Biography:

In the past Jenny Bronstein has collaborated on articles with Yair Amichai-Hamburger. One of their most recent publications is Perceived self-efficacy of library and information science professionals regarding their information retrieval skills. Which was published in journal Library & Information Science Research.

More information about Jenny Bronstein research including statistics on their citations can be found on their Copernicus Academic profile page.

Jenny Bronstein's Articles: (3)

Perceived self-efficacy of library and information science professionals regarding their information retrieval skills

AbstractThis research investigated self-efficacy perceptions of Israeli library and information science (LIS) professionals regarding their information retrieval skills, examining the judgments that participants make about their own searching abilities. The study was based on Bandura's four sources of self-efficacy information: (a) past performance or mastery experiences; (b) vicarious observation of others' experiences; (c) verbal or social feedback; and, (d) affective states. An online survey presenting the Information Retrieval Self-Efficacy Scale was distributed among three existing Israeli LIS discussion groups. The questionnaire was completed by 201 LIS professionals. Findings show that participants reported a high level of self-efficacy regarding information retrieval and all four sources of self-efficacy information influenced the construction of self-efficacy beliefs. Correlations between self-efficacy perceptions and several socio-demographic variables were investigated. The data analysis revealed that men and women are impacted differently by self-efficacy information; women reported a higher score for affective states and men are more prone to frustration. Also, a significant relation was found between age and years of experience, as well as the sources that exerted more influence on participants. Older and more experienced participants reported being more impacted by their mastery experiences and their affective states. Participants in the middle of their careers reported a greater influence of social feedback on their self-perception of self-efficacy.

An exploration of the library and information science professional skills and personal competencies: An Israeli perspective

Highlights•A typology of 49 LIS skills and competencies was developed using content analysis.•Job listings looked for information provision skills and personal competencies.•Library directors emphasize the need for skills related to the organization of information.•Course descriptions focus on the acquisition of technological skills.

Full length articlePsychological factors behind the lack of participation in online discussions

Highlights•This article provides an understanding as to why the majority of participants in online communities remain silent.•This article specifies a variety of factors that come into play when determining various levels of participation.•The paper suggests ways in which to encourage people to participate in online discussions.

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