LIBR 526 (3) Literature and Other Materials for Young Adults


MLIS and Dual MAS/MLIS: Completion of MLIS Core or permission of the iSchool Graduate Advisor

MAS: completion of MAS core and permission of the iSchool Graduate Advisor

GOAL: The goal of this course is to provide students with the knowledge and appreciation of young adult literature in print, audiovisual, and electronic format and criteria for the selection and evaluation of young adult materials required for the development of a young adult collection and young adult readers advisory services.


Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Discuss the historical development of young adult literature and significant authors
  • Relate the genres, formats, and content of young adult literature to the different stages of young adult recreational interests, information needs, and development
  • Define the various genres in young adult literature and their place in adolescent reading
  • Identify and discuss an international selection of authors for young adults
  • Discuss major developments, trends, and issues in young adult literature and publishing
  • Develop and apply criteria for the selection and evaluation of print, audiovisual, and electronic materials for young adults for library collections and circulation
  • Demonstrate familiarity with resources, review journals, research, and critical theory in young adult literature
  • Discuss intellectual freedom challenges to all types of young adult materials
  • Demonstrate a professional attitude towards intellectual freedom challenges (following the CLA Bill of Rights)


  • History of young adult literature
  • Characteristics of young adults
  • Reading, viewing, and listening interests of young adults
  • Genres of young adult literature
  • Trends and issues in young adult literature
  • Electronic and audiovisual resources for young adults
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