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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 was awarded an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) 2013 National Leadership Grant (NLG). We conducted 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 studied 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. On January 5, 2016, we released our final research report for this study, "Staying Smart: How Today's Graduates Continue to Learn Once They Graduate from College." We plan to post the open access survey dataset by the end of February 2016. Stay tuned!


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