ETS: Emerging Technologies Section

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ETS, the Emerging Technologies Section of RUSA (formerly known as MARS), serves reference information service providers who leverage emerging technologies to deliver the highest quality services to our users. In this context of emerging technologies, we advocate for, promote and strengthen user environments and interactions, as well as the creation of innovative information resources, as part of the continuum of reference and user services in libraries. The possibilities for professional and personal growth are enormous!

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ETS News

  • Nominations sought for RUSA ETS Achievement Award

    • Help us celebrate the amazing members of RUSA’s Emerging Technologies Section (ETS)!

      Nominations are being accepted now through January 5th for this year’s ETS Achievement Award. To nominate someone or to nominate yourself, please complete the nomination form and email to Jason Coleman, by January 5, 2018. Nominees must be a current member of ETS and must have been an active member for the past two years.

      This award, which recognizes excellence in service to RUSA’s Emerging Technologies in Reference section, will be presented at the ETS Chair’s Program during ALA Annual 2018 in New Orleans.

      The recipient will have made either:

      1) sustained contributions toward attaining the goals of ETS; or
      2) a single, significant contribution that has resulted in a positive impact upon the work of the section.


      All nominations must be received by January 4, 2018.

      For more information and a list of recent recipients, see the ETS Achievement Award page.

Conferences & Program Events

  • ETS: Emerging Technologies @ 2018 ALA Midwinter (Denver)
    • Discussion Groups
Answering the Questions Alexa Can’t: How are Digital Assistants and Artificial Intelligences Impacting Reference Services? (ETS Hot Topics Discussion) - Sunday, February 11, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM, Colorado Convention Center, Rm 207
  • Business Meetings
ETS Executive Committee Meeting I - Saturday, February 10, 10:30am-11:30am, Colorado Convention Center, Rm 208
ETS Executive Committee Meeting II - Monday, February 12, 8:30am-10:00am, Colorado Convention Center, Rm 701

Committees & Discussion Groups

ETS Governing Documents

  • ETS Bylaws
  • ETS Forms (under revision)
  • ETS Handbook (under revision)PDF
  • ETS Policies and Procedures (under revision)