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CALL FOR PAPERS: The Library and the City: Historical Perspectives - Library History Round Table Research Forum, ALA Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, June 2014

The Library History Round Table (LHRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) seeks papers for its research forum at the 2014 ALA Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, June 26-July 1, 2014. The theme of the forum will be the library and the city, a broad theme that embraces the pivotal roles that libraries have played in American cities. Subjects may include -- but are not limited to -- historical studies of events, movements, individuals or groups (i.e. librarians, library associations, library educators, library supporters) in American cities. Proposals that explore the social, political, economic and cultural relationships between libraries and cities will be preferred.

LHRT welcomes submissions from researchers of all backgrounds, including students, faculty, and practitioners. Each proposal must include the paper title, an abstract (up to 500 words), and the scholar’s vita. Also, please indicate whether the research is in-progress or completed. It is desirable that the abstract include a problem statement or thesis; a statement of the topic’s significance; objectives, methods, and primary sources used for the research; and conclusions (or tentative conclusions for works in progress).  All proposals are due on November 30, 2013.

From the submissions, the LHRT Research Committee will select several authors to present their completed work at the forum. The speakers will be notified and the program will be publicized in January 2014. So that the forum’s facilitator may introduce and react to each author, completed papers are due June 13, 2014. The Research Forum will likely occur on Sunday, June 29, 2014. All presenters must register to attend the conference. For registration options, see ALA’s events and conferences page at http://www.ala.org/ .

DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: November 30, 2013
DEADLINE FOR COMPLETED PAPERS: June 13, 2014

Please submit proposals and direct inquiries to:

Dominique Daniel
LHRT Vice-Chair/Research Committee Chair
244 - Kresge Library
Oakland University
2200 North Squirrel Road, Rochester, MI 48309
daniel@oakland.edu