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World Digital Libraries: An International Journal (WDL)
Vol.3(2)  December 2010
Print ISSN : 0974-567X
Perceptions of South Asian LIS community towards open source software adoption in libraries
Muhammad Rafiq: PhD Scholar, Department of Library and Information Science, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan; Kanwal Ameen: Chairperson, Department of Library and Information Science, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan
 
Abstract
 
This study is intended to investigate the perceptions of South Asian LIS community towards open source software (OSS) adoption in libraries by adopting a quantitative research design. An online questionnaire-based survey was conducted to reach the geographically dispersed population in the vast region of South Asia. A Likert-type scale with 20 items was designed to collect data. A total of 190 responses were gathered from four countries, namely, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan. The collected data were analysed using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS). Descriptive statistics, independent sample t-Test, and ANOVA were used to draw conclusions. Attention was given to two independent variables: organization type (public/private sector), and library type (academic/public/special). The overall results suggested that respondents had positive perceptions towards OSS adoption in libraries. However, the results of the t-Test and ANOVA indicated that ‘organization type’ and ‘library type’ were insignificant factors, as there were no significant differences of perceptions found among the respondents on the basis of ‘organization type’ or ‘library type’.

This study is the first of its kind from a South Asian perspective. Its findings are useful for the LIS community, library system developers, software developers, technology administrators, and library administrators.
 
 
   

 

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