Document Type : Original Article
MSC. Knowledge& Information Science, Publication supervisor of Institute for Higher Education ACECR Khuzestan, Ahvaz, Iran.
Assistant Professor, Knowledge & Information Science, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran.
Purpose: the current research aimed to investigate the librarians’ usage of library software capabilities in regard with management, input-output, and preparation issues in special libraries located at Ahvaz city.
Methodology: research was an applied one and with a survey method. The survey population were the total number of 74 librarians in Ahvaz’s special libraries. Due to the limited number of librarians, no sampling was applied. Data were gathered by a self-made questionnaire. Subsequently, the data gathered were then analyzed by statistical methods like independent t test, one-way ANOVA, Pearson using software SPSS version 22.0.
Findings: mostly, libraries use the library software capabilities in management, organization, information input-output and preparation as well. Generally speaking, capabilities in organization, information input-output and preparation services were highly used compared to management capabilities as the least ones. Furthermore, analyzing the demographic characteristics showed that gender, field of study, years of service and age had no significant difference on the usage of library software capabilities by librarians.
Conclusion: Overall, librarians had a good ability in using management, output and preparation capabilities available in library software. However, in terms of organization and information input, there is a need to train librarians about the capabilities of the software. Lastly, library software designers must evaluate and redesign the software to match the needs of the librarians.