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Lori Phillips has been named interim dean of University of Wyoming Libraries through June 30, 2016.
She has held various positions with the libraries since 1992, and has served as associate dean since 2003. She replaces Maggie Farrell, who accepted a position at Clemson University.
“Lori has provided solid leadership in the UW Libraries as associate dean,” says David Jones, UW vice president for academic affairs. “We are confident that she will continue to keep the libraries at the forefront of UW’s academic mission during the time that she serves as interim dean.”
At UW, Phillips has been responsible for personnel management and has overseen all operational areas of the UW Libraries. She has managed numerous key projects, including the Libraries Digital Collections and Scholarly Communication initiatives. She also worked closely with UW Information Technology to create and maintain student-centered learning spaces within Coe Library.
Phillips earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history at UW, and obtained a Master of Library and Information Science at the University of Arizona. She has numerous publications and presentations, and has served on many committees for the Association of College and Research Libraries.
Currently, UW has more than 1.5 million volumes, and Phillips anticipates adding approximately 24,000 to 60,000 volumes to the collection annually, and significantly increasing electronic books in the collection. Additionally, the libraries will continue to add new electronic journals to meet the teaching and research needs of the university.
Together, UW and the state have invested more than $9 million in collections for the UW Libraries and the UW Law Library, Phillips says. That includes a $1 million digitization project that funds a digital librarian, equipment and software to support the new focus on digitizing UW collections to expand access to the libraries’ resources.
UW Libraries, in 2013, achieved membership in the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) -- a consortium of 35 research libraries located in the central and western United States. GWLA is a project-oriented consortium, nationally recognized as a leader in transforming scholarly communication, and as a facilitator in applying new information technologies. GWLA members develop programs related to scholarly communication, interlibrary loan, shared electronic resources, cooperative collection development, digital libraries, staff development and continuing education.
UW lends materials throughout Wyoming for public and college libraries, and is a strong contributor to the Wyoming Libraries Database (WYLD) program. The university provides a number of databases through WYLD and the UW Alumni Association, extending UW resources statewide and to alumni anywhere in the world.