IS40570 Children & Youth Info Services

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module offers to students an opportunity to learn about, engage and reflect upon the spectrum of themes and issues, both practical and theoretical, related to providing information support to children and young adults and the work they may undertake in their future careers. The module will address not only the current themes of children's/young adult literature, in print and emerging formats but as well offer students with an introduction, through first-hand accounts from practitioners in the field, to the practices that are in place in delivering information services and support for children and young adults. The module will provide students with a multi-faceted perspective on the issues related to the information needs and behaviour of children/young adults and the ways in which information professionals can most effectively address their needs and support their information behaviours.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the module, students should be able to: 1. Demonstrate an understanding of the range of literacies that Information Professionals need to address when working with children and young adults in multiple work contexts. 2. Professionally serve the informational needs of children and young adults in Ireland, including those who would be considered marginalised either because of their socio-economic context, ethnic background or learning difficulties. 3. Exhibit and disseminate an understanding of the different genres of Children/Young Adult Literature.4. Address the implementation and management of children/youth services in both public library and school library fora. 5. Communicate, within a professional capacity, their understanding of current research in Ireland and beyond related to children/young people and the available information services and supports.

Indicative Module Content:

Topics may include
*Theories of child development and human information behaviour
*Special educational needs
*Children and young people's assessed conditions
*School and public librarianship in Ireland
*Children's literature
*Inclusive educational policies.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
*Lectures & professional guest speakers
*Experiential learning
*Group work
*Student presentations
*Critical analysis and writing
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: Essay Week 8 n/a Graded No


Group Project: Information Needs of Children and Young People in Ireland Week 12 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback is given to students after work has been submitted.

Name Role
Dr Stefanie Havelka Lecturer / Co-Lecturer