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978-0-8108-4955-6 • Paperback • February 2004 • $82.00 • (£63.00)
Anthony J. Onwuegbuzie is Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Measurement and Research at the University of South Florida, Tampa.
Qun G. Jiao is Associate Professor and Reference Librarian at Newman Libary, Baruch College, The City University of New York.
Sharon L. Bostick is President of the library consulting firm S.L. Bostick and Associates and was formerly Director of Libraries at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
1 Part 1: Background
2 Part 2: Theory
3 Part 3: Research
4 Part 4: Applications
5 Appendix A: Library Anxiety Scale
6 Appendix B: Scoring Protocols for the Library Anxiety Scale
8 Subject Index
9 Author Index
10 About the Authors
...the information presented is accurate, current and very comprehensive....Overall, this is an impressively detailed text on this subject written by the three principal researchers in this field. It provides a comprehensive literature review of the subject, pulling together and discussing the major research that has been undertaken on library anxiety. The authors have an ambitious aim to pull in readers from a wide area of interest, as well as readers with varying levels of research backgrounds. They are successful...I would recommend this as the first book in this emergent field of study and for its comprehensive level of detail.
— Library Review, Vol. 56, No. 3 (2007)
Library Anxiety ties together in a comprehensive volume the three threads of development of theory, conduct of research, and practical applications of research findings in the field of library anxiety. As such it is an apt choice as the first volume in a series on research methods in library and information science....As the premier work in the study of library anxiety, this book should be of interest to practitioners and others concerned about library anxiety as well as those contemplating research in this area.
— Library & Information Science Research
The central thrust of this book is to give an overview of the current state of library anxiety research, much of which is based on the use of the Library Anxiety Scale (LAS), a tool developed in 1992 by Sharon L. Bostick to measure the construct and other, similar instruments....This book is painstakingly written with extensive documentation and lengthy bibliography, subject, and author indexes. It is well organized, each chapter laying out what it will say, with chapter subheadings and good summaries. The chapters on anxiety theory, research methodology, project design, and applications are well worth reading for any library school student who needs to conduct a research project....an excellent stepping-off point for potential research studies or Ph.D. dissertations. It is well targeted toward educators, researchers, librarians, and advanced graduate students in library and information science.
— College & Research Libraries
The authors do a commendable job pulling together the available research on this important library subject. For those new to the library field or needing to develop programs that directly address library anxiety issues, this volume would be a good starting point.
— Government Information Quarterly
For LIS and academic collections.
— Library Journal
Onwuegbuzie and his two librarian co-editors look at the origins and evolution of the study of library anxiety, laying out the existing theoretical models, providing a framework for further research, and offering strategies for soothing students' fears.
— Reference and Research Book News