The Research & Statistics Committee of the Reference Services Section of the Reference & User Services Association (RUSA) invites the submission of reference service research project proposals for presentation at the 22nd Reference Research Forum at the 2016 American Library Association Annual Conference in Orlando, FL. Researchers and practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and students, and other interested individuals are encouraged to submit a proposal.
The Reference Research Forum is a popular and valuable ALA Annual Conference program. Attendees have the opportunity to learn about innovative research
projects conducted in reference services including user behavior, electronic services, reference effectiveness and assessment, and organizational structure and personnel.
For examples of projects presented at past Forums, please see the Committee’s
The Committee employs a blind review process to select three projects for 20-minute presentations, followed by open discussion. Selected submissions must be presented in person at the Forum..
Criteria for selection:
1. Originality: Potential for research to fill a gap in reference knowledge or to build on previous studies
2. Quality: Research design and methodologies
3. Impact: Significance of the study for improving the quality of reference service
NOTE: Research projects may be in-progress or completed. Previously published
research or research accepted for publication will not be accepted.
Proposals are due by . Notification of acceptance will be
made by . The submission must not exceed two pages.
PAGE 1: Cover Sheet
Include your name(s), title(s), institutional affiliation(s), mailing address(es), and email address(es).
PAGE 2: Research Description
The second page must not show your name, any personal information, or the name
of your institution. Instead, it must include:
1. Title of the project
2. Explicit statement of the research problem
3. Description of the research design and methodologies
4. Findings or results if available
5. Brief discussion of the originality, unique contribution, potential
impact, and significance of the research (if you use semi colons between items
in a list, you need to make sure the entire list is a complete sentence.)
Proposals that exceed the 2 pages described above or that do not follow the
format described above will be automatically rejected. Please submit your
proposal as a PDF document. Thank you for your cooperation in following
Please send submissions by email to:
Learning Services Librarian
Howard Community College