2007 Frances Henne YALSA/VOYA Research Grant recipient named

Contact: Nichole Gilbert
Program Officer
For Immediate Release
January 30, 2007

2007 Frances Henne YALSA/VOYA Research Grant recipient named

(Chicago) The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest growing division of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to announce Holly Anderton and Karen Brooks-Reese as the 2007 recipients of the YALSA/ Frances Henne Research Grant.

This grant of $500 is to provide seed money for small-scale projects which will encourage research that responds to the YALSA Research Agenda.

Anderton and Brooks-Reeses’ proposed study is titled, “Virtual Reader’s Advisory Services for Teens at Public Libraries.” In the proposal, Anderton and Brooks-Reese write: “Current literature indicates that although significant measures have been taken to evaluate online or virtual reference services for adults, very little research into online reader’s advisory exists. Of that which is available, almost none relates specifically to online reader’s advisory for teens. This project will evaluate current virtual reader’s advisory services nationwide, allow teen librarians to recognize those programs that are successful, and provide teen librarians with the necessary information to improve upon those services as needed.”

Anderton and Brooks-Reese will survey libraries in the 25 most populous urban areas to determine the level of virtual reader’s advisory services to teens.

Holly Anderton is a senior teen librarian at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh—Main, and Karen Brooks-Reese is the teen services coordinator for the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh District Library Center.

Members of this year’s Frances Henne Award Jury are: Jami L. Jones (chair), East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C.; Daphne Daly, Pima County Public Library, Tucson, Ariz.; Cara Kinsey, St. George Library Center of the New York Public Library, Staten Island, N.Y.; Cindy Mediavilla, State Library of California; and Amanda Moss, Maywood Elementary School, Monona, Wis.

Applications for the 2008 Frances Henne YALSA/VOYA Research Grant are available from the YALSA Web site at http://www.ala.org/yalsa.

For 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos, and audiobooks for teens. For more information about these awards or for additional lists of recommended reading, go to www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists. For more information about YALSA, please contact us via e-mail, yalsa@ala.org; or by phone at 1-800-545-2433 ext. 4390.