November 2009 Board Meeting Minutes

ETLA Meeting
Thursday, November 12, 2009, 6:00 pm
Shoney’s Restaurant, Powell, TN
Attendance: 18 people

Chris Durman, ETLA President, welcomed everyone to the meeting and introduced the ETLA board members present:

2009-2010 ETLA Board Members include:
Chris Durman, University of Tennessee George F. DeVine Music Library, President
Susan Simmons, Clinch Powell Regional Library Director, Vice President/President Elect
Mary Bartolini, University of Tennessee Center for Information and Communications Studies, Immediate Past President
Susan Poorbaugh, Bearden/West Knox Branch Library Manager, Treasurer
Molly Moore, Amputee Coalition of America, Secretary
Becky Smeltzer, University of Tennessee MTAS Library, Newsletter Editor

Chris gave the treasurer’s report as submitted by Susan Poorbaugh, Treasurer:

October 2009

Previous Balance $1,276.48

Member Dues 75.00
Gift certificate for webmaster 50.00
October Meeting 45.39 95.39

Balance as of October 31, 2009 $1,256.09

Old Business:

Book Brag- This well-attended event was held at Carpe Librum Booksellers where attendees shared thoughts on books they have recently read as well as some old favorites. Thanks to Carpe Librum Booksellers for being such gracious hosts and to the Chattanooga Area Library Association for sharing the idea for this program with us. This may become an annual event for ETLA as well.

New Business

A. Membership to be surveyed soon for programming suggestions.

B. Next Meeting:

What: Joint meeting with ETLA and KAHSLC (Knoxville Area Health Sciences Library Consortium)
When: January 27, 2010
11:00-11:30 lunch & socializing
11:30-12:00 (or 12:15) KAHSLC & ETLA business meetings
12:00/12:15-1:00 or 1:30 presentation
Where: Preston Medical Library Conference Room
Topic: Tim Byrne, Senior Outreach Librarian at the DOE’s Office of Scientific and Technical Information in Oak Ridge, will offer a presentation on technical reports (DOE’s published research.) He will discuss searching for DOE technical reports and discuss the wide range of information covered by the reports. He will also discuss DOE information available on


Theresa Pepin BTOP Stimulus Grant
Dr. Bharat Mehra ITRL IMLS Grant

Theresa Pepin worked with State of Tennessee to submit a three-part Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant application. If funded, the grant would provide broadband access to unserved and under-served counties in the state. The grant creates public library-based mobile laptop laboratories or the equivalent in each county. Finally, the grant aims to educate the public on the need for broadband and what broadband can do for the state.
Pepin will discuss building the case for needs and sustainability (based not on “business as usual” in recurring public funding but on newer models responsive to deficit-busting); leveraging partnerships; and relating to community. She’ll explain what this means for public libraries that wish to pursue competitive grants such as the BTOP.

Dr. Bharat Mehra and his colleagues received an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant to provide full scholarships for 16 library workers in rural Appalachia to earn a master’s degree in the University of Tennessee’s School of Information Sciences program. The degree program focuses on information technology and rural librarianship and will be delivered via distance education.