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 website:
The Committee employs a blind review process to select three projects for 20-minute presentations, followed by open discussion. Identifying information will not be shared with reviewers until after final selection of projects. Selected submissions must be presented in person at the Forum during ALA Annual in Chicago, IL.
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 the stated word count limit.
Submissions will be accepted using our online form at:
FORM PAGE 1: Contact Information
Fill out the fields for the primary contact’s name, title, institutional affiliation, mailing address, and email address. Additional research team members should also be noted in the appropriate field.
FORM PAGE 2: Research Description (250 Word maximum)
The research description must not include any personally identifiable information, including your name, or the name of your institution. Please include these elements:
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 word count or that do not follow the format
described above will be automatically rejected.
Questions about the Forum should be directed to the 2016-2017 committee
David Ward (email@example.com) and Cindy Levine (firstname.lastname@example.org)