Children's Librarianship | School of Information | Kent State University

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 day cares and schools, early literacy specialist.  

In Addition to the Required Core Courses, What Classes Should I Take?

Key electives for this specialization include:

  • 60625 Library Materials and Services for Young Children
  • 60629 Library Materials and Services for School-Age Children
  • 60630 Reference Sources and Services for Youth

For additional course options for this specialization, please visit consult with your academic advisor.  

What Professional Organizations Are Relevant to This Career Path?

‍ALA: Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)‍