College Students, Libraries, Technology, Crunch Time: The Latest PIL Report

Just got word from Alison Head about the newest research report released by Project Information Literacy — this one, “Balancing Act: How College Students Manage Technology While in the Library during Crunch Time,” by Alison and Michael B. Eisenberg,

reports on how students manage and use technology during the final weeks of the term (it presents findings from 560 undergraduate interviews conducted at 10 US campuses during spring 2011). Since crunch time is looming ever closer, this is great timing!

There are two versions of the report available, the Full version (includes appendices) (72 pages, 6.1 MB) and the Short version (without appendices) (54 pages, 6 MB). Both should provide interesting reading for anyone encountering students in the frenzied last weeks of the term.

Enjoy! and more as it happens,

Cheryl LaGuardia About Cheryl LaGuardia

Cheryl LaGuardia always wanted to be a librarian, and has been one for more years than she's going to admit. She cracked open her first CPU to install a CD-ROM card in the mid-1980's, pioneered e-resource reviewing for Library Journal in the early 90's (picture calico bonnets and prairie schooners on the web...), won the Louis Shores / Oryx Press Award for Professional Reviewing, and has been working for truth, justice, and better electronic library resources ever since. Reach her at, where she's a Research Librarian at Harvard University.