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ERIC Number: ED121236
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 103
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Utilization of Library Resources by Students in Selected Non-Residential Degree Programs: Implications for Educational Administrators.
Groark, James J.
In a study to determine library use and attitudes of students enrolled in external degree programs, a questionnaire was administered to a random sample of nonresident students at Empire State College, in the New York State Regents External Degree Program, and at Goddard College. Analysis of the data showed that the majority were full-time students, used libraries at least weekly, and considered such use necessary to their academic success. Public libraries were used most frequently, and students preferred print materials to newer educational media. While generally satisfied with library services, students felt dissatisfaction in libraries' lack of needed materials. Students were self-sufficient, using few suggestions from librarians. Implications were that libraries need to: (1) recognize and provide for the special needs of external degree students; (2) improve the instructional abilities of librarians; (3) provide current information on local learning resources; (4) prepare study and library guides; and (5) be alert to new developments and changes in nontraditional college programs. Implications for program administrators were that they should cooperate with libraries by informing them about programs and needed materials, encourage student library use, examine the possibility of reimbursing public libraries, and use libraries for recruiting students. (Author/LS)
Publication Type: Books
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