PIL is a public benefit nonprofit that works in partnership with the
University of Washington's Information School to conduct ongoing research
about how early adults conceptualize and operationalize research tasks in
the digital age.
PIL Passage Studies
In August 2012, we began a new research initiative, "The PIL Passage Studies," which are a series of studies investigating the critical information transitions early adults go through in their lives.
In December 2013, PIL published a research report
about how freshmen and the challenges they face and the information-seeking
strategies they use and develop as they may the transition from high school
to college (48 pages, 6 MB). During the 2012-2013 academic year, the PIL
team conducted interviews with 35 first-term freshmen from 6 U.S. colleges
In the Works
We are conducting a large-scale two-year study that asks
how do recent college graduates find, evaluate, and use information for
lifelong learning in the workplace and in their daily lives. This study is
being conducted in partnership with the University of Washington's iSchool and with generous support from the Institute of
Museum and Library Services.