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Library Review

ISSN: 0024-2535

Online from: 1927

Subject Area: Library and Information Studies

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Dimensions of library anxiety and social interdependence: implications for library services

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Title:Dimensions of library anxiety and social interdependence: implications for library services
Author(s):Qun G. Jiao, (Qun G. Jiao is an Associate Professor and Reference Librarian, Newman Library, Baruch College, The City University of New York, New York, USA. E-mail:, Anthony J. Onwuegbuzie, (Anthony J. Onwuegbuzie is an Associate Professor, Department of Human Development and Psychoeducational Studies, Howard University, Washington, DC, USA.)
Citation:Qun G. Jiao, Anthony J. Onwuegbuzie, (2002) "Dimensions of library anxiety and social interdependence: implications for library services", Library Review, Vol. 51 Iss: 2, pp.71 - 78
Keywords:Students, University libraries, USA
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/00242530210418837 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:The present study examined the relationship between library anxiety and social interdependence. Participants were 115 graduate students from various disciplines who were administered the Library Anxiety Scale (LAS) and the Social Interdependence Scale (SIS). The LAS assesses levels of library anxiety. The SIS measures individuals’ cooperative, competitive, and individualistic perceptions. The higher the score on each of the three SIS subscales, the more cooperative, the more competitive, or the more individualistic the respondents consider themselves to be. Scores on these scales are relatively independent so that a student could conceivably receive a high score on all three scales. A canonical correlation analysis (Rc = 0.41) revealed that cooperative attitudes were related significantly to barriers with staff, comfort with the library, and knowledge of the library. Individualistic attitudes, affective barriers, and mechanical barriers served as suppressor variables. Implications are discussed.

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