For immediate release | April 25, 2013

Racial and gender inequalities in YA literature covered in new issue of YALSA's Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults

CHICAGO – Multiracial identities, gender stereotypes and questionable young adult literature cover art are topics explored in the newest online, open access issue (Volume 3: April 2013) of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)’s Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults (JRLYA), available now available 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 around topics or issues that advance YALSA’s Research Agenda, especially those that relate to Priority Area 1: Impact of Libraries on Young Adults. Manuscripts based on original qualitative or quantitative research, an innovative conceptual framework or a substantial literature review that opens new areas of inquiry and investigation are welcome. Case studies and works of literary analysis are also welcome. The journal recognizes the contributions other disciplines make to expanding and enriching theory, research and practice in young adult library services and encourages submissions from researchers, students, and practitioners in all fields. To learn more about YALSA’s Research Agenda, visit Please direct any manuscripts, questions or comments to Editor Sandra Hughes-Hassell 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

1-800-545-2433 ext.2128