Call for Proposals



Call for Juried Proposals


The fifth Library Research Seminar (LRS-V) will bring together a diverse community of scholars from academia and practitioners from libraries and archives who are interested in research that informs policy-making, decision-making, and best practices. Participants will share research projects and explore ways to develop future research agendas, refine research methods, and facilitate successful completion of research projects.


The LRS-V Program Committee invites proposals for various types of contributions (types are described below) on topics related to libraries and archives including but not limited to:

  • Services in challenging economic times
  • Marketing and advocacy
  • Leadership and workforce development
  • Information and reference services
  • International perspectives
  • Contributions to and preservation of cultural heritage
  • Gender, ethnicity, age, and disability status
  • Copyright, privacy, and other legal, ethical, and policy issues
  • Technical services
  • User studies
  • Web 2.0, social networking, and new media
  • Information literacy
  • Digital libraries and archives

    Possible types of contributions:

  • Papers:
  • Research studies that will be presented at the conference and included in proceedings
  • Panels:
  • A group of experts discussing related topics, themes or issues in library research
  • Workshops:
  • Tutorial sessions that will be educational in nature
  • Roundtable discussions:
  • Informal discussion amongst participants focused on a particular topic or theme
  • Posters:
  • Graphic presentations on research studies, methods, advances, or preliminary work
  • Other “wildcard” program formats
  • You tell us what you would like to do!

    Doctoral and Masters’ students are especially encouraged to submit proposals.


    Send submissions to in either MS Word or PDF format. Proposals must be no more than 1000 words in length and additionally must include: title; author/organizer name, af filiation, and contact information; names and contact information for any other participants. may also be used for inquiries and questions.


    Important dates:

    Proposal submissions:   Extended to March 15, 2010; Due to Blizzard 2010

    Notification:                        April 15, 2010

    Conference dates:            October 6-9, 2010


    Venue: The Inn and Conference Center, Marriott Conference Centers, College Park, Maryland


    Host: University of Maryland, College Park (


    LRS-V co-chairs: Diane L. Barlow and Trudi Bellardo Hahn, University of Maryland