What is PIL?
Project Information Literacy (PIL) is an national and ongoing series of research studies that investigates what it is like being a college student in the digital age. We seek to understand how college students find information and conduct research -- their needs, strategies, and workarounds -- for course work and for issues that arise in their everyday lives. To learn more, read PIL's FAQ, read a summary of our research findings, or read our op-ed, "At Sea in a Deluge of Data" from The Chronicle of Higher Education.
PIL AT A GLANCE
Director: Dr. Alison J. Head
Purpose: PIL is a 501(c)(3) educational benefit nonprofit conducting an ongoing academic study about how early adults conceptualize and operationalize information tasks in the digital age.
Volunteer Sample: Over 250 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: Since 2008, we have received generous support for our research from the following sources:
What are the best practices for planning and designing learning spaces in academic libraries, and how are students' learning needs being met today?
Read our latest PIL research report, based on interviews with 49 architects, librarians, and library consultants who led a total of 22 academic library projects in the U.S. and Canada.
IN THE WORKS
We are in first phase of a study about college students’ uses of physical and virtual learning spaces. This study poses two timely and critical questions:
QEP at Spartanburg Community College
Michele Van Hoeck | Keynote
"What We Mean When We Talk about Students' Research Habits"
Friday, February 3, 2017
University of Nebraska Libraries
2016-2017 Visiting Scholar Series
Alison Head | Keynote
"How Today's Students Conduct Research"
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Kirsten Hostetler | Panel
"A Post-Apocalyptic Guide to Information Literacy: Survival Skills for Information Seeking after Graduation"
Thursday, March 23, 2017