LIBRARY ANXIETY OF THE GRADUATE STUDENTS OF LIS: A SURVEY
Keywords:Library and Information Science, Academic Libraries, Library Anxiety, Library Fear, MLIS, MLAS
The present study was conducted to determine the level of library anxiety among the graduate students of Library and Information Science enrolled in nine public sector universities of Pakistan. The Multidimensional Library Anxiety Scale developed and validated by Dr. Doris Van Kampen, was used to collect the data from the survey respondents. The scale has six dimensions which are divided into 53 statements. The Cronbach’s alpha value of overall MLAS was .88. The data was collected from 511 students of MLIS studying in different library schools of Pakistan. The collected data was then analyzed statistically by using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 22. The results of the study indicated that graduate students of Library and Information Science exhibited overall a mild level of library anxiety on all the six dimensions of MLAS. The study also provide some recommendations to assuage library anxiety among the students.