Dissertation Information for Jo Anne Hall
MPACT Status: Fully Complete
Title: THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN INNOVATIVE OR CHANGE AGENT CHARACTERISTICS OF ACADEMIC LIBRARIANS AND THE EXISTENCE OF CHANGE IN SELECTED ACADEMIC LIBRARIES IN THE SOUTHEASTERN UNITED STATES
Abstract: The purpose of this study was twofold: to determine the relationships between educational achievement, professional involvement and change agent characteristics of selected academic librarians and to determine the relationship between change agent characteristics and the perception of library change by the librarians. The framework of this study was based on the innovation-decision theory of Rogers and Shoemaker. The study sought to determine the factors that are related to four measures of academic librarians' change agent characteristics, i.e., educational attainment and continuing education activities (educational achievement), participation in on-campus activities, professional organizations, publishing activities and research activities (professional status). The study also sought to identify ten measures of library change that academic librarians felt existed in their library environment. The research hypotheses were that academic librarians' educational achievement and professional activities would be related significantly to librarians' change agent characteristics and that change agent characteristics would be related significantly to librarians' perceptions of the degree of library change in academic libraries.
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