Call for Papers

For the 2006 Library Research Round Table Forums at ALA Annual Conference, New Orleans

The Library Research Round Table is sponsoring two Research Forums at the 2006 American Library Association Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. The LRRT Forums are a set of programs at the ALA Annual Conference featuring presentations of LIS research, in progress or completed, followed by discussion. Two LRRT Research Forums will be scheduled for 2006, one on general LIS research and one on a more specific topic that will emerge as we evaluate the submissions.

This is an opportunity to present and discuss your research project conducted in the broad area of library and information science or in a more specialized area of the field. LRRT welcomes papers emphasizing the problems, theories, methodologies, or significance of research findings for LIS. Topics can include, but are not limited to, user studies and user behavior, electronic services, service effectiveness, and organizational structure and personnel. Both completed research and research in progress will be considered. All researchers, including practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and students, and other interested individuals are encouraged to submit a proposal. Both members and nonmembers of LRRT are invited and welcomed to submit proposals.

The committee will utilize a "blind" review process to select a maximum of six (6) projects, three for each of the two forums, followed by open discussion. The selected researchers are required to present their papers in person at the forum and to register for the Conference.

Criteria for selection are:

  1. significance of the study to library and information science research
  2. quality and creativity of the methodology
  3. potential for research to fill a gap or to build on previous studies in LIS
  4. previously published research or research accepted for publication by December 9, 2005 will not be considered.
Please submit a one-page proposal by Friday, December 9, 2005.

Notification of acceptance will be made by Monday, February 13, 2006. The submission must consist of no more than two pages. On the first page, please list your name(s), title(s), institutional affiliation, and contact information (including your mailing address, fax number and email address).

The second page should NOT show your name or any personal information. Instead, it must include:

  1. The title of your project
  2. The 500 word abstract must include a problem statement, problem significance, project objectives, methodology, and conclusions (or tentative conclusions for work in progress), and an indication of whether the research is in-progress or completed.
Please send submissions (via email, fax, or post) to: Joan Stein, Head, Access Services, Library Research Round Table Chair-Elect, Carnegie Mellon University Libraries, Hunt Library, 4909 Frew St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213; (412) 268-5826, fax: (412) 268-6944; joan@andrew.cmu.edu.