Factors influencing evidence based librarianship (EBL) practices among Malaysian academic librarians / Ida Nadia Mohamad Bahtiar

Mohamad Bahtiar, Ida Nadia (2020) Factors influencing evidence based librarianship (EBL) practices among Malaysian academic librarians / Ida Nadia Mohamad Bahtiar. PhD thesis, Universiti Teknologi MARA.


Evidence based librarianship (EBL) supports librarians in problem solving and decision
making process. This concept provides additional value to a library in numerous aspects of
librarianship activities and services. EBL supports librarians in applying evidence approach
in their daily practices since the concept is moderately flexible and applicable in many areas
of the library. The purpose of this study is to examine the factors that may influence the
adoption of Evidence based librarianship (EBL) by librarians in Malaysia’s Public Higher
Learning Institutions. The present study adopts quantitative approach and employs survey
as the research instrument. The target population was among libraries from Malaysian
public universities and 234 questionnaire forms were distributed to 234 out of the total
population of 624 librarians. This study involves main research variables such as:
Organizational factor, Research utilization factor, Diffusion of innovation factor, Job
design factor and adoption of EBL. The findings of the study shows that librarians indicate
positive signs to the sources and the use of evidence in the libraries. They employ evidence
in their day to day practice, however, the adoption of EBL in Malaysia was at an average
level. The moderate level of evidence act ivities in library indicates the consequences of
EBL in enhancing the efficiency of operation and services of Malaysian Public Higher
Learning Institutions libraries. In term of the relationship study, the results demonstrate a
positive and significant relations to the four factors in which the variables are directly
related to the adoption of EBL. Overall, it shows that librarians are lacking in assessing the
EBL skills to fulfil users’ needs and demands. By attending suitable EBL training, it will
enable to further develop competency, increasing capabilities and creativities to utilize new
and innovative ideas. The existing resources in the library can be used to enhance librarians’
productivity and effectively supporting their daily tasks. The outcome of the study
contributes to the EBL practice specifically in Malaysian Public Higher Learning
Institutions libraries. It can be used as guidance to individuals who have interest in evidence
practices and for those seeking knowledge on EBL in the Malaysian context. Previous
study found that EBL is able to support effective decision making and contributes to the
reduction of risks.


Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
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Mohamad Bahtiar, Ida Nadia
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Abd Manaf, Zuraidah (Prof. Dr.)
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Library Science. Information Science > Classes of libraries > Academic libraries
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Personnel. Librarians
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam > Faculty of Information Management
Programme: Doctor of Philosophy in Information Management
Keywords: EBL; library management
Date: April 2020
URI: https://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/60737
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