The MLA Educational Media
& Technologies Section: A Twenty-Five Year History
And now, EMTS is in its twenty-fifth
year. In this year of MLA's Centennial celebration, we're still the "pups" of
the litter, but during our short span we have contributed a great deal to the
profession and to MLA. Audiovisual and computer-based learning is no longer considered
to be "ephemeral" or "of dubious value." As technology grows into the next century,
surely EMTS members will continue to be an integral component of its development.
It's kind of nice to think that perhaps we were just a little ahead of our time
in 1973. We couldn't help being a little misunderstood. In the next century, however,
when digitally-based information is the norm, home computers are as common as
phones, and the virtual library is an old concept, there will be new technology
to take it's place. There will be skeptics. We cannot afford to be among them;
EMTS must continue to look forward. The future of educational technology is the
future of EMTS.