Call for Proposals

Do you have an interesting or innovative approach to library research design you want to share with fellow librarians? Submit a proposal for a brief presentation or poster for this year’s Institute for Research Design in Librarianship Online Research Conference: Discovering the Unexpected in Library Research Design! This virtual conference is free and will be held via Zoom on November 10-11, 2022. The conference is designed to create community and enhance research collaboration. Its purpose is to facilitate discussions of new perspectives, experiences, and innovations in library research design and methodologies.

Proposals will be accepted until July 31, 2022.

Brief Research Presentations: Seven Minute Scholarship

  • Brief research presentations should be able to fit into a seven minute segment.
  • Time will be reserved for Q&A after all talks are presented.
  • Proposals should share a new perspective, experience, or innovation in library research design or methodology.
  • Complete our Proposal Form no later than July 31st to be considered for this year’s conference.
  • Presenters of accepted proposals will be notified via email on or before August 31st, 2022.

Virtual Posters

  • Posters should use pictures, data, graphs, diagrams and narrative text to share a new perspective, experience, or innovation in library research design or methodology.
  • Poster formats and creation tools may vary but posters should be formatted to share on a single screen in a virtual environment such as a Zoom breakout room.
  • Examples of tools and formats that may be used include but are not limited to Google Slides, Canva, Microsoft Sway, Microsoft PowerPoint, PDF, JPEG, LibGuides, Vimeo, YouTube.
  • Accessibility should be considered when selecting formats.
  • Videos should be captioned and include text transcripts.
  • Text should be large enough to read. Complete our Proposal Form no later than July 31st to be considered for this year’s conference. Presenters of accepted proposals will be notified via email on or before August 31, 2022.

Positionality Statement
We request as part of your proposal that you complete an optional positionality statement, to describe personal and professional influences on your research such as your identity and theoretical and philosophical influences. This allows you to discuss how your identities and life and work experiences shape your relationship to your chosen research topics and methodologies. For guidance on preparing your statement, we suggest the following two resources:

  1. Holmes, A. G. D. (2020). Researcher Positionality--A Consideration of Its Influence and Place in Qualitative Research--A New Researcher Guide. Shanlax International Journal of Education, 8(4), 1-10.
  2. Positionality Statements [YouTube: 6:33]. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpcIVzGYhVs
You will not be penalized if you choose to not contribute a positionality statement as part of your submission.

Proposal Selection Criteria
The committee will be using a rubric to evaluate proposals during a double-blind review process. The rubric grades proposals on the following:

  • Originality: Is the proposal timely and innovative?
  • Relevance: Does the proposal address a current issue in research design in librarianship. Is it practical and of interest to other librarian researchers?
  • Scope: Is it properly formatted for a seven minute presentation via Zoom?

Submission Timeline

  • July 31, 2022: Deadline to submit proposals
  • August 31, 2022: Acceptance notifications will be sent
  • October 7, 2022: Deadline for presenters to email their presentation files and URLs for self-hosted posters to: irdl@lmu.edu