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Planning and Development

The Planning and Development Section of TSLA provides assistance to local public libraries throughout the state.  A Planning and Development section is required in all State Library agencies handling federal funding for libraries.  Seven Planning and Development staff members provide statewide consultation and leadership in the areas of library technology, grant management, library construction, statistics, collection development, cataloging of materials, legal issues, continuing education, interlibrary loan, etc. Since 1999, the Section has included the Tennessee Regional Library System, which includes nine regional library centers in various locations across the state.  The Multi-county Regional Library System has been in existence for seventy-five years, currently providing state and federal funding and professional assistance to 212 member public libraries.  The four metropolitan area libraries serving Memphis, Chattanooga, Knoxville, and Nashville are considered one-county regions and receive direct funding from the State through annual contracts. 

Five additional Network Services consultants from the Department of State’s Information Systems division are assigned to work with regional and local libraries in providing hands-on assistance with computer hardware and software and technology training.

 

Internship/Volunteer Opportunities

Continuing education Libguide
Continuing education Libguide

A new resource for librarians across the state- this Libguide is a complete remodel. It is subject based and uses podcasts, website, blogs, books, webinars, etc. to meet training needs. The practicum student would identify resources, populate the blog, create feeds and research appropriate training opportunities.

Initial project creation
• 80 hours ongoing project update- varied
Public Library Management Program
Public Library Management Program

This program is for library directors who do not have degrees in library science. The practicum student would help develop the new curriculum, select materials, create the Libguide and supervise discussion in the PLMP discussion room and create a series of resources and best practices for library directors.

Hours- 40+
Training videos
Training Videos

We are creating a series of short how-to videos on three subjects- Library technology, library best practices, and basic skills. A practicum student would help identify video topics, write scripts, film and edit training videos.

Hours Flexible
• Opportunity for multiple students
Public Library Management Institute
Public Library Management Institute

A weeklong institute held as part of the PLMP. A new class begins this year and a practicum student(s) would help with all aspects of the week long training.

Hours- 120+
Statewide CE summit
Statewide CE summit

Next year TSLA will host a statewide Continuing Education Summit. This practicum student would help with planning of topics, planning of summit, identification of training goals, selection of resources, and survey librarians across the state on their training needs.
TEL Usage Study new!

TEL Usage Study

TEL currently collects a number of usage statistics measuring libraries' use of electronic resources provided through the consortium. Interns interested in online resource selection and usage have the opportunity to work with TEL to develop a means of measuring Return on Investment of e-resources based on user population. Interns would have the opportunity to study the fair market value of materials made available through online databases, and offer solutions for calculating return on investment and value measurements that could then be used in the collection development and selection process. The result of this project may be a paper detailing ways that other consortia are calculating these measures, as well as interns’ suggestions or methods for calculating value of electronic resources in Tennessee libraries. Interns may also be able to offer recommendations about which resources are the most needed by Tennesseans.

Time Commitment:
• 150+ hours, flexible timing available


TEL Marketing project new!

TEL Marketing project

TEL can be described as the best-kept secret in the state. Interns would have the opportunity to draft a marketing plan for TEL, including key contacts and ways to spread the word about the electronic library’s services on a small budget. This project may take the form of a research paper in which the student attempts to identify factors and trends, or a detailed plan of action for TEL. Interns involved in this project would have the chance to define the project in a way that meets their research interests.

Time Commitment:
• 150+ hours, flexible timing available



TEL Training Materials Development new!

TEL Training Materials Development

Current TEL services and content are provided to all Tennesseans. Interns have the opportunity to develop and integrate training materials on a variety of TEL databases, both from the user and the trainer perspectives. Interns would identify topics, write scripts, and use provided tools to create training tools that could include webinars, online tutorials, presentations, or handouts.

Time Commitment:
• 150+ hours, flexible timing available
TEL Best Practices new!

TEL Best Practices

TEL is interested in gathering data and information to help its libraries promote the use of TEL online resources to their patrons. An intern could study this data and create recommendations for improving online resource usage at member libraries. This project may take the form of a research project in which the intern attempts to identify factors and trends that make libraries successful users of online resources, or a case study analyzing a small handful of libraries that have particularly high usage of online resources. Interns involved in this project would have the opportunity to define the project in a way that meets their research interests, and may choose to focus on one or multiple types of libraries.

Time Commitment:
• 150+ hours, flexible timing available

If you are interested in submitting an application, please click here and submit your entire application to Maggie.bahou@tn.gov

If you have questions, please email the intern/volunteer coordinator at kayce.butler@tn.gov