for Comments on YALSA’s Draft Research Agenda
August 15, 2011
2009 YALSA’s Research Committee was tasked with updating YALSA’s
Research Agenda, which was last modified in 1994. The goal was to create
a document that would direct and promote research in the field of young adult librarianship.
The committee submitted a draft agenda to the Board in June 2010 and the Board
asked for revisions. In the fall of 2010, the President, Board Liaison
and Executive Director worked with the Committee to come up with a new template
for the agenda as well as a timeline for completion. In the spring,
Research Committee members as well as other contributors used the template to
draft a document, which was approved by the YALSA Board in concept at their
June 2011 meeting. A revised draft is now available for public comment.
committee is soliciting specific comments from now through Aug. 15th
on this revised draft for discussion and potential adoption by YALSA’s
Board of Directors. This solicitation is specifically limited to comments
addressing the following:
does the content accurately reflect the current state of research in the field
today and provide appropriate direction for future research? If not, what is
inaccurate or incomplete?
is the document clear and succinct? Is it free of jargon? If not,
what specific improvements can be made?
do the four priority areas encompass what is key in young adult librarianship
today? If not, what is missing?
of use: how successfully do you think the agenda overall could be used by the
primary target audiences – researchers and graduate schools of library
and information science – in order to identify topics for and conduct
research? If not easily, what could be changed to make it more successful as an
that do not fall within these categories may be declared out of scope and left
unaddressed. It is desired that, at the end of the year, the document will
have been finalized and approved by the YALSA Board.
committee welcomes comments from interested individuals or parties, YALSA
members and the library community at large. The draft document is
available at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/ResearchAgenda_5thdr.pdf
. Please review the document and submit your comments by the deadline of August
15, 2011 at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3TH2TNN.
note that this is not a ballot, so please do not ‘approve’ or
‘disapprove’ the document. This is a call for comments to improve
the document and prepare it for presentation to YALSA’s Board. The
comments will be weighed by the committee and taken into consideration where
they will enhance the quality or understanding of the document. Comments
will be compiled and posted online the first week of October.
further information, please contact:
Latham, Research Committee Chair at [log in to unmask]
Flowers, President at [log in to unmask]
existing Research Agenda is at http://tinyurl.com/3t8jvov
Beth Yoke, Executive Director
Young Adult Library Services
50 E. Huron St. Chicago, IL 60611
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