Alison Head

Executive Director and Principal Investigator

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Ph.D. is Project Information Literacy's Executive Director and Lead Researcher. She is also a Research Affiliate at the metaLAB (at) Harvard and a Visiting Scholar at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's University Libraries. Since 2008, Head and her team of PIL researchers have interviewed and surveyed over 13,000 undergraduates at more than 60 US four-year public and private universities and colleges and two-year community colleges. PIL has published eight open-access research reports as part of their ongoing study.

In a 2016 Inside Higher Education column, Barbara Fister called PIL "hands-down the most important long-term, multi-institutional research project ever launched on how students use information for school and beyond." Articles about PIL's work have also appeared in The Atlantic Magazine, The Huffington PostThe Chronicle of Higher EducationEducation WeekInside Higher EducationLibrary Journal, and The Seattle Times.

Head led the 2007 exploratory information literacy study, a forerunner to PIL, at Saint Mary's College of California, where she taught as the Disney Visiting Professor in New Media for 10 years. Head earned her Ph.D. in information science from U.C. Berkeley as well as her MLS and BA degrees. She has been a a Reseach Fellow and a Faculty Associate and at Harvard University's Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society and a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University studying Human-Computer Interaction.




  • Alison Head

    Alison Head

    Executive Director and Principal Investigator

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