Library Juice Academy

Online Professional Development for Librarians

Young Adult Literature

Instructor: Melissa Elliott

Dates: February 3rd through March 16th, 2020

Credits: 2.25 CEUs or 22.5 PDHs

Price: $250


Young Adult Literature is the fastest growing category of fiction in the publishing market today. A new field of writing for teenagers became established in the 1940s, but it wasn’t until the ‘90s and beyond that it truly dominated the market, fueled by the dual powerhouses of Harry Potter and Twilight.

This six-week course will briefly cover the history, and then analyze how young adult literature is specifically geared towards meeting the intellectual, social, and emotional needs of teen readers. Participants will read and become familiar with a range of young adult authors, works, and genres, and discuss how to promote them to teens.

The class discusses trends and tropes of YA Literature, and will briefly address such subjects as collection development, demographics, and diversity.

Learning objectives:

  • To integrate an overview of the history of young adult literature
  • To gain experience reading, discussing, understanding, and evaluating young adult literature
  • To identify and discuss trends in teen fiction
  • To grasp collection development as it relates to demographics and diversity
  • To identify the essential nature of reading as a teen occupation
Melissa Elliott

Melissa Elliott is an adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies (GSE&IS) at UCLA, from which she received her MLIS degree. She worked as a supervising young adult librarian for the City of Burbank (CA) for more than 10 years, which included collection development and program planning for the Central Library and two branches. Elliott was the recipient of the Dorothy C. McKenzie Award from the Children’s Literature Council of Southern California in 2012, for advocacy efforts for teens, including co-founding a volunteer program to bring books and book-talking groups to incarcerated teens at Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall in Sylmar, California. She teaches Young Adult Literature and Readers’ Advisory classes at UCLA in the MLIS program. She also teaches readers’ advisory and book-talking seminars and workshops for libraries through her consulting business, The Book Adept [], and writes an accompanying blog of book reviews and occasional readers’ advisory tips.

Course Structure

This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.

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