Previous research shows that the anxiety of not knowing how to use the library is a major factor in the decline in library attendance. In this study, the hypothesis was that the knowledge and attitude of students who participated in the library orientation would positively increase. A survey was emailed to 150 students of John Brown University (JBU) measuring their pre and post library orientation knowledge and attitudes of the library. The results of the study showed an increase in library knowledge, t (53) = -10.01, p = 0.007, d = 7.33, an increase in confidence in using the library, t (53) = -8.73, p < .001, d = 1.71, and increased comfort in asking library staff for help, t (53) = -4.97, p < 0.001, d = 1.81. The results of this study confirm previous research showing that with greater library knowledge comes more comfort in the library and a stronger perception of the helpfulness of library staff.
"The Effect of Library Orientation on Library Knowledge,"
The Christian Librarian: Vol. 57
, Article 13.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.georgefox.edu/tcl/vol57/iss2/13