Graduate Certificate in Public Library Services to Children and Young Adults
The Graduate Certificate in Public Library Services to Children and Young Adults is for:
- Practicing library professionals who need to advance their competency in the field of children and youth services.
- SLIS graduate students wishing to pursue a professional career in children and youth services.
- Graduate students from other disciplines and professions who wish public library and youth services skills to aid their organizations in meeting community needs.
Children and young adults comprise a high proportion of the patrons of public libraries—from large urban library systems to suburban library districts to small rural independent libraries. Services to children and young adults requires specialized training in the development of programs, the creation of effective collections, and the skills necessary to collaborate with community organizations who serve children and young adults. Students completing the certificate will be able to:
- Develop effective programs and outreach services for children and young adults in public libraries.
- Create appropriate collections, both print and electronic, for children and young adults in public libraries
- Collaborate with community agencies, such as schools, social services, health organizations, to provide needed instruction and support for children and young adults.
The certificate may be completed in conjunction with the MLIS degree or as a post-MLIS certificate. The 15-credit Public Library Services to Children and Young Adults Certificate program includes 9 credits of required coursework and 6 credits of electives.
Please note that the Public Library Services to Children and Young Adults Certificate is available to students in the Online MLIS Program.
Students interested in pursuing only the Public Library Services to Children and Young Adults certificate should review the SLIS Certificate policy. Before enrolling in the certificate program, students must meet the program's technology requirements.