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Journal:   JOURNAL OF DENTAL MEDICINE   FALL 2007 , Volume 20 , Number 3 (52); Page(s) 250 To 258.
 
Paper: 

THE EFFECT OF EXTERNAL FACTORS ON MEDICAL LIBRARIANS' ATTITUDES TOWARD THEIR POSITION IN THE FUTURE OF PROFESSION

 
 
Author(s):  GHAZI MIRSAEID S.J.*
 
* DEPARTMENT OF LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE, SCHOOL OF ALLIED MEDICAL SCIENCES, MEDICAL SCIENCES, UNIVERSITY OF TEHRAN
 
Abstract: 

Background and Aim: The utilization of information and communication technologies in medical librarianship would put librarians in new created conditions. Therefore, the aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of external factors on medical librarians' attitudes toward their future professional situation.
Materials and Methods: This was a cross-sectional study. All libraries and affiliated with ministry of health, and medical education were included in the study. The research consisted of all medical librarians working in the mentioned centers. Data was collected through questionnaires including two major parts and an additional section pertaining to personal information. From total of 1368 cases, 1001 answered to the questions.
Statistical measurements consisted of frequency distribution, mean, percentage, measures of dispersion, correlation coefficient, and two tailed tests analyzed by SPSS software. P<0.05 was considered as the limit of significance.
Results: The results showed that the mean score of external factors and attitude were 3.25 and 4.18 respectively, at the scale of 5. There was a positive and significant relationship between external factors and attitude. Medical librarians did not consider the presence informaticians as a threat to their job security, and they have been able to adapt themselves to modern situations. Also, they were aware of the fact that if they can not succeed to match themselves with technological revolution, they will loose their jobs.
Conclusion: Structural changes in staff and educational establishments are necessary to satisfy future needs and are a priority to improve the influence of external factors on medical librarians' attitude toward the future of their profession.

 
Keyword(s): EXTERNAL FACTORS, ATTITUDE, MEDICAL INFORMATION SCIENCES, LIBRARIANS
 
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