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Library, Information Management & Archiving Program

Program Overview

Are you fascinated with books, history, information management while integrating technology with your study. Do you want to connect researchers with the documents they need, preserve a piece of history or even guide people to find their right book genre? Then this program at GU is for you!

The changing nature of society has brought a growing demand for knowledge and information at work, in education and in daily life. Librarians, information managers, archivists, knowledge managers and many other information professionals are meeting that demand by providing effective access to information resources and services. Libraries continue to hold an important role in the academic world, while making greater use of technology, compared to the past.

Egypt has the most ancient library in the world which makes the position of a librarian is an old one indeed. Librarians have a huge responsibility on their shoulders – they help people find the right books, documents, and information they're looking for. They are also responsible for preserving and cataloging information, handling archives, utilizing modern technology and integrating it into their field, and much more. As a result, there are many different types of library careers out there today.

This program at GU prepares students to support information institutions such as libraries, museums, and archives. Our students become experts in curation, digital asset management, information architecture, ethics, human rights, information policy, and youth learning.

Our students also learn information, technology and data analytics skills that make them uniquely prepared for information curation roles in the government or private sectors, such as legal informatics and intelligence.

Degree Requirements

To graduate from this program, students must study 128 credit hours, these are classified into 3 different levels as follows:

  1. University Requirements include a total of 20 Credit Hours, divided into 14 Credit Hours for 7 mandatory courses and 6 Credit Hours for 3 elective courses.
  2. Faculty Requirements include a total of 24 Credit Hours, divided into 15 Credit Hours for 5 courses and 9 Credit Hours for 3 elective courses.
  3. Specialized Requirements include a total of 84 Credit Hours, divided into 60 Credit Hours for 20 mandatory courses and 24 Credit Hours for 8 elective courses.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will possess the following learning outcomes:

  • Use a variety of software applications to acquire, process, and organize information.
  • Work effectively in a team and as an individual.
  • Analyze information requests and determine appropriate responses.
  • Critically evaluate print and electronic sources according to standardized criteria.
  • Effectively carry out all key stages in the academic research process.
  • Use office equipment including faxes, scanners, photocopiers, etc.

Potential Career Opportunities

The number of library, information management & archiving program careers continues to change, grow, and evolve thanks to the rise of modern technology. Computers, social media, and other tools have all made it much easier for librarians to perform their duties, and it's also opened up a wide range of new career paths that can be followed. Those thinking of earning a library degree will want to consider just where they want their career to take them.

Graduates are prepared to work in various environments, including hybrid library/archives organizations, cultural centers, museums, and cultural institutions. Graduates go on to careers as information managers, librarians, archivists, curators, records managers, and more. 

  1. Library Manager: Library managers oversee the entire operative side of the library. Job titles in this area can include department manager, branch manager, director, or associate director.
  2. Web Archivist: Many major libraries have begun building a solid website presence, and this process involves the archiving of all documents, records, microfilms, and more. Basically, the process involves transferring hard media into digital form and then uploading it onto the website for access by employees or possibly by the public.
  3. Integrated Library System Administrator: This position is a management style position that requires one to oversee the overall IT systems used in a library setting. It can be very challenging, and responsibilities could include things like managing interactive features, website issues, internal server problems, and more. 
  4. School Librarian: This isn't as new as some other positions out there in the librarianship field. Still, the fact is that school librarians today are more frequently tasked with being media managers and overseeing things like student's access to computers, videos, and other information resources.
  5. Manager of Information Services : An information services manager is typically responsible for team management, training, research, data, and resource management in either a government organization or a private company.
  6. Document Control Specialist : Compile and assist in the internal publication of many records and files for private organizations. You might work with engineering drawings, white papers, reports and generally support project managers in gathering and documenting records for various products and departments in a company.
  7. Archival Consultant: Be in charge of managing special paper and digital libraries at both public and private libraries.
  8. Digital Librarian : Manage the digital library of many libraries and also private companies by handling content import, metadata management, virtual reference services and publisher communication.
  9. Research Librarian : Working in a research library setting, these professionals oversee things like medical documents and books and scientific papers and books.

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