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MTAS Research and Information Center

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Frances Adams-O'Brien, Librarian | (865) 974-9842

Who we are and how we can help

The Research and Information Center (RIC) serves as a clearinghouse for information produced by and about cities. We are an information center which provides research, reference and survey services. Surveys for MTAS consultants and city officials are conducted to create and collect unique information on municipal government not available from other sources. RIC staff are responsible for the quarterly MTAS E-News and posting to MTAS's Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages. 

Services of the RIC and MTAS library print materials are reserved for the use of city officials and staff and MTAS staff. However, even if you are not in our customer group, feel free to request an item (or contact us) and if we can help you in some way, we will.

Be sure to follow MTAS on Facebook and Twitter!



What is MRLn?

MRLn is the MTAS Research Library Online. Click here to start a "Simple Search"  Search MRLn

MRLn will: help you FIND legal opinions, surveys, job descriptions, sample resolutions and ordinances, articles, books, forms and more; SAVE your searches and search results to be able to repeat the search and find all of the latest materials in your area of interest; provide a way for you to REQUEST items that you've located to be sent to you, suggest new materials for the library, and request assistance.

Need to set up a guest MRLn account to access special user features? Email Frances Adams-O'Brien, MTAS Librarian, at Or call at 865-974-9842.

MTAS staff login in to MRLn with their NetID and password to access the special user features.

Questions? Contact, Frances Adams-O'Brien, MTAS Librarian, at Or call at 865-974-9842.


MTAS Salary Survey FY2024 is Ready!

Have you needed salary information when looking at increases or when creating a new position? The MTAS Salary Survey can help. The Salary Survey Reporting Dashboard is available to any municipality that participates in the survey.

Are you a returning participant? 
If you participated in the FY2024 Salary Survey, just login and start a new survey. (Use the same login information you created for the FY2023 survey.)  You will be able to import your data from last year. If any of the salary information has changed since FY2023, you can update it after you import it.

Are you a new participant? 
If you were not able to participate for the recent survey, that’s not a problem. Simply register as a new user for the survey and we will help you take it from there. We have also attached instructions to help you get registered and start a survey. Register a new account here:

Our MTAS HR Consultants are also available to help:

You may also email with any questions you might have.

We look forward to working with you soon!



MTAS Digital Archives at the UT Tennessee Research and Creative Exchange (TRACE)

MTAS maintains archival versions of its publications in the TRACE. Paper copies of the archival publications are maintained in the Knoxville Library Collection of MTAS.

Visit Trace here:



Need a Survey?

Request a survey by emailing RIC staff here:



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