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
  • Storytellers

Students may combine this certificate with other coursework toward the completion of the Master of Professional Studies.

Degree Requirements

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.

Curriculum

Visit the Dominican University Bulletin for course listings and descriptions.