Wednesday, December 15, 2004

English-Use Anxiety in Israeli College Libraries. This article is by Diane Mizrachi, University of California Los Angeles and Snunith Shoham, Bar Ilan University, Israel. It looks at the concept of library anxiety from a different approach. In this case, it examines how students in a country where English is not the first language struggle with the use of the vast amount of library material which is in English.

From the site:

In high-tech, highly educated small language communities, college students are often dependent on non-native language material, usually English, for their studies and research. In a study of library anxiety among Israeli college students, applying English language skills for the specific purpose of computerized library searches in an academic library environment was found to be the single most debilitating factor. This result proved consistent regardless of student’s age, gender, year of study or native language.

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