For immediate release | May 9, 2014

Cyberbullying and graphic novels covered in new issue of YALSA's Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults

CHICAGO – Summer reading, library services to teens, cyberbullying, comics and graphic novels are topics explored in the newest online, open access issue (Volume 4: May 2014) of the Young Adult Library Services Association's (YALSA) Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults (JRLYA), available now at

This issue features the following peer reviewed articles:

The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults’ purpose is to enhance the development of theory, research and practices to support young adult library services. JRLYA follows a continuous publishing model, and you can sign up for email updates whenever there’s a new issue at (signup form is in the right-hand navigation).

JRLYA is currently accepting manuscripts for two special topics issues. The first special issue will feature research relating to YALSA’s recent report “The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: a Call to Action.” Papers addressing the impact of library services on young adults, as well as research related to media literacy, connected learning and social and economic factors impacting young adults’ use of libraries and library services are of particular interest. Both academic research studies and action research submissions are welcome. The second special issue will feature papers honoring Eliza T. Dresang, Beverly Cleary Professor in Children and Youth Services at the University of Washington Information School, who died on April 21. Her work influenced several decades of researchers studying young adults and libraries, as well as countless librarians who work with young adults in library settings. Research papers based on Dr. Dresang’s work and ideas, as well as commemorative essays describing the impact of her work, will be peer-reviewed and considered for publication. Please direct any manuscripts, questions or comments to Editor Dr. Denise E. Agosto at

For more than 50 years, YALSA has worked to build the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve and empower teens. For more information about YALSA or to access national guidelines and other resources go to, or contact the YALSA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail,


Jaclyn Finneke

Communications Manager

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)