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Name: Charles
Title: State Librarian and Archivist
Organization: State of Tennessee
Address: Tennessee State Library and Archives
403 7th Ave N
City: Nashville
State: TN
Zip Code: 37243
Phone: (615) 741-7996
Fax: (615) 532-9293
Appointment Date: 02/08/2010
Committee Assignments: n/a


Library Agency Homepage:
Virtual Library:
State Home Page:
Governor: Bill Haslam
Library Association:
Friends of the Library Association: <
Trustee Association: N/A
Other State Library Links:
      Tennessee Electronic Library - Online databases for all Tennessee residents


Link to IMLS Public Library Statistics Webpage:

Year the data below was released: 2008-2009
URL for Statewide Public Library Statistics:
Population: 6,214,888
Number of Public Libraries: 294
Total Circulation: 25,286,570
Circulation Per Capita: 4.07
Total Library Operating Income: $108,793,308
Total Expenditures: $106,756,860
Expenditures per capita:$17.18
State Support:$8,576,900
Total Construction Funding:$450,000
Materials Loaned to other Libraries: 44,805


Link to IMLS State Library Statistics Webpage:

Year the data below was released: FY 2009-2010
Governance Structure: The State Librarian and Archivist reports to the Secretary of State, who is elected for four year terms by the Tennessee General Assembly.
Library Legislation:
Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 10
Library Standards:
TN Minimum Standards for Non-Metropolitan Public Libraries, Revised 2003
Allied and Other Special Operations:
The State Archives is joined with the library under one organization. The Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped is also located at the State Library and Archives.
Number of Service Outlets: One primary facility and 12 regional library offices for public library support and development
Collections: Library holdings: 565,536 books & serials Archival holdings: 32,300 cubic feet LBPH holdings: 198,784 media
Staff: State Library and Archives: 101 full time Regional Library 93 full time
Income: $20,922,000
Expenditures: $18,287,655
Employment Opportunities:


Newsletter: N/A
LSTA Five Year Plan:
Other Relevant Links to State Library Publications:

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