Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
Learning how to learn
Because critical information literacy matters
Because Needs are Changing
Employer Perceptions of Critical Information Literacy Skills and Digital Badges
A recent nation-wide survey and study asked employers to rate critical information literacy skills from their perspective, fnding the most important to be innovation, critical thinking and using quality information, and collaboration. Every indicator suggested that information literacy instruction should be integrated into core higher education priorities and not merely a peripheral skill training function.
Are They Really Ready To Work?
Employers' Perspectives on the Basic Knowledge and Applied Skills of New Entrants to the 21st Century U.S. Workforce
21st Century Skills, Education & Competitiveness: A Resource and Policy Guide
"This guide summarizes the challenges and opportunities that, if left unaddressed, will curtail our competitiveness and diminish our standing in the world. The warning signals are blinking red. We can thrive in this century only with informed leadership and concerted action that prepares Americans to compete..."
AMA 2012 Critical Skills Survey
Survey Conducted by the American Management Association on the importance of 21st Century Skills in the business world
Because Higher Ed is Changing
The annual Horizon Report is a collaborative effort between the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) and the New Media Consortium (NMC). The report identifies and describes important developments in technology likely to have a large impact over the coming five years in education around the world, focusing on trends, challenges, and developments in higher education.
Project Information Literacy (PIL)
Project Information Literacy (PIL) is "a national and ongoing series of research studies that investigates what it is like being a college student in the digital age." They collect data about how students find and use information -- their needs, strategies, practices, and workarounds -- for course work and solving information problems that arise in their everyday lives.
Partnership for 21st Century Learning
P21's mission is "to serve as a catalyst for 21st century learning to build collaborative partnerships among education, business, community and government leaders so that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills they need to thrive in a world where change is constant and learning never stops."
Museums, Libraries & 21st Century Skills
Gathers success stories that demonstrate how libraries and museums are transforming their institutions and making a difference in their communities by helping citizens build 21st century skills such as information, communications and technology literacy, critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, civic literacy, and global awareness.
What are students doing now?
College Libraries and Student Culture by
Publication Date: 2012
How do college students really conduct research for classroom assignments? Five large Illinois universities were awarded a Library Services and Technology Act Grant to try to answer that question.
The Library Study at Fresno State
An ethnographic study of undergraduate student life focusing on library services by Henry Delcore, James Mullooly, and Michael Scroggins.
How College Graduates Solve Information Problems Once They Join the Workplace
A 2012 Project Information Literacy Research Report by Alison Head which investigates what it is like to be a student in the digital age.
Studying Students: The Undergraduate Research Project at the University of Rochester
While “papers happen,” these librarians wanted to know how they happen. This is an ethnographic study of how undergraduate students write their research papers.
The Legitimate Effort in Research Papers: Student Commitment versus Faculty Expectations.
Presents information on a study which focused on the disparity between students and faculty expectations in doing research.
Why first-year college students select online research resources as their favorite
A study of over 500 U.S. college students in first–year writing classes asking why they select certain online research resources as their favorite, offering a more complex picture of student motivation than popular accounts of these students as disinterested, lazy, and ignorant.
Pew Research Center's Millennial Generation Report
Pew Research Center reports and data on the Millennial generation, those born after 1980 and the first generation to come of age in the new millennium, including information about their behavior, attitudes, and influences.