ERIC Number: ED326238
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Modeling the School System Adoption Process for Library Networking.
Kester, Diane Katherine Davies
The successful inclusion of school library media centers in fully articulated networks involves considerable planning and organization for technological change. In this study a preliminary model of the stages of school system participation in library networks was developed with the major activities for each stage identified. The model follows stages from the innovation adoption and diffusion literature, and is constructed from a study of the literature, observation, and informal interviews. The model is composed of four primary aspects: technological support, financial support, human support, and anticipated activities and applications. Within each aspect, anticipated events in each of the three stages of participation in a network were identified. The population for the study included school systems in one or more of three types of networks: OCLC vendors, state regional multitype networks, and statewide school networks. A random sample of 674 school districts in 17 states with 3,613 school systems was drawn, and a questionnaire based on the preliminary stage model was mailed to district level persons responsible for school media programs, school contact persons for the library network, superintendents, or building school library media specialists. Descriptive statistics were used to provide a profile of the respondents and chi-square and gamma coefficient tests were performed on each event in the questionnaire in relation to the level of involvement reported by the respondent. Significance of the 19 events tested in the model varied when analyzed by the different variables. This model provides a guide for users to assess their own progress in the adoption of innovations and to plan for the future. Twenty-six tables, 11 figures, the survey instrument, and a 175-item bibliography are provided. (Author/SD)
Descriptors: Decision Making, Elementary Secondary Education, Information Networks, Learning Resources Centers, Library Cooperation, Library Networks, Library Planning, Library Services, Library Surveys, Models, Questionnaires, School Libraries, Shared Resources and Services, Telecommunications, User Needs (Information)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, East Carolina University.