Here’s another thing to get you geared up for ALA’s Annual Conference in Anaheim this June. The Library Research Round Table is looking for presentation proposals related to three areas of library research. Abstracts must be submitted by December 20, 2011, and notification of acceptance will be sent in late February, 2012. Accepted proposals will be presented at the ALA Annual from June 21-26. If you have recent or in-progress research relating to users, problem solving, or innovation, consider submitting.

LRRT defines their three categories as this:

  • Research to Understand Users: Issues and Approaches – How do people go about using libraries? If your study addresses the hows and whys of patron usage, it’ll fit here.
  • Research into Practical Problem Solving in Libraries – If you have been investigating a specific challenge or problem, your research or case study will fit into this category.
  • Research: Creativity and Innovation – If your study looks at how librarians approach information and reference queries, or if it proposes innovative ways of doing research or solving problems, it will fit here.
  • Papers will be chosen based on their topic and its relevance to library science, creativity of methodology, and ability to fill a research gap or build on existing studies. You do not have to be a member of LRRT to submit a proposal, and students are welcome to submit as well.

    If you have questions or would like full information on submission guidelines, contact the chair of LRRT, John M. Budd, at Again, proposals are due by December 20, 2011.

    About Hannah Gómez

    School librarian in Northern California. MA children's literature, MS library and information science (Simmons College). Sometime scholar, sometime reviewer, sometime creative writer, always media-obsessed.

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