Considering the important role of public libraries in providing health information service as well as user feedback in improving the quality of health information services, the purpose of this study is to evaluate the quality of health information service in public libraries of Hamadan, Iran, on the basis of the modified LibQUAL model
This practical research was conducted in an analytic-survey method. The statistical population consists of all members of public libraries of Hamadan over 18 years old (12,237 people), and the sample size is calculated to be 373 people. The stratified sampling method was used, and within each class, a convenience sampling method was used. The modified LibQUAL questionnaire was used to gather data. For checking normality of data distribution, the Kolmogorov–Smirnov test and for analyzing date, descriptive statistics and also Chi-square and Wilcoxon tests were applied using SPSS 25.
The users' minimum level of public libraries in all three dimensions is an average level. The users' desired level of “information control” is higher than other dimensions. The users' perceived level in dimensions of “human resources” and “information control” is high level, while users' perceived level in “educational service” is an “average” level. There is a superiority gap between desired and perceived level in all dimensions, but the adequacy gap was seen only in the dimension of “educational service.”
In this study, the quality of health information services provided in public libraries is evaluated by the LibQUAL model.
The results of this research can help managers and librarians of public libraries in measuring the quality of health information services and improving the quality of services provided by libraries. Besides, they can take a more accurate planning and pathologic approach, to eliminate the gap between minimum and desired expectations of users and libraries’ real services.
In this study, the quality of health information services provided in public libraries is evaluated by LibQUAL tool.
This article is taken from a master's thesis under the guidance of Dr Mohammad Reza Amiri and the scientific advisory of Dr Mohammad Karim Saberi, approved by code 980217864.This study has been adapted from an MSc thesis at Hamadan University of Medical Sciences (No.980217864).
Valadi-khorram, S., Amiri, M.R. and Saberi, M.K. (2020), "Evaluating the quality of health information services in public libraries: an experience from Iran", Library Management, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/LM-01-2020-0001Download as .RIS
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