What if you spotlighted a day inside Tennessee Libraries?

This is that day October 7, 2010

All over the state of Tennessee libraries recorded in pictures and numbers the people who used the library on that day.
That day wasn’t any special day, it was just a day in a Tennessee public library.

Tennessee libraries are more than just books.

Support your library today.

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New databases added to TEL

We are happy to announce the following databases are now including in our Tennessee Electronic Library.

Agriculture Collection
Business Economics and Theory Collection
Communications and Mass Media Collection
Criminal Justice Collection
Culinary Arts Collection
Diversity Studies Collection
Educators Collection
Environmental Studies and Policy Collection
Fine Arts and Music Collection
Gardening, Landscape and Horticulture Collection
General Science Collection
GLBT Life and Issues Collection
Home Improvement Collection
Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Collection
Information Science & Technology Collection
Insurance & Liability Collection
Military and Intelligence Database
Nursing and Allied Health Collection
Pop Culture Collection
Popular Magazines
Psychology Collection
Religion & Philosophy Collection
Small Business Collection
US History Collection
Vocation & Careers Collection
War & Terrorism Collection
World History Collection

You can connect to TEL using this link

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Telephone Renewals

As of July 1, 2010 we will no longer renew materials by telephone. Patrons may either have materials renewed by staff at the circulation desk, renew online from home or at the library’s OPAC computers.

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Nearly one-third of Americans age 14 or older – roughly 77 million people – used a public library computer or wireless network to access the Internet in the past year, according to a national report released today. In 2009, as the nation struggled through a recession, people relied on library technology to find work, apply for college, secure government benefits, learn about critical medical treatments, and connect with their communities.

The use of library technology had significant impact in four critical areas: employment, education, health, and making community connections. In the last 12 months:

40 percent of library computer users (an estimated 30 million people) received help with career needs. Among these users, 75 percent reported they searched for a job online. Half of these users filled out an online application or submitted a resume.

37 percent focused on health issues. The vast majority of these users (82 percent) logged on to learn about a disease, illness, or medical condition. One-third of these users sought out doctors or health care providers. Of these, about half followed up by making appointments for care.

42 percent received help with educational needs. Among these users, 37 percent (an estimated 12 million students) used their local library computer to do homework for a class.
Library computers linked patrons to their government, communities, and civic organizations. Sixty-percent of users – 43.3 million people – used a library’s computer resources to connect with others.
“There is no ambiguity in these numbers. Millions of people see libraries as an essential tool to connect them to information, knowledge, and opportunities,” said Marsha Semmel, acting director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. “Policy makers must fully recognize and support the role libraries are playing in workforce development, education, health and wellness, and the delivery of government services.”

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What do I do if my Playaway locks up?
Like any good storyteller, sometimes the Playaway just needs a moment to catch its breath. First, turn it on and off. If that doesn’t solve the problem, remove and reinsert the battery.
My Playaway will not turn on. What should I do?
We recommend inserting a fresh battery.
If you have additional questions or would like troubleshooting tips, please call Customer Service at (877) 893-0808 x120.
Tips + Tricks
The following are a few shortcuts that you can use for better Playaway usability:

Erase all bookmarks: While Playaway is in an unpaused state, press EQ+SP+FWD+REV.
Complete Reset: (back to the start of the Playaway, erase all bookmarks, erase last volume setting): While Playaway is in a paused state, press SP+REV.

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Tennessee History for Kids

Most public school students in Tennessee have no Tennessee history or civics textbook, even though students in about half of the grades are required to learn parts of the subject every school year. Because of this, it is more important than ever that students have a place to go for information on Tennessee history.

Nashville author Bill Carey founded the 501c3 organization Tennessee History for Kids in November 2004 for the purpose of improving this situation. Step one was to research, write, and produce this web site.

Tennessee History for Kids


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