Emerging Technology Trends Committee


  • Explores current and emerging technology trends in libraries.   
  • Organizes in-person and online discussions around the impact and importance of emerging trends. This includes the Top Tech Trends sessions during ALA’s annual conference.  
  • Works with other Core committees to aid in developing online programs and publications discussing emerging trends.

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Anna Kaetz (Member, July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2025)
Ms. Rebecca Leonhard (Member, July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2025)
Adam St. Pierre (Member, July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2025)
Ms. Lara E. Taylor, MLIS (Member, July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2025)

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The committee consists of a minimum of 8 members, including the Chair and a vice-Chair, appointed from the membership of Core by the Leadership Team of the Technology Section. Committee members serve 2-year, staggered terms.

About this Committee


  • Create written procedures for selecting trends to feature at the annual conference.
  • Share 3 technology trend-related resources of interest containing a 1 sentence description to be submitted to Core staff liaison each month.
  • Identify topics and recruit speakers while coordinating and planning the Top Tech Trends panel at ALA Annual.
  • Communicate identified trends to the rest of Core through blog posts, e-forum discussions, workshops, conference sessions, and connect discussions as appropriate.

Ongoing Work

  • Communicate with other Core committees to assist in determining trends.
  • Regularly monitor discussion lists and other communication channels for technology trends affecting libraries.
  • Discuss with contributors the possible opportunity to repackage content with the Publication Committee.

Expected Time Commitment

  • Regular meetings (~1 hour/month)
  • Ongoing tracking of library technology trends (~10-20 hours/year)
  • A two-year primarily virtual commitment
  • The chair of the committee or alternate will act as a host for the Top Tech Trend panel at annual, which will require in person participation

Desired Skills, Knowledge, and Experience

  • An interest in technology
  • Good communication skills
  • Research skills


The Top Technology Trends Committee was merged with the Emerging Technology Committee and renamed the Emerging Technology Trends Committee in 2023.