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SLIM Master of Library Science-Concentration in Youth Services

Master of Library Science-Concentration in Youth Services

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SLIM offers all of its MLS courses fully online.

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Enjoy personal interaction between students and faculty as you combine your MLS studies with an active life.

Youth Services

This concentration is grounded in the recreational, cultural, informational, and educational needs of 21st century youth from birth through the teen years. Students study the selection of a broad range of resources in all media formats to reflect awareness of, and sensitivity to, the social and cultural needs of all youth and the design of reader’s advisory services, library programs, and literacy activities in public and school library settings.

Program Description

A solid theoretical base + current practical skills = Dynamic curriculum

The goal of the Master of Library Science program is to prepare creative problem solvers who will provide proactive client-centered services in information agencies. To meet this goal, the curriculum is designed to provide the following dynamic mix of courses:

  • Core theory courses provide the foundation from which students learn the skill sets necessary for the library and information management profession.
  • Tools courses provide instruction on how to catalog and classify information, retrieve and repackage information, diagnose information needs, plan and evaluate information services, and use print and electronic information sources.
  • Applications courses amplify and extend the themes identified in the theory courses and focus on information transfer, global information infrastructure, management, and technology.
  • Elective courses are devoted to current issues in the profession and a capstone experience provides an opportunity to synthesize the educational experience in preparation for entering the field.

SLIM faculty teach all of the required theory courses in the curriculum and most of the elective offerings. SLIM hires qualified practitioners to teach certain elective courses that match their areas of expertise. In this way, SLIM students receive a quality education experience grounded in theory and in touch with the latest and best practices in the field.

Since many of their classes involve working with practitioners in the field, SLIM students benefit from outstanding opportunities for professional networking. More than 3,300 alumni across the country and around the world make a great job search network.


The online Master of Library Science program is a 36-credit hour degree program fully accredited by the American Library Association; the School Library Media Licensure program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Program delivery designed for non-traditional students

Many students are drawn to SLIM because it offers a unique opportunity for non-traditional students. To meet the needs of its students, SLIM offers all of its MLS courses fully online. Four semesters—about sixteen months—is the minimum amount of time necessary to complete the MLS degree.

Concentration Curriculum

Required Courses

To earn a concentration, students must complete 9 credit hours of prescribed coursework. A 9 credit hour concentration would apply towards the 14 credit hours of electives required for the MLS degree.

LI 829: Resources and Services for Early Learners (3 credit hours)

LI 831: Resources and Services for Children (3 credit hours)

LI 832: Resources and Services for Young Adults (3 credit hours)

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