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How Todayís Students Conduct Research - Lincoln 

Dr. Alison J. Head, founder and director of Project Information Literacy (PIL), and appointed the University Libraries Visiting Scholar for the 2016-2017 academic year, will give a presentation on how students conduct research in the digital age. The lecture is scheduled for Thursday, March 16, at 10:00 a.m. in Room 218 of Love Library. Various faculty members and librarians will join Dr. Head in a panel discussion at 2:00 p.m. for continued discussion about critical literacies in the information age.
What's it like to be a student in the digital age? Since 2008, more than 13,000 college students and recent graduates from over 60 US colleges and universities have been surveyed and interviewed as part of Project Information Literacy (PIL), a national and ongoing series of studies. PIL findings show that many students are lost in a thicket of information, and nearly all students intentionally use a small compass for navigating the ever-widening and complex information landscape they inhabit. Getting started on research assignments and narrowing down a topic is far more difficult for students than searching for sources to use. Many students turn to professors, friends, family members - or no one at all - for help with research, rather than asking librarians. Headís presentation will introduce an information-seeking model, present key research takeaways, and discuss how academic librarians from a range of different institutions have developed solutions for strengthening and supporting undergraduate research, ultimately helping students to succeed. Head is a Research Affiliate at the metaLAB at Harvard University, a research group studying the future of libraries. She has a Ph.D. in library and information science from the University of California at Berkeley, where she also graduated with a bachelorís degree in Rhetoric. Dr. Head will launch PILís latest research study, which looks at undergraduates' research behaviors in library learning spaces. University of Nebraska students, who are sophomores, juniors, or seniors this year, will be included in the studyís focus group sample, along with undergraduates from 10 other U.S. community colleges and four-year public and private colleges. For more about Headís appointment as the Libraries Visiting Scholar, visit and Project Information Literacy,  
Date Time
3/16/2017 10:00 am - 11:30am  (Central Time)
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
218 Love Library
1400 R St.
No Charge
Dr. Alison J. Head
CE Hours
For Further Information Sponsor
Joan Barnes
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries