Abigail Phillips

Assistant Professor


Doctor of Philosophy, Information Studies,                  2016
Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

Specialist, Library and Information Studies,                  2014
Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Focus: Leadership and Management

Master of Science, Library and Information Studies,  2008
Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Focus: Children and Youth Services

Bachelor of Arts, Major: Anthropology                          2006
University of Georgia, Athens, GA


I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. My general research interests include cyberbullying, youth, social media, empathy, librarianship, libraries, making, critical librarianship, neurodiversity, and mental health advocacy. I recently completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Utah State University in the Department of Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences.

I received my PhD in Information Science from the School of Information at Florida State University in the Spring of 2016. Before I began the PhD program, I worked as public librarian at a small, rural library system in Southwest Georgia. My work with young adults as a librarian is the root of my research interest in this population. I continue to be a strong advocate for school and public libraries in our communities. But it’s not hard to advocate for libraries who serve as important and accessible public spaces within our communities.

I received my BA in anthropology and history from the University of Georgia in 2006. In 2008, I completed my MLIS at FSU with a concentration in children and youth services. After working as a public librarian for 4 years, I decided to return to FSU and get my PhD in Information Studies. Somewhere along the line I completed my SLIS (Specialist in Library and Information Studies) with a focus on leadership and management. And then my PhD.

Courses Taught

INFOST 736 The Public Library
INFOST 501 Foundations of Library and Information Science

Sample Publications


Lee, V. R. & Phillips. A (Eds.). (in press). Reconceptualizing libraries: Possibilities for information and learning sciences. Abington, U.K.: Routledge


Phillips, A., & Lee, V. R. (under review). Whose responsibility is it? A statewide survey of school librarians on responsibilities and resources for teaching digital citizenship. School Library Research.

Phillips, A., & Anderson, A. (under review). Cyberbullying, digital citizenship, and youth with Autism: LIS education as a piece in the puzzle. Library Quarterly.

Phillips, A., Recker, M., & Lee, V. (under review). A framework for characterizing 21st Century school librarianship: How librarians enact innovative activities. School Libraries Worldwide.

Phillips, A. (2017). Understanding empathetic services: The role of empathy in everyday library work. Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults, 8(1).

Phillips, A. (2015). Facebooking it: Promoting library services to young adults through social media. Public Library Quarterly, 34(2), 1-20.

Phillips, A. (2014). What do we mean by library leadership? Leadership in LIS education. Journal of Education in Library and Information Science, 55(4), 336-344.

Phillips, A. (2014). Systematic marketing facilitates optimal customer service: The marketing audit of a rural public library system. Public Library Quarterly, 33(3), 1-16.

Phillips, A. (2014). More than just books: Librarians as a source of support for cyberbullied young adults. Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults, 4(1).