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ERIC Number: ED154807
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Dec
Pages: 74
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The Relationship between the Use of the San Diego State University Library and Selected Personal Characteristics of the Student Population.
Burns, Mary Ada
This study examined the relationship between the use and non-use of the Education Resource Center (ERC) at the San Diego State University Library and selected socioeconomic characteristics of graduate students enrolled in educational technology and librarianship classes. A questionnaire was administered to a sample population of 181 students; 140 were returned. While analysis of the data using the Statistical Program for the Social Sciences (SPSS) found relatively small differences between the personal characteristics of users and non-users, two patterns based on other variants were indicated: library usage increased as students progressed through the university; and the average non-user, while as intelligent or academically competent as the user, regarded the use of the library as strictly course related. Frequency analysis distributions are summarized and tabulated for the following areas: service and reference materials; print materials; media software; function of the ERC; students' feelings toward the ERC; students' use and opinion of the university library and other libraries; and personal characteristics. Recommendations for further research include conducting another study that could better isolate the factors which contribute to use and non-use of the ERC by students. The questionnaire and students' comments are appended. (Author/JPF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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