There’s always lots of interesting research going on in the field. To help you stay current, the Research Committee has compiled a short annotated bibliography of recent and ongoing research that offers a lot of food for thought.
Merga, M. K. (2014). Are Western Australian adolescents keen book readers?. Australian Journal Of Language & Literacy, 37(3), 161-170.
This study examines Western Australian teenagers’ reading habits and attitudes toward reading.
Valdivia, C. & Subramaniam, M. (2014). Connected learning in the public library: an evaluative framework for developing virtual learning spaces for youth. Public Library Quarterly, 33(2). 163-185.
Many youth services librarians aspire to create virtual spaces at their libraries that encourage youth participation, engagement and new media literacy development. This article presents an evaluative framework to aid youth services librarians in achieving this mission of providing informal learning opportunities through virtual spaces. The framework is designed to be used at any point in virtual space development.
Vickery, J.(2014). Youths Teaching Youths. Journal of adolescent & adult literacy (1081-3004), 57 (5), p. 361.
An exemplar study of teens in an interest-driven learning environment situated within the context of youth mentorship. This study builds on the "Connected Learning" framework that Ito and Martin outline in Connected Learning and the Future of Libraries Young Adult Library Services , Vol. 12, No. 1, Fall 2013.
Zickuhr, K. (2014). Teens and Tech: What the Research Says. Young Adult Library Services 12.2 : 33-7. ProQuest. Web. 13 Nov. 2014.
An article that summarizes the latest and most cited research related to teens, tech use, and libraries. It includes centerpieces such as the Pew Internet Research report. A good overview for the busy YA librarian.
Research in progress:
Take a look at this study in progress. Remember, these are preliminary results, but further information from this research will be quite interesting!
Barack, L. (2014). “Study Ties College Success to Students' Exposure to a High School Librarian.” The Digital Shift. Retrieved November 13, 2014, from <http://www.thedigitalshift.com/2014/09/k-12/good-research-habits-pay-study-ties-college-success-librarian-teacher-research-training-high-school/>.
Stephanie Barta is the Young Adult Librarian at Westerly Public Library. She is a member of the 2015 Morris Award Committee and Chair of the YALSA Research Committee.