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Open access awareness, use, and perception: a case study of AAU faculty members

Abdoulaye Kaba (Library, Al Ain University of Science & Technology, Al Ain, UAE)
Raed Said (Department of management and management information systems, Al-Ain University of Science & Technology, Al-Ain, UAE)

New Library World

ISSN: 0307-4803

Article publication date: 12 January 2015

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to report the findings of a survey undertaken at Al Ain University of Science and Technology (AAU) to investigate and understand faculty awareness, use and perception of Open Access (OA) resources.

Design/methodology/approach

Using a Web-based survey questionnaire, data were collected from full-time faculty members teaching at AAU, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Findings

The study found that faculty members possess a good knowledge and a positive perception of OA resources. They frequently use OA resources for teaching, learning and research activities. However, the findings indicate that female faculty members are more likely to use OA resources than male faculty members. Faculty members with a high level of awareness or use are found to have a highly positive perception of OA resources. Presenting research reports at conferences and seminars or publishing research papers is weakly associated with the level of awareness and use of OA resources. The study revealed no association between the faculty member and their use of OA resources.

Research limitations/implications

It is essential for scientific communities to understand the importance of OA resources and how to use them effectively in teaching, learning and research activities.

Originality/value

This kind of research is new to the Gulf Cooperation Council countries in general and the UAE in particular. The findings of the study may help to improve the awareness and the use of OA resources among scientific communities not only in the Arab countries but also around the world.

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Citation

Kaba, A. and Said, R. (2015), "Open access awareness, use, and perception: a case study of AAU faculty members", New Library World, Vol. 116 No. 1/2, pp. 94-103. https://doi.org/10.1108/NLW-05-2014-0053

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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