about ask dr. laura

August 25, 2014

Ask Dr. Laura is a service provided by the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) for doctoral students to ask questions about completing a PhD in library and information science and conducting a job search at the end of the doctoral program.

Questions can involve a variety of subjects, such as:

  • Course work
  • Comprehensive exams
  • Writing literature reviews
  • Conferences
  • Publishing
  • Teaching
  • Service work
  • Writing the proposal
  • Writing the dissertation
  • Tools and technologies used
  • Dissertation defenses
  • Dissertation committees
  • Collaborating with others
  • Differences between programs
  • Campus interviews
  • Interview questions
  • Job talks
  • Networking
  • etc.

Dr. Laura is a real person. She obtained her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013, and although she is a newly minted PhD, she has done extensive personal research on the topics listed above, has served as Chair for the Special Interest Group in Education for ASIS&T, is one of the inaugural members of the Engagement Across Boundaries Initiative, has helped plan and facilitate the doctoral student panel at the Annual Meeting, and has been accepted twice to the doctoral seminar at ASIS&T. Ask Dr. Laura is her way of extending the doctoral seminar and the doctoral student panel year round so that doctoral students will have an on-going way to get the help they need with difficult questions. Dr. Laura promises to research your question and consult with more experienced PhDs such as those on the Ask Dr. Laura Panel:

Dr. Michelle Kazmer, Florida State University

Dr. Jeonghyun “Annie” Kim, University of North Texas

Dr. Barbara Kwasnik, Syracuse University

Dr. Liz Liddy, Syracuse University

Dr. Lorri Mon, Florida State University

Dr. Diane Rasmussen Pennington, Ashford University

Dr. Chirag Shah, Rutgers University

Dr. Paul Solomon, University of South Carolina

Dr. Cassidy Sugimoto, Indiana University Bloomington

Dr. Barbara Wildemuth, University of North Carolina

These members of the Ask Dr. Laura Panel contribute their wisdom to the answers provided by Dr. Laura. A given answer may contain contributions from any number of panelists; however, specific panelists will not be named in any given answer unless the panelist specifically wishes to be credited.