ETS Best Emerging Technology Application Award

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Established in 2019, the ETS Best Emerging Technology Application Award offers $3,000 to an individual or group in recognition of a technology application that benefits the library and its patrons. This award is sponsored by Chatstaff and LibraryH3lp.

Winners will also have the opportunity to share their project as part of the RUSA Podcast series.


Award Categories

For the 2021-2022 year, two $3,000 awards will be given, one in each of the following categories:

  1. Develops an original technology or significantly modifies an existing technology for an entirely novel use that benefits the library and its patrons. 
  2. Utilizes an existing technology and applies it in a novel way that benefits the library and its patrons.



The award jury is composed of members of the ETS Best Emerging Technology Application Committee. Each written application is evaluated using the following criteria:

  1. Creativity of the use of technology to improve library and patron services
  2. The impact on the local library and its users
  3. The potential impact on other libraries and their users
  4. Sustainability of the technological application

Refer to the Award Rubric for a more detailed description of the criteria



The award is open to any library employee or group of library employees, provided that the following conditions are met. Neither ALA nor RUSA membership is required. International librarians are eligible. Applicants may only apply for one category.

  1. The award application describes an implementation of a technology that has directly impacted a library and its patrons.
  2. The implementation took place no more than 2 years prior to the date of the application deadline.


How to Apply

To submit an application, please complete the online form. Deadline for submissions is February 11th, 2022.

Questions should be directed to Beth Caruso at


To Nominate a Project

To nominate a project, complete the nomination form. Members of the committee will then reach out to the nominees to encourage them to apply.


Award Recipients

2021: Elisandro Cabada, Brandon C. Dang, William H. Mischo, David Tamayo, Robert Wallace

2020: Corey Wetherington and Scott Wagner for developing, testing, deploying, and sharing ShelfReader