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!

ALA Annual is almost here...what's the big story?

  • MARS is now ETS, Emerging Technologies Section!

    We continue to transition our section's name to Emerging Technologies Section (ETS). 

    Join us and celebrate, or just find out more about ETS, at our ALA Annual Happy Hour,
    jointly hosted by our wonderful colleagues in RSS:

When: Saturday, 6/25/2016 from 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Where: Tapa Toro Tapas Bar & Paella Pit
8441 International Drive, Suite 260
Orlando, FL 32819
Website: http://tapatoro.restaurant/

Thanks to EBSCO, event sponsors!

  • Spend time in Orlando with ETS!

Our ALA Annual 2016 programming includes:

  • The Library as Publisher: Emerging Service for Storytellers and Scholars
    Is your library considering the increased opportunity to get involved in publishing?  If so, join us for: “The Library as Publisher: Emerging Service for Storytellers and Scholars” and a thoughtful discussion about the emerging trends of the library publishing industry.  Speakers include Beth Boatright, Coordinator for Emerging Technologies, Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne; Jonah Magar; Sarah Lydon, Community Services Librarian, Rochester Public Library; and Catherine Damiani. 

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

    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
    Students love the library, but they can now use it from almost anywhere; in this new environment, how do we leverage our expertise and make sure the students know that we’re available to help?  Join us for: “Promoting Subject Specialists and Enhancing Visibility of Library Reference” where we’ll talk about such questions as “How does your institution market, brand, and promote its reference services on the web?” and “How are library subject liaisons and specialists presented online?” 

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

    Speaker(s): Sha Towers, Art Liaison Librarian and Associate Director of the Central Libraries, Baylor University; Nora Wood, Academic Services Librarian, & Jennifer Friedman, Assistant Director for Research Services, University of South Florida; Barbara Tierney, Head of the Research and Information Services Department & Carrie Moran, User Engagement Librarian, University of Central Florida
     
  • "Be Our Guest": Creating Immersive Guest Experiences in Libraries
    How can your library unlock the potential to use physical space to enhance the overall user experience?  Please join us for this year’s RUSA ETS President’s Program, “Be Our Guest": Creating Immersive Guest Experiences in Libraries.  This session will feature 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
     
  • Emerging Technologies Librarians: Changing Roles for Changing Times
    Are you bemused by the range of new literacies deemed critical for future citizens/students?  Has your University or Community recently stressed the importance of digital, visual, design, and statistical, and/or entrepreneurial literacy?   Do you struggle to keep up with new technologies when you haven’t finished learning the last ones yet?

    Join us for an afternoon of conversation with three Emerging Technologies librarians who discuss how their roles continue to evolve as once “emerging” technologies become part of the library’s operational fabric, and as new expectations for successful citizens and students lead libraries to continue to expand partnerships and opportunities for their patrons to engage with new waves of emerging technologies.  Beth Boatright (Emerging Technologies Librarian and Business Librarian, Indiana University- Purdue University, Fort Wayne),  Tara Radniecki (Engineering Librarian at University of Nevada, Reno, and author of the IFLA Study on Emerging Technology librarian roles)  and Jane Martin (Library Director, Winterhaven Public Library and their SEEDLab with a focus on  Science, Education, Exploration and Design) will share their experiences as they juggle day-to-day operational aspects of their jobs with trying to stay abreast of the trends, working with their colleagues as they learn new technologies (are we all emerging technologies librarians now?), and engaging with “ever emerging” new technologies to continue to harness their potential to provide the best opportunities for the populations we serve.

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

    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
    Interested in spreading the word about your library’s services and facilities using the newest social media options?  Join us for “Socially Acceptable: Communicating with Users Through Social Media Networks” where the ETS Hot Topics Discussion Forum will provide talk and insight on everything from Twitter to Snapchat to Yik Yak, and how these social media networks offer new forms communication with library users. Join us 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 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    WHERE: Orange County Convention Center, Room W206B
     
  • Fact or Fiction: What Virtual Reference Training Works and What Holds Promise
    How does your library manage training and quality control for virtual reference?  To find out what others are up to, join us for “Fact or Fiction: What Virtual Reference Training Works and What Holds Promise”.   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.  Speakers include Jessica Cerny, Librarian, Eastern Florida State College; Rachel Minkin, Reference Librarian, Michigan State University Libraries; Lauren McKeen, Librarian, Northwestern University; Amy Wainwright, Librarian, John Carroll University; Laura Friesen, Librarian, University of Michigan – Flint; and Melissa Del Castillo, Virtual Learning & Outreach Librarian, Florida International University.  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

    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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