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  • What is PIL?

    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.

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  • Latest Research

    What lifelong learning needs do recent graduates have once they finish college? What information sources and systems do they use for continued learning? During fall 2014, the PIL research team surveyed 1,651 recent graduates from 10 US colleges and universities. Read the survey trends report with preliminary findings from our study (10 pages, PDF, 229KB).

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  • Smart Talks

    In our latest interview, we talk with Dan Rothstein, educator, organizer, urban planner, and co-founder of the Right Question Institute. When discussing the power of finding and asking the "right question," Dan says, "Imagine students viewing libraries not as repositories‚Äč of other people's knowledge, but as a beginning point for ‚Äčorganizing their thinking around what they don't know.‚Äč.."

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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 and the University of Washington's iSchool were awarded an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) 2013 National Leadership Grant (NLG).

During 2013-15, we are conducting 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 are studying 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. Our final research report will be released in December 2015.

To learn more, read our quantitative trends report with preliminary findings from the online survey (10 pages). See our infographic with early survey trends. Or, take a peek at our qualitative trends report (6 pages) from our initial telephone interviews.

Or for the big picture, tune into a PIL video, based on excerpts from the Phase One interviews (2:39 minutes). Or, read our entry in Berkman's 2014 Internet Monitor, "Why Blogs Still Matter to the Young."