Youth Services Librarianship

Youth services librarians work in public libraries, where they meet the educational, informational, and recreational needs of children from birth through age 10, tweens from ages 11 through 14, and/or teens from ages 15 to 18. They develop collections and programming, including lapsit, toddler, and pre-school storytimes, summer reading programs, and special events programming. They provide readers’ advisory services, early literacy skills training, informational and digital literacy instruction, and homework help. They often manage their own departments and staff, as well as their own collections and budgets. 


All students specializing in Youth Services are required to take

LIS 7100 Youth Services Librarianship
Students must also complete at least four of the following courses:

  • LIS 4101 Collection Development for Children
  • LIS 4102 Collection Development for Teens
  • LIS 7002 Information Resources
  • LIS 7104 Non-Fiction for Children and Teens
  • LIS 7105 Graphic Novels in Libraries 
  • LIS 7400 School Library Management
  • LIS 7800 The Art and Practice of Storytelling
  • LIS 7807 Information Literacy
  • LIS 7808 Special Topics in Library & Information Science when the topic is appropriate.
  • LIS 7900 Internship in Library & Information Science
  • LIS 7909 Directed Independent Study 

Students may apply a maximum of 12 credits of adjunct courses. The following courses have already been approved for students in Youth Services Librarianship. Please note that these courses are face-to-face only. 

  • EDCI 7051 The Contemporary Family (3) Also offered as CFS 7051
  • EDCI 7053 Infant Behavior and Development (3)
  • EDCI 7055 Human Development (3) Also offered as CFS 7055
  • EDCI 7056 Theories of Child Development (3) Also offered as CFS 7056
  • EDCI 7112 Early Literacy Development and Instruction (3)
  • EDCI 7843 Early Childhood Education (3)
  •  PADM 7902 Seminar in Public Policy (3) Also offered as POLI 7902


For more information, contact Dr. Suzanne Stauffer.