Margaret Phillips

University Title:
Associate Head of Information Studies, Associate Professor
Science and Engineering Libraries
Wilmeth Active Learning Center

Professional Information

Liaison Areas:
Nuclear Engineering
Engineering Technology
Technical Standards
Industrial Engineering
Courses Taught:
NUCL 58000 Essential Communication Skills for Nuclear Engineering
NUCL 48000 Nuclear Engineering Technical Communications
EPICS (Engineering Projects in Community Service)
ILS 51200 Information Strategies for Science, Technology, & Engineering Research
ILS 59500 Information & Communication Strategies for the Technical Workplace
MLS, Indiana University, Indianapolis (IUPUI)
B.A. Psychology, Purdue University
B.S. Economics, Purdue University
Honors and Awards:
2021 Purdue University Award for Exceptional Teaching and Instructional Support during the COVID-19 Pandemic
2020 ASEE CIEC Best Presenter Award
2020 Purdue Libraries & School of Information Studies Excellence in Research Award
2020 Purdue Libraries & School of Information Studies Excellence in Teaching Award
Memberships and Service:

American Society for Engineering Education, 2011-present
    Engineering Libraries Division
         Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee Member, 2021-present
         Accreditation & Standards Committee Member, 2018-2022
         Publications Committee Member, 2016-2019
American Library Association, 2009-present
Association of College and Research Libraries, 2009-present
     Instruction Section
     Science & Technology Section
          Research Committee, 2020-2022
          Liaison to ASEE-ELD, 2016-2022        
          Information Literacy Committee, 2012-2014; 2016-2020
American National Standards Institute Committee on Education (CoE), 2019-present
Society for Standards Professionals (SES), 2017-2022



Phillips, M., Reed, J.B., Zwicky, D., Van Epps, A. S., Buhler, A.G., Rowley, E.M., Zhang, Q., Cox, J.M., & Zakharov, W. (2024). Systematic reviews in the engineering literature: A scoping review. IEEE Access, 12. pp62648 - 62663.

Phillips, M., Rowley, E. M., & McPherson, P. (2024). Librarian perspectives on technical standards at academic institutions with engineering technology programs. Issues in Science & Technology Librarianship, 106.

Leachman, C., Rowley, E. M., Phillips, M., & Solomon, D. (Eds.). (2023). Teaching and Collecting Technical Standards: A Handbook for Librarians and Educators. Purdue University Press. Open Access ebook:

Phillips, M., Reed, J.B., Zwicky, D., & Van Epps, A.S. (2023). A scoping review of engineering education systematic reviews. Journal of Engineering Education. (Early Access)

Phillips, M., McPherson, P., & DeClerc, D. (2023). Engineering technology programs and technical standards: Investigating library access and course integration. Journal of Engineering Technology, 40(1), pp. 26-39.

Phillips, M., Howard, H., & Brewster, G. (2023). Examining business students’ workplace information use during internships and co-ops. Journal of Business and Finance Librarianship, 28(1). pp. 36-47. 

Phillips, M. (2021). Technical standards in Compendex. Issues in Science & Technology Librarianship, 99.

Bosman, L., & Phillips, M., (2021). Integrating the entrepreneurial mindset into the engineering classroom. IEEE Transactions on Education, 65(2), pp 150-155.

Berry, F., Phillips, M., Condron. J., & Sanger, P. (2021). Improving writing quality of capstone reports. IEEE Transactions on Education, 64(4), pp 383-389.

Bosman, L., Paterson, K. & Phillips, M. (2021). Integrating online discussions into engineering curriculum to endorse interdisciplinary viewpoints, promote authentic learning, and improve information literacy. International Journal of Engineering Education 37(1), pp 19-30.

Phillips, M., Fosmire, M., Schirone, M., Johansson, C., & Berry, F. Workplace information needs of engineering and technology graduates: A case study on two continents. Paper presented at 2020 IEEE Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference, Uppsala, Sweden (virtual), October 2020.

Phillips, M., Zwicky, D., & Lu, J. Initial study of information literacy content in engineering and technology job postings. Paper presented at IEEE Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference, Uppsala, Sweden (virtual), October 2020.

Reed, J., Phillips, M., Van Epps, A., & Zwicky, D. An early look at a scoping review of systematic review methodologies in engineering. Paper presented at 2020 IEEE Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference, Uppsala, Sweden (virtual), October 2020.

Phillips, M., Howard, H., Valeer, A., & Hubbard, D.E. (2019). Mapping industry standards and integration opportunities in business management curricula. Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship. 24(1-2), pp 17-29.

Phillips, M. (2019). Standards collections: Considerations for the future. Collection Management, 44(2-4), pp 334-347.

Phillips, M., Fosmire, M., Turner, L., Petersheim, K., & Lu, J. (2019). Comparing the information needs and experiences of undergraduate students and practicing engineers. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 45(1), pp 39-49.

Phillips, M., & Zwicky, D. (2018). Information literacy in engineering technology education: a case study. Journal of Engineering Technology 35(2), pp. 48-57.

Phillips, M., Van Epps, A., Johnson, N., & Zwicky, D. (2018). Effective engineering information literacy instruction: a systematic literature review. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 44(6), pp 705-711.

Phillips, M., Fosmire, M., Petersheim, K., Turner, L., & Lu, J. (2018). How do professional engineers use information compared to undergraduates, and how can libraries prepare students and support engineers for future success? Paper presented at the 38th Annual IATUL Conference in Oslo, Norway.

Phillips, M., Van Epps, A., Johnson, N., & Zwicky, D. (2018). Effective Methods of Engineering Information Literacy: Initial Steps of a Systematic Literature Review and Observations about the Literature. Paper presented at the 2018 ASEE Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, UT

Phillips, M., Fosmire, M., & McPherson, P. (2018, May/June). Standards are Everywhere: A Freely Available Introductory Online Educational Program on Standardization for Product Development. Standards Engineering, 70(3), 1-6.

Phillips, M., & Jahanshahi, M.R. (2017, October). Integrating data information literacy into a service-learning design course. Paper presented at the 2017 IEEE Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Phillips, M., & Zwicky, D. (2017, Summer). Patent information use in engineering technology design: an analysis of student work. Issues in Science & Technology Librarianship, 87. DOI:10.5062/F4ZS2TR8

Phillips, M., & Huber, S. (2017, Summer). Standards resources for engineering and technology. Issues in Science & Technology Librarianship, 87. DOI:10.5062/F4B27SJ7

Phillips, M., & McPherson, P. (2016, October). Using everyday objects to engage students in standards education.  Paper presented at the 2016 IEEE Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference, Erie PA .

Phillips, M., Lucchesi, S., Sams, J., & van Susante, P. J. (2015, June). Using direct information literacy assessment to improve mechanical engineering student learning - a report on rubric analysis of student research assignments. Paper presented at the 2015 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Seattle, Washington. doi:10.18260/p.24999


Phillips, M., Howard, H., Zwicky, D., and Berry, F. (2023, March). Preparing for the Informed Workplace One Micro-credential at a Time [Poster presentation]. Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

Leachman, C., Rowley, E., Phillips, M., & Solomon, D. (2022, July). Technical Standards: Critical Component of Engineering Librarianship. Panel presented at the 2022 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Minneapolis, MN.

Van Epps, A., Buhler, A., & Phillips, M. (2022, July). The Basics of Qualitative Research Methods for Librarians. Workshop presented at the 2022 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Minneapolis, MN.

Howard, H.; Phillips, M.; & Brewster, G. R. (2022, April). "Transitioning from Academia to the Workplace: Information Literacy Experiences of Business Students." Presented at LILAC: The Information Literacy Conference, Manchester, UK.

Phillips, M., Fosmire, M., & Zwicky, D. (2021, January). Information Rich Engineering Design (I-RED). Invited workshop presented for the Svensk biblioteksförening (Swedish Library Association), Network for Engineering and Natural Science Librarians (virtual).

Phillips, M., Fosmire, M., & McPherson, P., (2018, June). Industry Standards for Everyone: Demystifying Technical Standards. Workshop presented at the 2018 Special Libraries Association Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD. Presentation materials:

Phillips, M., McPherson, P., & Fosmire, M. (2017, June). Integrating Technical Standards into Design Courses. Workshop presented at the 2017 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Columbus, OH. Presentation materials:

Phillips, M. (2016, November). “An Overview of Standards are Everywhere: an Information Literacy Approach to Standards Education.” Presented at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) 4th Annual Standards Education Workshop, Gaithersburg, MD. 

Other Information

Purdue Innovation Hub. Preparing students for today’s informed workplace: a transdisciplinary information literacy badging approach. Prof. Margaret Phillips, PI; Prof. Heather Howard, co-PI; Prof. Dave Zwicky, co-PI; & Prof. Fred Berry (Purdue Polytechnic Institute), co-PI. Project website:

ASEE Engineering Technology Division. Exploring Standards Access and Education in ET Programs. Prof. Margaret Phillips, PI; Prof. Paul McPherson (Purdue Polytechnic Institute), co-PI; and Danielle LeClerc (Purdue Polytechnic Institute, student).

National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST). Standards are Everywhere: An Information Literacy Approach to Standards Education. Prof. Margaret Phillips, PI; Prof. Michael Fosmire (Purdue Libraries) and Prof. Paul McPherson (Purdue Polytechnic Institute), co-PI's. Project website: