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Perceived research usefulness among academic librarians: an analysis of gender


Abdullah, Salmah and Amran, Fatimah Zahrah and Ibrahim, Morni Yati (2012) Perceived research usefulness among academic librarians: an analysis of gender. In: International Conference on Libraries: "Transformation to Humanize Libraries", 2-4 July 2012, Renaissance Hotel Kota Bharu, Kelantan. .

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Accreditation bodies require that academic institutions engage in evidence-based decision making. Thus, it has become more important for libraries to study their own operations in a systematic and reliable manner. Many academic librarians work at institutions where librarians are required to conduct research to solve problems at work or in decision making. Some institutions take into consideration doing research as part for promotion and/or tenure. This study is done to identify and measure the level of the Malaysian academic librarians' perceptions towards research usefulness. The study also intends to investigate to whether any differences emerged between male and female librarians towards perceived research usefulness. Questionnaire was used as the research instrument involving 181 librarians from ten public higher institution libraries. Data analyses were done using SPSS version 18. The findings suggest several paths for future research about academic librarians and their research agendas.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subject: Higher, education - Malaysia
Subject: Librarians - Education - Malaysia
Divisions: Perpustakaan Sultan Abdul Samad
Keywords: Research usefulness; Research activity; Academic librarians; Public higher institution librarians; Malaysia
Depositing User: Erni Suraya Abdul Aziz
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2013 11:40
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2016 09:00
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