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The Impact of Gender Differences on Job Satisfaction of University Library Professionals

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M. P. L. R. Marasinghe ,

University of Kelaniya, LK
About M. P. L. R.
Senior Assistant Librarian, Faculty of Medicine
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Anusha Wijayaratne

Open University of Sri Lanka, LK
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Former Senior Assistant Librarian
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Abstract

This study examined the influence of gender on job satisfaction among university library professionals in Sri Lanka. The survey design was adopted for the study. The general objective of the study was to evaluate the effect of gender differences on the level of job satisfaction among the professional staff of the university libraries in Sri Lanka. Five parameters were considered, namely; work, co-workers, compensation, promotion and supervision. The population of the current study consisted of 125 library professionals of 15 universities under the University Grants Commission in Sri Lanka. All members of the population were given the opportunity to participate in the study. A semi-structured questionnaire was used as the main data collection instrument. The response rate was 64%. Cronbach's alpha values of all variables are above 0.6 (work: 0.764, co-workers: 0.864, compensation: 0.661, promotion: 0.614 and supervision: 0.963). The instrument used to measure each variable in the current study is reliable and all the items are positively correlated to one another. the mean of job satisfaction of all aspects; work, co-workers, compensation, promotion and supervision is higher in Females (0.9200, 0.8021, 0.6521, 0.6667, 0.7243) than males (0.7277, 0.6406, 0.5250, 0.3854, -0.0052). The results indicated that there is a significant difference of job satisfaction between male and female university library professionals only in the "supervision" parameter. The overall job satisfaction of both male and female (3.77) university library professionals is equal. However, equal treatment to both genders will help to achieve higher satisfaction levels. The findings of the study will be helpful for librarians and administrators to develop a motivated and productive workforce for organizational success.
How to Cite: Marasinghe, M.P.L.R. & Wijayaratne, A., (2018). The Impact of Gender Differences on Job Satisfaction of University Library Professionals. Journal of the University Librarians Association of Sri Lanka. 21(2), pp.1–20. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jula.v21i2.7905
Published on 31 Jul 2018.
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