Call for Paper Proposals

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STS Research Forum, ACRL Science and Technology Section (STS), ALA Annual Conference, Chicago, IL 2009

The ACRL Science and Technology Section's (STS) Research Committee invites submission of abstracts of research papers to be given at the STS Forum for Science & Technology Library Research on Sunday, July 12, 2009, from 3:30-5:30 pm at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, IL. The Research Forum provides an excellent opportunity to share recent research or research ideas addressing issues in science and technology librarianship in its broadest sense.

Please submit proposals for one of the following two categories:

(1) Featured Paper Presentation. The Featured Paper Presentation is 30 minutes in length and is followed by a thoughtful critique from a guest commentator who offers suggestions on how to prepare the paper for publication. Proposals should reflect research that has been completed or initiatives that have already been implemented. At a minimum, significant progress should have been made toward completion or implementation.

(2) Short Paper Presentations. Short Papers are 10 minutes in length and may reflect research or initiatives that have been completed or are currently in progress. Short papers may also solicit feedback on research ideas that are being formulated, outlining possible approaches and asking attendees and the guest commentator for their response.

One Featured Paper proposal and three Short Paper proposals will be selected through a blind review process on the basis of timeliness, evidence of scholarship, and relevance to science and technology librarianship.

In addition, proposals should:

  • report on contributions within the library profession; vendor proposals are not accepted;
  • be well written, clear, logical and well organized;
  • be original, timely and relevant to science/technology librarianship;
  • contribute to the advancement of science librarianship;
  • develop ideas, offer significant conclusions, and provide useful and practical findings; and
  • appeal to and engage the audience, providing opportunities for discussion and interaction.
Special attention will be given to proposals that:
  • generate ideas or report research that contribute to ongoing discussion about the future of academic and research science and technology libraries;
  • demonstrate innovative thinking;
  • contribute ideas for positioning academic and research sci/tech librarians to be leaders both on and off campus; and
  • present strategies for effectively implementing new ideas and technology.

ABSTRACT: An abstract not exceeding 250 words should indicate presentation category (Featured or Short Paper) and convey the title and purpose of the project, its scope, methodology, conclusions, and relevance to science and technology librarianship. Priority for the Featured Paper will be given to proposals that indicate research analyses, either quantitative or qualitative.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS: Monday, January 12, 2008. Review of submissions will begin immediately by the STS Research Committee.

PAPERS: Acceptance of proposals reflects a commitment by the author(s) to provide presentations of 10 minutes (Short Paper) or 30 minutes (Feature Paper) at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, IL.

SUBMISSIONS: Abstracts should be submitted via e-mail to Janice Jaguszewski at, Co-Chair of the STS Research Committee. Be sure to include your name, institution, phone, fax, and e-mail address.

STS Research Committee

Contacts for STS Research Committee questions:

Janice M. Jaguszewski Director of Academic Programs, Physical Sciences and Engineering University of Minnesota Libraries 108 Walter Library 117 Pleasant Street S.E. Minneapolis, MN 55455 612-626-0557 E-mail:

Mindy Thuna AstraZeneca Science Liaison Librarian University of Toronto Mississauga Library Hazel McCallion Academic Learning Centre University of Toronto Mississauga 3359 Mississauga Road Mississauga, ON L5L 1C6 905-569-4980 Email: