A study of success factors of resource sharing in Iranian academic libraries

A study of success factors of resource sharing in Iranian academic libraries
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۷۱۱-۷۲۸
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Purpose– This paper aims to present the results of a study on success factors of resource sharing (RS) and cooperation in Iranian Academic Libraries (IAL), from the point-of-view of librarians who have direct experience of such activities.‎ It investigates and compares the librarians’ experiences of, and opinions on, the importance of the success factors in the current and desirable situations in the IALs.‎
Design/methodology/approach– Based on a comprehensive review of the relevant literature, 58 success factors of RS were identified from the previous studies.‎ Using Liker scale technique, the importance of the factors in the current and desired situations of the RS programs were explored and ranked, based on the experiences and opinions of a sample of “key informants” who had direct experience of RS activities in the context of IALs.‎ Then the consistency and/or inconsistency between the current and desired situations of the success factors were identified, using gap analysis method.‎
Findings– The findings revealed that almost all of the success factors mentioned in previous studies are considered important by the respondents.‎ However, only eight factors received high rankings in the current and desired situations of the RS programs in the IALs.‎
Research limitations/implications– The research focuses on factors identified in previous Studies.‎ This may ignore certain, especially cultural, factors, which are effective in the context of IALs.‎
Practical implications– The study highlights the importance of success factors in development or improvement of any RS activity.‎ The factors would provide both researchers and practitioners with a rich framework to examine the current situation of their RS programs and develop informed strategic plans to improve that.‎ In particular, the findings inform the RS planners and policy makers that particular attention needs to be given to the factors that are identified as very important by the study participants.‎ These factors would alert them to the causes and impacts of such a deficiency in the RS and library cooperation systems.‎
Originality/value– There is no comprehensive study on the success factors of RS in libraries and, as such, no investigation of the factors in some real-life contexts of RS activities.‎ Both researchers and practitioners in the field of RS may value the novelty and results of this study.‎

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Alidousti, Sirous, Maryam Nazari, and Mohammad Abooyee Ardakan.‎ 2008.‎ A study of success factors of resource sharing in Iranian academic libraries.‎ Library Management ۲۹ (۸,۹): ۷۱۱-۷۲۸.

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