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Certificate in Youth Services
Library and Information Services for Children and Young Adults
Dominican is recognized as one of the top 12 programs in the country in Services for Children and Youth by U.S. News and World Report. Students interested in this area of study will benefit not only from Dominican's outstanding faculty but also access to the Butler Children's Literature Center, recognized as one of the country's premier centers for the study of children's literature.
The SOIS Certificate in Youth Services provides:
- A theoretical foundation, grounding library service to young people in the enduring values of the profession
- A practical foundation, equipping librarians with the skills necessary to manage strong collections, present engaging programs, deliver peerless reference and readers-advisory service, and instruct young people in multiple literacies.
- A bridge from theory to practice, giving the work meaningful context and illuminating the theory in real world terms.
Career Opportunities in Youth Services
Specialized study in children and youth services provides excellent preparation for careers in public, school and special libraries and nonprofit organizations as:
- Children's librarians
- Teen librarians
- Youth reader's advisors
- Literacy specialists
Students may combine this certificate with other coursework toward the completion of the Master of Professional Studies.
15 credit hours from the following courses
- LIS 718 / Storytelling for Adults and Children (3 credit hours)
- LIS 719 / The History of Children's Literature, from Western Europe to the United States (3 credit hours)
- LIS 720 / Picture Books and Early Literacy (3 credit hours)
- LIS 721 / Library Materials for Children (3 credit hours)
- LIS 722 / Library Materials for Young Adults (3 credit hours)
- LIS 723 / Services for Children and Young Adults (3 credit hours)
- LIS 724 / Integrating Technology into Programming, Services and Instruction (3 credit hours)
- LIS 725 / Curriculum and School Libraries
- LIS 777 / Issues of Access, Advocacy and Policy in Youth Services (3 credit hours)
- LIS 796 / Special Topics: International Children's Book Fair (Spring 2014 OR 2015; 3 credit hours)
- LIS 799 / Practicum (3 credit hours)
- LIS 801 / Independent Study in Library and Information Science (3 credit hours)
- LIS 804 / Special Topics in Youth Services. Recent offerings include Folk and Fairy Tales for Youth; Mock Newbery; Art in Picture Books; YA Literature and the Movies; Reviewing Literature for Youth; and more. For the current semester's options, please visit the Course Schedule on MyDU. (1.5 credit hours)
The certificate is offered for students currently pursuing an MLIS at the School of Information Studies (SOIS) or to returning students who want to add the specialization to a completed Dominican MLIS degree or its equivalent from an ALA-accredited graduate library program. Candidates work in collaboration with a faculty advisor to shape a plan of study.
Certificate completion requires 15 graduate credit hours.