This study was conducted to analyze the bio-bibliographic profile of faculty members of six library schools in the six member nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council in the Arabian Peninsula. Data were collected through a mailed instrument as well as from the resumes of these faculty members. Forty-nine out of sixty-five faculty members (75.4%) provided data. It was found that the mean age of these faculty members was 48.5. Most of them got their doctoral degrees from Western countries during the 1980s and the 1990s. The majority of them had considerable professional and managerial experience. Their instructional assignments have primarily been in the traditional areas of library operations and service. It was found that most of them have weak research and publication records. They are also quite inactive in professional service as few of them are engaged in continuing professional education activities and none of them is reported to be active in any national or regional professional forum.
This study investigated the information seeking behaviour of working journalists in Kuwait using a self-administered questionnaire. The 92 respondents were mostly male, Arabic speaking, and expatriates. In terms of the type of information, they place emphasis on fact-checking, general and background information. Information is obtained by using a wide variety of both informal and formal sources. ‘Human’ sources, Internet, and ‘press releases’ are considered high in terms of both importance and satisfaction. The availability and use of ‘in-house electronic library of stories / reports generated by their colleagues’ is not only very limited but is also not satisfying. They consider their information searching skills very important for their work and are willing to go through training if it were provided to them. Lack of time is their top ranking problem. Several recommendations are made for improving the existing situation.
This study identified the competencies that library and information professionals in Kuwait will need to be successful in their leadership positions. The researchers prepared a list of 42 leadership competencies based on an extensive literature review. The competencies were grouped under six meta-competencies: managerial effectiveness, cognitive, social, motivational, personal, and occupational competencies. The list was distributed to 141 library managers, 79 men and 62 women representing four types of libraries: 37 in public libraries, 42 in academic libraries, 27 in school libraries, and 35 in special libraries and information centres. Respondents were asked to rate each competency according to its importance. The results include the top competencies rated highly by participants. The development of this leadership competency model for library leaders should contribute to the mission of library profession and guide decision makers with selection, appraisal, curricula design, and development efforts. This model is not static. It must be revised and validated continuously as the nature of the library and information environment changes and progresses.