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Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Knowledge, Use, and Attitudes of Academic Librarians

From: portal: Libraries and the Academy
Volume 7, Number 2, April 2007
pp. 191-212 | 10.1353/pla.2007.0020


To assess their knowledge, use, and attitudes regarding peer-to-peer (P2P) applications, this study surveyed academic librarians (n = 162) via a mail-in survey. Correlations between the sample characteristics (age, gender, year of MLS, type of library job) and P2P knowledge, use, and attitudes were also explored. Overall, academic librarians demonstrated low knowledge levels (mean quiz score = 49 percent), rarely used P2P applications, and exhibited indifferent attitudes (total neutral responses = 42 percent) toward these burgeoning information technologies. In conclusion, the implications of the survey's findings in relation to academic library services, campus standing, and professional ethics are discussed.