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University students’ attitudes towards ubiquitous library-supported learning: an empirical investigation in the context of the Line@Library

Yun-Fang Tu (Department of Educational Technology, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei, Taiwan and Department of Library and Information Science, Research and Development Center for Physical Education, Health and Information Technology, Fu Jen Catholic University, New Taipei City, Taiwan)
Gwo-Jen Hwang (Department of Educational Technology, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei, Taiwan and Graduate Institute of Library and Information Studies, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan)
Joyce Chao-Chen Chen (College of Humanities and Education, Center of General Education, Chung Yuan Christian University, Taoyuan, Taiwan and Graduate Institute of Library and Information Studies, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan)
Chiulin Lai (Department of Education, National Taipei University of Education, Taipei, Taiwan)

The Electronic Library

ISSN: 0264-0473

Article publication date: 6 May 2021

Issue publication date: 18 May 2021

Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to investigate the influences of task-technology fit on university students’ attitudes towards ubiquitous library-supported learning when they use a mobile library app, Line@Library.

Design/methodology/approach

In this study, structural equation modelling to examine 158 valid questionnaires are used. The study aims to examine the effects of task-technology fit (TTF) on university students’ attitudes towards mobile learning (AML) when using Line@Library.

Findings

The results show that task-technology fit is an important role that influences the students’ attitudes towards mobile learning. The factor “technology characteristics” is considered when the students attempted to use the mobile app to solve problems or complete tasks. This study also found that the students responded with positive perceptions of the task-technology fit and had positive perceptions of its ease of use. Furthermore, usefulness, ease of use and affection of AML were found to be the most influential predictors of mobile library adoption intention.

Originality/value

From the perspective of learners, this study investigates the relationships of the combination of social media and a mobile library between TTF and AML. This study further found that not only ease of use, usefulness and affection but also task-technology fit can be a predictor that influences students’ attitudes towards mobile learning.

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Acknowledgements

This study is supported in part by the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Republic of China under contract number MOST-108–2511-H-011–005-MY3 and MOST-106–2511-S-011-005-MY3.

Citation

Tu, Y.-F., Hwang, G.-J., Chen, J.C.-C. and Lai, C. (2021), "University students’ attitudes towards ubiquitous library-supported learning: an empirical investigation in the context of the Line@Library", The Electronic Library, Vol. 39 No. 1, pp. 186-207. https://doi.org/10.1108/EL-03-2020-0076

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