NETSL Announcements

Hi Technical Services Enthusiasts!

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!

Consider submitting a proposal to share your own Technical Services passions. Also consider recognizing a colleague’s hard work by nominating them for this year’s NETSL Award for Excellence in Library Technical Services.


Call for Proposals – applications due Friday February 10, 2023

Please submit your proposal using this form. 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.

What is NETSL?

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.

What topics are we looking for?

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 and metadata
  • E-Resources
  • Discovery Services
  • Description Services
  • Physical Processing
  • Digital asset management
  • Acquisitions
  • Resource management
  • Assessment
  • Interlibrary loan / resource sharing
  • Collection management

You can see titles of past presentations since 2005 here. Please direct any questions to the NETSL Executive Board at



Nominations–It’s easy to nominate someone, just fill out this brief submission form by February 10, 2023. 

The NETSL Executive Board is seeking nominations for our annual Award for Excellence in Library Technical Services. The 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.

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

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.

Past recipients’ accomplishments include:

  • Advocacy
  • Innovation 
  • Leadership
  • Service

Further information, including past recipients, is available here.

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