Doing e-Research with e-Library: Determinants of Perceived Ease of Use of e-Library

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Prof. T. Ramayah
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The purpose of the paper is to model the determinants of the ease of use of an online library. Many researchers have shown that ease of use is an important driver of intention to use and actual usage of a particular technology. Thus this paper endeavors to model the determinants of ease of use to add to the existing body of literature in Malaysia. The basic theory that forms the basis of the research is the Technology Acceptance Model developed by Davis (1989) but we adopted part of the model forwarded by Thong et al. (2002) on user acceptance of digital libraries. We have omitted usage as many researchers have already shown the direct effect of ease of use and perceived usefulness on intention to use and actual usage. Data was collected from 975 undergraduate and post graduate students from Universiti Sains Malaysia using a structured questionnaire. The findings of the study show that interface characteristics such as terminology (Beta=0.396, pThe purpose of the paper is to model the determinants of the ease of use of an online library. Many researchers have shown that ease of use is an important driver of intention to use and actual usage of a particular technology. Thus this paper endeavors to model the determinants of ease of use to add to the existing body of literature in Malaysia. The basic theory that forms the basis of the research is the Technology Acceptance Model developed by Davis (1989) but we adopted part of the model forwarded by Thong et al. (2002) on user acceptance of digital libraries. We have omitted usage as many researchers have already shown the direct effect of ease of use and perceived usefulness on intention to use and actual usage. Data was collected from 975 undergraduate and post graduate students from Universiti Sains Malaysia using a structured questionnaire. The findings of the study show that interface characteristics such as terminology (Beta=0.396, p


Keywords: Interface characteristics, Individual differences, Organizational Context,, e-library, e-research, Perceived ease of use, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Students
Stream: Human Technologies and Useability, Technology in Education
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: Doing e-Research with e-Library


Prof. T. Ramayah

Associate Professor, Operations Management Section, School of Management, Universiti Sains Malaysia
Malaysia

T. Ramayah graduated with a B. Management (Second Class Upper with Honours) from the Universiti Sains Malaysia. He started his career as a Tutor with the Universiti Sains Malaysia in 1990 at the School of Management. In 1997, he completed his MBA and was promoted to the post of lecturer in 1998. He is currently an Associate Professor and Head of Department of Production/Operations Management, School of Management, Universiti Sains Malaysia.

He has taught courses in Statistics, Operations Management, Research Methods, Forecasting and Computer Literacy at undergraduate level. He has supervised numerous MBA students in the fields of Information Systems, Operations Management, Marketing Management and Organizational Behaviour. He is also currently supervising numerous students at the MA and PhD levels.

He has been involved in conducting training courses for the government (Research Methods for candidates departing overseas for higher degree, Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam). He is also actively involved in consultancy projects having successfully completed projects for TESCO, MIMOS and World Fish Center.

He has also presented numerous papers at local and international conferences. He is also active in research publications having published research papers in several local and international journals of repute. He is currently the Chief Editor of the Asian Academy of Management Journal, an international peer reviewed journal published by the USM Publishers. He is also a reviewer for numerous international and local journals and conferences.

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