iSchool doctoral student published in The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults

yalsa copyThe Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults, the official research journal of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), published Florida State University School of Information doctoral student Abigail Phillips’ research paper “More than Just Books: Librarians as a Source of Support for Cyberbullied Young Adults” in the newest online, open access issue (Volume 4: May 2014).

The paper discusses the phenomenon of young adults using social media for cyberbullying.  The literature review synthesized the current research on cyberbullying, identified key findings that can be drawn from the research, acknowledged existing research gaps, and suggested opportunities for further research.

“Cyberbullying is a serious issue that impacts the lives of young adults long after they graduate high school,” Phillips said. “I am interested in how librarians can prevent cyberbullying and support young adults who are experiencing it. Librarians have always been leaders in information literacy; and I believe that librarians can educate tweens and young adults on how to use social media responsibly and engage in healthy online relationships.”

The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults is an open-access, peer-reviewed online research journal published by YALSA. Its purpose is to enhance the development of theory, research, and practices to support young adult library services, as emphasized in YALSA’s National Research Agenda.

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