New advanced eCourse: Children’s Services Fundamentals

For Immediate Release
Mon, 02/12/2018


Colton Ursiny

Administrative Assistant

ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions, in collaboration with the San José State University School of Information (SJSU iSchool), announces a new advanced eCourse, Children’s Services Fundamentals. This advanced eCourse begins on Monday, April 9, 2018 and continues for 12 weeks.

Are you new to children’s services or working with children in the library? Enhance your youth services skills in this new 12-week advanced eCourse led by Penny Peck, an instructor at San Jose State University’s iSchool with over 30 years of experience as a children’s librarian.

Designed for librarians who have been tasked with providing services to children, but who may have limited or no experience working with children in a library setting, this eCourse teaches you the fundamentals of children’s services—from tips on how to best interact with kids one-on-one to how to run library programs for kids.

Throughout this 12-week course, Peck covers a wide variety of areas including reference, homework help, readers’ advisory, collection development, storytime, programming for families, summer learning, and basic promotion of books to children. You’ll learn how to reach out to, mentor, and work with different children populations including latchkey kids, children from non-English speaking families, and children with special needs.

Learning Outcomes

After participating in this eCourse, you will:

  • Understand the fundamental concepts of children’s services and how to interact with kids
  • Be able to provide base level reference, programming, and collection development services for children
  • Have knowledge and strategies that will help you work with children of different ages and different backgrounds
  • Be able to schedule and supervise ongoing programs at your library

Participants who complete this Advanced eCourse will receive an SJSU iSchool/ALA Publishing Advanced Certificate of Completion. This certificate will affirm your status as having completed all the steps of an Advanced eCourse on Winning Support and Influencing Communities for Library Funding and will provide proof of your participation that you can add to your resume.

Advanced eCourses—a new format in which faculty from the SJSU iSchool will help you dig deep into cutting-edge topics during 12-week online courses, equipping you with potentially transformative knowledge and skills, and taking you from introductory through high-level content.

For more information about the eCourse, including how to register, please visit the ALA Store.

About the Instructor

Penny Peck has been a children's librarian for more 30 years and is currently a member of her local school board. She is editor of BayNews, the newsletter for the Association of Children's Librarians of Northern California, and blogs at Since 2002, she has been a part-time instructor at San Jose State University, specializing in classes on children’s and tween programs and services. She has written three books on children's services, published by Libraries Unlimited, including Crash Course in Children’s Services: Second Edition (2014).

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The SJSU iSchool / ALA Publishing advanced e-courses offer in-depth, advanced training that take participants from introductory to high-level content in 12 short weeks. Award-winning SJSU iSchool faculty members help participants dig deep into relevant course topics to provide applicable knowledge and skills that can transform their work. These asynchronous online courses are ideal for information professionals from around the world.

The SJSU iSchool prepares individuals for professional careers in the information professions. Graduates work in diverse areas, such as information governance, user experience design, digital asset management, information architecture, electronic records management, and librarianship. The  SJSU iSchool offers several online educational programs, including a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science, which is fully accredited by the American Library Association; a Master’s degree in Archives and Records Administration; and a Post-Master’s Certificate in Library and Information Science. All programs are delivered online, and the SJSU iSchool is a recognized leader in online education. For more information about the school, please visit: