TLA Board 2018-2019 Update from Leadership Meeting

June is off to an enormously sad start. Many of us knew from talking with our incoming President-Elect Heather Lanier at April’s conference in Memphis that she was going to have a procedure.  She let me know afterwards that she was waiting for results and told me that we were all going to think positively. We learned at the end of May she was seriously ill with cancer and given only two months to live.

Unfortunately for us who have been blessed to work with her as a colleague and friend, it turned out to be far less time than we wanted. I know some of you only learned of this recently. It was a shock to learn someone so vibrant and enthusiastic, and who we were all looking forward to working with in the coming year, is now gone so unexpectedly. It’s quite a change from where we expected to be as we move on into a new year for TLA. I had been really looking forward to working with her in the coming year. I know it would have been a wonderful, fun, and challenging experience for all of us.

Many of us have contributed to her gofundme account to help her family cope with the costs of hospice and other expenses. Two charities were also identified as places she supported and wanted to donations to go to instead of flowers. I was able to attend her visitation on and talk with Susan Earl of the John P. Holt Brentwood Public Library who shared with me about how the  organizations, ShowerUp and the Beesley Animal Foundation, were near and dear to Heather. Here are links to everything if you would like to honor her memory with a contribution:

Our TLA Public Relations Committee is launching their blog this year and it has been decided to make the first post a memorial to Heather. If you would like to share stories or have ideas, photos to share, etcetera. Please email them to

In the midst of all this sorrow, we have had to consider what to do for the upcoming year.  Our Executive Board has decided it would be best to follow the precedent set previously in which Susan Jennings graciously served two terms as President. It was approved that I stay on for another year so Jill Rael could have her year as Vice President. I know we all realize that when I promised Heather to support and be there for her this year as she served that this is not what either of us had in mind. I hope to work with everyone to make this year a year of service in her honor.

Heather served on our Restructuring Taskforce with Ruth and Richard. They put 3 years of planning into this project and the implementation of it begins on July 1, 2018. I will be working with our Advisory Council and Executive Board to put their project into action. This will be a big  change for our Board. It’s something we are determined to do and carry forth with in honor of her memory for our association.

Sometimes the lights that burn the brightest burn the shortest but we are warmed by our  memories of it’s glow and have the opportunity carry the inspiration forward. I am always honored to serve our organization. I do realize this is not the year I was elected to serve and as suggested by a member, Heather Lanier will be listed on our website as the TLA President for 2018-2019 and I will be listed as the Acting President for the coming year.  I will do my best to keep this year a reflection of the efforts Heather has made on the behalf of our organization. Towards that goal, if you have ideas as to ways in which our organization can recognize her efforts and honor her memory, please let me know at with a subject heading Honoring Heather so your email is not missed by me.  

My gratitude to everyone for their support of Heather’s family, the Brentwood Public Library staff and Heather’s favorite charities.

Jeffie Nicholson                                                                                                                                TLA President 2017-2018

Our TLA 2018-2019 President-Elect has passed away.

I’m very sorry to announce that Heather Lanier (pictured on the right at our April 2018 conference in Chattanooga) who was to be our incoming TLA President has passed away.

Please visit and contribute to the gofundme page to assist her family with any expenses.

In lieu of flowers, her family asked for donations to Beesley Animal Foundation, in her honor.

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Last call for TLA At-Large Representatives

***Last call! If interested please have your bio and office selection to me by July 3.***

The Tennessee Library Association (TLA) is initiating the implementation of the new Bylaws starting July 1. This opens up five new positions on the Executive Board for At-Large Representatives. See for more information and below:

Article VII. At-Large Representative

Section 1. One At-Large Representative shall be elected to represent each of the five types of libraries/persons within the membership of the Association.

a. Academic libraries
b. Public libraries
c. School libraries
d. Special libraries
e. Friends/Retirees/Trustees

At-Large Representative shall be an individual member of the Association.

Section 2. Each At-Large Representative shall have one vote on the Executive Board and the Advisory Council.

Section 3. At-Large Representative responsibilities shall be:

a. represent the interest of the appropriate constituency
b. develop and present a program, business meeting, or forum at the annual conference addressed to the appropriate constituency;
c. communicate with appropriate constituency as to the discussions/decisions of the Executive Board and the Advisory Council;
d. attend all meetings of the Executive Board and the Advisory Council;
e. submit quarterly and annual reports on the activities of the constituency to the Executive Board;
f. perform other duties as outlined in the TLA Manual of Procedures.

Section 4. At-Large Representative term of office shall be two years.

a. A staggered term of service shall be established with the first year of this structure.

Section 5. At-Large Representative shall not simultaneously hold any other voting rights position on the Executive Board or the Advisory Council.


Our Board meets quarterly and one of the meetings is at the annual conference. The first meeting in September in Mt. Juliet

To run for the office or nominate someone, please send in a brief biography and specify which position you are interested in to me at We are currently planning to hold the election in July.

Thank you,
Jeffie Nicholson
TLA President

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