The Department of Library and Information Science was established upon the opening of the college of Arts and Social Sciences in the academic year 1987-1988, to meet the needs of the Omani society for qualified specialists in the field of Libraries and Information Science.
The Department offers three academic programs: the Bachelor’s degree in Library and Information Science; the Master’s degree in Library and Information Science, and the Higher Diploma in Medical Librarianship. The Department gives a special attention to the practical application of Information and Communications Technology in teaching activities. Thus, in addition to lectures, research assignments and discussion sessions, emphasis is placed on practical training and fields trips to information and learning centers, as well as on intensive practice in the department’s three laboratories (Informational Technology Lab, Bibliographical Lab, and Children’s Literature Lab).
Graduates of the three programs have the opportunity to work in public, university, and special libraries, as well as in learning resource centers in both public and private sectors.