Dissertation Information for Hassan Al-Sereihy
- Hassan Al-Sereihy
- Library and Information Science
- Indiana University (USA) (1993)
- George Whitbeck
- David Kaser
- Farouqh Abed
- Muhammad Aman
- Verna Leah Pungitore
MPACT Status: Fully Complete
Title: Continuing library education: Practices and preferences of the university and major research library personnel in Saudi Arabia with special emphasis on technical services staff
Abstract: This exploratory study identified the continuing library education practices and preferences of university librarians and librarians at the major research centers of Saudi Arabia. It also had a comparative aspect in that it examined the available continuing education opportunities for Saudi and non-Saudi librarians. In addition, it compared technical services librarians' perceptions of continuing education needs and those of librarians from other departments in libraries under investigation.
A survey research design utilizing questionnaires was chosen as the most appropriate and effective method for gathering the data needed to answer the study's twelve research questions. Three different but related populations were queried. These groups were librarians employed in the seven Saudi university libraries, or librarians employed in a purposeful sample of major research libraries plus the deans and directors of these libraries and the heads or representatives of the four existing library and information science departments in the Saudi universities. Descriptive statistics, Pearson correlation coefficient tests, and t-test statistical procedures were used for data analysis.
It was found that continuing education activities and opportunities available to the librarians in the Saudi university and major research libraries were inadequate despite their strong support for the concept of continuing education. This strong support was not affected by nationality, type of library, or departmental affiliation of the respondents. The findings of this investigation provided the means for the development of the suggested successful continuing education model presented in this study.