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Library Anxiety Resources

Library Anxiety Resources

Literature Review

Bostick, Sharon L. “The Development and Validation of the Library Anxiety Scale.” PhD diss., Wayne State University, 1992.

Jiao, Qun G, Anthony J Onwuegbuzie, and Art A. Lichtenstein. “Library Anxiety: Characteristics of ‘At-Risk’ College Students.” Library and Information Science Research 18, no. 2 (1996): 151–63.

Mellon, Constance A. “Library Anxiety: A Grounded Theory and Its Development.” College & Research Libraries 76, no. 3 (March 13, 1986): 276–82. https://doi.org/10.5860/crl.76.3.276.


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Abusin, K. A., A. N. Zainab, and Noor Harun Abdul Karim. “Sudanese Library Anxiety Constructs.” Information Development 27, no. 3 (August 2011): 161–75. https://doi.org/10.1177/0266666911414376.

Anwar, Mumtaz A., Charlene L. Al-Qallaf, Noriah M. Al-Kandari, and Husain A. Al-Ansari. “AQAK: A Library Anxiety Scale for Undergraduate Students.” Journal of Librarianship and Information Science 44, no. 1 (March 18, 2012): 36–46. https://doi.org/10.1177/0961000611425568.

Ashrafi-rizi, Hasan, Maryam Sadat Sajad, Sedigheh Rahmani, Susan Bahrami, and Ahmad Papi. “The Effective Factors on Library Anxiety of Students in Isfahan University of Medical Sciences and Shiraz University of Medical Sciences.” Journal of Education and Heaith Promotion 3, no. 92 (2014). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4165123/.

Campbell, Josephine. “Library Anxiety.” In Salem Press Encyclopedia of Health. Salem Press, 2017. https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=ers&AN=125600461&site=eds-live&scope=site.

Chimah, Jonathan, Marvelous Nwajei, and Chinwe Akpom. “Library Anxiety and Intervention Strategies: Review of Conceptualized Antecedents in Public Service Librarianship.” British Journal of Education, Society & Behavioural Science 10, no. 1 (June 17, 2015): 1–8. https://doi.org/10.9734/bjesbs/2015/18178.

Gremmels, Gillian S. “Constance Mellon’s ‘Library Anxiety’: An Appreciation and a Critique.” College & Research Libraries 76, no. 3 (March 1, 2015): 268–75. https://doi.org/10.5860/crl.76.3.268.

Hartman, S. “Library Fear Deconstructed: Overcoming Library Anxiety.” eSource for College Transition 6, no. 5 (2009): 1–17. https://sc.edu/nrc/presentation/annual/2009/download/CT-191.pdf.

Lawless, Lenard J. “An Examination of Library Anxiety at Cape Breton University.” Evidence Based Library and Information Practice 6, no. 3 (2011): 16–27. https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/eblip/index.php/EBLIP/article/download/10203/8961.

McPherson, Marisa Alicia. “Library Anxiety among University Students: A Survey.” IFLA Journal 41, no. 4 (December 1, 2015): 317–25. https://doi.org/10.1177/0340035215603993.

Naveed, Muhammad Asif. “Exploring Information Seeking Anxiety among Research Students in Pakistan.” Libri 66, no. 1 (April 7, 2016). https://doi.org/10.1515/libri-2015-0047.

Nunes, Alex. “Do You Suffer from Library Anxiety?” JSTOR Daily, 2016. https://daily.jstor.org/do-you-suffer-from-library-anxiety/.

Świgoń, Marzena. “Information Barriers in Libraries: Types, Typologies and Polish Empirical Studies.” Library Management (July 2011). https://doi.org/10.1108/01435121111158619.

Still, Madeleine. “Addressing Library Anxiety (LA) in Student Nurses: A Study in an NHS Foundation Trust Hospital Library and Information Service.” Health Information and Libraries Journal 32, no. 4 (December 1, 2015): 322–25. https://doi.org/10.1111/hir.12124.

Jan, Sajjad Ullah, Mumtaz Ali Anwar, and Nosheen Fatima Warraich. “Emotional Intelligence and Academic Anxieties: A Literature Review.” New Review of Academic Librarianship 23, no. 1 (January 2, 2017): 6–17. https://doi.org/10.1080/13614533.2016.1270839.

McAfee, Erin. “The Anxious, the Furious, and the Annoyed: Hidden Shame in the Academic Library.” College & Research Library News 80, no. 4 (2019): 230–32. https://crln.acrl.org/index.php/crlnews/article/view/17670/19501.

McAfee, Erin. “Shame: The Emotional Basis of Library Anxiety.” College & Research Libraries 79, no. 2 (March 29, 2018): 237–56. https://doi.org/10.5860/crl.79.2.237.

Bell, Judy Carol. “Student Affect Regarding Library-Based and Web-Based Research Before and After an Information Literacy Course.” Journal of Librarianship and Information Science 43, no. 2 (June 2011): 120–30. https://doi.org/10.1177/0961000610383634.

Bernardo, Al. “Teaching Anxious Students: Reimagining Library Pedagogy for the Age of Anxiety.” In Recasting the Narrative, 801–9. Cleveland, OH: ACRL, 2019.

Fleming-May, Rachel A., Regina Mays, and Rachel Radom. “‘I Never Had to Use the Library in High School’: A Library Instruction Program for At-Risk Students.” Portal: Libraries and the Academy 15, no. 3 (July 12, 2015): 433–56. https://doi.org/10.1353/pla.2015.0038.

Karim, Noor Harun Abdul, and Novera Afaq Ansari. “Investigating the Effects of Students’ Major and Bibliographic Instruction Programme on Library Anxiety Sub-Scale, ‘Barriers with Staff.’” Malaysian Journal of Library and Information Science 18, no. 3 (2013): 39–47. https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/65e9/860f38aed521b482d79a35ee3bfa805770a4.pdf.

Payne, Susan. “Information Fluency: Strengthening Student Success and Retention,” 2012. http://elp.library.jhu.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/ELPWhitePaperResearchandInformationFluency_Published2012November-1.pdf.

Wildemuth, Barbara. “Library Anxiety Impedes College Students’ Library Use, but May Be Alleviated Through Improved Bibliographic Instruction.” Evidence Based Library and Information Practice 12, no. 4 (2017): 275–80. https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/eblip/index.php/EBLIP/article/view/29352.

DiPrince, Elizabeth, Amber Wilson, Chrissy Karafit, Amanda Bryant, and Chris Springer. “Don’t Panic! Managing Library Anxiety with a Library Survival Guide.” Reference & User Services Quarterly 55, no. 4 (July 1, 2016): 283-92. https://doi.org/10.5860/rusq.55n4.283.

“How Universities Get Students through Their ‘Library Anxiety.’” EAB Daily Briefing. April 19, 2016. https://www.eab.com/daily-briefing/2019/04/26/how-universities-get-students-through-their-library-anxiety.

Muszkiewicz, Rachael. “Get to Know Your Librarian: How a Simple Orientation Program Helped Alleviate Library Anxiety.” Public Services Quarterly 13, no. 4 (September 12, 2017): 223–40. https://doi.org/10.1080/15228959.2017.1319780.

Rhoades, James G, and Arianne Hartsell. “Marketing First Impressions: Academic Libraries Creating Partnerships and Connections at New Student Orientations.” Library Philosophy and Practice (August 2008). http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/libphilprac.

Black, Steve. “Psychosocial Reasons Why Patrons Avoid Seeking Help from Librarians: A Literature Review.” The Reference Librarian 57, no. 1 (January 2, 2016): 35–56. https://doi.org/10.1080/02763877.2015.1096227.

Brown, Lesley J. “Trending Now-Reference Librarians: How Reference Librarians Work to Prevent Library Anxiety.” Journal of Library Administration 51, no. 3 (April 2011): 309–17. https://doi.org/10.1080/01930826.2011.556950.

Carlile, Heather. “The Implications of Library Anxiety for Academic Reference Services: A Review of Literature.” Australian Academic & Research Libraries 38, no. 2 (June 2007): 129–47. https://doi.org/10.1080/00048623.2007.10721282.

Kampen-Breit, Doris Van, and Rachel Cooke. “Do They Think We’re the Frenemy?” Library Leadership & Management 30, no. 1 (2015): 1–16. https://journals.tdl.org/llm/index.php/llm/article/view/7117/6352.

Lipka, Sara. “‘I Didn’t Know How to Ask for Help’: Stories of Students with Anxiety.” Chronicle of Higher Education 64, no. 22 (2018). https://www.chronicle.com/article/I-Didn-t-Know-How-to-Ask/242412.

Martin, Pamela N., and Lezlie Park. “Reference Desk Consultation Assignment: An Exploratory Study of Students’ Perceptions of Reference Service.” Reference & User Services Quarterly 49, no. 4 (2010): 333–40. https://www.jstor.org/stable/20865294.

Pellegrino, Catherine. “Does Telling Them to Ask for Help Work?” Reference & User Services Quarterly 51, no. 3 (March 1, 2012): 272–77. https://doi.org/10.5860/rusq.51n3.272.

Shelmerdine, Anna J. “Library Anxiety: Stories, Theories and Possible Solutions.” Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association 67, no. 4 (2018): 343–52. https://doi.org/10.1080/24750158.2018.1534281.

Thomas, Susan, Eamon Tewell, and Gloria Willson. “Where Students Start and What They Do When They Get Stuck: A Qualitative Inquiry into Academic Information-Seeking and Help-Seeking Practices.” Journal of Academic Librarianship 43, no. 3 (May 1, 2017): 224–31. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acalib.2017.02.016.