1. Continue to increase opportunities for virtual participation in the work of the Emerging Technologies in Reference Section.
MARS membership is strong, but many of our members cannot regularly attend conference. Virtual meeting technologies, supported by RUSA, enable us to get more work done outside of the MidWinter and Annual face-to-face Conference meetings. In the coming year, the Executive Committee will work with each committee to identify ways to identify more useful virtual projects and to recruit virtual members to contribute to the committee projects and goals.
2. Continue to increase professional development opportunities for members of the Emerging Technologies in Reference Section.
Professional Development is critical in the Emerging Technologies in Reference arena. The Professional Development Committee has already begun this task, creating webinars and free preconference workshops. In the coming year, work closely with RUSA to expand ongoing virtual offerings.
3. Maximize the effectiveness of RUSA by working closely with our parent organization and the other sections within RUSA to coordinate our virtual activities.
Through representation on RUSA level committees, coordinate ideas and create new synergies to help RUSA and the Emerging Technologies in Reference Section most effectively reach current members, providing them with opportunities for meaningful service and professional development, and most effectively recruit and retain new members.
4. Revise and update the MARS Handbook to optimize format and information for web presentation.