Monday, January 31, 2011

CFP: Library Research Round Table (LRRT) - Graduate Students

CFP: Library Research Round Table (LRRT) - Graduate Students

The Library Research Round Table (LRRT) will sponsor a Research Forum at the 2011 American Library Association Annual Conference in New Orleans (June 23-28) specifically for graduate students.

New Minds, New Approaches

This session will present three graduate students research papers discussing library-related research projects. Students in the library and information science graduate programs are invited to submit papers.

The LRRT Forums are a set of programs at the ALA Annual Conference featuring presentations of LIS research, in progress or completed, followed by discussion. This is an opportunity to present and discuss your research project conducted in the broad area of library and information science or in a more specialized area of the field. LRRT welcomes papers emphasizing the problems, theories, methodologies, or significance of research findings for LIS. Topics can include, but are not limited to, user studies and user behavior, electronic services, service effectiveness, organizational structure and personnel, library value determination, and evaluation of library and information services. Both completed research and research in progress will be considered. The Committee will use a blind review process to select a maximum of three projects.

The selected researchers will be required to present their papers in person at the forums and to register for the conference. Criteria for selection are:

1. Significance of the study to library and information science research;
2. Quality and creativity of the methodology;
3. Potential to fill a research gap or to build on previous LIS studies;
4. Adherence to submission requirements (see below).

Please submit a two-page proposal by Monday February 21. Late submissions will not be considered, and submissions must be limited to two pages in length. On the first page, please list your name(s), title(s), institutional affiliation(s), and contact information (telephone number, mailing address, and email address). The second page should NOT show your name or any other identifying information.

Instead, it must include: 1) The title of your project, and 2) A 500-word or less abstract. The abstract must include a problem statement, problem significance, project objectives, methodology, and conclusions (or tentative conclusions for work in progress), and an indication of whether the research is in-progress or completed.

Previously published research or research accepted for publication by February 21, 2011, will not be considered.

Notification of acceptance will be made by March 1, 2011

Please send submissions (via email or snail mail) to:
Linda L. Lillard, Ph.D.
Library Research Round Table Chair
Associate Professor
205 Carlson Library
Department of Library Science
Clarion University
Clarion, PA 16214
Phone: 814-393-2383