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. 

Course Requirements

Complete one required course (3 hours):

  • LIS 7100 Youth Services Librarianship 

Complete at least four of the following electives (12 hours):

  • 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 7405 Public Libraries
  • LIS 7800 The Art and Practice of Storytelling
  • LIS 7807 Information Literacy
  • LIS 7808 Special Topics in LIS (when 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 been approved as elective 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

Dual Degree with Graduate Certificate in School Librarianship

MLIS students specializing in Youth Services Librarianship may also earn the Graduate Certificate in School Librarianship by submitting the Request for Dual Degree and completing the required courses. All Graduate Certificate in School Librarianship courses will apply to the MLIS degree.

In order to qualify for the Dual Degree, MLIS students specializing in Youth Services Librarianship must take:

  • LIS 7002 Information Resources (Category 1)
  • LIS 7100 Youth Services Librarianship (Category 1)
  • LIS 7400 School Library Management (Category 2)
  • LIS 7010 Organization of Information (Category 2)


And three courses from:

  • LIS 4101 Collection Development for Children
  • LIS 4102 Collection Development for Teens
  • LIS 7104 Non-Fiction for Children and Teens
  • LIS 7105 Graphic Novels in Libraries
  • LIS 7608 Introduction to Cataloging and Classification
  • LIS 7800 The Art and Practice of Storytelling
  • LIS 7807 Information Literacy
  • LIS 7808 Special Topics in LIS (when topic is appropriate)
  • LIS 7900 Internship in Library & Information Science
  • LIS 7909 Directed Independent Study

 

Contact

Dr. Suzanne Stauffer
stauffer@lsu.edu