The Research & Statistics Committee of the Reference Services Section of the
Reference & User Services Association (RUSA) invites submission of reference
service research project proposals for presentation at New Discoveries in
Reference: The 24rd Annual Reference Research Forum at the 2018 American
Library Association Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA. Researchers and
practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and
students, and other interested individuals are encouraged to submit a
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
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. 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 New Orleans, LA.
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
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, 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
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 2017-2018 committee
David Ward (email@example.com) and Joseph Yue (firstname.lastname@example.org)