INF521 Literature and Other Resources for Children and Young Adults (8)

This subject provides a broad overview of literature and other resources for children and young adults from a public librarian's perspective. This subject traces the development of literature and other resources paying particular attention to the technological, cultural and social influences that have shaped this development. A range of genres and formats are explored and attention given to new and emergent trends in reading and engagement with materials and formats. The role that public libraries and librarians play in these trends will be discussed. The subject also explores the role of the library in literacy development and promoting engagement with reading for pleasure and recreation.


Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: INF521. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Information and Communication Studies

Enrolment Restrictions

Not available to students who have completed INF205 or INF442.

Subject Relationships

INF205 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects

INF205, INF442

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify significant historical developments and the production of materials for children and young adults worldwide;
  • be able to evaluate and discuss the cultural, creative and aesthetic values of literature and other resources;
  • be able to integrate support for literacy and language development into public library programs for children and young adults;
  • be able to evaluate and apply a broad range of literacies;
  • be able to select and use a wide variety of literature and resources, authors and creators, and genres and formats for children and young adults;
  • be able to apply criteria to critically evaluate and select literature and other resources for children and young adults for programs and collections; and
  • be able to assess the issues and concerns associated with the access and provision of materials in multiple formats for children and young adults.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Historical context, developments and materials production in literature and other resources
  • Trends and impact of social, cultural and technological factors
  • Survey of literature and resources for children and young adults
  • Criteria, strategies and processes for selection and evaluation of literature and other resources
  • Developments in reading and materials formats, literacy and literacy support
  • 21st century literacies and literacy development relevant to public library programs
  • Promotion of literature and multiple format resources within the library program for engagement and recreation

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of INF521 in Session 1 2021. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
The art and practice of selection
Reading guide

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2022. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.