LIA385 - Children's Services and Issues

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Subject Title
Children's Services and Issues

Subject Description
An issues-oriented introduction to the wide range of responsibilities associated with children's library services in a public library setting. Investigate the basics of planning and administration, collection development and management, information and readers' advisory services, and programming and program promotion.

Credit Status
This is a credit subject offered online through the Faculty of Continuing Education and Training.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Describe the history and role of library services to children.

2. Understand the way child development, children's relationship to story, and socio-cultural change relate to the planning and delivery of library services to children.

3. Differentiate between public library and school library services to children.

4. Describe the values, behaviours and qualifications best suited to the delivery of library services to children.

5. Understand the scope of library collections for children and the responsibilities associated with their management.

6. Understand the principles associated with the provision of readers' advisory and information service to children.

7. Describe the range of library programming and promotion for children.

8. Explain the relevance of community outreach and partnership initiatives to the provision of library service to children.

9. Identify a wide range of issues related to the provision of library service to children.

10. Understand the responsibilities associated with managing a library for children.

11. Identify networking and ongoing training and development strategies related to the delivery of library services to children.

12. Think creatively about the future of library services to children.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline

  • Introduction to Children's Services
  • Children, Story, Sociocultural Change and the Library
  • Public and School Library Service
  • The Interpersonal Library Environment for Children
  • Children's Library Collections and Their Management
  • Readers' Advisory and Information Work with Children
  • Programming for Children and Promoting Children's Library Services
  • Community Outreach, Partnerships and Children's Library Services
  • Children's Library Service Issues
  • Managing Children's Library Services

Mode of Instruction
This is an online subject with access to website and course resources.

Blended models of delivery may also be available. 

Reference Material

Required Supplies

  • Internet access and computer
  • Latest version of First Class [FRED] software

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Since this is a professional credit subject, marking standards reinforce professional practice by demanding legible, neat, documents. Keyed material should be correctly formatted and grammatically correct as a result of accurate proof reading, proper spelling and punctuation. 

In recognition of the significance of proper language skills in the workforce, marks are deducted for language errors on all tests, assignments and exams and a student can be failed on the basis of language errors alone (i.e. spelling, grammar, word usage, sentence and paragraph structure, etc.) 

Marks will be deducted for late assignments unless other arrangements have been made with the instructor, prior to the due date.

The final exam must be written at the Test Centre of the College at which you registered. If you are unable to do so, please make alternative arrangements through the College at which you registered.

Grading is based on the following marking scheme: 

Assignments - 90% Participation - 10% All written assignments must meet the standard of English required in library and information work. If, in the judgement of the instructor, assignments submitted do not meet the required standard, they will be returned to the student for revision. Mistakes in grammar and spelling will be reflected negatively in the marks allocated to assignments.

Students must attain a grade of at least 50% to pass the course. 

All Academic policies of the College at which you registered apply. This includes, but is not limited to, policies related to grading, supplemental exams, deferred exams and accommodations.

Approved by: Sandra Noble