Research Committee

Function: To stimulate, encourage, guide, and direct the research needs of the field of young adult library services, and to regularly compile abstracts, disseminate research findings, update YALSA’s Research Agenda as needed and to liaise with ALA’s Committee on Research & Statistics .  

Type : Standing

Date of Establishment: Midwinter 1968

Date of Completion: Continuing

Committee Size: Size: 7 virtual members including the Chair and at least two members from the previous year. 


  • Current membership in YALSA
  • In order to accomplish work in a virtual environment group members must be competent users of web 2.0 tools, including but not limited to wikis, e-chats and ALA Connect.
  • Interest in research
  • Knowledge of current topics and trends of interest to librarians serving teens
  • Up to date on research relating to library services for teens

For information on the responsibilities of committee/jury/taskforce members, visit YALSA's Handbook.

Term of Office: July 1 though June 30 the following year

Procedures: See  Research Agenda

History: The Research Committee became a standing committee at Annual 1980; charge updated March 2011, March 2018

Staff Liaison: Beth Yoke