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Certificate in Children's and Young Adult Services in the Public Library

Two certificate programs of 12 credits each are currently available: Children and Young Adult Services in the Public Library and Archives, Records Management and Preservation. Both of these are designed for multple audiences, including paraprofessionals working in these areas, current MLS students who wish to make explicit their specialty and working library/information service professionals who desire a further credential demarking their expertise. All students in these two certificate programs must meet the College's admissions standards; paraprofessionals may be required to enroll in core courses to provide the appropriate foundation for coursework in the two certificate programs.

The certificates are built around a similar structure. Within each, a core sequence of four courses (12 credits) must be completed. Library/information service professionals who already hold the MLS degree and may have already taken one or more of these core courses can fulfill their requirements by selecting from a menu of four elective courses.

Core (required) courses

LBSCI 737 Literature for Children and Adolescents
LBSCI 739 Literature for Young Adults
LBSCI 773 Public Library Services for Children
LBSCI 777 Planning and Delivering Young Adult Serrvices in the Public Library

Elective courses

 LBSCI 738 Mythology and Folklore for Children and Young Adults
 LBSCI 767 Reading Motivation Techniques for Children and Adolescents
 LBSCI 771 Organization and Management: Public Libraries
 LBSCI 775 Librarianship in a Multicultural Society: Materials and Services

To receive the certificate at the completion of the prescribed four course sequence, paraprofessionals must have become matriculated students at Queens College. Current M.L.S students of the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies will obtain the certificate at the same time as the awarding of their degree. Library/information service professionals who complete a four course sequence will be awarded the certificate by the College.


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