Call for Papers

The Eighth Annual Collection Management & Development Research Forum

ALA Annual 2017

The Publications Committee of the Collection Management Section of ALCTS is sponsoring the Eighth Annual Collection Management & Development Research Forum at the 2017 American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago.

This is an opportunity to present and discuss your research.  Both completed research and research in progress will be considered.  All researchers, including collection practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and students, and other interested individuals, are encouraged to submit a proposal.

The Committee will use a "blind review” process to select two projects.  The selected researchers are required to present their papers in person at the forum.  Each researcher should plan for a 20 minute presentation, with a 10 minute open discussion following each presentation.    Criteria for selection are:

     Significance of the study for improving collection management and development practices

     Potential for research to fill a gap in collections scholarship or to build on previous studies

     Quality and creativity of the methodology

     Previously published research or research accepted for publication prior to December 13, 2016, will not be accepted.

The submission must consist of no more than two pages.  On the first page, please list your name(s), title(s), institutional affiliation(s), and contact information (including your mailing address, telephone number, fax number, and email address).  The second page should be a one-page proposal, and it should NOT show your name or any personal information.  Instead, it must include only:

     The title of your project

     A clear statement of the research problem

     A description of the research methodology used

     Results of the project, if any

     The deadline for proposals is December 12, 2016.


Notification of acceptance will be made by February 15, 2017.  

ALCTS, in its bylaws, claims the right of first refusal for publication of any work emanating from an ALCTS body or program.


Please send submissions to:

Geoff Morse

Chair, CMS Publications Committee


TEL:   847 467-1866

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