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Theory, Method, and Practice in Library Research

2018 Library Research Round Table Forum

ALA Annual Conference, New Orleans, June 21-26, 2018

The Library Research Round Table (LRRT) is accepting paper submissions for the LRRT Research Forum at the 2018 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in New Orleans. The LRRT Research Forum will feature 15-minute presentations of library and information science (LIS) research followed by discussion. Proposals are due Friday, January 12, 2018.  Notification of acceptance will be made on Friday, February 16, 2018.

DESCRIPTION OF THE SESSION

This session will present three peer-reviewed papers describing research with the potential to make significant contributions to the field of library and information science (LIS). The three papers will selected as examples of research excellence, with a focus on work exemplifying strong use of theory, clear and well-organized research design, and appropriate data gathering and analysis methods.

Submissions emphasizing the problems, theories, methodologies, or significance of research findings for LIS are welcome. Topics can include information access, user behavior, electronic services, service effectiveness, emerging technologies, organizational structure, and personnel. All researchers, including practitioners from all types of libraries and other organizations, LIS faculty, graduate students, and other interested individuals are encouraged to submit proposals. Both members and nonmembers of LRRT are welcome.

The selection committee will use a blind review process to select three papers. Authors will be required to present their papers in person at the forum and to register for the conference. Criteria for selection include:

  1. Significance of the research problem to LIS research and practice.
  2. Quality and creativity of the methodology/methods/research design.
  3. Clarity of the connection to existing LIS research.

Please note that research accepted for publication by January 31, 2018 cannot be considered.

Each submission must consist of no more than two pages. On the first page, list the author names, titles, institutional affiliations, and contact information, including mailing addresses and email addresses.

The second page must NOT show your name or any personally identifying information. Instead, it must include:

  1. The paper title.
  2. A 500-word abstract of the research project, including: 1) a problem statement and significance, 2) project objectives, 3) methods/methodology, and 4) conclusions (or tentative conclusions for work in progress).
  3. A brief statement saying if the research is complete or ongoing and listing the project beginning and end dates.

Send submissions via email to:

Jennifer Sweeney

LRRT Chair

Lecturer, SJSU

Program Evaluation & Planning

Jksweeney572@gmail.com

 

ACRL/CLS CLIPP (College Library Information on Policy and Practice)

The ACRL/CLS CLIPP (College Library Information on Policy and Practice) Committee invites you to submit a preliminary proposal for its CLIPP publication series. We welcome proposals on any topic that is relevant for small and mid-sized academic libraries. The CLIPP series allows library staff to share information on practices and procedures they have implemented to address common issues or concerns. Each CLIPP follows a set structure of three parts (literature review, survey results, and sample documents), and should both describe library best practices and provide useful, specific examples that libraries can refer to when developing similar policies and procedures of their own.

Authors of a CLIPP publication are aided throughout by the CLIPP Committee and an assigned editor. CLIPP authors receive 10% of the royalties on the net revenues from their publication. For your reference, please find author instructions and more information about the CLIPP program at http://bit.ly/2bjTTDP.

CLIPP proposals are accepted throughout the year. The next Preliminary Proposal Deadline is December 15, 2017. The CLIPP Committee will send out notifications regarding this round of submissions by January 17, 2018.

For questions or to submit a proposal, please contact:

Mary Francis

CLIPP Committee Chair

Email: mary.francis@dsu.edu

ALA Annual panelists: Community college librarians with Framework-based instruction strategies to share

Community college librarians:

Are you effectively engaging students with library instruction based on the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy in your community or junior college library? Have you incorporated the Framework into your library’s instruction program or specific lesson plans? Please consider presenting your Framework-infused instruction strategies at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans as part of a panel sponsored by the Community and Junior College Libraries Section of ACRL. We are seeking community college librarians who are excited to share their innovative and practical approaches with the rest of us. This call for proposals is open to any community or junior college librarian with instruction experience.

If you are interested or would like more information, please contact the CJCLS ALA 2018 Program Planning Committee Chair, Andrea Kingston (akingston4@monroecc.edu; 585-292-2313), by December 15.

ALA Video Round Table Program Committee (VRT)

Have you heard about the President’s/Chair’s programs that are happening at ALA Annual this year? As part of this series, each round table and division can sponsor a one-hour program on a topic of interest to members.

The ALA Video Round Table Program Committee (VRT) needs your good ideas and input! We are seeking proposals, ideas and suggestions on just about anything related to video and libraries.

One program will be selected by the VRT Program Committee and the VRT Executive Board for inclusion in the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans (June 21-26, 2018).

ALA is especially looking for program ideas that encourage collaboration and support diversity and submissions from all types of libraries (public, school, academic, special) are welcome.  

Past programs have included topics such as copyright, streaming media (both public and university models), ADA compliancy in media, working with community partners to raise awareness, effective PR in promoting film series or film events. Check out some of past VRT presentations for more ideas here (http://www.ala.org/rt/vrt/prevconferences).   

The deadline for submissions is November 10, 2018.  

Please submit proposals via this online form (http://www.ala.org/rt/vrt-annual-conference-chairs-program-proposal-form).

Send questions to the Chair of the VRT Program Committee, Erin DeWitt Miller at erin.miller@unt.edu.

 

App-etizing Instruction: Practical Tips For Teaching Emerging Technologies

The LIRT Teaching, Learning, and Technology Committee is sponsoring an ALA Midwinter discussion session on Saturday, February 10th from 1-2:30 pm, location TBD.

“App-etizing Instruction: Practical Tips For Teaching Emerging Technologies”

Emerging technologies pose new pedagogical challenges as libraries grapple with assessing their role and impact on learning and scholarship. Please join the LIRT TLT committee for a lively and practical exploration of the issues surrounding the integration of tools ranging from 3D printers to virtual reality software into our instructional repertoire. This session will feature a panel of librarians from various types and sizes of libraries followed by group activities and interaction, where we will examine topics such as developing lesson plans and assessment methods, collaborating with faculty and other partners, analyzing formats and modalities of delivery, and contending with varying levels of support and funding.

If you would like to submit a proposal for this session, please fill out the following form by Friday, October 13thhttps://goo.gl/AVMkqm. Proposals will be evaluated on practicality, level of applicability to all types of libraries and funding environments, and their inclusion of ideas for implementation as well as assessment. We highly encourage libraries of all types and sizes to submit a proposal so that all voices and perspectives can be included. We are seeking approximately 3 panel participants, but would love to include your lesson plans as materials even if we are not able to invite you to present. Thank you!

LIRT TLT Committee: Amy Chen, Angie Cox, Mitch Fontenot, Jennifer Harmon, Cinthya Ippoliti, Carol Leibiger, Ken Orenic

 

LITA Preconference Proposals ALA, New Orleans

Submit Your Preconference ideas for the 2018 ALA Annual Conference 

New Orleans, LA, June 21-26, 2018

The LITA Program Planning Committee (PPC) is now accepting the submission of innovative and creative preconference proposals for the 2018 Annual American Library Association Conference. We’re looking for either full day or half day sessions to take place on Friday, June 22, 2018. Preconferences should emphasize hands on and interactive experiences. The focus should be on technology in libraries, whether that’s use of, new ideas for, trends in, or interesting/innovative projects being explored – it’s all for you to propose. Programs should be of interest to all library/information agency types, that inspire technological change and adoption, or/and generally go above and beyond the everyday.


  • Submission Deadline: November 6, 2017
  • Final Decisions: November 15, 2017

Proposals will be accepted via our online form

Submissions are open to anyone, regardless of ALA membership status. We welcome proposals from anyone who feels they have something to offer regarding library technology. We look forward to hearing the great ideas you will share with us this year.


Questions or Comments?

Contact LITA at (312) 280-4268 or Mark Beatty, mbeatty@ala.org

LITA at ALA Annual 2018

The program submission deadline has been extended to:

Tuesday September 5, 2017

Submit Your Program ideas for the 2018 ALA Annual Conference 

New Orleans LA, June 21-26, 2018

The LITA Program Planning Committee (PPC) is now encouraging the submission of innovative and creative proposals for the 2018 Annual American Library Association Conference. We’re looking for 60 minute conference presentations. The focus should be on technology in libraries, whether that’s use of, new ideas for, trends in, or interesting/innovative projects being explored – it’s all for you to propose. Programs should be of interest to all library/information agency types, that inspire technological change and adoption, or/and generally go above and beyond the everyday.

  • Submission Deadline: September 5, 2017
  • Final Decisions: September 29, 2017
  • Schedule of Sessions Announced: November 8, 2017

For the first time, proposals will be accepted via one submission site for all ALA Divisions, RoundTables, Committees and Offices. This link to the submission site will redirect to the ALA log-in page. All submitters are required to have an ALA profile, but are not required to be ALA members.

Help and details on making a successful submission are on the LITA Forms web site.

We regularly receive many more proposals than we can program into the slots available to LITA at the ALA Annual Conference. These great ideas and programs all come from contributions like yours. Submissions are open to anyone, regardless of ALA membership status. We welcome proposals from anyone who feels they have something to offer regarding library technology. We look forward to hearing the great ideas you will share with us this year.

Questions or Comments?

Contact LITA at (312) 280-4268 or Mark Beatty, mbeatty@ala.org

2018 ALA Annual Conference New Orleans, LA

ALA Conference Services will begin accepting program proposals on May 17, 2017 for the 2018 ALA Annual Conference to take place at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans LA, June 21-26, 2018. For the first time, proposals will be accepted via one submission site for all ALA Divisions, RoundTables, Committees and Offices.

Programs at the Annual Conference are one-hour educational sessions on a topic relevant to the library profession. Submissions are open to anyone, regardless of ALA membership status.

The deadline to submit content will be August 25, 2017 12:00 Midnight (CST). Please use this submission site.

Note your ALA account information will be required to access the submission site.

Schedule:

Submission Site Opens: May 17, 2017

Submission Site Closes: August 25, 2017

Final Decisions: September 29, 2017

Schedule of Sessions Announced: November 8, 2017

With your contribution, we’re looking forward to building a supply of content that is informative, innovative and diverse.  Additional details regarding the submission form, subjects and content types can be found by visiting the submission site.

For all inquiries regarding content submission for the 2018 ALA Annual Conference, please visit the submission site.

Ways to stay in touch and get updates include: Twitter (@alaac and #alaac17), Facebook Event, PinterestTumblrInstagram (#alaac17).

ALA Annual Conference—Transforming Our Libraries, Ourselves

Where There is Thunder, There is Lightning: EDI and Change in Libraries

Program Date and Time: Sunday, June 25th from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

The ALA Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Implementation Working Group is looking for lightning talks on equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives from a broad range of libraries.

The presentation will be on Sunday, June 25th from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, IL and will include the option for video presentations if you can’t attend in person.

Presenters will have 5 minutes to share their successes and failures with initiatives designed to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion in your libraries, which means we have time for up to 12 presentations.

To apply for participation, please submit the following:

Title

Brief description for your presentation

Will you be presenting in person or submitting a video

Email to diversity@ala.org , Use the subject line: Lightning Talk Application

Applications are due by May 15th and participants will be announced by May 31st.

If you have any questions about the event or the process, please contact Martin Garnar at mgarnar@uccs.edu.

CALL FOR PAPERS: 2017 LIBRARY RESEARCH ROUND TABLE FORUMS

ALA Annual Conference, Chicago, June 22-27

 

The Library Research Round Table (LRRT) is accepting paper submissions for two Research Forums at the 2017 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago. The LRRT Research Forums will feature 20-minute presentations of library and information science (LIS) research followed by discussion. Proposals are due midnight Eastern on Monday, May 1, 2017. (See submission information below.) Notification of acceptance will be made on Friday, May 5, 2017.

 

DESCRIPTION OF THE SESSIONS

LRRT Research Forum 1: Emerging Topics in LIS Research

This session, for practitioners, researchers, educators, and students, will feature three research papers that investigate emerging topics in library and information science (LIS) research. The three peer-reviewed papers will be selected as examples of excellence in research relating to new and under-studied topics in the broad field of information services.

 

LRRT Research Forum 2: Theory, Methods, and Practices in Library Research: Reports from the Field

This session, for practitioners, researchers, educators, and students, will present three peer-reviewed papers describing research with the potential to make significant contributions to the field of library and information science (LIS). The three papers will selected as examples of research excellence, with a focus on work exemplifying strong use of theory, clear and well-organized research design, and appropriate data gathering and analysis methods.

 

SUBMISSIONS DETAILS

LRRT welcomes submissions emphasizing the problems, theories, methodologies, or significance of research findings for LIS. Topics can include, but are not limited to, user studies and user behavior, electronic services, service effectiveness, and organizational structure and personnel. All researchers, including practitioners from all types of libraries and other organizations, LIS faculty, graduate students, and other interested individuals are encouraged to submit proposals. Both members and nonmembers of LRRT are welcome to submit.

 

The selection committee will use a blind review process to select six papers, three for each of the two forums. Authors of the selected papers will be required to present their papers in person at the forums and to register for the conference. Criteria for selection include:

 

1. Significance of the research problem to LIS research and practice.

2. Quality and creativity of the methodology/methods/research design.

3. Clarity of the connection to existing LIS research.

 

Note: Research accepted for publication by January 31, 2017, will not be considered.

 

Each submission must consist of no more than two pages. On the first page, list the author names, titles, institutional affiliations, and contact information, including mailing addresses and email addresses. Also indicate which forum you are applying for:

 

Forum 1: Emerging Topics in LIS Research

Forum 2: Theory, Methods, and Practices in Library Research: Reports from the Field

 

The second page must NOT show your name or any personally identifying information. Instead, it must include:

 

1. The paper title.

2. A 500-word abstract of the research project, including: 1) a problem statement and significance, 2) project objectives, 3) methods/methodology, and 4) conclusions (or tentative conclusions for work in progress).

3. A brief statement saying if the research is complete or ongoing and listing the project beginning and end dates.

 

 

Send submissions via email to:

 

Denise E. Agosto, Ph.D.

Professor

Library Research Round Table Chair

College of Computing & Informatics

Philadelphia, PA  19104

dea22@drexel.edu