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Public Librarians’ Personal Integrity: Implications on Job Satisfaction

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This study was conducted to determine whether there is a relationship between components of personal integrity such as commitment, consistency, responsibility, self-discipline, self-motivation and trustworthiness and job satisfaction (JS) of professional librarians in public libraries. The respondents were 180 professional librarians in public libraries selected using the stratified sampling technique. The instrument used was the Job Descriptive Index (JDI) and other instruments of integrity. The data were analyzed using a structural equation modeling analysis using the Smart PLS (Partial Least Simple) software. The results show that integrity can influence work satisfaction. The t-value of 6.392 suggests that integrity is an important predictor of JS. Hence, in the absence of integrity, the public librarians will not be satisfied with their job. In terms of theoretical implications, the results of this study have provided a strong support to the theory of suitability of individual integrity in describing aspects of JS in the organization, especially in public libraries. More specifically, the results obtained provide a better understanding of predictor of public librarians’ JS. Addressing the integrity factor that contributes to librarian satisfaction can have a significant impact on recruitment, retention and users’ outcomes. Training and courses related to integrity must be strengthened in order to increase librarians’ JS, leading to increased productivity.
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Keywords: Integrity; Malaysian Public Librarian; Public Services

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Faculty of Information Management, UiTM, Selangor, Malaysia 2: Faculty of Education, UiTM, Selangor, Malaysia

Publication date: April 1, 2017

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