INF516 Leadership in Library Services to Children and Youth (8)


Students will be introduced to the central principles, professional standards and contexts underpinning library services for children and youth. They will examine the community context of library services for children and youth and develop strategies for informing practice. Students will learn about strategies for maximising opportunities and environments for children and young adults to enhance access and engagement. Students will be introduced to basic processes for the management of library services for children and young adults and will explore policy development, data gathering funding and advocacy. They will explore relevant legal and ethical guidelines for working with children and young adults and become familiar with relevant procedure and policy.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
OnlineWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: INF516
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Information Studies

Enrolment restrictions

Not available to students who have completed INF329
Incompatible subject(s)Related subject(s)
INF329 INF329 Paired Subject

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to recognize the context, foundational assumptions and central principles and philosophies which underpin the provision of library services to children and youth;
  • be able to demonstrate awareness of the available information sources, resources and organisations relating to diverse communities which can be used to inform the design of appropriate and relevant services for children and youth;
  • be able to demonstrate an awareness of the environments which maximise access and engagement with services and resources;
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of legislation and other relevant government and community requirements and expectation relating to the scope of public library service to children and youth; and
  • be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of administrative processes and considerations as they apply to children's and youth services in libraries.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to the historical and philosophical background to the provision of children's and youth services
  • Principles underpinning provision of services to children and youth
  • Introduction and overview of the concepts of community and diversity and its implications for service provision to children and youth
  • Global concerns and responsibilities
  • Policy development for children and young adults in public library settings
  • Creating innovative, sustainable and engaging environments


The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 25 August 2017. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.