ALA Research Series - Peer review panel

The ALA Office for Research & Statistics invites nominations to serve on a peer review panel for the ALA Research Series.

The purpose of the ALA Research Series is to expand the knowledge base of library research through publishing quantitative and/or qualitative research and analysis that addresses topics important to libraries, librarians, and education in the profession. The series also will provide an opportunity for librarians/scholars to publish their research in a peer-reviewed book series.

ALA Research Series Scope
The series will seek both monographs and edited volumes. It will solicit book projects from North America and consider international submissions.

The focus of the series will be on topics of broad appeal and relevance to the library community - accessible, useful, practical, sustainable research. The series will be distinguished by:

  • Encouraging research based on methods other than surveys, such as observational research, content analysis, grounded theory research, and ethnographic technique, as well as research that blend different methods.
  • It will not be a statistical series. 

Peer Review Panel
The ALA Research Series is a peer reviewed publication with an editorial panel comprised of experienced library researchers and practitioners. The duties of a reviewer are to peer review submitted manuscripts within the stated deadlines as requested by the editor.

The panel's membership should represent a broad array of expertise and perspectives in library research topics.

The editorial board will constituted as follows:
1. Number of members - Four (4) members, plus ALA-ORS Director (5). At least one member will be appointed from the ALA Committee on Research and Statistics. Three members will be nominated from the profession, or self-nominated.
2. Term - 3 years
3. Expertise of editorial board members - editorial and research experience/expertise required.

Meetings of editorial panel members:
Most of the works of the panel will be conducted virtually and via conference calls. The panel may elect to meet at Annual Conference as needed.

Submit nominations no later than April 29, 2011 and send to the attention of Cathleen Bourdon at, or mail to same at:

American Library Association
Office for Research & Statistics
50 E. Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611

Please click here for the ALA Research Series Peer Review Panel Nomination Form.



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