LIBRARY AUTOMATION AND LIBRARY PERSONNEL IN SELECTED ACADEMIC LIBRARIES IN CEBU CITY: A TECHNOSTRESS PROGRAM
Sarah Angiela A. Ragay
Silliman University Email address: sarahara[email protected] Abstract
Computer technology has been in existence for more than three decades now and most of libraries, especially academic libraries, are adopting the technological innovations in order to cater to technologically adept library users. Likewise, the librarians repositioned themselves by attending seminars and trainings that will help them understand and be able to manipulate the technology well. But no matter how and what trainings provided, some still experienced a kind of anxiety known as technostress.
The study looks into the library automation and the attitudes of librarians in selected academic libraries in Cebu City. Based on the findings, a technostress program was developed. Specifically, the study (1) describes computer technology used by the academic libraries in terms of hardware and software; (2) presents attitudes of the academic librarians toward library automation; (3) identifies benefits gained by the academic librarians in their use of the computer technology; (4) identifies problems of the academic librarians in their use of the computer technology, and; (5) designs a technostress program for the academic librarians based on the findings of the study. The main findings of this study found that computer use moderately contributes unhealthy psychological impact, particularly stress. The librarians of the selected universities in Cebu City are optimistic in adopting technology in the library. They are open to more trainings in order to render effective and efficient service to the library customers.
A technostress program was developed as the output of the study. The program, when seriously considered by the library management, recommends technostress coping techniques for personnel.
Keywords: technostress; technostress program; academic librarians