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Laurie Phillips

Associate Dean of Libraries

Education

Departments

  • Monroe Library
  • Library Liaisons
  • Information Resources
  • Administration

Bio

Laurie Phillips is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh's School of Library and Information Science and the Eastman School of Music. She joined the Loyola University New Orleans library faculty in 1990 and moved into a leadership role in 2002. She is librarian liaison to the School of Music. She teaches LIBR-T121: Facts and Misinformation, and offers library instruction, research consultations, and collection development services to all of her liaison departments.

Laurie is currently serving as interim Dean of Libraries. In the past year, she has worked on hiring for diversity, developing leadership amongst library faculty and staff, and has led the Monroe Library through the process of developing strategic directions and vision and values statements. The library’s leadership team is in the process of implementing the strategic plan with library units and creating a dashboard for tracking progress on the plan’s goals. She represents the Monroe Library on the Provost Council and the University’s Leadership Council.

Her projects center around affordability of higher education, including making college textbooks free or more affordable for students, as a part of Affordable Learning Louisiana. She is also working on ways to promote affordable textbooks and learning resources to Loyola faculty and to help them learn more about how to incorporate affordable resources into courses. She manages the Fr. Carter Digital Equity Fund, which allows students in need to borrow laptops, hotspots, and tablets for a semester at a time. She serves as Loyola’s representative on the Board of Regents’ Digital Inclusion Strategic Operational Action Team. She also serves on the LOUIS Electronic Resources Working Group, which evaluates new and existing electronic resources for all LOUIS member libraries, and makes recommendations for changes or new acquisitions. She is active with the LOUIS Deans and Directors’ group, and the AJCU Library Deans and Directors.

Laurie is the soprano section leader and a soloist at Rayne Memorial United Methodist Church.

Liaison Responsibilities

  • Music Education
  • Music Performance
  • Music Therapy