Graduate Academic Certificate in Youth Services in Libraries and Information Settings
100% Online Program: Four Web-based courses
Awards a Certificate Suitable for Framing with the Certificate Credential Appearing on the Official University Transcript
An American Library Association study produced a document entitled Public Libraries as Partners in Youth Development, which outlines the need for library professionals in the youth services area. In response to this need, the University of North Texas College of Information Department of Library and Information Sciences is pleased to offer the first Graduate Academic Certificate in Youth Services in Libraries and Information Settings in the nation. The Academic Certificate is approved by the UNT Toulouse Graduate School and is aligned with the national Council on Graduate School guidelines. Academic certificates are a growth area in higher education and this program offers Master’s-level courses focused toward establishing a core of knowledge in literature, services, programs, and information organization for youth. The courses required are offered year-round and are taught by a team of full-time graduate professors who specialize in courses targeted to the youth population.
The Graduate Academic Certificate in Youth Services program is intended for two audiences:
Master’s degreed library and information science professionals who want to develop expertise in youth services in libraries or other settings and receive a Graduate Academic Certificate.
Bachelor’s or Master’s degreed individuals who want to develop or enhance their knowledge of youth services in libraries or other settings by taking Master’s-level courses and receiving a Graduate Academic Certificate.
- The Graduate Academic Certificate in Youth Services is NOT the same as School Library Certification and should NOT be taken by teachers seeking state certification for school libraries.
- If you are a teacher seeking state certification for school librarianship or if you ever want to work in a school library, you must apply to the School Library Certification Program of Study: School Library Certification Program
Required Courses for the Graduate Academic Certificate in Youth Services
Four courses are required for a total of 12 Hours
- SLIS 5420 - Literature for Youth (3 hours). Survey of literature and media, including multicultural and multiethnic materials. Wide reading and use of materials for children and young adults.
- SLIS 5400 - Information Resources Development (3 hours). Principles and methods of evaluating, selecting and acquiring different kinds of information resources. Development and maintenance of information collections. Bibliographic tools and online databases. Searching and verification; publishers and publishing; censorship issues; acquisition processes. Representative research, problems and practice.
SLIS 5405 Advanced Information Resources Development (3 hours). Advanced study of current problems and practices in collection development and management, with emphasis on evaluation techniques and the development of cost-effective policies and procedures for maintaining collections. Individual investigation of selected problems and practices.
- SLIS 5440 - Storytelling for Information Professionals (3 hours). Storytelling ethnography, history, theory, methods, and bibliographic resources. Story research, analysis, selection, adaptation, and preparation. Oral performance development and audience dynamics. Program planning, implementation, evaluation, and grant writing for schools, libraries or other information settings.
- One of the following:
- SLIS 5208 - Learning Resources Organization and Media (3 hours). Organization of print and nonprint collections, including descriptive cataloging, Anglo-American Cataloging Rules, Dewey Decimal Classification, Library of Congress and Sears Subject Headings, and MARC records. Media and media services, including media services to special populations. Library automation systems and their management.
- SLIS 5210 - Organization and Control of Information Resources I (3 hours). Descriptive cataloging and subject analysis of different kinds of information resources. Anglo-American Cataloging Rules; Dewey Decimal and Library of Congress classification systems; vocabulary control; subject headings; principles and techniques of catalog construction, maintenance and use; information indexing and retrieval; use of on-line databases; representative research, problems and practice.
- SLIS 5445 - History and Culture of Youth Information Services (3 hours). History of youth services librarianship. Theory and methods of ethnographic evaluation. Community assessment and interviews. Users and designers of youth information services and systems. Current trends.
- SLIS 5685 - Information Resources and Services in Culturally Diverse Communities (3 hours). Seminar in information resources and services for ethnic cultural minorities. Issues in the provision of information services to ethnic cultural minority communities. Study of the needs and cultural milieu of these communities. Materials and methods for serving these groups.
- Another course negotiated with the advisor.
All twelve hours of coursework taken for this Academic Certificate can be applied toward the Master’s Program in the University of North Texas Department of Library and Information Sciences. The Department of Library and Information Sciences offers a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Sciences with a program of study emphasis in Youth Librarianship as well as seven other Programs of Study. The Department of Library and Information Sciences Master's degree requires 36 hours of course work for completion. Information about tuition and fee rate schedules for the Academic Certificate courses can be found on the on the Student Accounting and University Cashiering Services Website.
Students must be admitted into the University of North Texas Graduate School and are required to submit the following application materials:
- Graduate School Application
- Department of Library and Information Sciences application, which is available as a PDF document
- Required transcripts
Graduate Academic Certificate applicants do NOT need to submit standardized test scores such as the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), letters of recommendation, or statement of purpose, etc., for admission. Students who are awarded Academic Certificates and later apply for admission to the Master’s program will be required to submit these materials.
Once You Are Admitted
You must do the following:
- You will need to set up your EUID before you can register for courses and get your tutorial. Visit https://ams.unt.edu/ to learn more and set up your EUID. Be sure and remember your EUID and password and also set up the password expiration reminder.
- Once your EUID is established, you must contact your faculty advisor. You will be advised by Dr. Elizabeth Figa who will assist you in getting enrolled for classes and beginning the Graduate Academic Certificate program. Dr. Figa can be reached via email at Elizabeth.Figa@unt.edu.
Note: If you are a current LIS Master’s student and you are applying for a GAC, you must also complete the Application for Concurrent Graduate Academic Certificate Programs so your academic certificate program will list on your transcript. If you do not complete the form before your graduating semester, the Toulouse Graduate School will not accept your request for the certificate.
When You Have Completed All Of The Courses
You must complete the Academic Certificate Completion Form and request to receive your certificate. Follow these instructions to receive your certificate.
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