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About Linda L. Phillips

Linda L. Phillips is Professor Emerita of the University of Tennessee Libraries. She retired from the university on August 31, 2011 after a 41-year career in academic libraries. Interim Dean of Libraries for the 2010-11 academic year, Phillips came to UTK in 1977 from The Ohio State University where she held positions as cataloger and head of the Agricultural Technical Institute Library. At UTK Phillips headed the Undergraduate Library Reference Department which merged with main library services in 1987 with the opening of a remodeled John C. Hodges Library. Subsequently she lead Science and Technology Services, Cooperative Information Services, Networked Services, and Collection Development, with accomplishments in statewide resource-sharing and expansion of the university's digital collections. In 2008 Phillips became the first head of Scholarly Communication, advocating for open access and raising awareness about scholarly publishing issues. She founded Newfound Press (, the library's digital peer-reviewed scholarly imprint, and led campus planning and implementation of Trace, UT's digital showcase and archive. During 2009-2010 she co-chaired the campus Scholarly Communication Committee and led the library's Virtual Library Steering Committee. Phillips was named Alumni Distinguished Service Professor in 1992. She taught collection development for the university's School of Information Sciences, and published in the areas of digital access to scholarly information and collaborative collection development. Phillips chaired the ALCTS Collection Management & Development Section in 2006-2007, served on the Library Resources and Technical Services editorial board from 2002-2006, and on the ARL/ACRL Institute for Scholarly Communication Selection Committee from 2005-2007, chairing the Committee in 2006. She holds the AB degree in English from West Virginia University and the MLS from Rutgers University.


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Linda L. Phillips
Professor Emerita
University of Tennessee Libraries


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