Inside Higher Ed recently published an article highlighting recent research related to ERIAL. This time the results put both students and librarians in a more positive light. Early results from a 2009 study showed how poor students research skills were and how little importance they gave to librarians. That study focused on first year students. This next round of research looks at graduating seniors and shows that students are indeed learning information literacy skills during their college years. They have a better understanding of sources, utilizing sources, and understanding how a librarian can help. You can read more results in the article.
The results of this study can be useful when talking to administrators and faculty on the value of librarians.