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The Role of the Library and Information Science Departments in Preparing Professionals in the Digital Environment

There is critical shortage of professional librarians, archivists and information scientists required to harness the power of the information industry, one of the driving forces of future sustainability and development within the Arab Gulf Region. Librarians, archivists and information scientists play an important role in the future development of the academic and knowledge based sectors of this region. Many seminars and conferences have been held to address the role of the library and information science departments in preparing professionals equipped with the necessary competencies & skills that meet the challenges of the digital environment. Thousands of such professionals are required to cover the needs of information institutions in those countries.

As a result, many universities in this region have established graduate level programs to ensure that the next generation of librarians with a current understanding of the changing information landscape will be equipped with highly marketable skills.

This seminar will focus on the need to recruit the next generation of professional librarians, archivists and information scientists to lead libraries, archives and information centres in the Arabian Gulf States. Seminar participants will learn more about the state of library science educational offerings within the GCC countries. Perceptions of the status of librarians, archivists and information scientists are critical factors that contribute to challenges with recruitment; strategies to address these and other pertinent issues will be discussed by local, regional and international speakers.

Seminar Objectives:

  • Identify local and regional best practices in establishing advanced educational offerings in the field of Library & Information Science including Archival Studies in the Arabian Gulf States.
  • Share strategies to attract the best talent from multidisciplinary fields to pursue graduate level qualifications in Library & Information Science, particularly Archival Studies.
  • Gain an understanding of the important role of marketing and promoting careers in the librarianship.

Audience:

University students, educators, archivists, library administrators, library support staff, human resource officers, counsellors, information technologists, publishing companies, government agency representatives, and all others with a vested interest in the academic and knowledge based sectors.

Conference Venue:

Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Moderator:

Dr. Jassim M. Jirjees, American University in the Emirates, Dubai.
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Guest Panellists:

Professor Ian Johnson ,The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Great Britain.
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Pro. Jabreel AlAarishee
Prof. in Information Science King Saud University
Member of Shura Council
Saudi Arabia

Professor Abdus Sattar Chaudhry, Kuwait University, Kuwait.

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