A Comparative Evaluation on Reading Habits of Students Attending to Ankara and Hacettepe Universities' Information and Records Management Departments

ALACA E., Kiziloz T.

TURKISH LIBRARIANSHIP, vol.29, no.3, pp.515-543, 2015 (ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 29 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.515-543
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


In this study, it is taken as a goal to determine whether the Information and Records Management Department students in Turkey have reading habits, the factors which have an influence on their reading habits and their efficiency in getting the library users adopt reading habits. Within the scope of the study, a questionnaire is conducted on 437 students out of 585 who continue their bachelor's degree programs in the Department of Information and Records Management in Ankara University and Hacettepe University. As a result of the research, it is concluded that the students are take place among the medium level reader group, they generally guide themselves in terms of reading, they read in their leisure times, they read anytime they find the opportunity, they do not start reading another book unless they finish the one they have already started, the biggest complaint in terms of reading is that they cannot create enough time for reading and they mostly visit the libraries at least twice a month. The most general result of the study which is conducted related to the reading habits of the undergraduate students in Information and Records Management Department of Ankara and Hacettepe Universities is that unfortunately nearly half of these students do not have reading habits. It is really difficult for the librarians who do not read to understand and meet the needs and demands of a society which do not read. In this context, the Information and Records Management Departments come to the forefront with their responsibilities especially on growing librarians and being in close contact with all types of information sources and information centers. In these departments, it is necessary to get the students adopt the habits of reading and using libraries both through course contents and through the suggestions and encouragements of the academicians.