The effect of librarians’ digital skills on technology acceptance in academic libraries in Jordan

Faten Hamad*, Maha Al-Fadel, Hussam Fakhouri

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Digital skills are necessary to work and manage electronic library infrastructures and services. Accordingly, there is an urgent need for assessing the level of digital skills among librarians at academic libraries in Jordan. It is also important to investigate the influence of digital skills on technology acceptance among librarians in Jordan. A questionnaire was developed and used to collect the required data from university libraries in Jordan. The results indicate a high level of digital skills among the librarians. The result also shows that financial issues are the main challenges that librarians face to obtain the required skills. Most importantly, the level of digital skills positively influences the librarians’ acceptance and use of technology in academic libraries in Jordan. It was noted that factors such as sex, age, experience, specialization, and library type had no effect on the results. Findings of this research will help to explore the skills and competencies needed by information professionals and act as a guideline for competency development and curriculum updates in Librarianship and Information Science schools at an international level.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)589-600
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Librarianship and Information Science
Volume53
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021

Keywords

  • Digital skills
  • academic libraries
  • digital libraries
  • digital literacy
  • technology acceptance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Library and Information Sciences

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