Quarterly Update

Carol Schuetz, editor

Emerging Technologies Section (ETS)


  • Member Survey

Please check your in-box for the ETS member survey! Filling in the survey helps the section better meet your needs! The survey was sent on November 19, 2020.

  • 2021 Member Forum

The ETS Leaders invites all section members to join us on Saturday, January 23 @ 12:15pm (CST) for the 2021 Member Forum to be held at the ALA Midwinter virtual event. The forum will feature a panel of ETS members who will share their experiences with providing services during COVID-19, particularly the libraries’ role in bridging the digital divide. Plan to attend the session to learn more about current happenings with the section, to meet our leaders, and to learn more about opportunities to get involved in ETS.

  • Call for Submissions: RUSA ETS BETA Award

Do you believe in the power of technology to shape library services? Have you or a colleague used technology in an innovative way to enhance patron services? If so, we encourage you to apply for RUSA/ETS’ Best Emerging Technology Application Award! The award offers $3,000 to an individual or group in recognition of a technology application that directly benefits library users. The award is generously co-sponsored by Chatstaff and LibraryH3lp.

To apply: If you would like to apply for the award or nominate someone else’s project, please visit the BETA website at http://bit.ly/RUSABETA. The committee will contact nominees to encourage them to apply.

Submission Deadline: February 12, 2021.

  • Achievement Award Nominations

Recognize the exceptional ETSer in your work life! ETS is now accepting nominations for the RUSA’s ETS Achievement Award through February 12. The Achievement Award recognizes an individual who has shown initiative and enthusiasm as a member of ETS and /or demonstrated leadership from within ETS through committee work, contribution to projects, interest group and program proposals, and conference or webinar participation. Eligibility Criteria: Nominees must be a current member of ETS and must have been an active member for the past year.
For more information, and a list of recent recipients, see http://www.ala.org/rusa/ets-achievement-award-0

To nominate someone or to nominate yourself, please complete the nomination form (https://forms.gle/bCABZmzh6YGe5Hti9) by February 12, 2021.

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