SILS alumna, Jenifer Grady, new executive director of Tenn-Share

August 23, 2012

Jenifer GradyJenifer Grady (MSLS '93), alumna of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science, has been appointed executive director of Tenn-Share, an organization whose mission is to help "Tennessee libraries deliver efficient, effective library services through group purchasing power and innovative resource sharing projects." The organization is a resource for more than 600 members which include libraries, information agencies, archives and museums across the state of Tennessee.

“I am excited about the opportunity to serve as the executive director of Tenn-Share and put my negotiation skills to work for its members," said Grady. "I welcome feedback, suggestions and best wishes for Tenn-Share from fellow alumni, students, faculty and staff of SILS.”  

Prior to her new position, Grady was most recently the director of the American Library Association (ALA) - Allied Professional Association (APA) for more than seven years. ALA-APA was established to fulfill two missions: "supporting salary and status improvement initiatives and certifying library workers in specializations beyond their initial degree, whether it is an MSLS or a high school diploma." She managed certification programs for public library managers and public and academic support staff, conducted salary surveys, delivered conference programs on topics such as negotiation and affordable healthcare and edited a monthly newsletter called Library Worklife.

Grady received her MSLS from SILS, and her MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. In addition, she is a certified association executive (CAE) "a professional certification for association executives."  Since receiving her degree from SILS, she has been a staff member and a manager at academic, medical, nonprofit, government and public libraries. In her personal life, Grady is always on the lookout for great bread pudding and a nearby trail to walk or bike off the calories.

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Photo by Rasheem Steele of Nashville, TN.