Tuesday, January 31, 2017


The Research Committee of the ACRL Science and Technology Section is hosting its Annual Research Forum (Sunday, June 25, 2017) and Poster Session (Monday, June 26, 2017) at the 2017 American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago.

The Research Forum and Poster Session provide an excellent opportunity to share a wide range of research projects relevant to science and technology librarianship.

Submissions for the paper and poster presentations are selected based on the quality of the abstract and the demonstration of significant progress toward completing the research project by June 2017.  Your submission should include:
  • brief background information about your project,
  • the research question or problem that drove your project,
  • the methods used,
  • your findings and a brief discussion that includes the impact of your project.

Your proposal should total no more than 250 words. Because this is a blind review process, be sure to include your name, institution, phone, and email addresses of all participants (not part of word count) separate from your abstract.  

Submission Categories:

Research Forum Featured Paper Presentation.  The Featured Paper Presentation is 20 minutes in length and will be followed by a thoughtful 10-minute critique from a guest commentator, who will offer suggestions on how to prepare the paper for publication.  Proposals should reflect research that has been completed or initiatives that have already been implemented. At a minimum, significant progress should have been made toward completion or implementation.

Research Forum Short Paper Presentations.  Short Papers are 10 minutes in length and will be followed by a thoughtful 5-minute critique from a guest commentator, who will offer suggestions on how to prepare the paper for publication or generate additional ideas that will move the paper forward. Proposals should reflect research or initiatives that have been completed or are currently in progress.

Poster Presentations.  Posters should cover research endeavors or practitioner projects that enhance science and technology librarianship.  Proposals should provide useful and practical findings, and describe opportunities for discussion with participants.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS: Friday, February 13, 2017.  Submissions are selected by the STS Research Committee. The Committee adheres to mentoring principles and a “blind” review process to select proposals. We strongly encourage you to remove any identifying information in your proposal prior to submission; otherwise, the STS Research Committee co-chairs will take responsibility for removing identifying information, which may unintentionally alter the text of your submission.
Acceptance of proposals reflects a commitment by the author(s) to present at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. Specific logistical details will follow upon acceptance. 
 Please submit your proposal via this form: https://goo.gl/forms/P2MYgCCk1TQBLmS33
If you have any questions, please ask the STS Research Committee co-chairs:
Elizabeth Berman, elizabeth.berman@uvm.edu
Hannah Gascho Rempel, hannah.rempel@oregonstate.edu