Author Archives: Anna Lam

About Anna Lam

Anna Lam is a Communications Specialist for the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).

The Darkest Themes: Perceptions of Teen-on-Teen Gun Violence in Schools as Portrayed in Teen Literature

VanSlyke-Briggs, Kjersti, et.al. The Darkest Themes: Perceptions of Teen-on-Teen Gun Violence in Schools as Portrayed in Teen Literature. Journal of Research on Libraries & Young Adults Vol. 11 No. 2 (2020). n. page. Web. <Date accessed>.  Kjersti VanSlyke-Briggs, SUNY Oneonta, … Continue reading

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When Libraries Aren’t Challenged: Librarians Discuss a Lack of Patron Challenges to Their Collections

Oltmann, Shannon M. and Stephanie D. Reynolds. When Libraries Aren’t Challenged: Librarians Discuss a Lack of Patron Challenges to Their Collections. Journal of Research on Libraries & Young Adults Vol. 11 No. 2 (2020). n. page. Web. <Date accessed>.  Shannon … Continue reading

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A Public Health Approach to Uncovering the Health-Related Needs of Teen Library Patrons

Widespread problems with health literacy significantly limit effective dissemination and understanding of health information, particularly among vulnerable populations. As libraries are re-envisioned as community centers and resource providers, librarians are well positioned to help patrons overcome health literacy challenges by helping them to search for and use health information. Continue reading

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“It’s Okay to Be Confused”: LGBTQAI+ Teen Novels as Sexuality and Sexual Health Information Resources

Although sexual education programs are staples in the middle and high school curricula, many of these courses are abstinence-based, which do not serve the needs of the teen demographic, let alone those who are LGBTQAI+. Curricula for sex education often ignores or discriminates against LGBTQAI+ teens. Continue reading

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“The Expectations That We Be Educators”: The Views of Australian Authors of Young Adult Fiction on Their OwnVoices Novels as Windows for Learning about Marginalized Experiences

This paper discusses empirical research conducted in 2016 with seven Australian authors of OwnVoices young adult fiction who publicly identified as one or more of the following: Indigenous Australian, a person of colour, or a member of queer or disabled communities. Continue reading

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Teen Social Media Practices and Perceptions of Peers: Implications for Youth Services Providers and Researchers

This paper presents the results of an empirical study examining teen social media practices, which was collaboratively developed, carried out, analyzed, and presented by a team of researchers that included seven teens. Continue reading

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“Getting Basic Information Isn’t as Helpful as the Nuanced Advice We Can Give Each Other”: Teens with Autism on Digital Citizenship Education

In this exploratory study, the researchers examine the intersection of teens with autism as public library users, their perceptions of and experiences with cyberbullying, and the potential role of public librarians in providing relevant digital citizenship programming. Continue reading

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What’s Going on Down Under? Part 2: Portrayals of Culture in Award-Winning Australian Young Adult Literature

Garrison, Kasey L. “What’s Going on Down Under? Part 2: Portrayals of Culture in Award-Winning Australian Young Adult Literature.” Journal of Research on Libraries & Young Adults Vol. 10 No. 2 (2019). n. page. Web. <Date accessed>.  Kasey L. Garrison, … Continue reading

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Perspectives on Youth Data Literacy at the Public Library: Teen Services Staff Speak Out

Bowler, Leanne, Amelia Acker, and Yu Chi. “Perspectives on Youth Data Literacy at the Public Library: Teen Services Staff Speak Out.” Journal of Research on Libraries & Young Adults Vol. 10 No. 2 (2019). n. page. Web. <Date accessed>. 

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Feels Like Home: The Digital Information Practices of Teen Fans

Waugh, Amanda. “Feels Like Home: The Digital Information Practices of Teen Fans.” Journal of Research on Libraries & Young Adults Vol. 10 No. 2 (2019). n. page. Web. <Date accessed>. 

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