What Do Youth Service Librarians Need? Reassessing Goals and Curricula in the Context of Changing Information Needs and Behaviors of Youth
Agosto, Denise E.
Wheeler, Nathan T.
Evans, Sarah A.
The ALISE Youth Services Special Interest Group (SIG) presents a panel that explores
what “youth services” means in the context of LIS education today, including novel additions to
youth services curricula and how the changing needs of youth impact LIS education. The session
begins with five research presentations, followed by an open discussion and Q&A. The five
presentations incorporate the following topics: critical youth information needs, methods of
incorporating design thinking and interdisciplinary research into MLIS youth services courses,
an investigation of dialogue between librarians and youth, and the role of family and community
in youth information behavior. The discussion prompted by this scholarship serves as an
important contribution to the continued reform and evolution of youth services education.