Module Identifier DSM8810  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Mr Raymond E Lonsdale  
Semester Available all semesters  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Essay not more than 3,000 words  100%

Learning outcomes

At the end of this module you should be able to:

Brief description

Library services to children and young people have long constituted one of the most important branches of the public library profession. Collections and services have evolved to support the social, cultural, educational and recreational needs of young people as well as the fundamental requirement for literacy in its many variant forms. In creating library provision for the young, the profession has recognised that children and young people do not constitute a homogeneous group. Increasingly, children''s librarians have also recognised the need to extend their services to those adults who are concerned with young people, and collections on topics such as parenting, child development, even adult fiction are being established in many children''s libraries. Central to the success of provision is the need for a cadre of librarians who possess the requisite specialist skills, a coherent national policy for children''s librarianship, and management structures which facilitate comprehensive services to the young.

Reading Lists

** Essential Reading
Barker, K. and Lonsdale, R. (eds) (1994) Skills for life? The meaning and value of literacy. Proceedings of the Youth Libraries Group Conference, Mason Hall, University of Birmingham, September 1992 London: Taylor Graham
Blanshard, C (1998) Managing library services for children and young people a practical handbook London: Library Association Publishing
Elkin, J. and Lonsdale, R (1996) Focus on the child: libraries, literacy and learning London: Library Association Publishing
Eyre, G. ed (1994) Making quality happen: a practical guide to promoting your library London: The Library Association - Youth Libraries Group
Department of National Heritage, Library and Information Services Council (England) Working Party on Library Services for Children and Young People (1995) Investing in children: the future of library services for children and young people London: HMSO (Library information series; no. 22)
Spink, J (1989) Children as readers: a study London: Bingley
Department of Health. United Nations (1994) Convention on the Rights of the Child London: HMSO
Blanshard, C. (ed) (1997) Children and young people: Library Association guidelines for public library services 2nd. Library Association Publishing
Davies, M M (1989) Television is good for your kids London: Shipman


This module is at CQFW Level 7