IS 490YS Youth Services Community Engagement

This service-learning course will examine youth services by exploring how young people's information and educational needs are met by community institutions and organizations. We will draw upon youth services librarianship and youth informatics concepts to explore youth informatics in after school programs, community center programs, and other institutions that serve young people. A significant portion of coursework will take the form of service learning or community-based research via approved projects that match students' interests.

Learning objectives

  • To gain a multidisciplinary understanding of the philosophies, resources, and technologies that support youth services (ages 0-18) in both library and non-library settings including: youth development, youth advocacy, and empowerment
  • To identify and understand exemplary approaches to supporting youth, including services and programs
  • To develop an awareness of power dynamics between collaborating institutions and community groups serving youth and their stakeholders
  • To gain strategies and skills for successfully navigating tensions, conflicts, and negotiations in developing collaborations between libraries and community groups

Recent syllabus

Scheduled Offerings

  • Fall 2019

    • IS490YSO
      Wed, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
      MUST CHOOSE 2 or 4 Credit Hours. All other students need department approval. Email
      Rachel Magee
      16 weeks
      Credit hours
      2 - 4

Textbooks and Course Materials

Available from the Illinois Union Bookstore (IUB).