Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 

Abstract

Since modern librarians are urged to acquire technological skills, thus objectives of this study are; 1) to examine whether or not the acquisition of such skills affects their generic job satisfaction (GJS) and; 2) to identify the training needs. To this end, twelve research hypotheses were formulated indicating the relationship of technology skills with GJS. The findings revealed significant effects of technology functional and professional skills on GJS and accordingly, all hypotheses (H1-H12) are supported. Further, Information Assurance and Security Skills were established as the principal predictor of GJS whereas Library Content Management System skills as the weakest. Additionally, training needs analysis established a 76.3 per cent deficit, 19 per cent surplus, and 21.2 per cent job-best fit. This study has diverse implications; 1) practical implications- national technology skills model is needed to enable librarians to acquire needed skills; 2) social implications- results emphasize librarians to enhance the current level of professional skills to perform contemporarily that perhaps augment their social image and; 3) theoretical implications- the integrated research model of this study can be utilized by future researchers either for cross-validation of findings of this study or to improve the topic scope.

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