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Dissertation Information for Susan J. Webreck

NAME:
- Susan J. Webreck

DEGREE:
- Ph.D.

DISCIPLINE:
- Library and Information Science

SCHOOL:
- University of Pittsburgh (USA) (1985)

ADVISORS:
- Sara Fine

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
- Richard Andrew Krzys
- Thomas J. Galvin
- Allen Kent
- Donald Shirey

MPACT Status: Fully Complete

Title: THE EFFECTS OF PERSONALITY TYPE AND ORGANIZATIONAL CLIMATE ON THE ACQUISITION AND UTILIZATION OF INFORMATION; A CASE STUDY APPROACH INVOLVING THE PROFESSIONAL STAFF OF FOUR ACADEMIC LIBRARIES

Abstract: Studies have been conducted which have identified those organizational members who have access to more and varied types of information sources than do their colleagues. It was found that these same individuals are often consulted by their colleagues concerning professional matters and are often involved in the decision making process. This type of descriptive research has not dealt with the relationships between those factors that have been termed information richness, opinion leadership and decision making.

This research sought to identify the relationships that exist among information richness, opinion leadership, decision making, personality type and organizational climate. The findings indicated that there were direct positive associations between information richness, opinion leadership and decision making; however, information richness was not a sufficient condition for opinion leadership, and opinion leadership was a necessary but not a sufficient condition for decision making. The results also indicated that age, length of employment and position of the librarian affected an individual's tendency to be an opinion leader and a decision maker. These conclusions are supported by other research studies conducted by McClure and Samuels.

Additional findings suggest that the librarians in this sample group tended to exhibit introverted and judging personality types. These results are in accord with those studies which examined the personality types of librarians and found them to be characterized as introspective and pre-occupied with subjective feelings.

The organizational climate factor did not appear to affect an individual's tendency to be information rich; however, the positive associations among the five dimensions of the scale suggest that organizational climate is a unified and valid construct.

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