Saturday, October 15, 2011

LHRT Research Forum Call for Papers+

LHRT Research Forum Call for Papers:

Intellectual Freedom and Libraries in America and Abroad : Historical Perspectives
For Presentation at the Annual Conference of the American Library Association (ALA), Anaheim, CA., June 21-26, 2012

The Library History Round Table (LHRT) of the American Library Association invites submissions of scholarly papers related to the history of intellectual freedom as evidenced in the concerns and actions of libraries, librarians, and library associations.  Subjects may include historical studies of events, movements, individuals or groups (i.e. librarians, library associations, library educators, library supporters) pertaining to censorship, banned books, freedom of information, freedom to read, the Library Bill of Rights, and related topics.

LHRT encourages submissions from researchers of all backgrounds, including students, faculty, and practitioners.  Proposals are due on December 15, 2011.  Each proposal must give the proposal 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.  Proposals should include a problem or thesis, as well as a statement of significance, objectives, methods/primary sources used for research, and conclusions (or tentative conclusions for works in progress)

The LHRT Research Committee will select a number of authors to present their completed works at the LHRT Research Forum to be held on Sunday June 24, 2012 at the ALA Annual Conference.  Presentations will be approximately twenty minutes each.  The program will be publicized in January 2012.  So that the Forum’s facilitator may introduce and react to each author, completed papers are due June 1, 2012.  All presenters must register to attend the conference.  For registration options, see ALA’s events and conferences page at

Accepted papers will also be collected with permissions of the authors for submission as a future issue of the University of Illinois Occasional Papers.

DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS:                                           December 15, 2011

DEADLINE FOR COMPLETED PAPERS                              June 1, 2012

Please submit proposals via e-mail or surface mail and direct inquiries to:

Mark McCallon
LHRT Vice-Chair/Research Committee Chair
221 Brown Library
ACU Box 29208
Abilene, Texas  79699-9208
Telephone: 325-674-2348