Philip Doty

Philip Doty

Associate Professor Emeritus
(512) 471-3746
UTA 5.328


Philip Doty worked for 13 years for Oneida County, New York, in environmental protection, information management, regulatory compliance, and assay training. He has also worked in the ERIC Clearinghouse for Information and Educational Technology, in the Syracuse University Library system as a special assistant to the Associate Director for Collection Development, in public services at the Geology and Physics Libraries, and in special system-wide automation projects.

His particular areas of research and teaching expertise are copyright, privacy, federal information policy, information behavior, cultural and gender aspects of information technologies, history and politics of computer networks, research methods, philosophy and information studies, and digital libraries.

He has consulted and done research with organizations such as NASA, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, the U.S. General Services Administration, the U.S. Office of Technology Assessment, the Museum Computer Network, the GTE/Verizon Foundation, and the Texas Office of Court Administration. He was a founding Associate Editor of the journal, Internet Research: Electronic Networking Applications and Policy and co-author of The National Research and Education Network (NREN): Research and Policy Perspectives.

AT UT, he is an Associate Director of the Telecommunications and Information Policy Institute, a faculty affiliate of the Kilgarlin Center for Preservation of the Cultural Record, and a faculty affiliate of the Center for Women's and Gender Studies.

He is serving as Graduate Advisor for the School of Information for 2005-2007.


B.A., 1971, English, LeMoyne College; M.L.S., 1988, Syracuse
University; Ph.D., 1995, Information Transfer, Syracuse University.

Areas Of Specialization

Digital Libraries
Information Behavior
History of Computer Networks
Federal Information Policy
Cultural and Gender Aspects of Information

Recent Publications

Broussard, Ramona, & Doty, Philip. (2016). Toward an understanding of fiction and information behavior. Annual Conference of the Association for Information Science & Technology. Copenhagen, Denmark. (10 pp.)

Doty, Philip. (2015). U.S. Homeland Security and risk assessment. Government Information Quarterly. 32(3), 342-352.

Doty, Philip. (2015). Ethics, risk, and U.S. government secrecy. Journal of Information Ethics. 24(1), 11-47.

Doty, Philip. (In press). Privacy, surveillance, and the "smart home." In Melissa Ocepek & William Aspray (Eds.), Deciding where to live: Information studies on where to live in America (12,500 words). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Doty, Philip. (2020). Oxymorons of privacy and surveillance in "smart homes." Annual Conference of the Association for Information Science & Technology. (7800 words). Fall 2020.

Doty, Philip. (2020). Learning from fictional characters: An information behavior perspective. Canadian Association for Information Science 2020 (Virtual) Annual Conference. Fall 2020.

Doty, Philip. (2020, July). Library analytics as moral dilemmas for academic librarians. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 46(4), 102141. (5200 words)

Doty, Philip, & Broussard, Ramona. (2017). Fiction as informative and its implications for information science theory. Annual Conference of the Association for Information Science & Technology. Crystal City, VA. (10 pp.)

Davidson, Mark, & Doty, Philip. (2017). "Someone to watch over me": Spotify and the ethics of music discovery. Annual Information Ethics Round Table, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (8 pp.).

Recent Courses

YearSemesterCourse NumberCourseSyllabus
2022SpringINF 391D.12Disciplinary Foundations For Information Studies
2022SpringISP 388LProfessional Experience and Project
2021FallINF 386GGender, Technology, and Information
2021SpringI 301Introduction to Informatics
2021SpringINF 390CCopyright: Legal and Cultural Perspectives
2020FallINF 390NInformation Policy Privacy, Surveillance, and National Security
2020FallINF 380EPerspectives on Information
2020SpringINF 386GGender, Technology, and Information
2020SpringIMS 382Identity and Public Policy
2019SpringINF 388LProfessional Experience and Project
2019SpringINF 388RPracticum in School Libraries
2018SpringIMS 382Identity and Public Policy