This award is being jointly presented by The Beta Phi Mu International Honor Society (http://www.beta-phi-mu.org/) and the American Library Association’s Library Research Round Table (http://www.ala.org/lrrt/) to recognize excellent research into problems related to the profession of librarianship. Any ALA member is eligible for this $500 award, and all methodologies and research topics/questions are eligible for consideration. The criteria to be followed for the selection of an award winner are:
� Importance of the research question or problem (20 points)
� Adequacy of the review of relevant literature (10 points)
� Appropriateness of the methodology used (10 points)
� Effectiveness of the application of the methodology (20 points)
� Addition of the findings to the knowledge and/or praxis in the field of librarianship (20 points)
� Articulation of the conclusions emanating from the study (10 points)
� Clarity and completeness (10 points)
The submissions will be limited to a 2,000-word abstract. Submissions should be made electronically to the contact person below and must not have been published prior to March 1, 2014. The bibliographic style should follow The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed. for references with volume (date): pages. Individuals may submit only one paper. Jointly authored proposals are acceptable, but all authors must be ALA members, and will split the award of $500.
The deadline for submission is March 1, 2014. All submissions that meet the deadline and the criteria will be considered. The proposals will undergo a blind-review process by a joint BPM/LRRT award committee and the winner will be notified by May 1, 2014. Please include a title page with title of proposal and author contact information including name, institutional affiliation, mailing address and email address.
The award will be presented during one of LRRT’s research programs at the ALA Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, NV, June 26–July 1, 2014.
Email Submissions as Word documents only to:
Amanda Ros, BPM President and Award Chair
University of Houston-Clear Lake
Alfred R. Neumann Library
2700 Bay Area Blvd.
Houston, TX 77058-1002