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Greetings colleagues,
The Center for Digital Literacy at Syracuse University's School of
Information Studies is conducting a national online survey of US 8th
graders and the library media specialists/teacher-librarians at their
schools. The study measures students' perceived and actual competence in
information and digital literacy, and some other motivational variables
that may impact students' information seeking.

This study is funded by a grant from the Institute for Museum and
Library Services (IMLS).

We have conducted our Fall, 2007 pilot study with library media
specialists in 9 US schools and with over 250 US 8th-graders, and are
finalizing the results.

We are now finalizing our recruitment process of library media
specialists/teacher-librarians at US public schools, whose expertise we
will require to implement this project with 8th-graders at the school
level for the Final, Full Study with up to 100 schools. The Final Study
project involves collaborating with our research team in implementing an
online survey with
up to 30 of your school's 8th-graders, local in your school environment.
This will occur during THIS Spring semester of 2008. 

We will provide full support for the conduct of the study, including
materials, forms, training, the online survey, and follow-through.

Several benefits exist for participating library/media specialists:

1. Receive aggregate data analytic reports on 8th-graders' digital
literacy, information literacy, and much more.
2. Receive reprints of all articles and publications generated from the
3. If interested, you can download study data (all anonymous) from the
project website after the study is complete, for further analysis of
your individual school.
4. Receive a gift of $200 for use towards your school library media
center, in thanks for your efforts in collaborating with us.

You can find out further details about the study at the following link:

If you are interested in participating, please visit the following link
and fill out our brief, 5-minute online questionnaire.


By completing the questionnaire you are indicating your possible
interest, and providing us with some information about yourself. We will
follow up with more details via email and/or regular mail in the next
three weeks.

If you have further questions, please email us at:

We hope to hear from many of you on this list! Thank you so much in
advance for your interest. Please forward this on to other colleagues
who may be interested.

Ruth V. Small, Ph.D.
Laura J. & L. Douglas Meredith Professor
Director, School Media Program
Director, Center for Digital Literacy
School of Information Studies
Syracuse University
340 Hinds Hall
Syracuse, New York 13244-4100
(315) 443-4511/6144; (315) 443-6886 (fax)

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