January 22, 2022

Upcoming Webcast: Searching for Context: Modeling the Information-Seeking Process of College Students in the Digital Age

A presentation by Dr. Allison Head is scheduled to take place on January 10, 2012 at 12:30pm EST at Harvard’s Berkman Center.

Dr. Head is a Berkman Fellow and also the Co-Director and Co-Principle Investigator of Project Information Literacy.

The event is free (if you’re able to attend, RSVP required) and will also be webcast LIVE here. An archived version of the program will available after the program concludes.

Here’s the Blurb from the Berkman Center Web Site:

What is it like to be a college student in the digital age? In this talk, I present a working typology of the undergraduate information-seeking process, including students’ reliance on and use of Web sources. Since 2008, as part of our ongoing study at the University of Washington’s Project Information Literacy, we have surveyed more than 10,000 students at 40 colleges and universities (including undergraduates enrolled at Harvard College). We have investigated how college students find information and conduct research—their needs, strategies, and workarounds—for solving information problems that occur during course-related research and in their everyday lives. We have found the large majority of students we have studied across all types of higher-education institutions in the U.S. still attend college to learn, but many are lost in a thicket of information overload. They struggle with managing the IT devices that permeate their lives. Our findings indicate that nearly all students intentionally use a small compass for navigating the ever-widening and complex information landscape they inhabit. These and other findings of Project Information Literacy have profound implications for teaching, learning, work, and play in the 21st century.

Read the Complete Blurb that Also Includes a Bio of Dr. Alison Head

See Also: New PIL Report: “How College Students Manage Technology While in the Library During Crunch Time” (October 13, 2011)

See Also: Links to All Project Information Literacy Reports

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.