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Library Rx: Measuring and Treating Library Anxiety
Martina Malvasi, Catherine Rudowsky, and Jesus M. Valencia
Item Number: 978-0-8389-8499-4
Publisher: ACRL
Price: $35.00
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112 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-8499-4
Year Published: 2009
AP Categories: P, I

Library Rx presents research findings on library anxiety in college and university students. There is strong evidence that library anxiety has a negative impact on undergraduate student performance. This books reviews research in this arena, describes discoveries of a research project on library anxiety, and presents ideas for the treatment of library anxiety.

Treatments tested and presented include traditional bibliographic instruction, online tutorials, and one-on-one teaching moments as compared to no library intervention. Using statistical analysis, the effectiveness of the various treatment methods presented. In addition, anecdotal evidence of library initiatives and events used to reduce library anxiety is provided.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Library Anxiety and Library Instruction: A Review of the Literature
Chapter 2. The Millennial Generation
Chapter 3. SRU Research Project: Purpose, Design and Methodology
Chapter 4. SRU Research Project: Results and Discussion
Chapter 5. Treatment Beyond our Research
Chapter 6. A Library Anxiety Research Agenda for the Future
Appendix A. Methodology and the Ordered Logit Model
Appendix B. Coefficient Tables
Appendix C. ANOVA Results for 2007 Full Sample
Appendix D. Demographics of Students Sampled References

About the Authors

Martina Malvasi is Assistant Professor, Systems/Health Sciences Librarian, Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA

Catherine Rudowsky is Assistant Professor, Business/Outreach Librarian, Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA

Jesus M. Valencia is Assistant Professor, School of Business – Economics & Finance, Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA