CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, launched its online Network for Research on Libraries and Teens at http://yaresearch.ning.com . The resource is freely accessible to any interested individuals or organizations.
“Research plays a significant role in YALSA’s strategic plan, and this new online resource is a useful and much-needed tool for our profession,” said Kim Patton, YALSA president. “With this online space, YALSA’s vision is to provide a virtual environment where researchers can connect and exchange ideas. I would like to thank the Research Resources Clearinghouse Taskforce for their dedication and leadership in launching this online network.”
The network is meant to be an online gathering space for anyone interested in research related to libraries and teens. Individuals can log on to find fellow researchers, get news from the field or share information. A key component to the network is the Research Resources Clearinghouse, a compilation of resources meant to help individuals build research skills, access funding resources, find places to get their work published and more. The clearinghouse is available as a wiki, and individuals are encouraged to contribute their own content.
For more than 50 years, YALSA has been an advocate for the profession through the creation of national guidelines, promotion of research, sponsorship of public awareness campaigns and more. For more information about YALSA or to access national guidelines, go http://www.ala.org/yalsa, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.