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Impact of service quality on user satisfaction in public university libraries of Bangladesh using structural equation modeling

Md. Jahangir Alam (Department of Library and Information Science, International Islamic University Chittagong, Chittagong, Bangladesh)
Muhammad Mezbah-ul-Islam (Department of Information Science and Library Management, University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh)

Performance Measurement and Metrics

ISSN: 1467-8047

Article publication date: 13 December 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

The study aims to appraise the impact of service quality dimensions on user satisfaction in Bangladeshi public university libraries using structural equation modeling (SEM).

Design/methodology/approach

This study developed an SEM method based on SERVQUAL, LibQUAL+ and SERVPERF instruments, including 30 items under five service quality dimensions and eight satisfaction items with the 7-point Likert scale to appraise the impact of library service quality dimensions on user satisfaction. For this purpose, a survey was carried out among 437 students, 52 MPhil/PhD researchers and 32 teachers of the nine selected public university libraries of Bangladesh through a structured questionnaire. The SEM approach included path analysis, confirmatory and exploratory factor analysis, as well as construct reliability and validity where user satisfaction was used as the dependent variable, and five service quality dimensions were applied as independent variables.

Findings

This model was identified as significant and clarified 58% of the total variation in user satisfaction. The study findings indicated that resources of the libraries, staff competence, demeanor approach and tangible facilities of the public university libraries have a significant impact on user satisfaction.

Originality/value

An initiative has been taken for the first time to ascertain the impact of library service quality on user satisfaction applying the SEM approach in Bangladesh. Moreover, it creates an avenue to prompt future studies on the structural relationship between user satisfaction and service quality dimensions in academic libraries globally.

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Citation

Alam, M.J. and Mezbah-ul-Islam, M. (2022), "Impact of service quality on user satisfaction in public university libraries of Bangladesh using structural equation modeling", Performance Measurement and Metrics, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/PMM-06-2021-0033

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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