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Title:Investigating the effects of students’ major and bibliographic instruction programme on library anxiety sub-scale, ‘barriers with staff’
Auhtor(s): Noor Harun Abdul Karim,Novera Afaq Ansari ,
Journal:Malaysian Journal of Library & Information Science
Volume:18, No 3
Year:2013
Keywords:Library Anxiety Scale; Library instruction programme; Academic major; Antecedents of library anxiety; Barriers with library staff.
Abstract:This study examined the effects of antecedent variables students’ major and attendance in bibliographic instruction program on the variation in library anxiety sub-scale, ‘barriers with staff’. The study employed a cross-sectional survey design using 367 students drawn randomly from a population of 8432 undergraduate students in a Malaysian institution of higher learning. The analysis of data was based on 308 usable returns. The results of running an independent sample t-test revealed that ‘barriers with staff’ did not significantly discriminate between students majoring in the human/social sciences and those majoring in the pure/applied sciences. Further, ‘barriers with staff’ was found to have significantly discriminated between students who had attended the bibliographic instruction program and those who did not attend such a program. The results of running a 2 X 2 Factorial ANOVA further supported the findings of the two independent sample t-tests in which students major was found to have no significant effect on ‘barriers with staff’ whilst attendance in bibliographic instruction program was found to have a significant effect on ‘barriers with staff’. The results of running a 2 X 2 Factorial ANOVA also revealed a statistically significant interaction effect between students’ major and attendance in bibliographic instruction program on library anxiety sub-scale, ‘barriers with staff’. The findings revealed that students majoring in the human/social sciences who had attended the bibliographic instruction program reported the lowest levels of library anxiety associated with ‘barriers with staff’ when compared to students majoring in the pure/applied sciences who had not attended such a program. This finding highlights bibliographic instruction program role as a moderating variable rather than as a typical antecedent or independent variable in the library anxiety research program.
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