MS-LS in Youth Librarianship

The program of study in youth librarianship focuses on the foundations of professional preparation with a specialization in library and information services and programming for children and young adults (youth). The POS prepares students for professional positions in different settings including metropolitan, suburban, and rural public libraries, community colleges and academic libraries where they can provide library services to people who teach and work with youth and youth-related information services. The program of study focuses on developing skills and competencies in the following areas: the history of youth information services/systems; knowledge of the client group; administrative and managerial skills; communications skills; materials and collection development; reference services; programming skills; technology applications; advocacy, public relations and networking; and professionalism and professional development.

General Requirements

  1. Total coursework is 36 credit hours (12 courses).
  2. Enroll in INFO 5090 (practicum/practicum) unless officially waived based on previous professional and industry experience.
  3. Complete the End of Program Assessment - During the final semester before graduation, enroll in, take, and pass the comprehensive examination OR complete two Advanced Seminar courses (INFO 5970 & INFO 5980) during your last semesters before graduation. 

Required Courses (9 hours)

INFO 5000 – Information and Knowledge Professions
INFO 5200 – Information Organization
INFO 5600 – Information Access and Knowledge Inquiry

Guided Electives

Completion of at least two of the following major prescribed courses (6 hours) with the guidance of the academic advisor:

INFO 5080 – Research Methods and Analysis
INFO 5210 – Resource Description and Access I
INFO 5223 – Metadata and Networked Information Organization/Retrieval
INFO 5300 – Management of Information Agencies
INFO 5400 – Information Resources Development

Completion of at least four courses (12 hours) from the list of courses below with the guidance of the academic advisor:

INFO 5400 – Information Resources Development
INFO 5420 – Literature for Youth
INFO 5440 – Storytelling for Information Professionals
INFO 5210 – Resource Description and Access I
INFO 5320 – Public Libraries
INFO 5300 – Management of Information Agencies
INFO 5445 – History and Culture of Youth Information Services
INFO 5685 – Information Resources and Services in Culturally Diverse Communities

General Electives

Completion of additional three elective courses (9 hours) from the courses listed below including INFO 5090 Practicum if it is not waived by the advisor.

INFO 5220 – Resource Description and Access I

INFO 5223 – Metadata and Networked Information Organization & Retrieval I

INFO 5300 – Management of Information Agencies
INFO 5303 – Financial and Human Resource Management in Information Agencies
INFO 5302 – Advanced Management of Information Agencies
INFO 5320 – Public Libraries
INFO 5330 – Academic Libraries
INFO 5445 – History and (Culture) of Youth Information Services
INFO 5410 – Adult Materials and Reading Interests
INFO 5415 – Graphic Novels and Comic for Youth and Adults
INFO 5441– Advanced Storytelling
INFO 5685 – Information Resources and Services in Culturally Diverse Communities
INFO 5713 – Telecommunications for Information Professionals
INFO 5814 – Web Content Development and Maintenance
INFO 5960 – Multi-ethnic Materials for Children and Young Adults

Additional three elective courses (9 hours) selected from the catalog or transferred from other programs with the approval of the academic advisor.

School Library Certification students should see the respective program pages for specific requirements, as their options may differ from other programs.

Further information concerning these requirements may be obtained through the department.

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