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. To learn more, watch a short video about PIL. Read PIL's FAQ. Read a summary of our research findings. Read our op-ed, "At Sea in a Deluge of Data" from The Chronicle of Higher Education.Read More
What are the lifelong learning practices of recent grads once they finish college? During 2013-2015, the PIL research team interviewed and surveyed 1,651 grads from 10 US colleges and universities. Read the PIL 2016 research report (112 pages). Take a peek at our findings infographic, tune into a findings video (2:58 minutes), or read the Inside Higher Ed column.Read More
Smart Talks is an occasional series of more than 20 email-based interviews conducted since 2010. PIL spoke with leading experts, such as Nick Carr, Ken Bain, Cathy Davidson, Peter Suber, and Katie Davis, about how finding and using information in the digital age changed, and the challenges and opportunities these changes present for teaching and learning.Read More
Institutional Home: The University of Washington's iSchool
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!