The WTI Media Center is here to assist you!
We can help you locate a book to read, write a resume, research a topic, and more.
Here are some highlights from a student survey administered to new and returning students during the media center orientation period in September 2011. Some points of interest:
- 64% of students surveyed are aged 18-35;
- 26% of students surveyed are 36 years of age and older;
- 57% of students surveyed reported having a public library card;
- 67% of students surveyed reported reading for both pleasure and information vs. only one or the other;
- 66% of students surveyed reported they enjoy reading;
- However, 62% of students surveyed reported visiting a public library fewer than 4 times in the past 2 years. Of the students surveyed, 27% reported they NEVER used a public library in the past 2 years;
- 98.6% of all students (new and returning) surveyed reported they intend to use WTI’s media center this school year; and
- 98% of returning students surveyed reported they used the media center last school year.
- Students reported using the WTI Media Center for many purposes: book selection and reading, research, resume writing, and other related assistance.
Contrary to some misconceptions, career and technical education students enjoy reading (66% of students surveyed reported enjoying reading) as much as other students. It has been anecdotally reported to me over the years that it’s an issue of a lack of time or access for them to be able to indulge in their enjoyment of reading.
With such a large percentage of students not utilizing public library resources on a regular basis (total of 89% of students surveyed), but a large percentage (98% of returning students) reporting they used the media center last school year, clearly the WTI Media Center is a valued, useful resource for career and technical education students.