YALSA announces new research journal, editor

Contact: Stephanie Kuenn

Communications Specialist




For Immediate Release,

February 23, 2010

CHICAGO —The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), will launch the Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults in fall 2010. The association named Jessica Moyer, a doctoral candidate at the University of Minnesota, as the journal’s editor.

The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults will be an online 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 will serve as the official research publication of the association,publishing annotated lists of recent research from YALSA’s Research Committee, Henne Award–winning research and papers from YALSA’s biennial Young Adult Literature Symposium. For more information on the journal, visit
http://tinyurl.com/yalsaresearchjournal. Submission guidelines will be posted in spring 2010.

“I'm really excited about the chance to work with YALSA and promote research on teens and library services,” said Moyer. “As a proponent of digital literacy I'm especially pleased to see YALSA creating an online-only journal. I see so many exciting possibilities for this format.”

Moyer is an experienced YALSA member who has served on the division’s publications committee and presented at multiple conferences. She is the author of “Research-Based Readers’ Advisory” (ALA Editions, 2008) and co-editor of “The Readers’ Advisory Handbook” (ALA Editions 2010). She also served on the editorial boards of Reference & User Services Quarterly, Reference Books Bulletin and Evidence Based Library and Information Practice. Her dissertation focuses on teen reading in print, e-book and audiobook formats.

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