A 1962 study repeated the following year of all book charges in a 1-month period in the middle of the semester at Eastern Illinois University showed thatinspection suggested a relationship between number of books checked out during this period and grade point average, with 62% (75) of A average students, 44% (399) of B average, 39% (529) of C average, 22% (16) of D average, and 14% (1) of F average students checking out at least 1 book.                  (Source)

A study in academic 1963-64 at the Grand Canyon College (Phoenix, Arizona; 1963 enrollment: 479) of circulation records for 9 weeks, showed thatchecking books out of the library and GPA did not seem by inspection to be correlated. The average GPA of 150 students who had no recorded use of the library was 1.43, while the average GPA of the 150 students who checked the most books out of the library (7-55 volumes each) was 1.47.                (Source)

A study during Winter quarter 1964 of the book circulation records of 50% of the 742 members of the 1963-64 entering freshman class at the California State Polytechnic College (Pomona) showed thatstudents who borrowed no books during the quarter earned an average GPA of 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale), while library users earned an average GPA of 2.22. This was a statistically significant difference.              (Source)

        Ibid…. showed thatlibrary use and GPA were not equally correlated among majors. No statistically significant GPA accrued to engineering or science majors who used the library, while among arts majors the advantage was 2.37 GPA for library users compared to 2.10 for nonusers, and for agriculture majors the advantage was 2.13 GPA vs. 1.70 for nonusers.                   (Source)

        Ibid…. showed that, while only 63% of the freshman class returned the following Fall, of those students who had used the library 73.7% returned, compared to the 57% return rate for non-library users.  (Source)

Dr. David Kohl

 "Libraries in the digital age are experiencing the most profound transformation since ancient Mesopotamian scribes first began gathering and organizing cuneiform tablets."

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