A Strategic Pattern to Transform University Libraries into Learning Organizations In the Third Millennium (Case Study: Libraries of Islamic Azad University)

Document Type : Original Article


1 PhD Student, Department of Information Science and Knowledge Studies, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran.

2 Assistant Professor, Department of Information Science and Knowledge Studies, Roudehen Branch, Islamic Azad University, Roudehen, Iran

3 Professor, Department of Information Science and Knowledge Studies, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran.


Purpose: the purpose of this study is to provide a strategic model for the transformation of university libraries into learning organizations
Methodology: The research is of applied type and has been done by mixed exploratory method (qualitative and quantitative). The statistical population of the qualitative section included 15 experts in the information science and knowledge field. The statistical population of the quantitative section is all staff of the libraries of the Islamic Azad University in Iran. The data collection tools were a semi-structured Delphi questionnaire in the qualitative section and a researcher-made questionnaire with 39 items extracted from the fuzzy Delphi process in the quantitative section. To present the research model in the quantitative section, confirmatory factor analysis and structural equation modeling techniques have been used by PLS software.
Findings: The factor loadings of the indicators of the strategic model of the transformation of the libraries of the Islamic Azad University into a learning organization were all above the acceptable range (0.6), which indicated the effectiveness of the indicators in the formation of the components of the model. The value of AVE was Cronbach's alpha coefficient and the combined reliability was 0.5, so all the criteria in the latent variables of the research were within an acceptable range. The appropriateness of the fit of the research component measurement models was confirmed with 99% confidence. The results of the t-test in the quantitative part showed that there is a significant difference between the desired situation and the current situation in all components of the transformation of Islamic Azad University libraries into learning organizations and the current situation is lower than average.
Conclusion: According to the appropriate fit, the model of transformation of Islamic Azad University libraries into learning organizations presents the components of continuous learning, group learning, empowerment, strategic leadership, questioning and dialogue, systematic thinking, and systems integration


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