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State Librarian

Mr. Chuck Sherrill
State Librarian and Archivist
Tennessee State Library and Archives
403 7th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37243-0312
Phone: 615/741-7996
Fax: 615/532-9293

State library website:

photo of Tennessee State LibrarianWe’re focusing on building the skills of our libraries’ staff and their ease in using technology and e-resources to ensure that they are knowledgeable and comfortable with teaching these skills to library users in their communities. The public wants access to information for education, job searches, and their own interests, and our libraries must respond with depth and flexibility.”

--Chuck Sherrill, State Librarian and Archivist, Tennessee State Library and Archive

Read the Tennessee State Library and Archives interview with IMLS.


The Grants to States Program

The Grants to States Program is the largest grant program run by IMLS; it provides funds to State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAAs) using a population-based formula set by the law. SLAAs determine goals and objectives for the funds in their statutorily required five-year plan (see below). For more information, see the Grants to States program overview.


Recent Allotments

2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
$3,204,074 $3,120,490 $2,995,498 $3,115,490 $3,105,919

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Project Examples

Technology Grants to Public Libraries
The state library provided needed computer hardware and software to public libraries across the state and leveraged local funding support for technology by requiring a 50/50 match of federal grant funds. The project provided a solid tech infrastructure for public libraries statewide and supported circulation and cataloging functions as well as public access computing and tech-based services for the public. Grant funds supported a variety of library management software, educational software, computer security software, desktops, laptops, servers, wireless access, and peripherals for public libraries throughout the state. The match provides the incentive for local funding, especially now that computers have become vital for completing job searches and applications, filling in e-government forms, and meeting other professional and personal information needs.
IMLS Funds: $202,011

Network Services Consultant Program
The state library used grant funds to provide all regional libraries and small and medium-sized public libraries throughout the state with free technology assistance and training through four Network Services Consultants. The Network Services Consultant Manager provides technical assistance at the Tennessee State Library and Archives, and the consultants coordinate, implement, and maintain statewide technology projects such as those initiated with LSTA funds. During the project period they assisted over 1,000 staff at 220 public libraries, 12 regional libraries and the State Library and Archives. They also taught six in-services on technology planning and conducted a two-and-a-half day workshop for the nine Information Systems staff members.
IMLS Funds: $506,681

Search the Awarded Grants Database for additional details about awards in this state.


Five-Year Plan

Each state creates a 5-year plan for its programs to strengthen the efficiency, reach, and effectiveness of library services. Click here to read Tennessee's 5-year plan for 2013-2017 (PDF, 1,250KB). View all states' plans.


Five-Year Plan Highlights

Lifelong Learning

General Services and Initiatives

  • All Tennessee residents will have the information resources and library services needed to succeed in school, at work, and in their daily lives.
  • Provide funding to regional libraries and metropolitan public libraries for purchasing materials that serve disadvantaged populations.


  • All Tennessee residents will have the reading skills needed to succeed in school, at work, and in their daily lives.
  • All Tennessee residents will be able to locate and access library and information resources that are relevant to their lives in traditional reading materials and non-print media.

Online Learning

  • All Tennessee residents will be able to locate and access library and information resources that are relevant to their lives through the use of online and downloadable resources, and e-networks.

Information Access

Access to E-Resources

  • Promote and monitor usage of the Tennessee E-Library.
  • Provide onsite leadership and assistance in the development of technology in 225 public libraries.
  • Substantially increase the Regional E-Book and Audiobook Download System (READS) materials budget and ensure that funding is sustained at a level that builds robust resources. The Network Services Consultants and Manager will work with regional library staff and the state library Planning and Development staff to develop annual Information Systems Plans.

Interlibrary Loans

  • Support a Bibliographic Services Coordinator to maintain the Statewide Online Union Catalog, provide assistance to public libraries, and monitor resource sharing.
  • Provide funds for two centralized locations that collect and place out-of-state interlibrary loan transactions, with the aid of a courier service, and promote the availability of interlibrary loans.

Institutional Capacity

Continuing Education

  • All Tennessee residents will benefit from enhanced library and information services because library staff will have the knowledge, skills, and competencies needed to offer high-quality 21st century library services.
  • Implement a statewide call center with a toll-free number to improve our technical assistance workflow and enable a timelier response to public library concerns.
  • Prepare and make readily available via the Internet a comprehensive set of training and implementation guidance materials to assist Tennessee libraries in using key features of the statewide integrated library system (ILS).

Human Services

Special Services for Special Needs

  • Provide outreach services to the blind and physically handicapped to ensure their awareness of materials and services their libraries offer.


Five-Year Evaluation

At the end of a 5-year period, each state reports their results in achieving goals and objectives projected in their 5-Year Plan. Click here to read Tennessee's 5-year evaluation for 2008-2012 (PDF, 1,044KB). View all states' evaluations.


IMLS Data Collection

State Library Survey
The State Library Agency Survey (SLAA) provides descriptive data about state library agencies for all fifty states and the District of Columbia.

Public Library Survey
The Public Library Survey (PLS) provides national descriptive data on the status of public libraries in the United States and its territories. Data are collected from over 9,000 public library systems with over 17,000 public library outlets. Click here for Tennessee's profile from the most recent PLS publication (PDF, 337KB).