University of Washington’s iSchool, has launched Project Information Literacy, a large-scale research project which “investigates how early adults on different college campuses conduct research for course work and how they conduct ‘everyday research’ for use in their daily lives.” Their first progress report came out earlier this month. The report analyses 11 discussion groups held on 7 college campuses in Fall of 2008 (Schools enlisted were Harvard University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Mills College, Diablo Valley Community College, University of Washington, West Valley Community College, and Shoreline Community College). The initial report, entitled Finding Context: What Today’s College Students Say about Conducting Research in the Digital Age, indicates:
…that no matter where students are enrolled, no matter what information resources they may have at their disposal, and no matter how much time they have, the abundance of information technology and the proliferation of digital information resources make conducting research uniquely paradoxical: Research seems to be far more difficult to conduct in the digital age than it did in previous times.
A PDF of the 1st progress report and a video of some of the research groups are available on the Project Information Literacy site.
If you are a student or faculty member who is interested in joining this program as part of St. John’s project effort, please contact Prof. Kathryn Shaughnessy, Instructional Services Librarian.
Thanks to John Garino and our colleagues at WALDO/KOHA for directing us to this report.