The purpose of this study is to assess the e-readiness status of libraries in the Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences in terms of four dimensions – human resources, electronical infrastructure, network services and programs and enhancers of the networked world.
The study population consists of 11 libraries of the Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, including the central library and 10 faculty libraries. The data collection instrument is a questionnaire prepared by the researchers that has been designed on the basis of the “e-readiness assessment of Iranian academic libraries model”. Depending on the respondents there are three parts to the questionnaire: questionnaire for managers, staff and information and communication technology (ICT) officials. Their reliability and validity have been proved.
The libraries of Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences had an average to high status in terms of “human resources” with a score of 2.32, “electronic infrastructure” with a score of 2.48, “network services and programs” with a score of 2.09 and “networked world enhancers” with a score of 2.37 out of 4. In total, these libraries had an average to high status in terms of e-readiness, with a score of 2.29.
The findings of this study can help the library administrators and officials of Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences to plan improvements to the situation of ICT.
This article has been extracted from the Master thesis by the first author (Hosein Motahari nezhad) and supervised by one of the coauthors (Maryam Shekofteh) in Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. Thanks to Mrs Farzaneh Ahmadi for the statistical advising. Thanks to the staff, managers and ICT specialists of libraries for completing the questionnaires. Thanks to the reviewers for their precious comments.
The authors declare no conflict of interest.
Motahari-Nezhad, H., Shekofteh, M. and Kazerani, M. (2018), "E-readiness assessment of academic libraries: a case study in Iran", The Electronic Library, Vol. 36 No. 2, pp. 193-207. https://doi.org/10.1108/EL-11-2016-0254Download as .RIS
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