Library & Archives

Wednesday April 5, 2017 1:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Room 300-B

1:00pm EDT

Promoting Health Literacy through Easy-To-Read Materials
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.

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Cynthia Beeler

Clinical Information Librarian, University of Tennessee Preston Medical Library


Wednesday April 5, 2017 1:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Room 300-A