Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 

Date of this Version

6-20-2019

Abstract

This study aimed to determine the factors that affect the retention of all 3rd year CE students of Saint Mary’s University using percentage, frequency, rank, mean, standard deviation, and Pearson correlation. Results revealed that majority of the respondents hardly visited the library. Majority of the respondents borrowed Engineering-related books and have read books at the Engineering Section while the least visited section was the periodicals section. Moreover, the e-library was one of the major sources of information. In terms of the problems affecting the retention, it was found that the library was usually dark which discouraged reading. Significant relationship exists between civil engineering experiences in reading materials and in borrowing books from some of the sections of the library and their retention-related experiences. Based on the findings, the students seldom utilized the resources of the library. Reading books from the Science / Mathematics Section and the Engineering Section has significant relationship with the General Weighted Average (GWA) last semester. Reading books from the Science / Mathematics Section has a significant relationship with the lowest grade obtained last semester. Civil engineering experiences in reading materials and in borrowing books from some of the sections of the library and their retention-related experiences have significant relationship. The study recommends that the department must continue practicing and improving the retention policy. Students should use the library and its resources to enhance their knowledge. The librarians must sustain the collections that are useful to students and improve the services.

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