For immediate release | May 10, 2011

YALSA appoints Sandra Hughes-Hassell editor of the Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), named Sandra Hughes-Hassell, professor and coordinator of the school library media program at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, as the editor of the Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults (JRLYA).

“I am excited to be given this opportunity, and look forward to working with YALSA members, academics, researchers and others on publishing high-quality research that will help young adult and school librarians,” Hughes-Hassell said. “It is my hope that JRLYA will become the first place individuals interested in research related to teens turn.”

Hughes-Hassell chairs the journal’s advisory board and will begin a three-year term on YALSA’s Board of Directors in June 2011. She recently coedited "Urban Teens in the Library: Research and Practice" (ALA Editions, 2010) and is the current chair of ALA’s Committee on Research and Statistics.

The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults is an online, peer-reviewed, open access research journal, disseminating research of interest to librarians, library workers and academics who focus on library service to young adults, ages 12 through 18. It serves as the official research publication of the association, publishing annotated lists of recent research from YALSA’s Research Committee, Henne Award–winning research and original research on topics relating to teens and libraries. For more information on the journal, visit

For more than 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos and audiobooks for teens. For more information about YALSA or for lists of recommended reading, viewing and listening, go to, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail: