Public Librarianship

This focus area prepares students for positions as adult services librarians, teen librarians, and children’s librarians in public libraries and is especially appropriate for librarians in small rural libraries and smaller branches of larger library systems. Such librarians meet the educational, informational, and recreational needs of patrons at every stage of life. They develop collections and programming, including lapsit, toddler, and pre-school storytimes, and summer reading programs for children and teens, and on topics such as career development, small business ownership, parenting, investing, retirement, and estate planning for adults. They provide readers’ advisory services, early literacy skills training, informational and digital literacy instruction, homework help, and outreach services to homebound seniors and those in managed care facilities.

The following electives provide the foundational principles of public librarianship and are highly recommended for students interested in this area: 

  • LIS 7100 Youth Services Librarianship
  • LIS 7110 Adult Services Librarianship

The following electives are related to this area and are recommended for students interested in this area:

  • LIS 4101 Collection Development for Children
  • LIS 4102 Collection Development for Teens
  • LIS 4104 Collection Development of Non-Fiction
  • LIS 4105 Collection Development of Graphic Novels
  • LIS 7002 Information Resources
  • LIS 7203 Sources of Government Information
  • LIS 7205 Business Information Resources
  • LIS 7405 Public Libraries
  • LIS 7807 Information Literacy Instruction
  • LIS 7808 Special Topics in LIS (when topic is appropriate)
  • LIS 7900 Internship in Library & Information Science
  • LIS 7909 Directed Independent Study


Tyler Viso
Academic Coordinator