Thursday, October 25, 2018

CFP: Library Publishing Forum & Preconference (Vancouver, British Columbia Canada - May 2019)

Greetings and happy Open Access Week!  The Library Publishing Forum Program Committee is delighted to invite session proposals for the 2019 Library Publishing Forum and to announce our preconference plans.

The Library Publishing Forum is an annual conference bringing together representatives from libraries engaged in (or considering) publishing initiatives to define and address major questions and challenges; to identify and document collaborative opportunities; and to strengthen and promote this community of practice. The Forum includes representatives from a broad, international spectrum of academic library backgrounds, as well as groups that collaborate with libraries to publish scholarly works, including publishing vendors, university presses, and scholars. The Forum is sponsored by the Library Publishing Coalition, but you do not need to be a member of the LPC to attend. The 2019 Forum will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, May 8-10, hosted by Simon Fraser University.

Call for Proposals (May 9-10)
A call for proposals for presentations, panels, workshops, and other interactive session formats is now open for the two-day Library Publishing Forum. The deadline for submissions is November 30th.

We especially encourage proposals from first-time presenters and representatives of small and emerging publishing programs. We also welcome proposals from individuals who do not currently have support to attend the conference in person. LPC is exploring options for travel support and/or remote presentation to enable participation by a diverse group of presenters.

Opening the classroom: Publishing open educational resources (May 8)
Please save the date for a full-day Library Publishing Forum preconference on publishing open educational resources, co-sponsored by BCcampus and the Open Textbook Network. As the use of OERs continues to grow throughout the academy, this preconference will address the growing need for distinctive practices for developing, supporting, and hosting OERs as part of library publishing. The preconference will be held on Wednesday, May 8, and will include both a hands-on workshop and presentation and discussion sessions.

Questions? Email or Matt Ruen, Program Committee Chair, We hope to see you in Vancouver!

On behalf of the Library Publishing Coalition Program Committee:

Jonathan Bull, Valparaiso University
Matt Ruen, Grand Valley State University (Chair)
Kevin Stranack, Simon Fraser University (Host Liaison)
Sonya Betz, University of Alberta
Laureen Boutang, University of Minnesota
Peter Potter, Virginia Tech
Elizabeth Scarpelli, University of Cincinnati
David Scherer, Carnegie Mellon University
Maureen Walsh, The Ohio State University
Melanie Schlosser, Library Publishing Coalition

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

CFP: ALA Midwinter 2019- ACLTS RPLTS Interest Group Meeting (Role of the Professional Librarian in Technical Services)

ALCTS RPLTS Interest Group Meeting - Call for Proposals
The ALCTS Interest Group, Role of the Professional Librarian in Technical Services (RPLTS-IG) is seeking proposals for presentations at ALA Midwinter 2019 in Seattle, WA. RPLTS-IG will meet on Saturday, January 26th, from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

As more libraries consider how to prepare for linked data, semantic web and other technologies, there often comes the expectation that Technical Service librarians will take the immediate leads on these initiatives. Our program theme will be:
Roles, Competencies and Trainings for Technical Services Librarians in the Linked Data Environment

           Possible topics:
  • Emerging roles related to linked data and semantic web for librarians in Technical Services
  • Competencies needed by professional librarians to prepare for the linked data environment
  • How can librarians acquire linked data related skills
  • Training for topics such as RDA, linked data and data curation
  • Related career development for technical services librarians

Please note: the focus of the presentations should not be on the creation of actual projects, although examples from projects can be used.

Presenters will be allotted approximately 20 minutes, with a short time for questions after the presentations.

If you are interested in presenting, please email Kristin ( and Suzhen ( your presentation topic and brief description by October 31, 2018.

RPLTS-IG Co-Chairs
·         Suzhen Chen
·         Kristin Flachsbart

RPLTS-IG Co-Vice Chairs
·         Christine Davidian
·         Sai Deng

CFP: NASIG Annual Conference (June 5-8, 2019) - Pittsburgh PA @NASIG

NASIG is soliciting proposals for its 34th Annual Conference, to be held June 5-8, 2019, in Pittsburgh, PA.

NASIG is seeking proposals for 1-hour conference sessions on topics related to scholarly communication and publishing, and the acquisition, management, and discovery of library collections. We particularly welcome proposals related to the areas defined in NASIG’s Core Competencies, including:
  • Management of electronic and/or print serial resources
  • Licensing of library content
  • Collection analysis and development
  • Standards and systems of cataloging and classification, metadata, and indexing
  • Standards, initiatives, and best practices for library content
  • Scholarly communication (copyright, institutional repositories, publishing, data management)
  • Relationship building between libraries, vendors, publishers, standards bodies, and others involved in the information community
  • Supervision and management of staff and projects in areas relevant to NASIG.
Each 1-hour session should include approximately 45-50 minutes of content, with time left for discussion. Presentations are selected by the Program Planning Committee based on their relevance to conference topics.  Co-presenters are welcomed, but we ask that you limit submissions to no more than three presenters. All presenters will be asked to publish a conference report in the NASIG Proceedings, which are published each year through the journal Serials Librarian.

Accepted presenters will be offered a $100 discount on the cost of registration.
Please submit all proposals using the online form at  The submission deadline is November 20, 2018.

If you have any questions, please contact the Program Planning Committee (PPC) Co-Chairs, Maria Collins and Wendy Robertson, at

NASIG is an independent organization working to advance and transform the management of information resources. Our ultimate goal is to facilitate and improve the distribution, acquisition, and long-term accessibility of information resources in all formats and business models. Visit for more information.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Call for Chapters: Borders & belonging: Critical examinations of LIS approaches toward immigrants @LibJuicePress

Call for Chapter Proposals:
Borders & belonging: Critical examinations of LIS approaches toward immigrants

Book Editor: Ana Ndumu
Publisher: Library Juice Press

Series:  Critical Race Studies and Multiculturalism in LIS

Series Editors: Annie Pho and Rose L. Chou

Borders & belonging: Critical examinations of LIS approaches toward immigrants is a response to the need for discourse on how the LIS field, particularly in North America, is shaped by longstanding ideologies on nativity, race, ethnicity, language, class, and “belonging.” The goal is to probe concrete aspects of the LIS field (e.g., workforce, programs, facilities, resources, education and publications) and shed light on ethnocentric and essentialist frameworks. Here, an immigrant is defined as a person who permanently lives in but was born outside of the U.S. or Canada and respective territories.  An immigrant is either a refugee, asylee, legal permanent resident, naturalized citizen or undocumented person. Please consult the editor about ideas involving international students. 

Works should critically examine the role of immigration policy along with sociocultural paradigms in the library-immigrant relationship. Prospective authors are encouraged to refer to Mignolo & Walsh’s On Decoloniality: Concepts, Analytics, Praxisalong with Caidi, Allard, and Quirke’s Information practices of immigrantsto develop their contributions.

Below is a sample, not exhaustive, list of topics:
  • libraries and the promotion of assimilation or westernization
  • linkages between libraries and colonialism and/or imperialism
  • the role of libraries and information in mass migration and globalization
  • immigrant self-determination versus structural inequality
  • immigrant pre-migration information behavior
  • immigrant contributions to information innovations (e.g., Silicon Valley, H-1B visa)
  • presumptions of immigrant information incompetence and/or digital divides
  • libraries and model minority narratives
  • libraries and liberation rhetoric in the immigrant context
  • libraries in sanctuary cities/states
  • libraries in immigration detention centers
  • libraries, privacy and the USA PATRIOT Act
  • library services to specific immigrant groups (i.e., DACA recipients, TPS holders, religious minorities, forcefully displaced groups)
  • nativism, populism, or xenophobia in libraries
  • historical aspects of library services to immigrants
  • gaps in immigrant information behavior research
  • immigrants in the LIS workforce

Invited authors will complete 3,000 to 6,000 word chapters. LIS affiliates (LIS professionals, paraprofessionals, students and faculty) in the U.S. and Canada are encouraged to propose chapters. Chapters may be conceptual or empirical, exploratory or explanatory. All research methods are welcome. Case studies and literature reviews must draw from both migration/population studies and LIS literature. No previously submitted or published material. 

Please email a 300-500 word proposal to Ana Ndumu at andumu@umd.eduby December 15, 2018. Proposals should include:
·     Anticipated title
·     Chapter rationale
·     Brief outline
·     Author(s) bio(s)

About Library Juice Press:
Library Juice Press, an imprint of  Litwin Books, LLC , specializes in theoretical and practical issues in librarianship from a critical perspective, for an audience of professional librarians and students of library science. Topics include library philosophy, information policy, library activism, and in general anything that can be placed under the rubric of "critical studies in librarianship."

About the Series:
The Critical Race Studies and Multiculturalism in LIS series collects and publishes works from theoretical, practical and personal perspectives that critically engage issues of race, ethnicity, cultural diversity and equity in library and information science (LIS). Works published in this series include:
edited by Rose L. Chou and Annie Pho
edited by Gina Schlesselman-Tarango
edited by Nicole A. Cooke and Miriam E. Sweeney

About the Editor: 
Ana Ndumu is a researcher at the University of Maryland (UMD), College Park’s College of Information.  She earned a Ph.D. in Information at Florida State University´s School of Information and explores the intersection of libraries, information and demography. She has completed studies on Black immigrants’ ICT device and Internet access; Black immigrants’ information behavior and experiences with information overload; the development of a scale for measuring and examining information overload as immigrant acculturative stress; and critical discourse analysis on LIS literature involving immigrants. Ana is a UMD President’s Postdoctoral Fellow and Digital Library Federation (DLF) Futures Fellow.

1.  Mignolo, Walter, and Catherine E Walsh.  On Decoloniality: Concepts, Analytics, and Praxis . Durham: Duke University Press, 2018. 
2. Caidi, Nadia, Danielle Allard, and Lisa Quirke. "Information practices of immigrants." Annual review of information science and technology 44, no. 1 (2010): 491-531.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

LITA Education Call for Proposals for Spring 2019

Share your technology knowledge with a LITA Education proposal!

The Library Information Technology Association (LITA) invites you to share your expertise with a national audience!

Submit a proposal by November 2nd, 2018
to teach a webinar, webinar series, or online course for Spring 2019.

We seek and encourage submissions from underrepresented groups, such as women, people of color, the LGBTQ+ community, and people with disabilities.

All topics related to the intersection of technology and libraries are welcomed. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
• Visualization
• Privacy and analytics
• Data librarianship
• Technology spaces
• Ethics and access
• Project management
• Augmented and virtual reality
• Data-driven decision-making
• Tech design for social justice
• Diversity in library technology
• Collection assessment metrics beyond CPU
• Government information and digital preservation

Instructors receive a $500 honorarium for an online course or $150 for a webinar, split among instructors. View our list of current and past course offerings to see what topics have been covered recently. We will contact you no later than 30 days after your submission to provide feedback.

We’re looking forward to a slate of compelling and useful online education programs for 2019!

Questions or Comments?

For all other questions or comments related to LITA continuing education, contact us at (312) 280-4268 or

Call for Submissions and Nominations for PRIMO

Call for Submissions and Nominations for PRIMO 

The Peer Reviewed Instructional Materials Online (PRIMO) Committee of the ACRL Instruction Section invites you to submit your online information literacy tutorial, teaching modules, or other online library instruction project for review and possible inclusion in PRIMO: Peer-Reviewed Instructional Materials Online. 

***Deadlines for Fall 2018*** 
Nominations: November 2
Submissions: November 16

Additional information about PRIMO, as well as the submission and nomination forms, is available from the following link: 

Site submissions for PRIMO are accepted continually, but are reviewed for possible inclusion twice per year.  If you would like to submit your own project for consideration, please use the Submission Form rather than the Nomination Form.

Please review the Selection Criteria here: Note that there is a new document linked on this page with additional advice for submitters. 
For further information, please contact committee co-chairs Lindy Scripps-Hoekstra at and Marcia Rapchak

**Important note** 
All submissions will be acknowledged shortly after the submission deadline. If you submit a project for review and do not receive an acknowledgment after the submission deadline, please contact the PRIMO co-chairs with a request for verification that your submission was transmitted successfully. 

Lindy Scripps-Hoekstra and Marcia Rapchak
Co-chairs, ACRL IS PRIMO Committee 

CFP: 2019 Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference—Biographies Area: Washington, DC (April 17-20, 2019)

Call for Papers: 2019 Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference—Biographies Area: Washington, DC (April 17-20, 2019)-Deadline: 11/1/18

Submission Deadline Extension: 11/1/18

The Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association annual conference will be held on Wednesday April 17 through Saturday April 20, 2019 at the Wardman Park Marriott in Washington, DC. Scholars from a wide variety of disciplines will meet to share their Popular Culture research and interests.  

The Biographies Area is soliciting papers that examine the connections between biography and popular culture. Papers and full panel presentations regarding any aspect of popular culture and biography are encouraged. Potential topics might include:
– Biography and entertainment, art, music, theater
– Biography and film
– Biography and criminal justice
– Television programs about biography
– Biography and urban legends
– Biography and folklore
– Biography and literature
– Scholarly Biography
– Controversial Biography
– Psychoanalysis and Biography
– Historical Biography
– Political Biography
– Autobiography
Sessions are scheduled in 1½ hour slots, typically with four papers or speakers per standard session.  Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes. The deadline has been extended to November 1, 2018.

Proposals may be submitted on the conference website.

Please direct any queries to the Biographies Area chair:
Susie Skarl
Associate Professor/Urban Affairs Librarian
UNLV Libraries
Las Vegas, NV 89154 OR

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

CFP: Marketing Libraries Journal (Open Access Peer-Reviewed Journal)

Call for Submissions

Marketing Libraries Journal

Volume 2, Issue 2 (December 2018)
(rolling deadline) 

Aim and Scope
Marketing Libraries Journal (MLJ) is a peer-reviewed, independently published, open-access scholarly journal that focuses on innovative marketing activities that libraries are engaged in.  Our aim is to publish research and practical examples of library marketing campaigns, library marketing research, public relations campaigns, SWOT analysis, segmentation research, assessment of marketing activities, and tools used for marketing activities.  In addition to peer reviewed articles, the Journal also contains practical articles from different columns. Columnists will be accepting shorter articles on advocacy, branding, library marketing campaigns, "from the trenches", and technology tools. The Journal is published twice a year.

Guidelines for Submissions
The editorial board seeks submissions in the following two categories:

  1. Articles (double blind peer reviewed) (20-25 pages): research-driven articles that aim to provide original scholarship in the field of library marketing, communications, and outreach.
  2. Practical Articles  (peer reviewed) (8-10 pages) : articles from different columns (advocacy, branding, "from the trenches", campaigns, and technology). Practical articles provide best practices, however they should be written in an unbiased, academic tone. (in 3rd person).

For more information on the scope and guidelines, please visit 

Manuscript Format

  • Manuscript style should follow the conventions of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition
  • Submissions should be 12 point font, Times New Roman, and double-spaced with 1 inch margins on all sides
  • Page number and running head should be placed in the upper right-hand corner of each page
  • The title page should be submitted as a separate document and include each author's name, affiliation, and e-mail address
  • Submitted manuscripts should begin with a 100-word abstract, with a list of 5 keywords, numbered as page 1
  • One submission per author per call
  • Allow 3 months for manuscript status notification

Submission Process

Scholarly Submissions

Practical (Column) Submissions
Please ensure that your manuscript has not been previously published and is not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. 

Review of manuscripts will begin after the call for papers deadline.  When a manuscript has been accepted for publication, authors will be required to submit a complete electronic copy of the final version.

Editorship and Ethics

We reserve the right to make editorial changes for style, clarity, and consistency. To ensure ethical practices, all reviewers, editors,  and authors must contact the Journal if there may be any conflict of interest.  For more information, please contact the editors at 

Open Access
The Journal is open access "gold" and "green". There are no author processing fees. Authors are never charged any article submission or processing fees. Both readers and authors can access articles for free. Authors can self archive their articles at the time of publication. Authors can self archive in digital repositories or on their own personal websites at publication. Please ensure to indicate the URL of the journal when self archiving.  Authors retain copyright and full publishing rights. Articles are published under a CC-BY-NC-SA license.

Indexing and Discoverability

Marketing Libraries Journal is indexed in the International ISSN database, World Cat, Ulrich's Serials Directory, and the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).

ISSN: 2475-8116

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

CFP: Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship

The Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship is looking for articles for future issues!

The Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship is a quarterly, refereed journal covering topics related to  business information and business researchers. The focus of the journal is practice-oriented articles, but it also provides an outlet for new empirical studies. In addition to articles, JBFL offers valuable interviews as well as book, database and website reviews.

Recent articles in the Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship have covered topics such as:

  • Business Information Literacy
  • Citation analysis in business schools
  • Instruction videos for business school students and faculty
  • Core competencies for Entrepreneurship Librarians

Our core audience is comprised of business librarians working in special libraries, academic libraries, and public libraries as well as business information centers outside of the traditional library setting. The journal is international in scope, reflecting the multinational and international span of the business research community today.

If you have a topic you are interested in researching or writing about or have already written about a topic relevant to business and finance librarianship and are looking for a place to publish your work, please contact JBFL Editor-in-chief Celia Ross at 

For more information or to submit an article directly, please see the JBFL website here: 

Monday, October 15, 2018

CFP: The Innovative Library Classroom (TILC) 2019 (Williamsburg, Virginia - June 2019)

The Innovative Library Classroom (TILC) 2019
Poster Session & Social on Thursday, June 6 and Conference on Friday, June 7, 2019
William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA

“TILC is the best. Small, focused, and always full of great ideas and great librarians."- past attendee

"This was one of the most useful library conferences I've attended; the small size of the conference, and its laser focus on instruction in librarianship, resulted in conversations that were universally useful and relevant to me and my work. Thank you so much!"- another participant's feedback

We are now accepting proposals for TILC 2019. Inspired by this year’s location, we have chosen the theme Revolutions & Revelations. We hope this phrase will help you brainstorm proposals, but don’t let the theme limit you. Anything about innovative practices related to teaching and learning in libraries is welcome.

Proposals are invited for three different session types:
•       Posters (presented at the Thursday evening social)
•       50-minute presentations
•       7-minute lightning talks

Proposals will be peer reviewed. 

Submission deadline: Thursday, November 15, 2018

Acceptance notification: Friday, January 4, 2019

We expect registration costs to be about $45.

Full details and a link to the proposal form are available at:

CFP: ACRL Academic Library Services to Graduate Students Interest Group ALA Midwinter 2019

ACRL Academic Library Services to Graduate Students Interest Group ALA Midwinter 2019
The ACRL Academic Library Services to Graduate Students Interest Group meeting will be held on Saturday, January 26 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm. in Seattle. Presentations will be given in person.

The ACRL Academic Library Services to Graduate Students Interest Group welcomes proposals that address graduate student needs, librarian approaches to serving those needs, or collaborative projects  with other campus stakeholders to address graduate student needs. The presentations will be 10-minutes long. Please include a proposal title and 200-300 word abstract, along with a statement about the practical implications for other libraries via the submission link below.

Proposals are due by the end of the day on November 16.


Proposals will be evaluated based on the extent to which they: 

  1. Measure or investigate issues of high interest to librarians, especially those working with graduate students.
  2. Represent innovative projects
  3. Show evidence of a carefully  planned research project or program with implications for other librarians. 

Research that has been previously published or accepted for publication will not be considered. 

Please submit your proposal via this link:

If you have questions please email Hannah Gascho Rempel, Convener of the ACRL Academic Library Services to Graduate Students Interest Group, at

CFP: WILU 2019 "Engaging Place and Practice" @WILU2019 at the University of Winnipeg (Manitoba, Canada - May 2019)

WILU 2019 Call for Proposals
Workshop for Instruction in Library Use
University of Winnipeg | May 22 - 24, 2019
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Submission Deadline: Friday, November 16th, 2018
Hosted jointly by Red River College Library, the University of Winnipeg Library, and the University of Manitoba Libraries.

Theme: Engaging Place and Practice

The places and spaces we inhabit – physical, cultural, social, or professional – give shape to the practice of librarianship. Recent developments in library instruction emphasize the importance of culture, history, and place, leading to an explicit focus on the need for cognitively just and context-sensitive pedagogy. As an historic meeting place for thousands of years, at the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers, Winnipeg is an appropriate location to engage with place and practice. At WILU 2019 we hope to provide the opportunity for librarians to come together to collaboratively develop, discuss, and evaluate library instruction in this unique context. We aim to create space to critically examine pedagogy and practice, and the influences of location, identity, culture, politics, and social memory, in a move towards a more reflective and transformative profession.

Call for Proposals

The program committee welcomes proposals for a variety of session types showcasing your practice, research, or explorations in library instruction. We encourage you to consider the various ways the conference theme might be expressed in your own practice or research. See the submissions page (  for information on how submit a proposal. Submission Deadline: Friday, November 16th, 2018

Proposals are now being accepted for the following session types:

Paper Presentation – 45-minute session (30 min. presentation + 15 min. questions)

  • Paper presentations may take a practice-based or theoretical approach. Speakers may report on original research, completed projects, instructional programs, or other information literacy initiatives. Discussions of pedagogy, learning theory, and educational philosophy are also acceptable. Presentations that incorporate both theory and practice are encouraged.
  • Abstract length: 400 words

Workshop  – 75-minute session (60 min workshop + 15 min. discussion)

  • Workshops provide the opportunity to facilitate interactive learning experiences related to instructional practice or pedagogical development. In a workshop presenters may share teaching methods in a mock classroom setting. Workshops may also facilitate professional development exercises. For instance this could include (but is not limited to) strategies for lesson planning, inquiry-based learning, assessment, or reflective practice. Presenters are encouraged to incorporate time for feedback and discussion.
  • Abstract length: 500 words (Include a workshop outline and intended outcomes. Please indicate the type of learning space required, i.e. computer lab, round tables, etc.)

Panel Discussion / Symposia  – 45-minute session (30 min. presentation + 15 min. questions)

  • Panel discussions allow up to 5 participants to speak on a common topic or issue related to instruction or pedagogy. It is encouraged that the selected panel participants represent diverse experiences, points of view and different institutions. In a symposium multiple presenters initiate and facilitate discussion with the audience on a chosen topic or issue. The primary goal of the symposium is to engage audience participation in shared dialogue.
  • Abstract length: 400 words.

 Lightning talk  – 7 min. session

  • Lightning talks are short, faster paced presentations offering speakers the opportunity to share innovative projects or new research in a concise and engaging manner. Presentation slides are encouraged but not required.
  • Abstract length: 250 words

If you have any questions or comments please contact
Submission Deadline: Friday, November 16th, 2018
Submit a Proposal (

Thursday, October 11, 2018

CFP: Emerging Learning Design 2019 (Montclair, New Jersey - May 2019)

Emerging Learning Design invites you to submit a proposal for ELDc19: Generation Emerging.  The conference will be held May 30-31, 2019 at Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ.

The ELDc19 Program Committee seeks proposals for interactive presentations, workshops, and Sparks! sessions.  Proposed sessions will be targeted to Designers, Educators, Researchers, and Technologists.

ELDc19 seeks to grapple with the issues facing the emerging generation and their educational journey. With a society in flux, educating students for an unknown future presents exciting challenges. Self-driving cars, self-replicating AI, and transhumanism will all be common rather than merely on the pages of a science fiction novel in the not so distant future. This future will augment the potential for learner experience design. ELD invites you to engage with and reflect upon how we can best educate the generation emerging and leverage their forward thinking ideals to propel society forward.

The submission deadline is December 15, 2018, at 11:59 pm ET. Learn more and submit your proposal today!

The ELD Annual Conference is a space designed to showcase innovation as well as to engage in a vibrant and dynamic discourse. With passion for social responsibility, dedication to diversity, and ambition for engagement, this is a generation emerging.

AJ Kelton, Executive Director
Veronica Armour, Conference Chair
Jeff Bergin, Conference Chair
Teresa Slobuski, Program Chair
Bryan Alexander, Program Chair

CFP: 2019 Reference Research Forum (RUSA - ALA Annual - Washington DC)


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 the New Discoveries in Reference: The 25th Annual Reference Research Forum at the 2019 American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington, DC. Researchers and practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and students, and other interested individuals are encouraged to submit a proposal. The committee is particularly interested in research around serving diverse patrons.

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 peer 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 Washington, DC.

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.

Important Dates: Proposals are due by Friday, January 4th. Notification of acceptance will be made by Monday, February 18th, 2019. The submission must not exceed the stated word count limit. 

Submission Details:

Submissions will be accepted as Word documents:

SUBMISSION PAGE 1: Contact Information

Please include 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.

SUBMISSION 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 2018-2019 committee chairs:

Joseph Yue ( and Qiana Johnson (