Library Research Training and Collaboration Opportunities

In support of our mission to contribute toward the extension and improvement of library research and to inform and educate ALA members concerning research techniques and their usefulness, LRRT provides this list of research training opportunities and research collaboration opportunities.

Research Training Opportunities

LRRT Mentorship Program

The Librarian Parlor (aka LibParlor or #libparlor)

LibParlor is a space for conversing, sharing expertise, and asking questions about the process of developing, pursuing, and publishing library research. We feature interesting research methodologies, common challenges, in progress work, setbacks and successes. In providing this space, LibParlor aspires to support the development of a welcoming community of new researchers.

URL: Social Media: @LibParlor

Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL)

Launched in 2015 by the Colorado State Library (CSL) and the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC), RIPL is a singular event for public library leaders and others interested in public library data and evaluation. In this immersive, bootcamp-style event, participants learn practical, strategic methods of gathering, analyzing, and using data for planning, management, and communicating impact. RIPL offers national (3 days, 20+ instructors, 150 participants) and regional (1-2 days, 1-4 instructors, 25-75 participants) events, drawing participants from around North America who convene for this intensive, experiential learning opportunity. As of June 2019, RIPL events have been held in 15 states.

URL: Social Media: #RIPLeffect

MLA Research Training Institute for Health Sciences Librarians (RTI)

The MLA Research Training Institute for Health Sciences Librarians was developed to provide practicing health sciences librarians with an opportunity to immerse themselves in instruction and focused activities related to scholarly research, inquiry, and publishing.

The institute program offers a combination of:

  • hands-on instruction in research design by faculty experts
  • a full year of post-institute mentoring and support for participants to complete research projects of their own design
  • membership in an ongoing research community of practice
  • a unique capstone research presentation at an MLA annual meeting
  • scholarship support

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Institute for Research Design in Librarianship (IRDL)

The Institute for Research Design in Librarianship (IRDL) is a continuing education program for academic and research librarians designed to prepare novice researchers for careers as librarian-researchers. To this end, IRDL provides to novice researchers social science research training during a week-long summer workshop, June 6-14, 2020, followed by a year of support in completing a research project of their design. Each IRDL Scholar is paired with an experienced librarian-researcher as a mentor during the IRDL year. IRDL is open to any academic or research librarian who is employed in the U.S. or Canada, in a full-time position or a part-time position. Librarians in visiting and other types of term positions are eligible, including librarians completing residencies.

URL: Social Media: @IRDLonline

Research Collaboration Opportunities

LibParlor Classifieds

LibParlor Classifieds are a way to connect with members of the community to discuss research. There are three types of classifieds: Seek Connections, Share Opportunities, and Build Collaborations.


Evidence Based Library & Information Practice

EBLIP is a peer reviewed, open access journal published quarterly by the University of Alberta Learning Services, using the OJS Software. The purpose of the journal is to provide a forum for librarians and other information professionals to discover research that may contribute to decision making in professional practice. EBLIP publishes original research and commentary on the topic of evidence based library and information practice, as well as reviews of previously published research (evidence summaries) on a wide number of topics.

URL: Social Media: @eblip

International Conference on Performance Measurement in Libraries

The Conference brings together practitioners, researchers, educators and students interested in all aspects of performance measurement in library and information services in any context. The conference provides a mix of invited speakers, contributed papers and workshops designed to stimulate discussion, provide ideas for measuring and improving library performance, and develop new concepts and techniques to advance the field.

URL: Social Media: @LibPMC

Empirical Librarians Conference. Research Supported and Done by Librarians. Empirical Librarians logo

A small conference focused on librarians doing research and librarians supporting original research. Empirical librarians provides a great venue for learning, networking, and discussion about the many ways that research and librarianship thrive together.

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