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The research questions include: 1. What are the characteristics of library IT workers? 2. To what extent do library IT workers have a sense of belonging to their organizations? 3. To what extent do library IT workers have job autonomy?
4. Is there a relationship between the role of IT workers as boundary spanners and their sense of belonging? 5. Are there any differences between systems librarians and non-librarian IT workers with respect to their sense of belonging, their role and their job autonomy? Finally 6. Do the characteristics of library IT workers overlap with those of IT workers in other organizations?
The major data collection method is a survey method. The population consists of the IT workers in each main library of the 100 university member libraries of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) in the United States. The sample of the study will be the IT workers of ten university libraries in the mid-western United States. Two sampling frames will be used: the ARL directory and the library staff directories of each sample university library. This poster session will present the primary findings of the study.
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