A study of attitudes toward the usefulness of the library computer system and selected variables: A further study

Alex A. Koohang, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
David M. Byrd, Southern Illinois University Carbondale


This study investigated the differences between the levels of the independent variables of gender, college level, prior computer experience, and familiarity with computer keyboarding on attitudes toward the usefulness of the Library Computer System (LCS). The subjects of this study were 51 students who were enrolled in a library course in Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Illinois during the spring semester of 1986. A portion of this course was designed to train students to use and work with the LCS. The instrument used in this study measures the attitudes of students, who have used and worked with the LCS, to the perceived usefulness of the system. Analyses of variance were conducted, in order to see a significant difference between the levels of each independent variable, and the dependent variable, separately. Results of this study showed that prior computer experience, college level, and familiarity with computer keyboarding were significant factors on more positive attitudes toward the usefulness of the LCS. Based on the findings of this study, some recommendations for practice and research were made.