Innovation diffusion: Proposal of an organizing theory on which to base research into school library development

Current research into national and international school library development tends to be fragmented and descriptive. Conceptualizing the spread of school librarianship as the diffusion of an innovation and encouraging inquiry framed by diffusion theory may result in research that involves formulating and testing hypotheses in a search for valid, useful generalizations and models. This article reviews existing research and discusses the general appropriateness of applying diffusion theory to the study of five factors that influence school library development globally:
1. the evolution of, acceptance of, and consensus on a viable service-delivery model;
2. the influence exercised by professional organizations;
3. the generation of acceptable standards;
4. overt government support; and
5. acceptance of a coherent educational rationale or mission, which can influence the receptivity of individual schools and systems.

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Diffusion (communication), Elementary secondary education, Information services, Library development, Library planning, Library services, Organizations (groups), Research utilization, School libraries, Standards, Theory practice relationship

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Language(s):English
AuthorsKnuth, Rebecca (School of Library & Information Studies, University of Hawaii, USA)
Publisher:Elsevier Inc.
Keywords:Diffusion (communication), Elementary secondary education, Information services, Library development, Library planning, Library services, Organizations (groups), Research utilization, School libraries, Standards, Theory practice relationship
Last update:1997