Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Focus on the Child:Reading and Libraries
Academic Year
Distance Learning
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Due to Covid-19 students should refer to the module Blackboard pages for assessment details

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 2 Hours   Essay  no more than 2,000 words  50%
Semester Assessment Report  no more than 2,000 words  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

*describe the major influences in the world of the child

*explain the meaning, forms and value of literacy

*outline the major types of national and regional literacy projects currently in place in the UK

*describe the reading habits of young people

*summarise the influence which the media and electronic publishing have had on the development of the child, children’s print and electronic book publishing, and library provision

*describe the structure and role of the British children’s public library service in supporting the social, educational and cultural needs of the young

*outline some of the pressing professional and political issues facing children’s librarianship

*outline the principles of managing the print and electronic collections of a children’s library

*explain the nature and importance of partnership

*discuss the value and range of promotional activities currently offered by children’s libraries

Brief description

The course is designed to give an understanding of the child and the child's world, and will provide a critical appreciation of the wide range of library collections available to the young. The contribution which public libraries make to the development of literacy amongst the young will be demonstrated and an insight offered into the range of services provided by libraries and other organisations for the young.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Communication Students are encouraged to communicate experiences of certain exercises online to the tutor and other students. Information will be presented in the pieces of course work.
Improving own Learning and Performance Problem-based learning through practical exercises will help students acquire learning skills.
Information Technology Students of this module will make extensive use of the Internet to access examples of professional practice. Additionally, some units offer the experience of interrogating e-books and also of evaluating e-resources for young people.
Personal Development and Career planning The module is predicated on both academic and professional practice in the field of children’s librarianship, and the experience will equip students who wish to pursue a career in that sector of the ILS profession.
Problem solving Practical exercises will encourage problem solving and student-centred learning.
Research skills Students will undertake a literature search and have to complete a review of literature for their assignment.
Subject Specific Skills Evaluation of print and e-resources for children; management of print and e-resource collections; developing promotional strategies for children’s libraries and skills for working in partnership with library and non-library institutions


This module is at CQFW Level 6