Belmont’s Bunch Library is one of ten college and university libraries that recently participated in Project Information Literacy, a large-scale, national study about early adults and their research habits. Coordinator of Research Services Jenny Mills and Research and Instruction Librarian Claire Wiley facilitated the study, in partnership with Senior Director of Alumni Relations Debbie Coppinger and Director of Advancement Services John Hostler. The study surveyed and interviewed Belmont graduates during 2014-15 on their lifelong learning needs after college and what information sources and systems they use for continued learning.
The full report, “Staying Smart: How Today’s Graduates Continue to Learn Once They Complete College,” has just been released, along with a short video, “Major Findings: PIL’s Lifelong Learning Study.” Visit the library’s Information Literacy LibGuide to learn about the library instruction program.
Among many interesting findings, the study reveals that 87 percent of young adults still rely on books for staying informed. A large majority also felt prepared to evaluate search results when looking for information.
In an article from Inside Higher Ed, Project Information Literacy has been called “hands-down the most important long-term, multi-institutional research project ever launched on how students use information for school and beyond.”