LIS-S 572 Youth Services
- Prerequisite(s): LIS-S 500, LIS-S 507
- Delivery: Online
- Semesters offered: Fall, Spring (Check the schedule to confirm.)
The history, philosophies and descriptions of children’s and young adult library services and programs are presented, examined, and discussed. The class will provide a holistic look at the role of the youth services including (but not limited to): assessing needs based on developmental characteristics and societal trends, evaluation, planning specific service and programs and examining both the current status and future of youth services. The focus will be on children (from birth through age eight), tween (age eight to fourteen) and young adults (from ages fourteen to eighteen), as well adults who are caretakers (parents, teachers, social workers, daycare and Early Childhood Centers. etc.) Services include programming, reference/information services, readers’ advisory and educational services. The use and availability of computers, devices, and technological access (reference, educational games, and literacy) will be included. Though emphasis is on the public library, collaboration with school library media centers and other appropriate agencies (social services, health care, formal and informal educational agencies) through advocacy, networking and providing services are included.
Program Learning Goals Supported
Instructors map their courses to specific LIS Program Goals. Mapped program goals drive the design of each course and what students can expect to generally learn.
- Connect core values and professional ethics to practice
- Facilitate engagement in the information ecosystem
- Lead and manage libraries, archives, and other information organizations
- Conduct systematic research to inform decisions
- Examine systemic inequalities to improve library and information practices through equitable and socially just interventions
Instructors develop learning outcomes for their courses. Students can expect to be able to achieve the learning outcomes for a given course after successfully completing the course.
- Design and evaluate library programming and service initiatives that align with the library’s mission
- Successfully perform a community analysis to determine the best programs and services for the community
- Develop programming policies, guidelines, and procedures that best align with the community and best practices
- Develop skills in assessing needs and utilizing goals and objectives to plan services and programs, and in evaluating services and programs
- Demonstrate understanding of the collaborative nature of library services and programming
- Evaluate the growing nature of library services outside of traditional boundaries
- Demonstrate the impact of intellectual freedom and censorship on libraries
Instruction is in Canvas. Lessons are organized into Modules whose length may vary.
Module 0: Introduction to the course and Brief History of Youth Services in Libraries.
- Recognize and understand Discussion Board Expectations
- Apply APA 7 expectations of the course
- Discuss the brief history of Youth Services
Module 1: Missions, Goals and Objectives, Know Your Community and Ages and Stages
- Recognize Missions Statements and Vision Statements
- Comprehend what Goals and Measurable Objectives look like
- Be familiar with the reasons to know your community
- Locate demographics for a community
- Identify developmental stages of children
Module 2: Infant and Toddler Programming and Services.
- Recognize developmental milestones of babies and toddlers
- Understand the role of libraries in early reading development
- Discuss age appropriate programming for babies and toddlers
Module 3: Preschool Programming and Services.
- Recognize Every Child Ready to Ready (ECRR)
- Discuss appropriate preschool programming and application of ECRR within a preschool program
Module 4: Disabled, Diverse and Multicultural Programming Services and Bias.
- Recognize what kind of programming and service accommodations are appropriate for disabled, diverse and underrepresented populations.
Module 5: The Program Plan, Project Outcome and Marketing and Advertising.
- Understand the expectations of the Program Plan assignments in this course
- Describe ALAs Project Outcome
- Apply library marketing practices
Module 6: The First Program Plan for Infants and Toddlers OR Preschool age children.
- Submit a completed Program Plan for either Infants & Toddlers OR Preschoolers.
Module 7: School Age and Tweens Programming and Services.
- Recognize appropriate programming for School Age (Tween) patrons.
- Understand how to create programming for School Age (Tween) patrons.
- Recognize STEM and STEAM programming efforts.
- Discuss Passive Programming for Tweens.
- Identify Blogs geared toward Tween programming.
Module 8: Teen (YA) Programming and Services.
- Review practices for providing programming to teens.
- Synthesize different services the public library can offer teens.
- Recognize behavioral concerns with serving teens in the public library.
- Discuss STEM and STEAM programming with teens.
Module 9: Program Plan for School Age, Tweens OR Teens (YA)
- Submit a completed Program Plan for either Tweens OR Teens.
Module 10: Community Partnerships, Funding and FREE STUFF
- Recognize different, possible Community Partners
- Appreciate that funding for libraries comes in many forms and supplemental funding is an important aspect of programming
- Locate some sources of FREE stuff for libraries
Module 11: Summer Reading Programming
- Appreciate the scope of Summer Reading programs
- Comprehend the tasks involved in crafting Summer Reading program
- Articulate the steps involved in completing one task associated with Summer Reading
Module 12: Reader’s Advisory, Family Literacy, Reference Services for Youth
- Understand the concept of Reader's Advisory.
- Examine Family Literacy and its different forms.
- Analyze Reference Services for Youth.
- Recognize Book Connections as an RA tool
Module 13: Intellectual freedom, Censorship, Current Trends and Access to Library Resources and Services for Minors
- Discuss the Library Bill of Rights as interpreted for Youth Services
- Understand some historical censorship issues as related to Youth Librarianship
- Review current censorship trends as related to Youth Librarianship
Module 14: Technology and Passive Programming
- Recognize Technology in programming for Youth
- Identify Virtual Programming for Youth in the time of COVID
- Identify Passive Programming for Tweens and Teens
Module 15: Your Philosophy of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Youth Services.
- Recognize some Philosophies of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Youth Programming and Services
- Create your own Philosophy of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Youth Librarianship
- Why create your own Philosophy of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Youth Librarianship? 1. To add to your portfolio IF you are in the Youth Services tract. 2. To prepare for interviews and submitting applications to prospective employers as it is becoming a more common request.
Policies and Procedures
Please be aware of the following linked policies and procedures. Note that in individual courses instructors will have stipulations specific to their course.