Call for Proposals
2019 Library Research Round Table Forum
Theory, Method, and Practice in Library Research
ALA Annual Conference, Washington, DC, June 20-25, 2019
The Library Research Round Table (LRRT) is accepting paper submissions for the LRRT Research Forum at the 2019 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Washington, DC. The LRRT Research Forum will feature 15-minute presentations of library and information science (LIS) research followed by discussion. Proposals are due Friday, January 18, 2019. Notification of acceptance will be made in mid-February 2019.
DESCRIPTION OF THE SESSION
This session will present three peer-reviewed papers describing research with the potential to make significant contributions to the field of library and information science (LIS). The three papers will be selected as examples of research excellence, with a focus on work exemplifying strong use of theory, clear and well-organized research design, and appropriate data gathering and analysis methods.
Submissions emphasizing the problems, theories, methodologies, or significance of research findings for LIS are welcome. Topics can include information access, user behavior, electronic services, service effectiveness, emerging technologies, organizational structure, and personnel. All researchers, including practitioners from all types of libraries and other organizations, LIS faculty, graduate students, and other interested individuals are encouraged to submit proposals. Both members and nonmembers of LRRT are welcome.
The selection committee will use a blind review process to select three papers. Authors will be required to present their papers in person at the forum and to register for the conference. Criteria for selection include:
- Significance of the research problem to LIS research and practice.
- Quality and creativity of the methodology/methods/research design.
- Clarity of the connection to existing LIS research. Please note that research accepted for publication by January 31, 2019 cannot be considered.
Each submission must consist of no more than two pages. On the first page, list the author names, titles, institutional affiliations, and contact information, including mailing addresses and email addresses.
The second page must NOT show your name or any personally identifying information. Instead, it must include:
- The paper title.
- A 500-word abstract of the research project, including: 1) a problem statement and significance, 2) project objectives, 3) methods/methodology, and 4) conclusions (or tentative conclusions for work in progress).
- A brief statement saying if the research is complete or ongoing and listing the project beginning and end dates.
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