Library Research Round Table Annual Conference Events

ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits

Chicago, January 30-February 3, 2015


Mentorship Program Forum: Library Research Round Table Initiative

This will be an opportunity to follow up follow-up on the mentor-protégée relationships established during the LRRT Mentorship Program ALA Annual in 2014.

When:Saturday, January 31 - 1:00-2:30 pm

Where: McCormick Place West W182


Library Research Round Table Executive Committee meeting

When: Monday, February 2 - 1:00-2:30 pm

Where: McCormick Place West W192c


Past Events


Las Vegas, June 26-July 1, 2014


Data-Driven Decision Making: LRRT Research Forum

When: Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 8:30am to 10:00am
Location: Las Vegas Convention Center-N235


This session will feature three juried research presentations that demonstrate how to leverage user-centered data in libraries. Attendees will be able to take away approaches and results that could be applied directly in local settings and engage in focused discussion with others interested in data-driven decision making in libraries.


Topics & Speakers:

Putting Libraries on the Map: Market Area Data for Planning and Library Advocacy - Christie Koontz, Dean K. Jue, Lorri Mon & Laura Spears

Library Fines: Barriers to Access? - Shannon Crawford Barniskis

Collection Analysis for the Social Sciences  - Jim Church, Jennifer L. Dorner, Susan Edwards & Hilary Schiraldi


Creativity & Innovation: LRRT Research Forum

When: Sunday, June 29, 2014 - 10:30am to 11:30am
Location: Las Vegas Convention Center -N263


Libraries and librarians require new and creative approaches to defining questions and finding answers. Three papers that demonstrate innovative inquiry will be presented. Audience members will discover new questions or novel approaches that can inspire creative ways of thinking about challenges and opportunities.


Topics & Speakers:

 Innovative Methods for Understanding User Behavior and Engaging Students - Helen Georgas, Mariana Regalado, Maura A. Smale

Teens' Social Searching and Library Support: Examining Practices and Policies – Rachel M. Magee, Denise E. Agosto, Andrea Forte and Michael Dickard

Occupational Vulnerability: A Study of Four Novice School Librarians – Julie Marie Frye



LRRT Discussion Forum: Building & Sustaining Your Research Agenda

Sunday, January 26, 2014, 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Pennsylvania Convention Center 120C


A panel of speakers at various stages of their careers will talk about how they got started with their research and went on to establish productive research agendas, highlighting tips that can help newer researchers be successful.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to discuss their own challenges and aspirations and then work together with the panelists to brainstorm strategies for getting and staying on track with their research.





John Bertot is Professor and co-director of the Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC) in the University of Maryland College Park iSchool.  He is the Editor of Government Information Quarterly and co-Editor of The Library Quarterly.  His research spans information and telecommunications policy, e-government, government agency technology planning and evaluation, and library planning and evaluation. His most recent project, funded by IMLS and in partnership with the American Library Association and the International City/County Management Association, is the Digital Inclusion Study (, which explores the roles of public libraries in building digitally inclusive communities.


Carissa Phillips, Business and Finance Information Librarian and Associate Professor of Library Administration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Carissa’s past research has focused on students’ development of information literacy skills through participation in experiential learning opportunities.  Her articles have appeared in the Journal of Business and Finance Librarianship, Behavioral and Social Sciences Librarian, Communications in Information Literacy, and Reference Services Review.  Recently, she has been exploring new research interests in network analysis and text analysis, as applied to digitized historical business texts.


Robin Miller, Research & Instruction/Government Publications Librarian and Assistant Professor at the McIntyre Library, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Robin’s research interests include quantitative and qualitative assessment of student learning outcomes from research assignments, library user experience, and exploration of the links between civic education and ability to find and interpret government documents.


Annual 2013

Links to LRRT forum presentations at the ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Chicago can be found at

Join us at ALA Annual in Chicago for the following sessions:

Time   Title Type Location

Saturday, June 29 - 8:30am

8:30am - 9:30am   Data-Driven Services: Library Research Round Table Forum Program McCormick Place Convention Center

Saturday, June 29 - 1:00pm

1:00pm - 2:30pm   Mentorship Program Forum: Library Research Round Table Initiative Forum/Update Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
Regency Ballroom B

Sunday, June 30 - 10:30am

10:30am - 11:30am   Creative Problem Solving: LRRT Forum Program McCormick Place Convention Center

Monday, July 1 - 1:00pm

1:00pm - 2:30pm   Library Research Round Table Committee Meeting Committee meeting McCormick Place Convention Center



Library Research Round Table Discussion Forum: Solving Tomorrow’s Problems through Analysis of Data

When: Sunday, January 27, 2013 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Location: Sheraton Seattle Hotel; Ballard

Description: All libraries face challenges related to finances, technology, information production and other sources. Using quantitative and qualitative data to investigate the challenges and to search for solutions will become increasingly important if libraries are to respond effectively to demands being placed on them.

Speakers: Two panelists, Scott Seaman, Dean of Ohio University Libraries and Susan Searing, Interim Associate University Librarian for User Services/Associate Dean of Libraries, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who are well-versed in the kinds of problems libraries face, will establish a framework for discussion and will create the stage for audience participation in the exploration of problems and solutions.

ALA Midwinter 2013 logo - Seattle

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Save sessions to your calendar with the Conference Scheduler - links to the individual sessions on the scheduler are below.


Sunday, January 27 - 1:00pm

1:00pm - 2:30pm   Library Research Round Table Discussion Forum: Solving Tomorrow’s Problems through Analysis of Data Discussion/Interest group Sheraton Seattle Hotel

Monday, January 28 - 1:00pm

1:00pm - 2:30pm   Library Research Round Table Committee Meeting Committee meeting Sheraton Seattle Hotel