Call for Papers
2009 Library Research Round Table Forums at ALA Annual Conference, Chicago, IL
The Library Research Round Table (LRRT) will sponsor two Research Forums at the 2009 American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago, IL (July 9 – 15). The LRRT Forums are a set of programs at the ALA Annual Conference featuring presentations of LIS research, in progress or completed, followed by discussion. Two LRRT Research Forums are scheduled for 2009, one on general LIS research and one on a more specific topic that will emerge as we evaluate the submissions. The two forums are:
Research to Understand Users: Issues and Approaches
This session will feature three library-related research papers investigating users and their use of libraries and information. An LRRT committee will select the winning papers based on quality of study design, significance of the research topic, and potential for significant contribution to librarianship.
This session will feature three library-related research papers describing studies of libraries and librarianship. An LRRT committee will select the winning papers based on quality and creativity of study design, significance of the research topic, and potential for significant contribution to librarianship.
This is an opportunity to present and discuss your research project conducted in the broad area of library and information science or in a more specialized area of the field. LRRT welcomes papers 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, organizational structure and personnel, library value determination, and evaluation of library and information services. Both completed research and research in progress will be considered. All researchers, including practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and students, and other interested individuals are encouraged to submit proposals. LRRT Members and nonmembers of LRRT are invited and welcomed to submit proposals.
The Committee will use a blind review process to select a maximum of six projects, three for each of the two forums. The selected researchers will be required to present their papers in person at the forums and to register for the conference. Criteria for selection are:
Please submit a two-page proposal by Friday, December 19, 2008. Late submissions will not be considered, and submissions must be limited to two pages in length. On the first page, please list your name(s), title(s), institutional affiliation(s), and contact information (telephone number, mailing address, and email address). The second page should NOT show your name or any other identifying information. Instead, it must include: 1) The title of your project, and 2) A 500-word abstract. The abstract must include a problem statement, problem significance, project objectives, methodology, and conclusions (or tentative conclusions for work in progress), and an indication of whether the research is in-progress or completed. Previously published research or research accepted for publication by December 19, 2008, will not be considered.
Notification of acceptance will be made by Monday, February 27, 2009. Please send submissions (via email or snail mail) to:
Larry Nash White, Ph.D.
Library Research Round Table Chair-Elect
1108 Joyner Library
Department of Library Science
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858
June 18-19, 2009
Syracuse University School of Information Studies
We invite proposals for papers and posters for the 2009 North American Symposium on Knowledge Organization, sponsored by the Canadian and U.S. chapter of the International Society for Knowledge Organization (ISKO). This will be our first official meeting as a chapter. Accordingly, it serves as a fitting occasion for us to take stock of our past in light of the present and with an eye to how this living heritage might be leveraged for the future. We hope that it will serve as a springboard for future symposia and lay the groundwork for possible research agendas in the years to come. In the spirit of these objectives, the theme of NASKO 2009 will be “Pioneering North American Contributions to Knowledge Organization.”
The theme “Pioneering North American Contributions” borrows from the approach adopted by W. Boyd Rayward for the special Library Trends issue (Vol. 52, No. 4, Spring 2004), a collection of essays on people, events, theories, movements, policies, and publications that were “pioneering” in the field of Library and Information Science. In his introduction, Rayward explained the overarching goal of the collection–to present evidence-based narratives that are not primarily celebratory, but that offer an opportunity for “detailed critical assessments of matters of importance” (p. 676). Following Rayward’s lead, we have intentionally left the notions of “contribution” and “pioneering” negotiable (p. 676): Each paper or poster may follow its own approach and use its own methodology for marshalling evidence in its own voice. Proposals taking an historical approach should not only provide an interesting narrative, but should also “function as an heuristic for detailed analysis of aspects of the past in the light of present trends of development and vice versa”(p. 679). Thus, we hope that historical submissions will not be purely celebratory of past accomplishments, but will provide reflective and substantive evaluations of these accomplishments that do justice both to their historical context and to current perspectives.
Proposals for papers and posters may address any of the following aspects of North American contributions to knowledge organization, broadly understood:
• Individuals and organizations that are/were influential in knowledge organization, not only as representatives of their times, but also in terms of their influence on future developments;
• Individuals and organizations that are either being reconsidered or should be reconsidered in light of new thinking and advances in technology;
• The role of policies, standards, consortia, movements, technologies, etc., in developments relevant to knowledge organization;
• Evaluation (or re-evaluation) of long-held beliefs and theories in light of their influence on the field of knowledge organization;
• Important services, institutional developments, or educational trends that serve or have served as contributions to knowledge organization;
• The influence of North American initiatives on the field of knowledge organization around the world; and
• Any other North American contribution or pioneering effort deemed relevant to knowledge organization.
Proposals for papers and posters are due by January 1, 2008. The proposal should be no more than 600 words and should include a title but no other identifying information to ensure anonymity in reviewing. The proposal should be accompanied by a cover page that includes the name(s) of the author(s), the title, and a full mailing address and telephone and fax numbers for the corresponding author as well as e-mail addresses for all other authors. All proposals must be in Word or RTF format and should be submitted electronically to Nicolas George <email@example.com>.
Proposals will be refereed by the members of the Program Committee. Authors of papers will be notified of the committee’s decision no later than January 30, 2009; authors of posters will be notified no later than February 15, 2009. All accepted papers will be published online. Final papers to appear in the electronic proceedings must be submitted no later than May 15, 2009. With permission of the authors, the most highly ranked papers will be submitted for publication in Knowledge Organization.
We extend special encouragement to students to contribute proposals for papers and posters, so please distribute this call to doctoral and masters-level students.
Important dates for papers:
January 1, 2009 Submission of proposal (600 words maximum)
January 30, 2009 Notification of authors
March 15, 2009 Final paper due (3000 words maximum)
May 1, 2009 Reviewed papers returned to authors for editing
May 15, 2009 Revised final papers due
Important dates for posters:
January 1, 2009 Submission of proposal (600 words maximum)
February 15, 2009 Authors notified of acceptance
Clement Arsenault, Université de Montréal
Thomas Dousa, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Nicolas L. George, Indiana University Bloomington
Michele Hudon, Université de Montréal
Elin K. Jacob, Indiana University Bloomington, Co-Chair
Barbara Kwasnik, Syracuse University, Co-Chair
Kathryn La Barre, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Shawne Miksa, University of North Texas, Denton
David M. Pimentel, Syracuse University
Richard Smiraglia, Long Island University
Joseph T. Tennis, University of Washington
Questions regarding this call should be directed to Elin Jacob at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.