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.

Now Accepting Applications for the 2024 Research Training Institute

  • 1.  Now Accepting Applications for the 2024 Research Training Institute

    Posted Dec 04, 2023 02:54 PM

    Dear Colleagues,

    Hope you apply and/or pass it along to others who might be interested.


    Apply for the 2024 Research Training Institute Fellowship Program

    Are you looking for ways to generate insights, improve service, build connections, and increase the impact of your library? Do you have a research idea or question that you want to pursue but do not know where to start? Are you interested in increasing your value to the library?

    The Research Training Institute (RTI) Fellowship is a unique, highly effective, and collaborative online research and support program. RTI assessment findings show the RTI learning model is sound and effective, and increases the research skills, confidence, and productivity of participants. All librarians, no matter the size or type of setting, or level of professional experience, who provide health information services, collections, and support, and want to contribute to improving library and health care outcomes, are encouraged to apply to the RTI fellowship program. RTI '24 also accepts a limited number of graduate students from Library and Information Science (LIS) programs, bringing together LIS practitioners and students for highly advanced research instruction and hands-on experience in conducting a research project.

    The institute is a one-year online program that consists of a series of online modules in advanced research methods, mentoring by faculty experts and peer coaches, preparing and implementing a research project, and an opportunity to present their research project at the MLA '25 Conference & Exhibits. RTI '24 features an extensive research curriculumand schedule, and many new support services. Participants can also earn 48 MLA continuing education (CE) contact hours and an MLA Research Training Institute Fellow Certificate. Learn more about the RTI fellowship program details.


    RTI Applications will be open until February 19, 2024

    Applications are now being accepted through February 19, 2024 for the 2024 cohort of RTI research fellows. Accepted applicants will be notified in April 2024. See the RTI website for eligibility requirements and selection criteria. The institute also offers scholarship opportunities for professionals with a financial need. RTI '24 submissions are not limited to U.S. librarians. Canadian and international librarians are encouraged and welcome to apply.

    Discover and nurture your research talents! Learn how to conduct and lead quality research projects. Meet like-minded research colleagues, make lifelong friends, gain research confidence, form research collaborations, and help end-users improve health and wellness! Use your research to advocate your value and impact! Apply today!



    If you want to learn more about the institute, please visit the RTI website or contact Susan Lessick, AHIP, FMLA at

    Susan Lessick, MLS, MA, AHIP, FMLA
    Distinguished Librarian Emerita | University of California, Irvine
    Founding Director | MLA Research Training Institute
    7468 E. Calle Durango | Anaheim, CA 92808
    714.637.4115 | Email | ORCID | website | twitter

    Susan Lessick
    Librarian Emerita
    University of California, Irvine