New Issue Now Online (August, 2011) of The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults
- “The Silent Message: Professional Journals’ Failure to Address LGBTQ Issues” by Elizabeth Koehler
This paper discusses the pervasiveness of homophobia in our culture and its impact on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) teenagers. It argues that young adult librarians can support LGBTQ teens by collecting and promoting young adult literature that portrays positive, realistic images of the LGBTQ community, and that professional journals should support librarians in that effort. Presented are the findings of a study that investigated the content of nine journals that are frequently read by young adult librarians, looking for articles about LGBTQ issues and book reviews of LGBTQ literature that have been published since 2006. Results revealed that LGBTQ issues are infrequently addressed in the journals—one of the nine journals has not published an article about LGBTQ issues since 2006. Young adult librarians can do their part to increase the information about LGBTQ issues available in professional journals by writing to the editors of the journals and asking for more information, by writing their own pieces for inclusion, and by encouraging their LGBTQ patrons to send in their testimonies and ideas.
- “Juried Posters from YALSA’s Research Poster Session at ALA Annual 2011”
Posters by by Lesley Farmer, Robin Fogle Kurz, Annette Y. Goldsmith, Dana Hanson-Baldauf, and Julie Ann Winkelstein
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About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.