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Library employment: Satisfaction, opportunities, challenges, and future actions as perceived by academic librarians

Abdoulaye Kaba (Al Ain University of Science and Technology, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates)

Library Management

ISSN: 0143-5124

Article publication date: 14 November 2017

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the library employment in UAE and explore the perceptions of academic librarians toward job satisfaction, employment opportunities, employment challenges, and future actions needed to improve employment opportunities for librarians in UAE.

Design/methodology/approach

Data were collected through an online survey questionnaire. A total of 62 academic librarians from public and private universities and colleges participated in the study. The collected data are analyzed to answer research questions and verify the hypotheses.

Findings

Respondents expressed high satisfaction with salary and benefits, job positions, responsibilities given to them, and appreciations from senior management. However, they are found unsatisfied with promotion policies and employment opportunity. They reported challenges for getting jobs and expressed concerns about the future of librarians in UAE. With the exception of experience, findings of the study show no significant difference of demographic factors on job satisfaction, the perceived employment opportunity, and challenges. Majority of participants believe that employment opportunity for librarians can be improved through IT courses, promotion policies, training, career structure, marketing, and changing school name. They agree that reducing the number of students will not improve employment opportunities for librarians.

Research limitations/implications

This is a descriptive study based on a survey questionnaire. Future studies may use qualitative methods such as the interview for more exploration and in-depth analysis.

Practical implications

The findings provide concerns about the future of librarianship in UAE and appeal to library educators, managers, and decision makers to improve employment opportunities for librarians.

Originality/value

The paper reports original research findings on job satisfaction, employment opportunities, employment challenges, and future actions as perceived by academic librarians in UAE.

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Citation

Kaba, A. (2017), "Library employment: Satisfaction, opportunities, challenges, and future actions as perceived by academic librarians", Library Management, Vol. 38 No. 8/9, pp. 511-527. https://doi.org/10.1108/LM-03-2017-0036

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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