Research Agenda Bibliography

Note: This bibliography accompanies the YALSA Research Agenda.

You may also want to consult the most recent edition of the YALSA Research Committee’s bibliography of current research (2006-2009).

Impact of Libraries on Young Adults

Abbas, J., Kimball, M., Bishop, K., & D'Elia, G. (2007). Why youth do not use the public library. Public Libraries, 47(1), 80-85.

Agosto, D. (2007). Why do teens use libraries? Public Libraries, 46(3), 55-61.

Alessio, A., & Buron, N. (2006). Measuring the impact of dedicated teen service in the public library Frances Henne/YALSA/VOYA Award research grant results. Young Adult Library Services: The Journal of the Young Adult Library Services Association, 4(3), 47-51.

American Library Association. (2007). Public Library Quick Facts and Statistics: Teens 13 –18.

Bernier, A. (September/October 2009). A space for myself to go: Early patterns in Small YA spaces. Public Libraries 48(5), 33-47.

Bernier, A. (2009). Young Adult Volunteering in Public Libraries: Managerial Implications. Library Administration and Management 23(3), 95-112.

Bernier, A. (2008). California young adult gold rush sets new national standard. Public Library Quarterly 27(3), 202-222.

Boelens, H. (2007). Knowledge management in secondary schools and the role of the school librarian. School Libraries Worldwide, 13(2), 63-72.

Donham, J. (2007). Graduating students who are not only learned but also learners. Teacher Librarian, 35(1), 8-12.

Farrelly, M. G. (2010) Why Young Adults Matter, Public Libraries 40(3), 26-7.

Flowers, S. (2011) Leadership and Professionalism: Competencies for Serving Youth, Young Adult Library Services 9(2) 10-15.

Flowers, S. 2010 Young Adults Deserve the Best: YALSA’s Competencies in Action, Chicago: YALSA/ALA Editions.

Friese, E. (2008). Popular culture in the school library: Enhancing literacies traditional and new. School Libraries Worldwide, 14(2), 68-82.

Heeger, P. (2006). A tie for third place. School Library Journal, 52(7), 27.

Houston, N. (2011) Building a Foundation for Teen Services, Young Adult Library Services, 9(2), 6-9.

Institute of Museum and Library Services. (2009) Libraries and Museums and 21st Century Skills,

Institute of Museum and Library Services. (2009) Future of Museums and Libraries: A Discussion Guide,

McPherson, K. (2008). Shaping global criticality with school libraries. School Libraries Worldwide, 14(2), 35-44.

Weinberger, D., Elvevag, B., & Giedd, J.N. (2005). The Adolescent Brain: A work in progress. Washington, D.C.: National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.

Whelan, D. L. (2008). Cafe society: Do school libraries need a double shot of espresso? School Library Journal, 54(1), 36-41.

Young Adult Library Services Association. (2010) YALSA’s Competencies for Serving Youth: Young Adults Deserve the Best,

Young Adult Library Services Association (2011) YALSA Teen Services Evaluation Tool.…

Young Adult Reading and Resources

Alexander, L.B., & Miselis, S.D. (2007). Barriers to GLBTQ collection development and strategies for overcoming them. Young Adult Library Services: The Journal of the Young Adult Library Services Association, 5(3), 43-49.

Bell, M.A. (2008). Everybody else is doing it! MultiMedia & Internet@Schools, 15(6), 38-40.

Boston, G. H., & Baxley, T. (2007). Living the literature: Race, gender construction, and black female adolescents. Urban Education, 42:6, 560-81.

Brooks, W., Browne, S., & Hampton, G. (2009). There ain't no accounting for what folks see in their own mirrors: Considering colorism within a Sharon Flake narrative. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 51(8), 660-9.

Burek-Pierce, J. (2007). Why girls go wrong: Advising female teen readers in the early twentieth century. The Library Quarterly, 77(3), 311-26.

Cohen, R.J. (2008). Sex education and the American public library: A study of collection development, reference services, and programming for young adults. Young Adult Library Services: The Journal of the Young Adult Library Services Association 6(3), 40-45.

Franklin, R.E. (2008). A private [school] matter: The state of materials challenges in private college preparatory school libraries in the southeast United States. SLMR, 11. Available at… ume11/franklin.cfm. Accessed May 14, 2011.

Gill, M. (2008). Best mates: an exploration of male adolescent friendships in contemporary young adult fictions. New Review of Children’s Literature and Librarianship, 14(1), 1-17.

Glenn, W. (2008). Gossiping girls, insider boys, A-List achievement: Examining and exposing young adult novels consumed by conspicuous consumption. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 52(1), 34-42.

Gordon, C.A. (2008). A never-ending story: Action research meets summer reading. Knowledge Quest, 37(2), 34-41.

Gordon, C.A., & Lu, Y. (2008). “I hate to read—or do I?”: Low achievers and their reading. SLMR, 10. Available at… ume11/gordon_lu.cfm. Accessed May 14, 2011.

Gross, M., Goldsmith, A., & Carruth, D. (2008). What do young adult novels say about HIV/AIDS? A second look at other titles: Bibliographical essay. The Library Quarterly, 78(4), 397-418.

Harper, H. (2007). Studying masculinity(ies) in books about girls. Canadian Journal of Education, 30(2), 508-30.

Hughes-Hassell, S., & Rodge, R. (2007). The leisure reading habits of urban adolescents. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 51(1), 22-33. Jaeger, P., & Yan, Z. (2009). One law with two outcomes: Comparing the implementation of CIPA in public libraries and schools. Information Technology and Libraries, 28(1), 6-14.

Jones, C. E. (2006). Female sexuality in young adult literature. Ph.D. dissertation, Illinois State University, United States -- Illinois. Retrieved June 1, 2009, from Dissertations & Theses: Full Text database. (Publication No. AAT 3233938).

Knickerbocker, J., & Rycik, J.A. (2006). Reexamining literature study in the middle grades: A critical response framework. American Secondary Education, 34(3), 43- 56.

Kurtts, S.A., & Gavigan, K. (2008). Understanding (dis)abilities through children's literature. Education Libraries, 31(1), 23-31.

Latham, D. (2007). The cultural work of magical realism in three young adult novels. Children's Literature in Education, 38(1), 59-70.

Lukenbill, W.B., & Lukenbill, J.F. (2007). Censorship: What do school library specialists really know? A consideration of students’ rights, the law and implications for a new education paradigm. SLMR, 10. Available at ume10/lukenbill_censorship.cfm. Accessed May 14, 2011.

McCarthy, S. & Moje, E. B, (2002) Identity Matters, Reading Research Quarterly, 37(2), 228-240.

McInally, K. (2008). Who wears the pants? The (multi) cultural politics of “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.” Children’s Literature in Education, 39(3), 187-200.

Peowski, L. (2010) Where Are All The Teens? Engaging and Empowering Them Online, Young Adult Library Services: The Journal of the Young Adult Library Services Association, 8(2), 26-29.

Snowball, C. (2007). Researching graphic novels and their teenage readers. Library and Information Science Research Electronic Journal 17:1. Available at Accessed May 14, 2011.

Moyer, J. 2008. Research-Based Readers’ Advisory. Chicago: ALA Editions.

Palfrey, J. 2008 Born Digital: Understanding The First Generation of Digital Natives. Basic Books.

Roman, S., Carran, , D.T., & Fiore, C. (2010) Public Library Summer Reading Programs Close the Reading Gap. Dominican University. Available at Accessed on May 14, 2011.

Snowball, C. (2008). Teenagers talking about reading and libraries. Australian Academic &Research Libraries, 39(2), 106-18.

Steadman, W. (2008). Evidence of student voices: Finding meaning in intellectual freedom. Knowledge Quest, 37(2), 44-48.

Watson, Kehler, & Martino. (2010)The Problem of Boys' Literacy Underachievement: Raising Some Questions, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 53(5), 356-372.

Williams, B. T. (2008) Tomorrow Will Not Be Like Today: Literacy &Identity in a World of Multiliteracies, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 51(8), 682-686.

Wissman, K. (2009). Spinning themselves into poetry: Images of urban writers in two

Wood, E. (2010) Pushing the Envelope: Exploring Teen Sexuality in Young Adult Literature, JRLYA,

Ya-Ling, L., & Gordon, C.A. (2008). The effects of free choice on student learning: A study of summer reading. School Libraries Worldwide, 14(1), 38-55.

Information Seeking Behaviors and Needs of Young Adults

Agosto, D.E., & Hughes-Hassell, S. (2006). Toward a model of the everyday life information needs of urban teenagers, Part 2: Empirical model. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 57(11), 1418-1426.

Bernier, A. (2007). “Introduction: “Not Broken by Someone Else’s Schedule: On Joy and Young Adult Information Seeking’” In Chelton, Mary K., and Colleen Cool. 2007. Youth Information-Seeking II: Context, Theories, Models, and Issues. Scarecrow Press, pp. xiii-xxviii).

Bilal, D., & Bachir, I. (2007). Children’s interaction with cross-cultural and multilingual digital libraries II. Information seeking, success, and affective experience. Information Processing and Management, 43(1), 65-80.

Chelton, M. K., & Cool, C. (2007). Youth Information-Seeking II: Context, Theories, Models, and Issues. New York: Scarecrow Press.

Chung, J., & Neuman, D. (2007). High school students' Information seeking and use for class projects. Journal of the American Society for Information Science & Technology, 58(10), 1503-1517.

Harris, F. J. (2010). I Found it On the Internet: Coming of Age Online, 2nd Edition. Chicago: ALA Editions.

Hendron, J. (2010) Developing info-seeking fluency. Learning & Leading with Technology, 38(2), 32-34.

Julien, H. and Barker, S. (2009). How high-school students find and evaluate scientific information: A basis for information literacy skills development. Library & Information Science Research, 31(1), 12-17.

Kim, S. (2008). Information seeking and use of high school students with diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds in learning contexts. Information Research, 13(4). Also available online at: /ir/13-4/wks06.html. Accessed May14, 2011.

Latham, D., & Gross, M. (2008). Broken links: Undergraduates look back on their experiences with information literacy in K-12 education. SLMR, 11. Available at… ume11/lathamgross.cfm. Accessed May 14, 2011.

Meyers, E.M., Fisher, K.E., & Marcoux, E. (2009). Making sense of an information world: The everyday-life information behavior of preteens. The Library Quarterly, 79 (3). 301–41.

Meyers, E., Fisher, K., & Marcoux, E. (2007). Studying the everyday information behavior of tweens: Notes from the field. Library & Information Science Research, 29(3), 310-331.

Meyers, E. M., Nathan, L. P. & Sexton, M. L. (2007). Barriers to Information Seeking in School Libraries: Conflicts in perceptions and practice. Information Research, 12(2), 8-22.

O’Leary, K. (2011) Information Seeking in the Context of a Hobby: A Case Study of a Young Adult with Asperger’s Syndrome. Journal of Research on Young Adults and Libraries. Available at…. Accessed May 14, 2011.

Shenton, A.K. (2007). Causes of information-seeking failure: Some insights from an English research project. In M.K. Chelton and C. Cool (Eds.), Youth information seeking behavior II: Contexts, theories, models and issues. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, pp. 313-368.

Williamson, K., McGregor, J., Archibald, A., & Sullivan, J. (2007). Information seeking and use by secondary students: The link between good practice and the avoidance of plagiarism. SLMR, 10. Available at… ume10/williamson_informationseeking.cfm. Accessed May 14, 2011.

Informal and Formal Learning Environments and Young Adults

Boyd, D. (2010). "Social Network Sites as Networked Publics: Affordances, Dynamics, and Implications." In Networked Self: Identity, Community, and Culture on Social Network Sites (ed. Zizi Papacharissi), pp. 39-58. Desjarlais, M., & Willoughby, T. (2007. Supporting learners with low domain knowledge when using the Internet. Journal of Educational Computing Research, 37( 1), 1-17.

Dresang, E.T., Gross, M., & Holt, L.E. (2007). New perspectives: An analysis of gender, net-generation children, and computers. Library Trends, 56(2), 360-386.

Fuller, H. A., & Damico, E. M. (2008). Keeping pace with teen media use: Implications and strategies for educators. The Journal of Educational Research, 101(6), 323-30.

Greenleaf, C. and Hinchman, K. (2009) Reimagining our Inexperienced Adolescent Readers: From Struggling, Striving, Marginalized to Thriving, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. 53 (1), 4-13.

Horst, H., Bittanti, M., Boyd, D., Herr-Stephenson, B., Lange, P.G., Pascoe, C.J., & Robinson, L. (2008). Living and learning with new media: Summary of findings from the digital youth project. Available at…. Accessed May 14, 2011

Hughes-Hassell, S., Hanson-Baldauf, D., & Burke, J. (2008). Urban teenagers, health information, and public library teen websites. Young Adult Library Services: The Journal of the Young Adult Library Services Association, 6(4), 35-42.

Ito, M., Carter, M., & Thorne, B. (2008). Kids' informal learning with digital media: An ethnographic investigation of innovative knowledge cultures. Available at Accessed May 14, 2011.

Ito, M. (2009). Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Jansen, B. (2010). Internet Filtering 2.0: Checking Intellectual Freedom and Participative Practices at the Schoolhouse Door. Knowledge Quest, 39 (1), 46-53.

Larson, L. (2009). e-Reading and e-Responding: New Tools for the Next Generations of Readers, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 53(3), 255-258.

Lenhart, A., & Madden, M. (2007). Social networking websites and teens. Pew Internet &American Life Project. Available at…. Accessed May 14, 2011.

Lenhart, A, (2010). Teens and mobile phones. Pew Internet & American Life Project. Available at Accessed May 14, 2011.

Lenhart, A. (2010) Social Media and young adults. Pew Internet & American Life Project. Available at Accessed May 14, 2011.

Mahoney, K., & Laszczak, K. (2009). Teen tech week survey results. Young Adult Library Services: The Journal of the Young Adult Library Services Association 7(2), 10-12.

Naslund, J. & Giustini, D. (2008). Towards school library 2.0: An introduction to social software tools for teacher librarians. School Libraries Worldwide, 14(2), 55-67.

Nicholson, S. (2007). The Role of Gaming in Libraries: Taking the Pulse. White paper available online at Accessed May 14, 2011.

Pierce, J. B. (2008). Sex, Brains, and Video Games: The Librarian’s Guide to Teens in the Twenty-first Century. Chicago: ALA Editions.

Prenger, K. V. (2008). Impact of Online Student-Generated Book Reviews on Library Circulation. Ed.Spec. Dissertation.

Rainie, L. (2009). Teens and the Internet. Pew Internet & American Life Project. Available at

Read, S. (2006). Tapping into students' motivation: Lessons from young adolescents' blogs. Voices from the Middle, 14(2), 38-46.

Sanford, K. (2008). Videogames in the library? What is the world coming to? School Libraries Worldwide, 14(2), 83-88.

Todd, R. (2008). Youth and their virtual networked words: Research findings and implications for school libraries. School Libraries Worldwide, 14(2), 19-34.

Valentine, B., & Bernhisel, S. (2008). Teens and their technologies in high school and college: Implications for teaching and learning. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 34(6), 502-12.

Williams, A.L, &. Merten, M.J. (2008). A review of online social networking profiles by adolescents: Implications for future research and intervention. Adolescence, 43 (Summer), 253-74. Willoughby, T. (2008). A short-term longitudinal study of Internet and computer game use by adolescent boys and girls: Prevalence, frequency of use, and psychosocial predictors. Developmental Psychology, 44(1), 195-204.

IMLS Funded Study Conducted by the Department of Library and Information Studies of the University of Buffalo. The following series of articles examine the results of a 2003 survey undertaken by the Department of Library and Information Studies of the University of Buffalo, funded by an IMLS grant, to study the relationship between young people’s use of the Internet and their use of the public library. The survey population consisted of youth in grades five through twelve who were enrolled in schools in the Buffalo-Niagara Region of Western New York State. The final sample contained the responses of 4,237 youth who represented 37.8 percent of the original sample.

Abbas, J., Kimball, M., Bishop, K., & D'Elia, G. (2007). Internet access and youth’s use of the public library. Part one. Public Libraries, 46(4), 40-45.

Abbas, J., Kimball, M., Bishop, K., & D'Elia, G. (2007). Internet access and youth’s use of the public library. Part two. Public Libraries, 46(5), 64-70.