The YA Hotline is now available online!


The YA Hotline is going digital! The YA Hotline, one of the oldest YA journals in the world, is celebrating its 35th anniversary with a dramatic change of format. It is now available here free of charge. Twenty back issues (dating to 2005) have been archived and we will soon be publishing our first original digital issue, number 94, Teens and Technology.

Since 1977, the YA Hotline has been researched, written and produced by Dalhousie School of Information Management students enrolled in INFO 6250: Services and Resources for Young Adults. The newsletter contains a large amount of information and resources for both young adults and young adult librarians including book reviews, resource lists, bibliographies, feature articles, interviews and more. Each issue explores a different theme of interest to teens and practitioners in school and public libraries.

In keeping with the Hotline’s history as student-produced, this new initiative arose as a student project in Dr. Anatoliy Gruzd's Digital Libraries class in the fall of 2011. MLIS students Melissa Scanlan, Ashley Locke, and Jasmine MacDonald worked with Geoff Brown of the Killam Library to move the YA Hotline into a digital format.

Print copies of the YA Hotline will still be sent to paid subscribers, but no new paid subscriptions are being accepted. We hope that making the YA Hotline freely available online will attract a whole new audience of readers and YA librarians to this excellent resource.

Questions and comments can be sent to Vivian Howard, Editor, at


Vivian Howard, PhD
Associate Professor, School of Information Management Associate Dean (Academic),
Faculty of Management Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building Dalhousie University
6100 University Avenue
PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS, Canada  B3H 4R2

Posted: 2012-02-23