Course: Master of Arts in Library Science
School: Philippine Women’s University, Manila
Subject Area: Library Services
Year of Graduation: 1981
Statement of the Problem
The study sought to determine the correlation between the academic performance of the students of Philippine Christian University (PCU) and their use of and attitudes towards the library services for school year 1980-1981.
The researcher used the descriptive survey method to determine the relationship of the academic performance of students in the PCU and their use of and attitudes towards the library services. The subjects of the study were the university students representing the different departments of PCU in the main campus on Taft Avenue, Manila, for the school year 1980-1981.
The academic performance of students in the PCU were classified into levels of superior, above average, below average, and poor. Majority of the students belong to the average and below average levels. In general, the students are average.
In general, most of the respondents of all levels of performance never use the library, only 10-20 percent use it once, twice, or three time a week. They also used the following resources ranked in the order of frequency of use: Reference Services, Circulation and Reserved Book Services, and Personnel Services.
Irrespective of levels of academic performance and curricular year levels, majority of the respondents had “uncertain” attitudes toward their instructors and librarians, while majority of the respondents had positive attitudes towards some physical aspects of the library.
A large percentage of the respondents have “uncertain” attitudes toward their own skills and knowledge of the use of the library resources.
All respondents agreed that the library is the center of teaching and learning and that the students’ use of the library resources has a direct relationship to their academic performance.
A high relationship exists between academic performance and the use of the library resources among superior, above average, average, and poor or failing students.
There is no relationship between academic performance and the use of the library resources for below average students who were mostly working students. There is no relationship between the encouragement and assistance given by the professor and librarian and the use of the library services.
The college curriculum should be expanded and enriched so that it includes subjects which lead to the development of library consciousness among students. A 1-unit introductory course on the use of the library resources should be required for all new and first year students, regardless of courses taken.
The library should have qualified personnel.
A follow–up study of the faculty’s use of the library resources should also be made.
The administrators and department heads of the University should disseminate to the teachers and librarians as well, the results of this study to make them aware of the present situation regarding the skills of students towards the use of the library services. Subsequently, students should be motivated to cooperate for improvement of these library skills.