Beta Phi Mu/LRRT Research Paper Award for 2015

Call for Proposals

Beta Phi Mu/LRRT Research Paper Award for 2015

This award is being jointly presented by The Beta Phi Mu International Honor Society (http://www.beta-phi-mu.org/) and the American Library Association’s Library Research Round Table (http://www.ala.org/lrrt/) to recognize excellent research in progress into problems related to the profession of librarianship.  Any ALA member is eligible for this $500 award, and all methodologies and research topics/questions are eligible for consideration.  The criteria to be followed for the selection of an award winner are:

·         Importance of the research question or problem (20 points)

·         Appropriateness of the methodology used (10 points)

·         Effectiveness of the application of the methodology (20 points)

·         Addition of the findings to the knowledge and/or praxis in the field of librarianship (20 points)

·         Articulation of the conclusions emanating from the study (10 points)

·         Clarity and completeness (10 points)

The deadline for submission is March 15, 2015. Submissions must not have been published prior to March 15, 2015. The submissions will be limited to a 2,000-word abstract, excluding the bibliography or reference list, and should be emailed to the contact person below. Please include a title page with title of proposal and author contact information including name, institutional affiliation, mailing address and email address.  Individuals may submit only one paper. Jointly authored proposals are acceptable, but all authors must be ALA members, and will split the award of $500.

All submissions that meet the deadline and the criteria will be considered. The proposals will undergo a blind-review process by a joint BPM/LRRT award committee and the winner will be notified by May 1, 2015. 

The award will be presented during one of LRRT’s research programs at the ALA Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA: June 25-30, 2015.

Email Submissions (Word documents only) to:

JoAnn Jacoby, Award Committee Chair and LRRT Past Chair

jacoby@illinois.edu