LIBR 528 (3) Services for Young Adults


MLIS and Dual MAS/MLIS: Completion of MLIS Core or permission of 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 required to plan, implement, and evaluate a program of library and information services for young adults.


Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Determine the needs of young adults required for the planning and implementing of young adult services [1.1]*
  • Apply information on adolescent psychology, growth and development to design of services for young adults [1.1]*
  • Identify and discuss the current issues and trends associated with service to young adults [2.1]*
  • Select a broad range of young adult materials and other library resources in the service of a balanced, relevant collection [1.2]*
  • Employ strategies to engage young people with a wide variety of print and non-print media [1.3]*
  • Describe the elements of a welcoming environment to attract young adult use of the library [2.1]*
  • Compare and contrast elements of a variety of different young adult spaces [4.1]*
  • Identify and evaluate the resources available for reference and reader’s advisory services to young adults [1.3]*
  • Conduct reference interviews with young adults [2.2]*
  • Instruct young adults in the effective use of library resources [2.2]*
  • Formulate goals, objectives and priorities in planning and implementing special programs for young adults [3.2]*
  • Plan and evaluate programs for young adults [4.2]*
  • Involve young adults in the planning and implementing of services and programs [5.2]*
  • Develop outreach services, school and public library relationships and liaison with other youth-serving agencies in the community [5.3]*

* Course objectives are stated in terms of student learning outcomes and reference the iSchool Statement on Graduate Competencies.


  • Adolescent development and literature
  • Changing patterns in library services to young adults
  • Reference and reader’s advisory services
  • Collection development and management
  • Censorship and intellectual freedom
  • Programming and space planning
  • Electronic resources and services
  • Outreach and community engagement
  • Administration and management
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