The How and Why of Research: What Is the Rock in Your Shoe?

An ALCTS Virtual Preconference

June 12–14, 2012

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“The How and Why of Research: “What is the Rock in Your Shoe?” will provide insight and guidance into the world of research, encouraging attendees to discover the research possibilities inherent in their daily work.  The program will demonstrate how valid research questions can grow out of practical professional quandaries. It will teach attendees how to choose appropriate questions to investigate; how to design effective research strategies; and will explore avenues for sharing results with colleagues. The program aims to demystify the research process and encourage all information professionals to contribute to the body of knowledge in the discipline.

This virtual preconference is comprised of three one-hour sessions. Sessions will be held each day from June 12 to 14, 2012 starting at 11am Pacific, noon Mountain, 1pm Central, 2pm Eastern

This virtual preconference is aimed at librarians entering the profession and/or new to the research process.

There are no prerequisites for attendance. No continuing education credits will be issued.

ALCTS Virtual Preconference Sessions

Date Title Presenter
Tuesday, June 12 Avoiding the Research Rubbish Bin: How to Begin a Research Project Allyson Carlyle
Wednesday, June 13 From Curiosity to Concept: Developing a Research Plan from Everyday Library Issues Steven A. Knowlton
Thursday, June 14 Bringing your Work to Press: The Peer Review Process Sandy Roe


  • Allyson Carlyle, Associate Professor, University of Washington Information School
  • Steven A. Knowlton, Collection Development Librarian, University of Memphis
  • Sandy Roe, Head of Cataloging & Metadata, Illinois State University; Editor, Cataloging and Classification Quarterly, 2004-present


Participant Each Session ($) All Three Sessions ($)
ALCTS Member (individual) 39 $95
Non-member (individual) 49 $118
International (individual) 39 $95
Group (Applies to group of people that will watch the webinar together from one access point. Group rate is the same for members and non-members.) 99 $258
Current ALA Student Members and LIS Faculty Free


To register, complete the online registration form.

All webinars are recorded and the one-time fee includes unlimited access to the webinar recording. All registered attendees will receive the link to the recorded session, so if you are unable to attend the webinar at the time it is presented, you will have the opportunity to listen to the recording at your convenience.

Technical Requirements

Computer with Internet access (high-speed connection is best) and media player software. Headphones recommended.

If you receive a Codec error when playing the recorded file with Windows Media Player, download the gotowebinar codec file from: The Codec acts as a patch that allows the recording, which is created with a higher version of Media Player, to play in version 7. For more information on playing the recording, see the FAQ.


For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration: call 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email

For all other questions or comments related to the webinars, contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Events Manager at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5034 or

Cosponsored (in name only) by The Library Research Round Table.