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Measuring Academic Library Users’ Acceptance of Open Access Systems

Yunfei Du

ASIS&T 2008 Annual Meeting (AM08 2008)
Columbus, Ohio, October 24-29, 2008


Open access systems, such as open access journals, self-archives, preprints, instructional repositories, seem to lead to a possible solution that could alleviate financial burden of academic libraries while providing substantial support for learning and scholarship with minimum or no intuitional cost. However, little is reported how student library users’ actually or their perception of usefulness to such systems for their academic work. This study tries to understand whether and to what degree academic library users will adopt open-access systems, such as Google Scholar, ePrints, Open J-Gate, and other digital repositories.

This project will answer the follow research questions:

1. What is academic libraries users’ perceived usefulness of open access systems?

2. What is academic libraries users’ ease of use of open accessed systems?

3. Are there differences of perceived usefulness and perceived easiness among distance?

4. How academic libraries users’ perceived usefulness and perceived usefulness correlate with their intention to use open access systems?

This author designed a questionnaire that was derived from Technology Acceptance Model to estimate the relationship between perceived usefulness of open access resources, perceived ease of use, and users’ intention to use open access systems. Student participants will be recruited from libraries at a southwest state university, as well as library school students. This project explores a new research tool to evaluate scholarly communication systems and open access repositories.

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