Young Adult Library Services

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&nbsp; <h2><strong>Publication analysis</strong></h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication</h4> <strong>Title:</strong> <em>Young Adult Library Services</em> (<em>YALS</em>) <strong>ISSN</strong>: 1541-4302 (Print) and 2374-7706 (Online)[1. <em>Young Adult Library Association, </em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed March 18, 2018, <a href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/search/1165334034" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/search/1165334034</a>] <strong>Website:</strong> <a title="Young Adult Library Services" href="http://www.yalsa.ala.org/yals/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.yalsa.ala.org/yals/</a> <strong>Purpose, objective, or mission:</strong> It is the official journal of Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and from their site, "...act[s] as a showcase for best practices, provide[s] news from related fields such as youth development, and will spotlight significant events of the organization..."[2. Young Adult Library Services. (2016). <em>About YALS</em>. Retrieved from <a title="About YALS" href="http://www.yalsa.ala.org/yals/about_yals/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.yalsa.ala.org/yals/about_yals/</a>] <strong>Target audience:</strong> Librarians and library staff who serve youths, ages 12 through 18.[3. Young Adult Library Services. (2016). <em>About YALS</em>. Retrieved from <a title="About YALS" href="http://www.yalsa.ala.org/yals/about_yals/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.yalsa.ala.org/yals/about_yals/</a>] <strong>Publisher:</strong> American Library Association.[4. SerialsSolutions. (2016). Young Adult Library Services. <em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1406648872693/442511" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1406648872693/442511</a>] <strong>Peer reviewed?</strong> No.[5. Young Adult Library Services. (2016). <em>Author Guidelines</em>. Retrieved from <a title="YALS Author Guidelines" href="http://www.yalsa.ala.org/yals/author-guidelines/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.yalsa.ala.org/yals/author-guidelines/</a>] <strong>Type:</strong> LIS professional news.[6. SerialsSolutions. (2016). Young Adult Library Services. <em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1406648872693/442511" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1406648872693/442511</a>] <strong>Medium:</strong> Print and limited online content.[7. SerialsSolutions. (2016). Young Adult Library Services. <em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1406648872693/442511" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1406648872693/442511</a>] <strong>Content:</strong> Showcases best practices, news from related professions, reviews of professional literature, and spotlights YALSA events.[8. Young Adult Library Services. (2016). <em>Submissions</em>. Retrieved from <a title="YALS Submissions" href="http://www.yalsa.ala.org/yals/submissions/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.yalsa.ala.org/yals/submissions/</a>] Each issue may contain articles on important topics such as: intellectual freedom, collaboration, adolescent literacy, youth development, and leadership. There may also be interviews, speeches, or bibliographic essays.[9. Young Adult Library Services. (2016). <em>Young Adult Library Services</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Young Adult Library Services" href="http://www.yalsa.ala.org/yals/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.yalsa.ala.org/yals/</a>] <strong>Frequency of publication:</strong> Four times a year.[10. SerialsSolutions. (2016). Young Adult Library Services. <em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1406648872693/442511" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1406648872693/442511</a>] <h4>About the publication's submission guidelines</h4> <strong>Location of submission guidelines:</strong> <a title="YALS Submission Guidelines" href="http://www.yalsa.ala.org/yals/submissions/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.yalsa.ala.org/yals/submissions/</a> <strong>Types of contributions accepted:</strong> News of current interest to the profession, articles on best practices, news from related professions, and reviews of professional literature. Interviews are also accepted. Manuscripts submitted should not be under consideration or accepted elsewhere.[11. Young Adult Library Services. (2016). <em>Author Guidelines</em>. Retrieved from <a title="YALS Author Guidelines" href="http://www.yalsa.ala.org/yals/author-guidelines/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.yalsa.ala.org/yals/author-guidelines/</a>] <strong>Submission and review process:</strong> Contact editor for specifics concerning submission and style guidelines. In general simultaneous submission or previously published work not accepted.[12. Young Adult Library Services. (2016). <em>Author Guidelines</em>. Retrieved from <a title="YALS Author Guidelines" href="http://www.yalsa.ala.org/yals/author-guidelines/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.yalsa.ala.org/yals/author-guidelines/</a>] <strong>Editorial tone:</strong> There is no stated tone for article submissions, and articles can range from academic to reports on field practice. A wide variety of styles is acceptable as long as the submission conforms to the themes and types of articles YALSA is interested in for their readers.[13. Young Adult Library Services. (2016). <em>Author Guidelines</em>. Retrieved from <a title="YALS Author Guidelines" href="http://www.yalsa.ala.org/yals/author-guidelines/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.yalsa.ala.org/yals/author-guidelines/</a>] <strong>Style guide used:</strong> <em>Chicago Manual of Style</em>, 16th edition and specific <em>YALS</em> defined style.[14. Young Adult Library Services. (2016). <em>Author Guidelines</em>. Retrieved from <a title="YALS Author Guidelines" href="http://www.yalsa.ala.org/yals/author-guidelines/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.yalsa.ala.org/yals/author-guidelines/</a>] <h4>Conclusion: Evaluation of publication's potential for LIS authors</h4> This publication is eminently suitable to anyone who has an interest in writing articles geared towards librarians serving young adults (aka "teenagers," adolescents," "youth"). It would be an excellent resume builder to have been published in the YALSA journal. The guidelines are direct and exact. Getting published in this journal might be difficult for a novice, but the attempt would be worth it. &nbsp; <h2>Audience analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication's readers</h4> <strong>Publication circulation:</strong> YALS reaches YALSA membership, approximately  5,000 librarians and educators.[15. Young Adult Library Services. (2016). <em>Advertising</em>. Retrieved from <a title="YALS Advertising" href="http://www.yalsa.ala.org/yals/advertising/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.yalsa.ala.org/yals/advertising/</a>] <strong>Audience location and language or cultural considerations:</strong> YALSA is centered in Chicago, IL, and the main geographic location served is the United States. However, they do outreach programs in other countries and some members are international, so the journal has a limited international scope as well. Cultural considerations do not generally enter into the journal'€™s authorship. Most authors appear to be writing solely for American librarians who serve young adults. These articles can be applicable to most any other developed country'€™s librarians serving youth (ages 12-18), however, even more than with young adult services in the U.S., there is a dearth of research and scholarship on developing nation's youth services.[16. American Library Association. (2016). About YALSA. <em>Young Adult Library Services Association</em>. Retrieved from <a title="About YALSA" href="http://www.ala.org/yalsa/aboutyalsa" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.ala.org/yalsa/aboutyalsa</a>] <strong>Reader characteristics:</strong> Readers range in location, age, and gender. They are spread all over the U.S. in both public and school libraries. The vast majority of readers have MLIS degrees and work as Young Adult Specialists or youth generalists in public library librarians or School Library Media Technicians. Some readers are para-professionals or library assistants at these locations and do not have the MLIS degree. All the librarians who read <em>YALS</em>, however, are highly interested in services to young adults (ages 12-18) as that is the target issue for this particular journal. Some interests they all share are collection development for YA literature, programming, methods of incorporating library use into school curricula, intellectual freedom, subscription databases, and hot topic issues having to do with youth services. Since the librarians targeted by this journal work with young adults (ages 12-18), their needs tend to be a trifle more progressive than some fields. The world of youth services is constantly expanding and evolving due to YA reliance on the internet and technology. In order to keep up with the clientele they serve, the readers are going to be looking for innovative articles which will offer the ideas, experiences, and opinions of their colleagues.[17. Young Adult Library Services. (2016). <em>About YALS</em>. Retrieved from <a title="About YALS" href="http://www.yalsa.ala.org/yals/about_yals/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.yalsa.ala.org/yals/about_yals/</a>] <strong>Knowledge of LIS subject matter:</strong> Considering that most of the readers have MLIS degrees, contributors can assume that readers will be familiar with the profession's vocabulary, particularly that pertaining to young adult services.[18. Young Adult Library Services. (2016). <em>About YALS</em>. Retrieved from <a title="About YALS" href="http://www.yalsa.ala.org/yals/about_yals/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.yalsa.ala.org/yals/about_yals/</a>] <h4>Conclusion: Analysis of reader characteristics and their potential impact on authors</h4> The most important thing to keep in mind when writing for <em>YALS</em> is that the readership is going to be interested primarily in topics having to do with youth librarianship. They are not going to be interested in esoteric topics on archives, law libraries, etc. Some articles on cataloging or subscription databases would be acceptable, but primarily articles should be geared toward advancing, managing and delivering excellent library and information services to young people. <strong>Last updated:</strong> May 13, 2016 <hr /> <h4>References</h4>
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