Welcome to the Network for Research on Libraries and Teens. This community is sponsored by YALSA (the Young Adult Library Services Association) and is the space for those interested in and performing teen research to connect with each other. Feel free to explore the space and become an active member of the community.

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Censorship in collection development for young adults

I am currently working on a research paper regarding censorship in collection development for young adults with a focus on how that impinges on intellectual freedom.Any resources would be greatly…Continue

Started by Sarah Mellowship Oct 12, 2011.

Research Requests 1 Reply

Are you looking for research on a particular topic? Let the Network know of your needs. Include information on the reason for the need for the research - advocacy within your community, library…Continue

Started by Linda W. Braun. Last reply by Christine Turland Sep 23, 2011.

Research Support

Have a question about the research project you are working on? Wonder if there is someone who can help you brainstorm an area of research? Post your question, topic, comment here and connect with…Continue

Started by Linda W. Braun Mar 25, 2011.


National Research Agenda

YALSA's National Research Agenda has four priority areas: 1) Impact of Libraries on Young Adults, 2) YA Literacies and Resources, 3) Information Seeking Behaviors and Needs of YAs and 4) Informal and Formal Learning Environments and YAs.


Read YALSA's Journal of Research of Libraries and Young Adults (JRLYA). The web-based journal is published quarterly and includes research on a variety of topics related to teens including literature, technology, and development.

YALSA Research Resources Wiki

Check out YALSA's wiki filled with resources to looking for and involved in research related to teens.  Feel free to add to the wiki with materials with which you are familiar.


YA Research Around the Globe

Add your information to the map by clicking on this link: YA Research Around the Globe




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YALSA posted a blog post

The Future of Teen Services in LIS Education

Please join YALSA for "The Future of Teen Services in LIS Education," Friday, Jan. 8th at the ALA Midwinter Meeting from 1:00 - 4:00pm. Anyone interested in exploring this topic is welcome to attend this free and open session, organized by members of YALSA's Research Committee and JRLYA Advisory Board. In 2014 YALSA published a report, "The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: a Call to Action." …See More
Nov 19
Profile IconLinda Mercer and Jes Caron joined Network for Research on Libraries and Teens
Oct 21
YALSA posted blog posts
Sep 4
YALSA posted a blog post

Tools for Research/Practice Partnerships

The William T. Grant Foundation has compiled a list of free resources to help interested researchers and organization pursue reasearch/practice partnerships: http://wtgrantfoundation.org/RPPSee More
Aug 5
YALSA posted a blog post

Research/Policy Internship Available at American Youth Policy Forum

AYPF is now accepting applications for the position of Research/Policy Intern for the Fall 2015 period. The Research/Policy Intern will:      Work with program staff to collect data for briefing papers, fact sheets, and publications.      Research promising practices to help identify potential programs to highlight in publications, forums, and study tours.      Track and analyze effective youth policies and practices in states and districts.      Assist with communications to key contacts on…See More
Jul 22
Rebecca Moe is now a member of Network for Research on Libraries and Teens
Jul 22
YALSA posted a blog post

Post-doc Opportunity: apply by July 31,2015

One postdoctoral position is available in the Digital Media & Learning Research Hub, at the UC Humanities Research Institute, based on the University of California, Irvine campus. The postdoctoral scholar will collaborate in a MacArthur Foundation-funded research network on Connected Learning, investigating how digital and networked media can support interest-driven and socially connected forms of learning. The postdoctoral scholar will be responsible for conducting ethnographic and design…See More
Jun 18
Judy Coughlin is now a member of Network for Research on Libraries and Teens
Jun 2
YALSA posted a blog post

Call for Abstracts: Public Libraries & STEM Conference

Between now and April 2nd 2015, submit an abstract for the Public Libraries & STEM conference, August 20 – 22, 2015, in Denver.   Ideas must focus on one of five topics:·         21st  Century Visions of STEM Learning in Public Libraries·         Case Studies of Successful STEM Implementation in Libraries·         Effective Collaboration Models  between Libraries and STEM Organizations·        …See More
Mar 9
YALSA posted blog posts
Jan 21
Ryan is now a member of Network for Research on Libraries and Teens
Jan 5
YALSA posted a blog post

New Web Site to Facilitate Research Practice Partnerships

The new research practice partnerships site aims to serve as a "one-stop shop" for building and maintaining successful collaborations between researchers and practitioners in education.  The site covers topics ranging from structuring a partnership to funding and staffing, and provides resources, work samples and tips to build and strengthen partnerships.…See More
Jan 5
YALSA posted a blog post

YALSA's Seeking Volunteers for Research Committees

From now through March 1st, interested members are invited to submit a Committee Volunteer Form to serve on the following:Research CommitteeJournal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults Advisory BoardHenne Research Award JuryThe term of service is July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2017.  These groups meet virtually, and attendance at conferences is not…See More
Jan 2
YALSA posted a blog post

Summer Reading/Learning Research Needed

YALSA was contacted by a group of state library agency youth consultants asking what research was available that demonstrated the impact of library summer reading/learning programs.  If you know of any research, please reply to this message with the information.  If recent research does not exist, please consider the need for this type of information when considering your next research project.See More
Dec 5, 2014
YALSA posted a blog post

CFP for 2015 REFORMA Conference Open until Sept. 1

Are you doing research on the Latino community and its library needs? If so, please consider submitting a proposal to the Fifth REFORMA National Conference, which will be held in San Diego, April 1 - 4, 2015. The Call for Proposals is here:http://www.reformanationalconference.org/#!proposals/c4dl Program Track A: Collections & Resources would be a great place for studies of YA literature for Latinos.Program Track F:…See More
Aug 12, 2014
YALSA posted a blog post

YA and libraries data

Here’s some information from the IMLS that may be of interest:The Public Library Survey has since 2009 included a question on Young Adult Programming.  The latest survey results (2011) show that 8.8% of all reported public library programs were focused on young adults.  You can view the results by state here (pp. 31-36): http://www.imls.gov/assets/1/AssetManager/FY2011_PLS_Tables_8-17A.pdf and you can work with…See More
May 14, 2014

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