Employment for Librarians in the UAE: Opportunities and Challenges

The success of an educational program can be measured by the employment opportunities occupied by the graduates in the market. The higher the successes of an educational program the higher employment opportunities for graduates. For more than centuries, library and information science schools have prepared and trained thousands of students in information management, cataloguing and classification, documentation, preservation and conservation of manuscript, collection management, etc. However, most of these students suffer from lack of employment opportunity compared to other disciplines and specializations. The main purpose of this study is to investigate employment opportunities for library and information professionals in the UAE. The study will try to answer the following questions: How librarians perceive employment of library professionals in the UAE? What are the job opportunities for library professionals in the UAE? What are the challenges facing library professionals in the UAE? Do library schools in the Gulf countries offer programs that match job titles advertised in the UAE? What can be done to improve employment opportunities for librarians in the Gulf countries? The study will use survey questionnaire to collect data on the perceptions of librarians towards employment opportunities in the UAE. In addition, data of job advertisements published in the newspapers and websites of employment agents from January 2014 to December 2015 will be collected. The collected data will be analyzed and discussed using frequency distributions, percentages and percentages. Findings may contribute to the understanding and improvement of employment opportunities for library professionals in the UAE and Gulf countries.


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  • Received: 29 March 2016
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