SOIS announces the appointment of Dr. Abigail Leigh Phillips

The School of Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee announces the appointment of Abigail Leigh Philips to its faculty

Dr. Abigail Leigh Phillips has been appointed assistant professor in the School of Information Studies (SOIS) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) and will take up her new position in Fall 2018 teaching in the MLIS program.

Dr. Philips received her Ph.D. in Information Studies from the School of Information at Florida State University in Spring 2016.  She received her Master of Library and Information Science with a focus on children and youth services from Florida State University in 2008. After receiving her MLIS, Dr. Philips worked as a public librarian for four years at a small rural library system in Southwest Georgia before entering the doctoral program at Florida State University. Her work as a librarian inspired her doctoral research, which focused on the role of empathy in librarianship, especially as a source of support for cyberbullied young adults.

Before joining UWM, Dr. Philips was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences at Utah State University. Her current research interests include young adults, social media, cyberbullying, digital citizenship, libraries, and librarianship.

Dr. Philips looks forward to beginning her work at SOIS, she said: “I’m thrilled to be joining the faculty of SOIS. My interactions with the faculty and staff have been encouraging and welcoming. I look forward to continuing and expanding my research regarding critical aspects of libraries as a community center and librarianship as a profession, particularly empathy as an important component of library work.”