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Call for Proposals: ACRL Education and Behavioral Sciences Section Research Committee’s Virtual Research Forum (Deadline March 18)

(via Annie Armstrong, University of Illinois at Chicago)

The Education and Behavioral Sciences Section Research Committee of ACRL invites proposals for presentations at their virtual research forum, to be held online in early May, 2020. The Research Forum offers librarians an opportunity to present research that is currently underway through a 10-minute lightning talk format. Participation in the forum offers presenters an opportunity to share their work in a peer-reviewed venue and receive feedback from the ACRL community. Lightning talks are selected via a competitive, blind review process.

Proposals are due Wednesday, March 18. Applicants will be notified regarding acceptance the week of March 30.

Selection Criteria

Proposals are evaluated based on the extent to which they meet the following criteria.

  • measure or investigate issues of high interest to librarians, especially those in Education and Behavioral Sciences.
  • represent innovative, original research.
  • show evidence of carefully planned research design and thoughtful analysis.
  • clearly identify what stage of the project has been completed and estimate a timeline for the remainder of the project. (Note: Research may be in progress at the time of proposal, but some results/findings must be available by the presentation date. Research that has been previously published or accepted for publication by January 1, 2020 will not be considered.)

Proposal Submission Instructions

To submit a proposal, submit the following as two separate documents (.doc or .pdf) via email to the current committee chair. The proposal document must NOT show your name, institution, or any personally identifying information.

Title page, including:

  • Proposal title
  • The following information for each presenter:
    • name and institution
    • phone number
    • e-mail address

Proposal (250-300 words), including:

  • proposal title
  • statement of the research question(s)
  • research goals and objectives
  • design/methodology
  • results or findings (or potential results or findings, if research in progress)
  • explanation of relevance/value to academic librarians, especially to those in EBSS subject areas
  • discussion of innovation/originality of research

Email submissions to EBSS Research Co-Chair Samantha Godbey at samantha.godbey@unlv.edu  by Monday, March 18.

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