ETS: Emerging Technologies Section

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!

What's New

  • MARS is now ETS, Emerging Technologies Section!

    We continue to transition our section's name to Emerging Technologies Section (ETS).
  • Spend time in Orlando with ETS!

Our ALA Annual 2016 programming includes:

  • The Library as Publisher: Emerging Service for Storytellers and Scholars
    Join us for a thoughtful discussion about the emerging trends of the library publishing industry.

    WHEN: Saturday, June 25 from 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    WHERE: Orange County Convention Center, Room S330 A-B

    NOTES: Speaker(s): Beth Boatright, Coordinator for Emerging Technologies, Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne; Jonah Magar; Sarah Lydon, Community Services Librarian, Rochester Public Library; Catherine Damiani
  • Promoting Subject Specialists and Enhancing Visibility of Library Reference
    Academic library reference continues to go through transformation, as users increasingly rely on the web for their information needs. Traditional library liaison and subject specialist roles are changing, as librarians attempt to realign services with university-wide goals, including an increased emphasis on undergraduate student success. How does your institution market, brand, and promote its reference services on the web? How are library subject liaisons and specialists presented online? In this session, we will explore what various institutions are doing to increase the visibility of their subject librarians and how they are formalizing and assessing their new and existing efforts. We will feature a panel of 3-4 presenters, as well as an active discussion and interaction with audience members.

    WHEN: Saturday, June 25 from 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    WHERE: Orange County Convention Center, Room S322

    NOTES: Meeting Type: Discussion/Interest Group
  • "Be Our Guest": Creating Immersive Guest Experiences in Libraries
    Join us for RUSA's President's Program, a thoughtful discussion on how to create an effective “guest experience” in your library that teaches and inspires your users. Keynote speaker Dave Cobb, Vice President for Creative Development of Thinkwell Group, is an expert on designing immersive educational experiences for museums and theme parks. He'll talk about how libraries can tell stories with space and create emotional resonance with their users--drawing on examples from the library world as well as theme parks. Responders are: John Blyberg, Assistant Director for Innovation and UX, Darien Library; and Steven Bell, Associate University Librarian, Temple University.

    WHEN: Saturday, June 25 from 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    WHERE: Orange County Convention Center, Room W110B

    NOTES: Meeting Type: President's Program, Program

  • Emerging Technologies Librarians: Changing Roles for Changing Times (RUSA_ETS)
    Emerging Technologies Roles and Librarians. We'll take a look at the day in the life of Emerging Technologies Librarians, the trends in job descriptions, tips for successfully juggling competing priorities, and advice and strategies for keeping up.

    WHEN: Sunday, June 26 from 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    WHERE: Orange County Convention Center, Room W109A

    NOTES: Speaker(s): Beth Boatright, Coordinator for Emerging Technologies, Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne; Tara Radniecki; Jane Martin, Director, Winter Haven Public Libraries
  • Socially Acceptable: Communicating with Users Through Social Media Networks (RUSA_ETS)
    From Twitter to Snapchat to Yik Yak, social media networks bring new forms communication with library users. Join the ETS Hot Topics Discussion Forum for a lively and in-depth conversation on how social media network interactions can impact outreach, user satisfaction, and reference services.

    WHEN: Sunday, June 26 from 13:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    WHERE: Orange County Convention Center, Room W206B

    NOTES: Meeting Type: Discussion/Interest Group

    Sponsors: RUSA_ETS
  • Fact or Fiction: What Virtual Reference Training Works and What Holds Promise
    Is your library currently training staff on virtual reference services? Are you looking for ideas on how to approach training or make your training efficient? This program allows the librarian to learn about current training programs, the ideal methods of assessment, and identify best training practices. As a topic that will interest all types of libraries, librarians are encouraged to share their experiences and acquire helpful tips from others. Sponsored by the Virtual Reference Discussion Group, ETS/RSS Virtual Reference Services, & Virtual Reference Companion Subcommittee.

    WHEN: Sunday, June 26 from 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    WHERE: HYATT Regency Orlando, Room Bayhill 20

    NOTES: Speaker(s): Jessica Cerny, Librarian, Eastern Florida State College; Rachel Minkin, Reference Librarian, Michigan State University Libraries, East Lansing, Michigan; Lauren McKeen, Librarian, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois; Amy Wainwright, Librarian, John Carroll University; Laura Friesen, Librarian, University of Michigan – Flint; Melissa Del Castillo, Virtual Learning & Outreach Librarian, Florida International University, Miami, Florida

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ETS Governing Documents

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