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5 (or more) Tips for Thriving in Your Ph.D. Program (ASIS&T Midwest Chapter)

February 2, 2023 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EST)

Going through a PhD program can lead to dark nights of the soul. How do you make sure that you not only survive but thrive in your program? Presenter Emily J.M. Knox, PhD, MSLIS, will offer some thoughts on the PhD experience, choosing a dissertation, topic and thinking through a personal research agenda.


Emily Knox is an associate professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include information access, intellectual freedom and censorship, information ethics, information policy, and the intersection of print culture and reading practices. She is also a member of the Mapping Information Access research team. Her book, Book Banning in 21st Century America (Rowman & Littlefield) is the first monograph in the Beta Phi Mu Scholars’ Series. Her next book, Foundations of Intellectual Freedom (ALA Neal-Schuman), will be released in 2022. Emily’s articles have been published in the Library Quarterly, Library and Information Science Research, and the Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy. Emily serves on the board of the National Coalition Against Censorship. She is also editor of the Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy. Emily received her PhD from the doctoral program at the Rutgers University School of Communication & Information.