Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Date of this Version

Winter 2-15-2021


Current research attempts to investigate the views of librarians of Iranian academic central libraries on the use of (IOT) in Iranian academic libraries. The present study employed in a descriptive and survey method. The statistical population of the study was 298 librarians of the central libraries in the top universities of Iran including Isfahan, Amir Kabir, Tehran, Tarbiat Modares, Shahid Beheshti, Tabriz, Ferdowsi, Shiraz, Khaje Nasir al-Din Tousi, Sharif, Elm-o- San’at) Science and Industry). Sampling was done by simple random sampling. The Cochran formula was used to determine the sample size. Considering the 95% confidence level and after the numerical values were placed in the corresponding formula [n = (Za / 2 × σ) / ε] ^ 2, the sample size was obtained as 168. The data gathering tool was a researcher-made questionnaire. Among the questionnaires distributed by email, 113 questionnaires were collected. Validity of the questionnaire was measured by a number of Library and Information Science experts. To assess the reliability of the questionnaire, the Cronbach's alpha coefficient was used. The reliability of all components of the questionnaire was greater than 0.70. Data analysis was performed using the SPSS version 20 software and statistical indictors like frequency and mean. The Internet of Things, according to the tools provided by the libraries, is able to increase the speed of provision of services and perform the activities related to such services (for example, book exhibitions, meetings, etc.) with more ease. Libraries are always exposed to damages such as fire and accidents due to the old infrastructure. In addition, libraries face specific damages alongside their functions, which must be managed in order to minimize them. Theft of resources that is sometimes irrelevant in some libraries is one of the damages that libraries face and need to tackle it. In both cases, unplanned incidents and robbery, the use of IOT technology can be very useful. Of course, if the library building is located on the columns and the sections can be easily separated, you can provide more space without having to spend much time and manpower through the use of sensors installed on the equipment for libraries that lack space. Research findings revealed that Iranian librarians pointed to the benefits of IOT in retrieving accurate information related to the needs of users without applying experience-based practices. They also point to the ability of the IOT to record the users' interests in doing personal activities and sharing knowledge and skills with other users.