The changing nature of information behavior and the information environment: Challenges for LIS in the Arab Gulf states

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This chapter examines the changing nature of the information environment and its implications for Library and Information Science (LIS), with a focus on developing countries in general and the Arab Gulf states in particular. Drawing on key findings from previous LIS literature, it explores what is needed to ensure the future viability of the profession in the GCC region so that it can help underpin social and economic development in these states. Examples of successful practice in LIS innovation from other parts of the developing world are included to demonstrate some possible approaches and the chapter concludes by summarizing some key points for consideration by LIS education specialists, library managers, and policymakers in the Gulf States.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformation Access and Library User Needs in Developing Countries
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781466643543
ISBN (Print)9781466643536
Publication statusPublished - Jul 31 2013


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Computer Science(all)

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