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Factors fostering the success of IoT services in academic libraries: a study built to enhance the library performance

Asad Ullah Khan (School of Information Management, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China)
Zhiqiang Zhang (School of Information Management, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China)
Sohail Raza Chohan (School of Information Management, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China) (Department of Information Sciences, University of Education, Lahore, Pakistan)
Wajid Rafique (Department of Computer Science and Operations Research, University of Montreal, Montréal, Canada)

Library Hi Tech

ISSN: 0737-8831

Article publication date: 18 October 2021

Issue publication date: 8 December 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

In the modern era, libraries confront significant service challenges. Some challenges are linked to information resource management which includes direct availability of information for immediate decision making. The Internet of Things (IoT) is a recent technological shift that library personnel should be aware of because it has the potential to enhance information resource management. The purpose of the research is to highlight the willingness to adopt IoT technology in libraries.

Design/methodology/approach

This study uses a quantitative research design in which a survey of public sector universities in Nanjing, China, is conducted to investigate the determinants of IoT adoption intention in libraries. A total of 389 responses were captured from experienced library personnel. The literature on technology adoption is then used to formulate quantitative theories. For data analysis, partial least squares structural equation modeling using SmartPLS.

Findings

The research highlights the various success factors which support the IoT service adoption process. It is concluded that IoT augmented services in academic libraries must be supported through robust management practices and effective utilization of technological resources. Many libraries have made substantial modifications to their structure in terms of technology and design to satisfy the demands of patrons.

Originality/value

This is an empirical paper that looks at IoT adoption intention in libraries using a quantitative approach through surveying library personnel. The library personnel can aid in the understanding of the motivations behind technology adoption in libraries, particularly of IoT services that may bring about advances in the libraries' capability to provide information access services.

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Acknowledgements

This research is supported by Jiangsu Social Science Foundation grant no. 21ZD016.

Citation

Khan, A.U., Zhang, Z., Chohan, S.R. and Rafique, W. (2022), "Factors fostering the success of IoT services in academic libraries: a study built to enhance the library performance", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 40 No. 6, pp. 1976-1995. https://doi.org/10.1108/LHT-06-2021-0179

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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