Course Description

Welcome to the blog for LIBR 528 — Library Services to Young Adults. This blog can be used to communicate information about the class, share ideas, distribute readings and links to relevant media, and host our media reviews. Students in the course are welcome to post to the blog any materials they think worthwhile — I encourage you to contribute regularly!

Course 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.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Apply information on adolescent psychology, growth and development in planning for materials and services for young adults
  • Determine the needs of the general population of young adults as well as those with specific requirements in the planning and implementing of young adult services
  • Identify and discuss the current issues and trends associated with service to young adults including, but not limited to, societal concerns, informational freedom issues and the Internet
  • Select a broad range of young adult materials and other library resources in the service of a balanced, relevant collection
  • Employ strategies to engage young people with a wide variety of print and non-print media
  • Describe the elements of a welcoming environment to attract young adult use of the library
  • Compare and contrast elements of a variety of different young adult spaces
  • Identify and evaluate the resources available for reference and reader’s advisory services to young adults
  • Conduct reference interviews with young adults
  • Instruct young adults in the effective use of library resources
  • Formulate goals, objectives and priorities in planning and implementing special programs for young adults
  • Plan and evaluate programs for young adults
  • Involve young adults in the planning and implementing of services and programs
  • Develop outreach services, school and public library relationships and liaison with other youth-serving agencies in the community

Course Topics:

  • Changing patterns in library services to young adults
  • Adolescent development and literature
  • 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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