Director of Library and Research Technologies

Betsy Evans

Ms. Evans came to Sul Ross in 2016 as the Education and Outreach Librarian and was recently named the Director of Library and Research Technologies in the new Division of Educational and Cultural Resources. “As a librarian, my lifelong goal is to foster curiosity and provide education in support of access to information.” As the Director of the Library, she ensures that the library functions efficiently and grows strategically with customer service that centers our students, staff, and faculty populations.

“I really have the best job at Sul Ross.” Ms. Evans enjoys the atmosphere of people working, learning, and collaborating on all floors of the library building. Whether in her office, at the front desk, or wandering the stacks, she invites conversation with fellow Lobos. When presenting to a room full of new students about what she affectionately calls “library stuff” she admittedly gets a little nervous until she sees smiles and heads nodding. “That feeling is a great memory!”

Ms. Evans enjoys being involved with the Alpine and Big Bend communities. She is currently the Chair of the SRSU Sustainability Council and loves visiting and working with the nice folks at the Hal Flanders Recycling Center. She is also on the Board of the Alpine Public Library where she shares her love of libraries with other dedicated and passionate library fans. “Our public library is beautiful and provides excellent service to residents.”

Hens make great pets!

When Ms. Evans is not working, she loves to take walks and observe the beautiful scenery in Alpine, working in her garden, and watching her 16 pandemic chickens grow. Pictured above is Ms. Evans with her partner and favorite hen, Pierogi. Sul Ross State University is blessed to have Betsy Evans as a part of our incredibly talented library staff.

What are ISTE Standards?

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) has standards for technology use in education. The organization provides a framework of technology standards for educators and students and is available free in a downloadable format. Adopted by all states in the US, these standards address ways technology can be utilized and implemented for educators, students, and educational leaders to be innovative in today’s world.

Why do ISTE standards matter?

These standards are designed to create effective and quality teaching and learning through the use of technology. Digital citizens and digital leaders are needed to compete in a global market that focuses on the many uses of technology, work collaboratively on projects using technology, and interaction in different working environments. Learners gain digital fluency, develop higher-order thinking skills, and exhibit digital citizenship skills. Empowering students with the opportunity to be innovative, creative, and collaborative using technology provides meaning and motivation to their work.

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