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College Students' Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources College Students' Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources

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College Students’ Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources examines the college student subset of data from the OCLC report, Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources (2005). With all-new graphs and tables, and additional analysis of how college student data compare to that of total respondents, this report summarizes many of the same findings from the original Perceptions report:

  • Library use, including usage of and familiarity with electronic resources
  • Trust of libraries and their resources
  • Awareness of libraries and resources offered
  • Students’ satisfaction with and use of search engines
  • The “Library” brand from the students’ perspectives
  • Use of free vs. for-fee information

This report looks at these questions, however, from the point-of-view of college students and 14- to 17-year-olds. In the original study, we found that college students are more aware of and use libraries’ information resources more than other survey respondents. In addition, the more educated the respondents, the more they continue to use libraries after graduation. But awareness does not always translate into high usage. Overall, respondents have positive, if outdated, views of the “Library”. Younger respondents—teenagers and young adults—do not express positive associations as frequently. These findings, and more, are valuable insights for anyone seeking to know more about the library usage and perceptions of college students and young people.

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