ERIC Number: ED215705
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
The Use of Books and Libraries by Part-Time Business Studies Students at a Polytechnic: A Follow-up Study.
To study the effect on library use, of additional expenditure on accounting textbooks needed by part-time business students, a study was conducted in the spring of 1980 at the City of London Polytechnic. Three techniques were used: (1) a questionnaire distributed to all part-time students in the Accountancy Department and, as a control group, all part-time students in the Economics and Banking Department; (2) semi-structured interviews with part-time students aimed at examining in more detail the role of the library in their courses; and (3) a questionnaire inserted in the additional books during a three week period. The results of the questionnaire survey, with a response rate of about 40 percent, suggest that there had been a growth in the number of part-time accountancy students who used the library since an earlier study in 1979. Nevertheless, the book use study indicated that the vast majority of loans of the additional texts were to full-time students and only 16 percent were borrowed by part-time students. Copies of both the questionnaires and the interview schedule are appended, as well as supporting data and student comments on open-ended questions. (Author/RBF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: City of London Polytechnic (England). Library and Learning Resources Service.