The relationship between academic library usage and educational performance in Kuwait

Alharbi, Awadh & Middleton, Michael R. (2012) The relationship between academic library usage and educational performance in Kuwait. Library Management, 33(1/2), pp. 86-94.

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University libraries play an important role in contributing to student and faculty members’ academic achievement. This study examines perceptions of university library usage to consider factors that influence achievement of students, academics and administrators. A thorough review of relevant literature examined approaches to determining user satisfaction of students and faculty, and factors that influence library usage. It highlighted the value of usage on educational performance. It enabled development of a theoretical framework leading to the Factors of Academic Library Usage (FALU) model, which was developed to investigate the effect of usage factors. FALU was tested in Kuwait university libraries. The study used validated questionnaires from 792 students, 143 academics and 121 administrators to measure five library factors. Interviews were conducted across the three University libraries. The findings are useful in measuring the correlation between the current academic library usage and educational performance.

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ID Code: 48275
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: This paper was originally prepared for the QQML Conference in Athens, Greece between 24-27 May 2011
Keywords: Academic libraries, Kuwait, Library collections,, University administrators, HERN, Academics, Evaluation models, University students, Academic performance
DOI: 10.1108/01435121211203347
ISSN: 0143-5124
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (080700) > Librarianship (080706)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Deposited On: 13 Feb 2012 21:56
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2015 17:50

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