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  • What is PIL?

    Project Information Literacy (PIL) is a large-scale, national study about early adults and their research habits, conducted in partnership with the University of Washington's iSchool. Tune in and watch a short video about PIL. Read PIL's FAQ to learn more about the study's objectives. Read a summary paper about findings from our ongoing research.

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  • Latest Research

    How do freshmen make the critical information transition from high school to college? How do they begin to conduct college-level research? During the 2012-13 academic year, the PIL team conducted interviews with 35 freshmen from 6 U.S. colleges and universities. Read the research report (48 pages, 6.2MB). Watch the preview video (2:40 minutes)

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  • Smart Talks

    In our latest Smart Talks interview, we speak with Cathy Davidson, a professor, author, and leading thinker about technology, collaboration, cognition, and learning. Cathy says: "The biggest takeaway for the future of learning is most of our apparatus of higher education--the ways we test, the ways we grade, the way we give credit, the way we divide knowledge..."

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Inception: 2008

Institutional Home: The University of Washington's iSchool

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Purpose: PIL is a nonprofit conducting an ongoing academic study about how early adults conceptualize and operationalize research tasks in the digital age.

Volunteer Sample: Over 200 U.S. colleges and universities. Read the FAQ about joining the sample.

Who's in the Sample?
See the community colleges, public colleges and universities, and private colleges and universities in the U.S. that have already joined the volunteer sample.

Contributing Supporters (present & past): Institute of Museum and Library Services, MacArthur Foundation, Cable in the Classroom, Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, University of Washington's iSchool, Cengage Learning, and ProQuest.

The Lifelong Learning Study

In fall 2013, PIL and the University of Washington's iSchool were awarded an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) 2013 National Leadership Grant (NLG).

During 2013-15, we are conducting a two-year, large-scale quantitative study investigating how a sample of "relatively recent" college graduates from 10 U.S. colleges and universities find, evaluate, and use information for lifelong learning once they leave campus.

We will be studying how graduates find and use information for staying competitive in the workforce, engaging in civic affairs, and taking part in learning for personal and social enrichment. Our final research report will be released in December 2015.

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