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Johannah Sherrer Memorial Lecture

Date: 3:00pm PDT September 20, 2013 Location: Smith Hall, Albany Quadrangle

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Smith Hall, Albany Quadrangle

Alison J. Head, Executive Director of Project Information Literacy, will present, “What Librarians and Faculty Should Know about Today’s Research Practices” September 20 at 3pm in Smith Hall.


How do today’s students find information and conduct research for coursework and use in their everyday lives? Discover what we have learned at Project Information Literacy (PIL), an ongoing research study that has surveyed and interviewed more than 13,000 college students at over 50 US colleges and universities since 2008. Our findings indicate a large majority of students still attend college to learn, but many are lost in a thicket of information overload. Nearly all students intentionally use a small compass for navigating the ever-widening and complex information landscape they inhabit. They struggle with managing the IT devices that permeate their lives and endlessly distract them. Most students turn to professors, friends, family members - or no one at all - for help with research, rather than asking librarians. What’s a librarian to do? Key takeaways are presented from the PIL studies, including a discussion of their implications for teaching, learning, work, and librarianship in the 21st century.


A reception will follow the lecture.


For further information, please visit the Johannah Sherrer Memorial Lecture page.

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