ALSC National Research Agenda for Library Service to Children (Ages 0-14)

Association for Library Service to Children National Research Agenda for Library Service to Children (Ages 0-14)

The ALSC Research Agenda Task Force, led by co-chairs, Dr. Kathleen Campana and Brooke Newberry was supported by a Research Agenda Advisory Board consisting of academics and practitioners. The task force charge was to create a division-wide and subject-specific articulation of current research trends, areas of further exploration, and current needs in the field that might be addressed through research; and to recommend avenues for pursuing this research. The research agenda and research questions were developed based on a survey of ALSC membership, a literature review of existing research and ongoing input from a Research Agenda Advisory Board. The Research Agenda Task Force found that research is fairly limited in several areas within the field or library service to children. The creation of the research agenda should help to call attention to the need and desire for research in the field.

The resulting six priority research areas include: Learning and Development for Young Children and Families, Learning and Development for School-age Children and Families, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion with Children and Families, Media Mentorship and Technology Use with Children and Families, Impact and Exploration of Literature and Resources for Children, Professional Development for Library Staff to Serve Children and Families. Each research priority area includes an introduction that expands on the topic and specific research questions to address or lead to new questions. 

ALSC will continue the work outlined in the research agenda by developing and disseminating emerging research that aligns with the research agenda priority areas. 

Print-ready and screen-friendly PDF's of the research agenda are below. 

Association for Library Service to Children National Research Agenda for Library Service to Children (Ages 0-14) [PDF - Print Ready 441 KB]

Association for Library Service to Children National Research Agenda for Library Service to Children (Ages 0-14)   [PDF - Screen Friendly 455 KB]