Interesting news from Project Information Literacy

Hello, hope you are well. We’re writing with news from Project Information Literacy (PIL) about two new PIL publications, which were just released yesterday (see below). 

 Meanwhile, we carrying out a new study this spring. It is about how college students’ media multitask and create “individualized information spaces” on their computing screens to during “crunch time” (last two or three weeks of the term) in 10 U.S. campus libraries. A new PIL Progress Report with findings will be released early this coming fall. Stay tuned!

 Everyday Life Research Paper in First Monday. So have Facebook and Google become the bibles for college students? Do young people rely on social media and search engines for all of the answers needed in their daily lives? In a new research paper from PIL, we found students use online information for decisions in their personal lives, but rely almost as much on family and friends nearly as much. 

The everyday life research study includes results of a new statistical analysis about what we call “ubiquitous search engine usage”–when search engines are most likely to be used–and not used–during students’ everyday life information-seeking activities.  

Read “How College Students Use the Web to Conduct Everyday Life Research” in this month’s issue of First Monday, an international journal about Internet research.

 New Smart TalkCheck out the newly released PIL Smart Talk with Nicholas Carr. Carr is the author of The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to our Brains is interviewed. About the future of books, Nick says, ”I’m sure printed books will endure for a long time, but they’re no longer at the center of culture. They—and the intellectual ethic they embodied—are at its margins.” Read “Nicholas Carr: The Age of Perpetual Distraction.”  

 All our best and thanks for your continued interest in PIL’s research,

- Alison and Mike

Project Information Literacy (PIL) is a national research study, led by the iSchool’s Alison Head and Mike Eisenberg of the University of Washington’s Information School. This year, PIL’s ongoing research is generous supported with contributing funds from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and gifts from Cengage Learning and Cable in the Classroom.

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