This award is being jointly presented by the Beta Phi Mu International
Honor Society ( and the American Library
Association’s Library Research Round Table ( to
recognize excellent research in progress into problems related to the
profession of librarianship. Any ALA member is eligible for this $500
award, and all methodologies and research topics/questions are eligible for

The criteria to be followed for the selection of an award winner are:

·         Importance of the research question or problem (20 points)

·         Adequacy of the review of relevant literature (10 points)

·         Appropriateness of the methodology used (10 points)

·         Effectiveness of the application of the methodology (20 points)

·         Addition of the findings to the knowledge and/or praxis in the
field of librarianship (20 points)

·         Articulation of the conclusions emanating from the study (10

·         Clarity and completeness (10 points)

The deadline for submission is *January 31, 2017*. Submissions must not
have been published prior to January 31, 2017. The submissions will be
limited to a 2,000-word abstract, excluding the bibliography or reference
list, and should be emailed to the contact person below. Please include a
title page with title of proposal and author contact information including
name, institutional affiliation, mailing address and email address.
Individuals may submit only one paper. Jointly authored proposals are
acceptable, but all authors must be ALA members, and will split the award
of $500.

All submissions that meet the deadline and the criteria will be considered.
The proposals will undergo a blind-review process by a joint BPM/LRRT award

The award will be presented during one of LRRT’s research programs at the
ALA Annual Conference, Chicago, IL: June 22-27, 2017.

*Email submissions by January 31, 2017 to: *

Susan Rathbun-Grubb, Award Committee Chair - [log in to unmask]

Susan Rathbun-Grubb, MSLS, PhD

Assistant Professor

School of Library and Information Science

University of South Carolina

1501 Greene St.

Columbia, SC 29208


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Carol Perryman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, School of Library and Information Studies
Texas Woman's University
P.O. Box 425438
Denton, TX 76204-5438
Phone: (940) 898-2612
Fax: (940) 898-2611
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