What is children's librarianship?
A librarian who specializes in services and collections for children up to the age of 12-13. Most children's librarians have extensive knowledge of children's literature and are trained in the art of storytelling. A children’s librarian also plans and executes activities for children such as story hours, programs, and reading initiatives such as a summer reading club or early literacy. Collection management, such as selecting and maintaining a current collection to meet a child’s educational and recreational needs is also an important part of the specialization. (Source: Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science)
What can I do with this background?
User/reader services for children or young adults, reference, outreach to daycares and schools, early literacy specialist.
In addition to the required core courses, what courses should I take?
Suggested electives include:
- 60625 Library Materials and Services for Very Young Children
- 60629 Library Materials and Services for School-Age
- 60630 Reference Sources and Services for Youth
(Refer to the program guidesheet above for additional suggested coursework.)