ERIC Number: ED226730
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Mar-31
Reference Count: N/A
Resistance to Technological Innovation in Libraries: Research Report, Part II: Data Analysis and Statistical Report. Final Report.
Based on mail surveys of professional librarians and library administrators in approximately 300 U.S. public libraries and personal interviews with librarians and administrators in 6 public libraries, this report presents a statistical analysis of data collected on library technology and attitudes toward technological innovation. Areas addressed by the study include: (1) the amount of resistance to technology; (2) correlates of this resistance; (3) librarians' perceptions of the values of technology; (4) the relationship of personal and societal values to each other and to resistance to technology; (5) the identification of a "resistant personality"; (6) the relationship of work, professional, demographic, and sociological variables to resistance; and (7) the present and future status of libraries relative to technology. Low levels of resistance to technology were identified among both librarians and administrators, and use of microforms in libraries was found to be more prevalent than computer-related forms of technology. A comprehensive listing of survey questions and responses is provided, as well as 84 statistical tables and a list of 15 references. The publication concludes with four appendices covering survey procedures, statistical methods for the mail survey, distribution of the resistance to technology index, and the interview survey of library administrators. (ESR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of School Systems (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC. Office of Libraries and Learning Resources.
Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Univ., PA. Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences.