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Thinking style preferences among the public library directors of Florida

Leroy Hommerding, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


The purpose of this study was to investigate whether public library directors in the state of Florida evidence a preferred style of thinking. Public library directors as listed in the 2001 52nd edition of the Florida Library Directory with Statistics were contacted. To facilitate this investigation, the Sternberg-Wagner Thinking Style Preferences Questionnaire was distributed in a statewide survey, with the scores analyzed in terms of occurrences and percentage. The study achieved an 85.7% (126) return rate, with a total of 124 surveys used for data analysis. The descriptive analysis gave clear evidence of directors having a profile of styles rather than a single style, and there were was a notable difference between high and low preferences for each of the 13 thinking styles. ^ Five conclusions addressed are: (a) the potential for the development of the legislative and global thinking styles among Library Directors; (b) the potential for development of a flat thinking style among directors participating in the study regarding internal and external scope of thinking, and liberal and conservative leaning of thinking; (c) why low preference for anarchic, judicial, hierarchic, and local thinking styles might exist; (d) the apparent influence of the library world upon thinking style profiles; and (e) gender and thinking style preference. ^ Recommendations for future study and ideas for improving Library Director administration were included. ^

Subject Area

Library Science|Psychology, Industrial|Psychology, Cognitive

Recommended Citation

Hommerding, Leroy, "Thinking style preferences among the public library directors of Florida" (2002). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI3070128.