October 2011 Blog Posts (6)

Research on How College Students Manage Technology While in the Library

1) New PIL Research Report -- The Technology Study

"Balancing Act: How College Students Manage Technology While in the Library during Crunch Time"

Alison J. Head and Michael B. Eisenberg

Released: October 1, 2011


Two PDF versions available:

Full version (includes appendices) (72 pages, 6.1 MB)…


Added by YALSA on October 20, 2011 at 1:12pm — No Comments

Research Competition Call for Proposals

Online networks, digital resources, and gaming environments provide rich opportunities for learning that is demand-driven and learner-centered. More and more people are turning to networked knowledge communities, online tutorials, and other digital resources for wide ranging learning needs. While learning is migrating to these more informal and non-institutionalized kinds of contexts, we still have little research that examines how people assess, recognize, and display the learning that happens… Continue

Added by YALSA on October 19, 2011 at 10:31am — No Comments

Report on Impact of Out of School Time Programs

Snapshot: Exploring the Impact of Higher Achievement's Year Round Out of School Time Program on Summer Learning (published Oct. 2011 by the Wallace Foundation).  Assesses the impact of a multiyear, intensive, academically focused OST program for motivated but underserved middle school students on test scores, summer program participation, and summer learning loss. Examines contributing factors and… Continue

Added by YALSA on October 19, 2011 at 10:05am — No Comments

Pew Receives Grant for Public Libraries Study

The Pew Research Center has announced a three-year, $1.4 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to study the changing role of public libraries in the digital age.  Awarded through the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life project, the initiative seeks to determine the ways in which public library patrons' needs and expectations are shifting with the proliferation of e-books, mobile connectivity, and digital content. Through a series of national surveys, focus…


Added by YALSA on October 19, 2011 at 9:29am — No Comments

Check out YALSA's new Research Agenda

Trying to focus your research? Find guidance in the newly updated YALSA Research Agenda (PDF), approved this month by YALSA's Board of Directors. Updated for the first time since 1994, the Research Agenda's goal is to determine what research is needed in our field. The introduction to the agenda best states its goals:

"The YALSA Research Agenda was developed by members of…


Added by Stephanie Kuenn on October 12, 2011 at 10:54am — No Comments

Dresang receives IMLS grant for early literacy research

Eliza Dresang, Beverly Cleary Professor for Children and Youth Services and YALSA member, will build on her previous early literacy work with the Pierce County libraries, through a new $635,000 grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services. Matching funds bring the total project funding to more than $1.2 million.

Early literacy programs are very common in public libraries across the nation, but libraries struggle to find accurate and meaningful ways to measure the impact…


Added by Stephanie Kuenn on October 11, 2011 at 9:44am — No Comments

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