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ERIC Number: ED279350
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Diffusion of Innovations in Library and Information Science. Final Report.
Griffiths, Jose-Marie; And Others
This study examined four aspects of the diffusion of innovations in library and information services: (1) when and why innovation occurs in the library and information field; (2) what linkages (communication channels) exist that result in a flow (dissemination) of information; (3) what model(s) and methods have been effective in the diffusion process; and (4) what options and recommendations are needed to develop a plan for diffusion networks for library innovation. The development of a model is described; the status and prospects of innovation in the 1980s are considered and selected innovations in bibliographic utilities, online searching, and output performance measures over time are traced; and 54 individual case studies of the adoption and use of innovations at 18 academic, public, and special libraries are analyzed. Finally, 11 hypothesis clusters of special interest in understanding the diffusion process are presented, and their implications for the development of a diffusion network are considered. Appendices include the data collection instruments, a 62-item annotated bibliography and a longer full bibliography, and a summary of each of the case studies. (KM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Researchers
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: King Research, Inc., Rockville, MD.; NETWORK, Inc., Andover, MA.