Youth Services

The Youth Services career pathway focuses on children's or young adult (YA) library services, including services offered by public libraries, youth specialists on a regional or state level, or collection development librarians specializing in materials for youth. Read more about the Youth Services career pathway.

All new students in the Post-Master's Certificate program begin their studies by completing a one-unit course that introduces them to our school's sophisticated online learning environment: Online Social Networking: Technology and Tools.

Certificate students with the Youth Services focus complete the two foundational courses listed below, and then have options for the remaining three courses.

  • Libr 260A: Programming and Services for Children
  • Libr 261A: Programming and Services for Young Adults

Select three classes from:

  • Libr 262A Materials for Children Ages 0-4
  • Libr 263 Materials for Children Ages 5-8
  • Libr 264 Materials for Tweens
  • Libr 265 Materials for Young Adults
  • Libr 267 Seminar in Services to Children and Young Adults

    Topics vary, but include:

    • Intellectual Freedom and Youth
    • Controversial literature
    • Children and Information Technology
  • Libr 271A Genres and Topics in Youth Literature

    Topics vary but include:

    • Narrative non-Fiction
    • Graphic Novels
    • Picture Books
    • Emerging trends in literature for children and YA
  • Libr 281: Topic: Storytelling
  • Libr 287: The Hyperlinked Library– Emerging trends, Emerging technologies
  • Libr 294:  a 3 unit internship (place based or virtual). Note:  Certificate students can take only one internship for a maximum of 3 units

In order to see detailed information regarding course content, check out the class syllabi.

Courses are regularly updated to ensure they include the most current content possible. When you are enrolled in a course, you'll have access to the current syllabus for that course, before it begins. As a certificate program student, you are not required to meet prerequisites, but the instructors will expect you to keep up with the class.

Effective Fall 2014 – After completing 16 units required in the Post-Master’s Certificate program, as a final step before earning their certificate, students demonstrate their mastery of the program's student learning outcomes by:

  1. Selecting a communication technology tool of their choice (e.g. screencast, blog)
  2. Using the selected communication technology tool to briefly illustrate how their course work helped them master the Post-Master’s Certificate program's overarching student learning outcomes, as follows:  
  • Demonstrate proficiency in identifying, using, and evaluating current and emerging information and communication technologies
  • Use service concepts, principles, and techniques to connect individuals or groups with accurate, relevant, and appropriate information