M.S. in Library and Information Science: Youth Services Specialization

Foster a lifetime love of reading in kids and young adults.

As digital natives, today's young people interact with information and literacy in new—and sometimes unexpected—ways. Through the Master of Science in Library and Information Science: Youth Services specialization, you gain the practical knowledge and skills to help children and teens connect with the online and off-line literary resources they need to expand their minds.

Developed in alignment with key library organizations like the American Library Association (ALA) and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, this program is built to give librarians innovative insights into the latest methods and technologies used in youth library services. Graduate ready to evaluate materials, implement programs, and play an essential role in early learning.

Career Outlook: Make a Difference in the Lives of Young People

With this specialization in youth services, you are prepared to step into a variety of roles in this growing field. Overall, the job outlook for librarians is projected to grow nine percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.1

Graduate with the skills to thrive in positions like children's or young adult librarian, public library coordinator, regional or state youth specialist, or collection development librarian specializing in materials for young patrons.

Career Spotlight: Youth Services Librarian

As a youth services librarian, you build literacy programs and empower young people to enhance their learning. Using the latest technology and a wealth of historical literary knowledge, you help foster children's talents and abilities through reading. The average salary for this position is $42,031, with salaries ranging up to $51,518.2


Curriculum: Choose Your Path

Designed to meet the core competencies developed by the ALA's Association for Library Service to Children and Young Adult Library Services Association, this 36-credit program provides you with the global perspective librarians need today. Combine knowledge of the history of children's literature with practical early literacy development skills to help young people learn and grow.

Students also choose four of the following specialization courses:

  • LIS 121: Literature and Related Resources for Children
  • LIS 125: Library Materials and Services for Young Children
  • LIS 126: Literature and Related Resources for Young Adults
  • LIS 127: Library Services for Children and Young Adults
  • LIS 213: Popular Culture and Young Adults


Specialization Outcomes

  • Understand the historical background, trends, and influence in children's literature.
  • Explore issues regarding censorship, privacy, and intellectual freedom that relate to children's literature.
  • Become proficient in evaluating and selecting literature for young adults and children.
  • Develop an understanding of the critical importance and role of caregivers in early learning.
  • Gain knowledge of research, materials, resources, and current trends in early literacy development.
  • Plan, implement, and evaluate a variety of public library literacy programs and services for young children, their families, and their caregivers.
  • Understand the relationship between popular culture and the social world of teens.

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Advance your career and help young people excel with an online Master of Science in Library and Information Science: Youth Services specialization from St. John's University. Contact us at 844-393-1677 or request more information today!


  1. Librarians. (2018, July 02). Retrieved January 4, 2019, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/librarians.htm
  2. Average Youth Services Librarian Salary. (n.d.). Retrieved January 4, 2019, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Youth_Services_Librarian/Salary