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ERIC Number: ED401923
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
Pages: 57
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The Effects of Computer Anxiety and Technostress, as Functions of Resistance to Change, on the Staff of the 18 Founding OhioLINK Libraries as the OhioLINK Automated System Is Initiated.
Popovich, Donna
This descriptive study surveys the staff of all 18 founding member libraries of OhioLINK to see whether or not they prefer the new system or the old one and why. The purpose of the study is to determine if resistance to change, computer anxiety and technostress can be found in libraries converting their automated systems over to the OhioLINK Innopaq system. Of 114 questionnaires, 78 were returned. Participants in this study consisted of staff, with and without an MLS, who worked with the library system on a daily basis. By comparing stage of implementation to respondents' choice of system, the level of implementation of the respondents' libraries is compared to their attitudes about changing to OhioLINK and then analyzed. Stage of system implementation and attitudes toward OhioLINK are examined to determine if the symptoms of technostress are less prominent among staff in libraries that are near the final stages of system implementation. Finally, level of staff participation, including training on the systems, views of this training, and participation in library committees dealing with issues of OhioLINK are examined along with the respondents' preferences of library systems to determine if involvement of staff members affects their acceptance of OhioLINK. Results suggest that computer anxiety and resistance to change were not factors in converting to OhioLINK. Some symptoms of technostress were found to decrease as the implementation of OhioLINK progressed until the system was fully operational and connected to central site. Appendices include the questionnaire and cover letter; the collection size, staff size, and automated systems in use before OhioLINK, by library; research application; and seven tables depicting results. (Contains 30 references.) (AEF)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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