ACRL Research Writer’s Consultations @ ALA Annual Conference

New for ALA Annual Conference!  The ACRL Research Program Committee (RPC) is sponsoring Research Writer’s Consultations at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, July 9-15, 2009.  Aimed at the new or inexperienced writer, the Research Writer’s Consultations will bring together small groups of two to three writers matched with an experienced writer or editor, who will offer guidance and critique.

Are you an ACRL member working on a research article? Would you like some constructive feedback?  Submit a draft research paper to the Research Program Committee sponsored research writing consultations for the ALA Annual Conference.  ACRL RPC will match new writers with experienced writers, and the groups will meet face-to-face during the Chicago conference.  Draft research papers must be submitted to RPC by June 1, 2009. Papers will be shared only among members of the designated groups.

Are you an experienced, published writer or editor?  Interested in providing guidance to your colleagues who may be writing their first research article?  Submit your name and a description of your areas of expertise by June 1, 2009. Reviewers are expected to review papers submitted for their small group in advance of the Chicago conference, as well as guide their small group consultation onsite during the conference.

Each group will correspond ahead of time to set up their own meeting time and place at the Annual Conference to critique the papers, discuss approaches for writing, and share ideas on where to submit articles.


New Writers Submission Guidelines: Deadline for submissions:  June 1, 2009
Include on first page: Author’s Name and contact information in upper left and a paragraph describing what you would like others to comment on about your paper. e.g. grammar, writing style, clarity, presentation of the research methodology, etc.

Page limit:  25 double spaced pages, standard 1” margins

Preferred format:  Microsoft Word.  Number pages.  Footers should include author’s full name and email.

Draft research papers should be in complete enough form for others to read easily.

Submit by June 1 to: Ruth Vondracek at

Experienced Writers or Editors Request to Participate: Deadline June 1, 2009
Please send your current contact information, a copy of your current resume or list of publications, and a brief description of your current research interests.

Submit by June 1 to: Ruth Vondracek at