Emerging Technologies Section (ETS)

Chanitra Bishop, Editor

Get Involved with ETS!
Great news – we are still accepting volunteers to fill a variety of ETS committee appointments.  If you are interested in serving, please contact Vice Chair/Chair-Elect Courtney McDonald directly at crgreene@indiana.edu for more information about opportunities.  Follow the link here for a listing of the ETS committees

Have questions about our committees? The All Committee Meeting on Sunday, June 26th from 10:30-11:30am (HYATT Regency Orlando, Room Bayhill 23) is a great place to meet ETS members and have your questions answered!
Attending the full conference in Orlando?
Join us for some or all of our sessions!!

Happening on Sunday at 1:00pm (Orange County Convention Center, Room W109A)

Emerging Technologies Librarians: Changing Roles for Changing Times (RUSA_ETS)
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.

A listing of all ETS programs and meetings is available in the ALA Scheduler.

Some other highlights include:

Saturday Sessions:

  • The Library as Publisher: Emerging Service for Storytellers and Scholars
    Do you have patrons that are trying to publish books, build websites, or record podcasts? Are you prepared to provide services that will help them in their publishing endeavors? This session is for you!
    Over the last two years, RUSA’s Emerging Leader teams have investigated trends and tools for libraries involved in patron publishing. You’ll learn about four distinct ways your library can support would-be authors and hear from libraries providing innovative services including print-on-demand self-publishing and audio recording with StoryCorps. You’ll leave equipped with a toolkit for providing the publishing services that are most in demand in your community, university, or school.
  • 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.

Sunday’s sessions include:

  •  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.

Hope to see you in Orlando!