Friends of Tennessee Libraries

Presentations from the 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting of Friends of Tennessee Libraries



Building Relationships: A Case Study with the John P. Holt Brentwood Library

Panelists share personal experiences and practical suggestions for fostering better relationships among your Library Board, Friends, Library staff, and funding body.

Top row (L–R): Library Board Chair Dottie Grief, Friends of the Brentwood Library (FOBL) President & moderator Kathy Dooley-Smith, Library Director Susan Earl. Middle row: FOBL President-Elect Cindy Franklin, Public Services Manager Dustin Goforth, Trustee and former Mayor Betsy Crossley. Third row: Assistant City Manager Jay Evans.

Download a copy of the panel’s tips for building relationships here.

The Fearless Women of the Pack Horse Library Project

FOTL Past President Susie Ries hosts a conversation with Jeanne Schmitzer, author of Down Cut Shin Creek: The Pack Horse Librarians of Kentucky, and Jason Vance, Middle Tennessee State University professor, librarian, and researcher of scrapbooks kept by pack horse librarians.

Suggested reading: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson and The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

Click here to learn more about Jeanne Schmitzer and Jason Vance.

Social Media 101

With years of experience as a broadcast journalist, spokesperson for TDOT, and Community Relations Director for the City of Brentwood, Deanna Lambert is the guru of social media. She shares her best tips and tricks for creating engaging and relevant content for your Friends.

Download Deanna Lambert’s slide presentation here.

Learn more about Deanna Lambert here.

Beyond Book Sales: Creative Ways to Support Your Library

Theresa Venable, the Langston Hughes Librarian at the Children’s Defense Fund Alex Haley Farm, moderates a panel of Friends from across the state as they discuss ways to support your library beyond book sales.

Learn more about the panelists and the ways their Friends groups have found to support their library here.