LIBR 527 (3) Services for Children


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 public library services for children.


Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Set goals, objectives, and priorities in planning and implementing children’s services [1.1]*
  • Explain and identify basic resources and methods involved in the selection of children’s materials and in children’s collection management [2.1]*
  • Explain and identify basic resources and methods involved in reference and readers advisory services for children, their parents caregivers, and other adults working with children [2.1]*
  • Demonstrate effective communication and interpersonal skills required to interact in the reference interview with children and the adults in their lives [2.2]*
  • Outline the elements of a welcoming environment to attract children to use the collection [1.3]*
  • Assess special tools which provide access to library resources [1.1]*
  • Show competence in promoting children’s materials and library use through the ability to plan, implement, and evaluate a range of programs for children [1.1, 2.1]*
  • Demonstrate a commitment to full access for children to library materials and services [5.1, 5.2]*

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


  • Historical development and changing patterns in library services for children
  • Reference and readers advisory services
  • Collection management
  • Censorship
  • Programming
  • Electronic resources and services
  • Outreach and special services
  • Administration and management
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