New Research from Project Information Literacy

(adapted from A. Head’s email)

Hello all –

We write with lots of news–four new releases–from Project Information Literacy (PIL). Today, we released a new research report about how students manage and use technology during the final weeks of the term, two new PIL videos, and a new Smart Talk interview.
We have included a blurb about each new release below along with an link to the source. As always, we hope you will find our new research useful, informative, and thought-provoking.

1) New PIL Research Report — The Technology Study

“Balancing Act: How College Students Manage Technology While in the Library during Crunch Time”
Alison J. Head and Michael B. Eisenberg
Released: October 1, 2011
How do college students manage and use technology while they are in the library during the final weeks of the term? The report from our ongoing study at the University of Washington’s Information School presents findings from 560 undergraduate interviews conducted at 10 US campuses during spring 2011. Findings suggest students adopt a “less is more” approach to manage and control all of the IT devices and information systems available to them while they are in the library during the final weeks of the term. The study is sponsored with a generous gift from both Cable in the Classroom and Cengage Learning.
2) Research Preview PIL video (2:51 minutes)
Released: October 12, 2011
A research preview video that highlights major findings from the 2011 PIL Technology Study, which had a sample of 560 interview respondents from 10 U.S. campuses in spring 2011.

3) New Smart Talk: Dr. Russell Poldrack, Poldrack Lab, University of Texas at Austin
The Q & A Interview

Released: October 12, 2011

A new PIL “Smart Talk” interview with University of Texas neuroscientist, Dr. Russ Poldrack, who discusses the brain, multitasking, and resulting effects on “deep learning.”

4) Overview PIL video (3:49 minutes)

What is Project Information Literacy?
Released: October 12, 2011
A short video about our ongoing research study at PIL, including our research questions and what we have discovered about how today’s college students find information and conduct research for coursework and in their everyday lives. An introduction to PIL that may be useful to show at brown bag lunches with colleagues and/or to students in class.
Alison J. Head, Ph.D.
Research Scientist, The Information School, The University of Washington
Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet & Society and the Library Innovation Lab, Harvard University
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