CALL FOR RESEARCH PAPERS -ACRL – STS – Research Forum-ALA Annual Conference
The Research Committee of the ACRL Science and Technology Section is hosting
its Annual Research Forum at the 2012 American Library Association Annual
Conference in Anaheim, CA Sunday June 24, 2012.
The Research Forum provides an excellent opportunity to share recent research
or research ideas addressing issues in science and technology librarianship.
The Committee will utilize a “blind” review process to select proposals
from the following two categories:
1. Featured Paper Presentation. The Featured Paper Presentation is 30
minutes in length and is followed by a thoughtful critique from a guest
commentator who offers suggestions on how to prepare the paper for publication.
Proposals should reflect research that has been completed or initiatives that
have already been implemented. At a minimum, significant progress should have
been made toward completion or implementation.
2. Short Paper Presentations. Short Papers are 10 minutes in length and
may reflect research or initiatives that have been completed or are currently
in progress. Short papers may also solicit feedback on research ideas that are
being formulated, outlining possible approaches and asking attendees and the
guest commentator for their response.
One Featured Paper proposal and two Short Paper proposals will be selected.
Criteria for proposal selections are as follows:
For an empirical study, an abstract should include:
• The problem stated in one sentence if possible
• The objects, people, or behavior being studied (Manual says
“participants” and relevant characteristics)
• Essential features of the methodology
• Basic findings, including statistical limitations such as confidence
• Conclusions, implications, or applications
For a case study, an abstract should include:
• The subject or characteristics of the objects studied
• The nature of the problem and solution illustrated by the case
• Questions for additional study
From:- APA Style Manual, 6th Edition, pp. 26-27.
In addition, the proposal should:
• Present ideas in a manner that is well written, clear, logical and well
• Develops a topic that is original, timely and relevant to
• Contribute to the advancement of science librarianship.
• Demonstrate innovative thinking
• Contribute ideas for positioning librarians to be leaders both on and
• Define strategies for effectively implementing new ideas and
An abstract not exceeding 250 words should indicate presentation category
(Featured or Short Paper) and convey the title and purpose of the project.
Please outline the following elements; its scope, methodology, conclusions, and
relevance to science and technology librarianship. Be sure to include your
name, institution, phone, and e-mail address. Please indicate at the end of
your abstract if the project has been submitted to other conferences, for
publication in a journal, or has been published or presented before.
Acceptance of proposals reflects a commitment by the author(s) to provide
presentations of 10 minutes (Short Paper) or 30 minutes (Feature Paper) at the
ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim on Sunday June 24,2012.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS: Friday, January 6, 2012. Review of
submissions will begin immediately by the STS Research Committee. Abstracts
should be submitted via e-mail to Andrew Stuart firstname.lastname@example.org , Co-Chair of
the STS Research Committee.