ATTITUDE TOWARDS RESEARCH (ATR) AMONG MALAYSIAN ACADEMIC LIBRARIANS
Academic librarians, being key stakeholders in the development of academic libraries, play a strategic role in supporting researchers to use the library facilities and increase their knowledge creation and production. Academic librarians’ attitudes towards research are critical in determining the levels of library use for research. However, there is a lack of studies on librarians’ attitudes towards research. This study investigates the attitudes of librarians towards research in academic libraries. Data from 130 (59%) respondents were used for analysis. The overall result shows that on the average, respondents showed positive attitude towards research (overall mean = 5.20) and they agree that research is useful (overall mean = 5.48). On the other hand, their research anxiety can be interpreted as low (overall mean = 2.83). The findings will be useful for curriculum planners involved in the development of librarian’s competencies and training of information professionals in the Faculties and Departments of Library and Information Science, librarians at all levels and industries, and also for graduates who aspire to work in the library or information science organisations.