October 13, 2011

New Technology Study from Project Information Literacy

"How College Students Manage Technology While in the Library during Crunch Time" is the new technology study  from Project Information Literacy (co-directed by Alison J. Head, Ph.D. & Michael B. Eisenberg, Ph.D.). 
For eight weeks during the spring of 2011, the PIL Team conducted 560 interviews with student participants at 10 different U.S. colleges and universities (see a map of the sample).
PIL 2011 research report presents findings from an investigation of how college students manage and use technology during crunch time: the final weeks of the term. At the same time, it explores deeper issues about how college students use libraries, how and why different kinds of technology use occurs in libraries, and how the activities of research, studying, and learning may be evolving in the digital age.  
Source: http://projectinfolit.org/
The study … found most respondents (85%) could be classified as “light” technology users. 
The report says "The purpose of this specific PIL study was twofold: (1) to learn how students manage and use technology during the final weeks of the term, and (2) to understand what IT devices and applications (e.g., Web sites, programs) students select and use for creating individual information spaces while in the library". 

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