Inception: 2008

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

Introducing the Practitioner Series

Libraries everywhere are dramatically reinventing their spaces. The old model of stacks of row upon row of books and cavernous reading rooms are being replaced with wired spaces that support collaborative learning for a diverse and ever-changing population of end-users.

To more deeply understand these changes and what they may mean to users, we are conducting a study during 2016 on evolving library space design, planning, and meeting users' learning needs.

Our findings will be based on in-depth interviews with key stakeholders--architects and librarians--from 22 different academic library projects in the U.S. and Canada.

PIL will release an open access 20-25 page white paper in our new "Practitioner Series" in October 2016. (This research was funded by a Strategic Research Fund award from the University of Washington iSchool.)



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