AMERICAN UNIVERSITY IN THE EMIRATES MLIS @ ABU DHABI LIBRARIANS NETWORK
COLLEGE OF COMPUTER INFORMATION
MASTER OF LIBRARY & INFORMATION
• AUE which was established in 2007, is
an aspiring leader in the field of
domestic and international education.
• AUE is taking challenges and
responsibilities of the new millennium
at a social, environmental, economic,
security, and cultural levels.
• It is believed that by 2025, AUE will be
acknowledged as a notable and recognized
• AUE Academic Vision:
- Sharing of Knowledge
- Teaching and Learning
• It has Six undergraduate colleges
College of Business Administration
College of Law
College of Media and Mass Communication
College of Computer Information Technology
College of Fine Arts and Design
College of Education
• AUE has three graduate programs:
Masters of Business Administration
Masters of Arts in Diplomacy
Masters in Library and Information Science
MASTER IN LIBRARY
Master of Library
Name and Level of Main Master of Art in Library and
Mode of Attendance
F-Time / P-Time
Duration of the Program
One Year and Half Full Time
or Two Years on Part Time
American University in the
Location of Delivery
The MLIS program at the AUE focuses on the
• Latest knowledge and professional skills needed for
success in the workplace.
information workers who possess the
knowledge, skills and competencies to manage and
operate effectively in the age of information explosion.
• Laying the foundation upon which students may launch
exciting careers in library and information sector.
Prepare MLIS graduates to assume
professional and managerial roles in
varied and evolving library and
information fields, and promote LIS
education in the UAE and the region
so as to contribute to its development
in the Gulf area.
Program Goals, Objectives, and
Four main goals each with a set of
objectives and performance indicators.
Goal 1: Offer a graduate degree program that
will impart the required knowledge and
competencies to enable graduates to deliver
quality library and information services.
Goal 2: Provide hands-on experiences in library
and information profession.
Program Goals, Objectives, and
• Goal 3: Enable graduates to perform effectively
in the library and information profession.
• Goal 4: Provide graduates with a foundation for
pursuing doctoral level education in Library and
Program Learning Objectives
The program goals and learning objectives have given
special attention to learning outcomes to be achieved.…
to ensure that MLIS graduates exit the program with:
• Ability to respond flexibly and creatively to local and
• ICT skills to gather, process and deliver information.
• Ability to take up roles at the managerial level.
•Social and interpersonal skills.
•Ability to deal with a range of users.
Program Learning Objectives (cont…)
• Ability to use a range of information resources
to satisfy users’ needs.
• Ability to conduct research.
• Ability to identify and comply with the
dissemination and use.
• Ability to address the challenges faced by
information institutions in the UAE and the
Who is the program for ?
The MLIS program is designed for:
• Library and information professionals who want to
improve their career prospect.
• Graduates from AUE and any other accredited
academic institution, who seek advanced education
in the field of Library and Information Science.
• Graduates who seek to increase their job
Rationale of the Program
The program design is based on a clear perception of
what the library and information profession in the UAE
and the region requires in the present time and in the
On the one hand
•Libraries are undergoing enormous changes.
•Staff is witnessing a competency shift.
•Greater expectations from a diverse user community.
•Need to respond to the complex and changing needs of
different user groups locally and reach out the global
Rationale of the Program
On the other hand
• HH Sheikh Nahyan the Minister of HESR (2008) “There is
urgent need to launch library, information & archival studies”
Sustained shortage of qualified staff.
NCDR (2008) study 5000 archivists.
Boumarafi’s (2002) study showed:
The need for 12680 librarians for university, school & public
Library & Information profession is expatriate predominant. UAE
nationals are very under represented.
More opportunities for information workers in the K-economy.
• A Bachelor in any discipline with a GPA
no less than 2.5.
• TOEFL score of 550 or higher.
• 11 courses totaling 36 credit hours that
o 9 Core Courses for a total of 30 Credit Hours.
o 2 Elective courses for a total of 6 Credit Hours.
Introduction to Library and Information Science
Information and Communication Technologies in Libraries and
Resource Management in Library & Information Institutions
Knowledge Organization and Representation
Collection Development and Management
Information Storage and Retrieval
Internship (After Completion of 30 Cr. Hr. in LIS)
Thesis (After Completion of 27 Cr. Hr. in LIS)
Free Elective Courses
Information Sources and Services
Introduction to Archives & Records Management
Marketing Libraries and Information Services
Electronic Publishing and Information Industry
Information Technology and Archives
Students are assessed in a number of different
modes and according to a variety of criteria.
It is important to understand that assessment is
closely connected to both teaching methodology
and learning outcomes in all cases.
Teaching outcomes in the courses will give
specific achievement targets, part of whose
purpose is to allow precise assessment and
It is important that assessment should not be seen
as solely judge mental, for it is also closely
connected to the learning process.
• Academic Libraries.
• School Libraries.
• Libraries under various Ministries and National Bodies.
• Public Libraries.
• Special Libraries
• Publishing & book trade industry
• Newspaper and Other Media Libraries
• Information Providers