Adoption of online databases in public libraries: An Australian case study

Christina Williamson, Steven Wright, Frada Burstein, Donald Schauder

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The project on which this article is based set out to evaluate'using an interpretivist/ constructivist framework'the content, usability, and use of the four online databases that were introduced into Victorian public libraries under the Gulliver Program. The grounded nature of the method enabled the discovery of key issues that were not always related to the quality of the databases themselves. Since Everett Rogers' famous analysis of the diffusion of innovations appeared to have explanatory value in this context, his theory was used to illuminate the findings. This was despite the fact that an individual was not involved in this case but rather the State Library of Victoria making a decision to adopt an innovation on behalf of the public libraries of Victoria. The researchers believed that Rogers' framework could be used to shed light on why both staff and library patrons were slow in accepting or adopting online databases for their information seeking. The conclusion is that training is the principal way in which this situation could be changed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2003


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