CFP ALA 2015 "Libraries and Frontiers"

The Library History Round Table (LHRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) seeks papers for its Research Forum at the 2015 ALA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, June 25-30, 2015.

"Libraries and Frontiers: Historical Perspectives"

Library History Round Table Research Forum, June 2015

The theme of the Forum will be the history of libraries and different kinds of frontiers – geographical as well as figurative.


Subjects may include -- but are not limited to -- historical studies of:
• Geographical Frontiers - libraries situated at (or beyond) national/regional boundaries; libraries expanding into new territories. 
• Intellectual and cultural Frontiers – libraries advancing and responding to new ideas and shifting paradigms.
• Technological Frontiers – libraries at the forefront of innovation.


LHRT welcomes submissions from researchers of all backgrounds, including students, faculty, and practitioners. Proposals addressing academic libraries are encouraged to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), but submissions exploring all library types are welcome.
Proposals are due on Jan. 16, 2015. Each proposal must include the paper title, an abstract (up to 500 words), and the scholar's one-page vita. Also, please indicate whether the research is in-progress or completed. It is desirable that the abstract include a problem or thesis, as well as a statement of significance, objectives, methods/primary sources used for the research, and conclusions (or tentative conclusions for works in progress).


From the submissions received, the LHRT Research Committee will select several authors to present their completed work at the Forum. So that the Forum's facilitator may introduce and react to each author, completed papers are due June 19, 2015. Presentations will likely be recorded and made available to paid conference attendees. The Research Forum will likely occur onSunday, June 27, 2015. All presenters must register to attend the conference. For registration options, see ALA's events and conferences page at:




Please submit proposals and direct inquiries to:
Eric Novotny
LHRT Vice-Chair/Research Committee Chair Penn State University Libraries
W321 Pattee Library
University Park, PA 16802
Telephone: (717) 948-6360