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NETSL Annual Conference: Passion into Action: Your Initiative in Technical Services
Friday, April 14, 2023
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NETSL 2023 Annual Conference: Passion into Action: Your Initiative in Technical Services


This year the NETSL Annual Conference will be virtual and will take place on Friday, April 14, 2023. This year’s theme is Passion into Action: Your Initiative in Technical Services. Save the date to hear from what people are passionate about and learn what makes them energized. NETSL is seeking both program proposals and nominations for the NETSL Award for Excellence in Library Technical Services.

What is NETSL?NETSL Call for Proposals | NETSL Award Nominations


What is NETSL?

The New England Technical Services Librarians (NETSL) is a section of the New England Library Association (NELA). Our mission is to bring together all persons interested in technical services for the exchange of ideas and discussion of problems. Learn more about us by visiting our website at http://netsl.wordpress.com

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NETSL Call for Proposals - Deadline: Friday, February 10th

Consider submitting a proposal to share your own Technical Services passions. We're seeking proposals for 60-minute breakout or workshop sessions and 7-minute lightning talks related to our 2023 theme Passion into Action: Your Initiative in Technical Services." Talks might cover (but are not limited to):

  • Cataloging & metadata
  • E-resources
  • Discovery services
  • Description services
  • Physical processing
  • Digital asset management
  •  Acquisitions
  • Resource management
  • Assessment
  • Interlibrary loan/resource sharing
  • Collection management
  • Relationships with other library & campus departments

The NETSL board will review proposals for their content, relevance, and overall fit. Applicants will be notified about proposals in late February and presenters will have their registration fees waived.You can see titles of past presentations since 2005 at the NETSL website. Please direct any questions to the NETSL Executive Board at [email protected].

Submit Program Proposal

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 NETSL Award for Excellence in Library Technical Services

Consider recognizing a colleague’s hard work by nominating them for this year’s NETSL Award for Excellence in Library Technical Services. The NETSL Award recognizes and honors contributions to the field of library technical services in New England. We want to hear about those technical services librarians and library staff who have inspired others. Do you have a colleague who has tackled today's challenges in technical services and triumphed? Do you know a person who leads the way in innovation, collaboration, or data integration? If you know someone who fits any or all of these descriptions, please consider submitting a nomination.  Further information, including past recipients, is available on the NETSL website: https://netsl.org/award/. Nomination deadline is February 10th.

The winner of the NETSL Award, which includes a prize of $300 and will be announced at the annual conference on Friday, April 14, 2023.   

 Eligibility for nomination:

  • Nominees living in New England who have made contributions on a national level through publications, service, or innovations in practice.
  • Nominees living outside of New England whose service to the profession has positively impacted New England libraries.
  • Nominators and nominees are not required to be NETSL/NELA members.
  • Current members of the NETSL Executive Board are not eligible for consideration.
Nominations Form

Past recipients’ accomplishments may include:

  • Advocacy
    • “illustrating that librarians in smaller academic and health sciences libraries have a valuable role to play in the advancement of technical services best practices.”
    • “being an advocate for “back of the house” operation while keeping public service in the forefront of her mind”
  • Innovation
    • “ability to lead, innovate, and boldly face new challenges in technical services”
    • “dedicating her professional life to the cause of effective automation in the immediate service of technical services”
  • Leadership
    • “infectious enthusiasm, big picture vision and can do attitude toward change” 
    • “outstanding management and intuitive mentoring and coaching of her staff, making her a highly respected by all who work with her”
  • Service
    • “dedicated participation in local and national library organizations, especially ALA and the Boston Library Consortium”
    • “contributions to the professional development of librarians through numerous presentations and publications and sharing his knowledge and insight with the library community”

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