The authors provide us with the first in depth look at the origins and subsequent evolution of this fascinating field of study. Beginning with a discussion of the Library Anxiety Scale, the most widely used measure of library anxiety among college and university students, it investigates a number of theoretical models, provides an extensive framework for conducting research at the institutional level, and offers both proven and proposed strategies for prevention and intervention. If there are more nonusers than users in your community-or if you suspect your users could benefit more from the experience-let Library Anxiety ease your troubled hearts and smooth the way ahead.
Anthony J. Onwuegbuzie is Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Measurement and Research at the University of South Florida, Tampa. Qun G. Jiao is Associate Professor and Reference Librarian at Newman Libary, Baruch College, The City University of New York. Sharon L. Bostick is President of the library consulting firm S.L. Bostick and Associates and was formerly Director of Libraries at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
1 Part 1: Background 2 Part 2: Theory 3 Part 3: Research 4 Part 4: Applications 5 Appendix A: Library Anxiety Scale 6 Appendix B: Scoring Protocols for the Library Anxiety Scale 7 References 8 Subject Index 9 Author Index 10 About the Authors