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Perceived service quality, perceived value and recommendation: A study among Canadian public library users

Riadh Ladhari (Department of Business Administration, University of Moncton, Moncton, Canada)
Miguel Morales (Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Canada)

Library Management

ISSN: 0143-5124

Article publication date: 30 May 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of the present study is to propose a conceptual model and empirically test the relationships between perceived service quality, perceived value, and recommendation in the public library setting.

Design/methodology/approach

The LibQUAL+TM 2004 instrument was administered to 439 Canadian public library users.

Findings

The results show that affect of service, library as place, and information control significantly explain perceived value. There is a strong relationship between perceived service value and recommendation. The results also support the validity of the LibQUAL+TM measure used in this study and its relevance in the public library service context.

Research limitations/implications

Future research can focus on comparing the proposed relationships across different types of libraries. Another direction of research for future research is the study of these relationships in different cultural settings.

Originality/value

The paper provides valuable results concerning the determinants of the perceived value of library services from the users' perspective.

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Citation

Ladhari, R. and Morales, M. (2008), "Perceived service quality, perceived value and recommendation: A study among Canadian public library users", Library Management, Vol. 29 No. 4/5, pp. 352-366. https://doi.org/10.1108/01435120810869129

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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