Project Information Literacy (PIL) is a large-scale, national study about early adults and how they find, evaluate, and select information for use in their courses and in everyday life. 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 has interviewed 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 has changed, and what challenges and opportunities these changes present.Read More
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.
In partnership with the University of Washington iSchool, PIL will release an open access 20-25 page white paper in our new Practitioner Series in Fall 2016. (This research was funded by a Strategic Research Fund award from the UW iSchool.)