LRRT (Library Research Round Table)

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The mission of the Library Research Round Table (LRRT) is to contribute toward the extension and improvement of library research; to provide public program opportunities for describing and evaluating library research projects and for disseminating their findings; to inform and educate ALA members concerning research techniques and their usefulness in obtaining information with which to reach administrative decisions and solve problems; and expand the theoretical base of the field. LRRT also, serves as a forum for discussion and action on issues related to the literature and information needs for the field of library and information science.

Learn more about LRRT on the ALA website.

CFP for the Library Research Round Table (LRRT) Research Forum at the 2024 ALA Annual Conference

  • 1.  CFP for the Library Research Round Table (LRRT) Research Forum at the 2024 ALA Annual Conference

    Posted Feb 19, 2024 04:36 PM

    The ALA Library Research Round Table (LRRT) is accepting submissions for the LRRT Research Forum at the 2024 ALA Annual Conference in San Diego, CA (June 27-July 2, 2024).

    The Research Forum will feature three peer-reviewed research works with the potential to make significant contributions to the field of LIS. The submissions will be selected as examples of research excellence, with a focus on work exemplifying a strong use of theory, a clear and well-organized research design, and appropriate data collection and analysis methods. All topics related to LIS will be considered. 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 non-members of LRRT are welcome.

    The selection committee will use a double-blind review process to select three entries. Authors will be required to present their work in person at the forum and to register for the conference.

    Criteria for selection

    • Significance of the problem to LIS research and practice. 
    • Originality of the methodology (for empirical research)/research approach (for conceptual work) 
    • Strong contextualization within the extant body of LIS and/or interdisciplinary literature 
    • Quality of writing 
    • Please note that research published or accepted for publication elsewhere by March 8, 2024, cannot be considered. 

    Submission requirements

    Each submission must consist of no more than two pages. On the first page, list the authors' names, titles, institutional affiliations, and contact information, including mailing addresses and email addresses. The second page must NOT show the authors' names or any other personally identifying information. Instead, it must include: 

    • The paper title.
    • A 500-word abstract of the research project, including: 1) a problem statement and significance, 2) project objectives, 3) methodology/approach, and 4) conclusions (or tentative conclusions for a work in progress). In-text references (in any reference style) are expected and will be counted toward your word limit. Please also enclose a full list of references, which will not be included in the abstract word count.
    • A brief statement to indicate if the research is complete or ongoing and listing the project beginning and end dates.

    Send submissions via email to Devin Savage ( with the subject line: LRRT Research Forum Proposal by March 8, 2024, 11:59pm U.S. Eastern Time.

    Important dates

    Submission due: March 8, 2024, 11:59pm U.S. Eastern Time
    Notification of acceptance: March 25, 2024
    Thank you for your interest in the LRRT Research Forum. We look forward to your submissions.

    Devin Savage
    Dean of Libraries
    Illinois Institute of Technology