Library and information Studies - Introduction
The centrality of communication in modern society and the increasing demand for quality information by commercial and public systems have turned the field of librarianship and information sciences into a world that is dynamic, fascinating, and much in demand. It is not by accident that it is considered the field of the future of the 21st century.
Areas of involvement covered by information sciences and librarianship: identifying human knowledge, organization, spread and encouragement of the use of information, including a variety of non-book material such as tapes, disks, computer programs, and multimedia collections.
The librarian-information specialist must be a person with social awareness, broad education, an ability to communicate, possess technical knowledge, and be able to navigate among the huge sources of information, locate and pull out the information required through the use of sophisticated search methods on the computer.
The goal of studies in the area of information sciences and librarianship is to prepare academic librarians and information workers to fill senior librarian positions and roles in management at various levels in academic libraries, research libraries, specialized libraries, information centers, public libraries, and school libraries.
Special emphasis in these studies is placed on acquiring the theoretical principles of the profession, through highlighting the roles of the library as a social factor, as well as developing the ability to analyze all kinds of information systems.
Studies are rooted in research, which is ongoing in the framework of information and librarianship studies of topics of information, its retrieval, and its social implications.