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Thesis titles from past LIS PhD students

The following doctoral theses have been completed by students in the PhD in LIS program to date.

( Note: hyperlinks are included for theses that were submitted to Scholarship@Western and are now available through Western's Electronic Theses & Dissertation Repository. Those without hyperlinks are not currently available through the e-repository).

Dalmer, Nicole K. Informing Care: Mapping the Social Organization of Families’ Information Work in an Aging in Place Climate.
Phd in Library and Information Science, November 2018
Supervisor: Pam McKenzie
Frayne, Alison. A Study of Six Nations Public Library: Rights and Access to Information.
Phd in Library and Information Science, November 2018
Supervisor: Kate Johnson
Melis, Rachel. Information Freedoms and the Case for Anonymous Community.
Phd in Library and Information Science, July 2018
Supervisor: Pam McKenzie
Berg, Selinda. Expertise, Mediation, and Technological Surrogacy: A Mixed Method Critical Analysis of a Point of Care Evidence Resource.
Phd in Library and Information Science, November 2017
Supervisors: Roma M. Harris and Nadine Wathen
Schreurs, Kathleen. The E-Writing Experiences of Literary Authors.
Phd in Library and Information Science, September 2017
Supervisor: Lynne McKechnie
Di Valentino, Lisa. Laying the Foundation for Copyright Policy and Practice in Canadian Universities.
Phd in Library and Information Science, November 2016
Supervisor: Samuel E. Trosow
Elueze, Isioma. Towards Evidence-Informed Agriculture Policy Making: Investigating the Knowledge Translation Practices of Researchers in the National Agriculture Research Institutes in Nigeria.
Phd in Library and Information Science, November 2016
Supervisor: Isola Ajiferuke
Onaifo, Daniel. Alternate Academy: Investigating the Use of Open Educational Resources by Students at the University of Lagos in Nigeria.
Phd in Library and Information Science, July 2016
Supervisor: Anabel Quan-Haase
Conroy, Nadia. Understanding Collaborative Sensemaking for System Design - An Investigation of Musicians' Practice.
Phd in Library and Information Science, June 2016
Supervisor: Victoria L. Rubin
Fortier, Alexandre. Different Approaches for Different Folks.
Phd in Library and Information Science, June 2016
Supervisor: Jacquie Burkell
Martin, Kim. Creating Context from Curiosity: The Role of Serendipity in the Research Process of Historians in Physical and Digital Environments.
Phd in Library and Information Science, May 2016
Supervisor: Anabel Quan-Haase
Ripley, James. Watching Storytelling: Visual Information in Oral Narratives.
Phd in Library and Information Science, October 2015
Supervisor: Lynne McKechnie
Mumba, Daniel. Empowering Women Entrepreneurs in Africa: Investigating Information Access and the Use of ICTs by Women-Owned Enterprises in Zambia.
Phd in Library and Information Science, September 2015
Supervisor: Kate Johnson
Nzomo, Peggy. Multilingual Information Access: Practices and Perceptions of Bi/multilingual Academic Users.
Phd in Library and Information Science, May 2015
Supervisor: Isola Ajiferuke
Kamal, Ahmad M. Contentious information: Accounts of knowledge production, circulation and consumption in transitional Egypt.
Phd in Library and Information Science, April 2015
Supervisor: Ajit Pyati
Pollak, Angela. Words to Live By: How Experience Shapes our Information World at Work, Play and in Everyday Life.
Phd in Library and Information Science, April 2015
Supervisor: Lynne McKechnie
Cedeira Serantes, Lucia. Young adults reflect on the experience of reading comics in contemporary society: Overcoming the commonplace and recognizing complexity.
Phd in Library and Information Science, May 2014
Supervisors: Lynne McKechnie and Paulette Rothbauer
McTavish, Jill. Knowledge Organization Practices in Everyday Life: Divergent Constructions of Healthy Eating.
Phd in Library and Information Science, December 2013
Supervisor: Roma M. Harris
Zhang, Karl. Semantics-based Automatic Quality Assessment of Depression Treatment Web Documents.
Phd in Library and Information Science, February 2013
Supervisors: Jacquie Burkell and Robert Mercer
Griffis, Matthew. Space, Power and The Public Library: A Multicase Examination Of The Public Library As Organization Space.
Phd in Library and Information Science, January 2013
Supervisor: Gloria J. Leckie
Buchel, Olha. Making Sense of Document Collections With Map-Based Visualizations.
Phd in Library and Information Science, April 2012
Supervisor: Kamran Sedig
D'Alton, Louis. A Critical Historical Analysis of the Public Performance Right.
Phd in Library and Information Science, April 2012
Supervisor: Samuel E. Trosow
McNally, Michael. Intellectual Property and Its Alternatives: Incentives, Innovation and Ideology.
Phd in Library and Information Science, April 2012
Supervisors: Ajit Pyati and Samuel E. Trosow
Oliphant, Tami. The Information Practices of People Living with Depression: Constructing Credibility and Authority.
Phd in Library and Information Science, November 2010
Supervisor: Catherine L. Ross
Kosciejew, Marc. Documenting Race and Ethnicity: The Documentary Construction of Racial and Ethnic Identities in Apartheid South Africa.
Phd in Library and Information Science, August 2010
Supervisor: Bernd Frohmann
Fast, Karl. Human-Information Interaction for Digital Libraries: From Document Repositories to Knowledge Environments.
Phd in Library and Information Science, February 2010
Supervisor: Kamran Sedig
Gao, Yijun. Gauging Public Interest from Server Logs, Surveys and Inlinks: A Multi-Method Approach to Analyze News Websites.
Phd in Library and Information Science, December 2009
Supervisor: Liwen Vaughan
Pecoskie, Jen. The Solitary, Social, and 'Grafted Spaces' of Pleasure Reading: Exploring Reading Practices from the Experiences of Adult, Self-identified Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Queer Readers and Book Club Members.
Phd in Library and Information Science, November 2009
Supervisor: Catherine L. Ross
Gerolami, Natasha. The Architecture of a Virtual Library: A Deleuzian Approach to Library and Information Studies.
Phd in Library and Information Science, August 2009
Supervisor: Nick Dyer-Witheford
Kipp, Margaret. Information Organisation Practices on the Web: Tagging and the Social Organisation of Information.
Phd in Library and Information Science, July 2009
Supervisor: Grant Campbell
Maina, Charles Kamau. The Traditional Knowledge Protection Debate: Identifying and Listening to the Voices of Traditional Knowledge Holders.
Phd in Library and Information Science, July 2009
Supervisor: Margaret Ann Wilkinson
Veinot, Tiffany. Social Capital and HIV/AIDS Information/ Help Exchange Networks in Rural Canada.
Phd in Library and Information Science, February 2009
Supervisor: Roma M. Harris
Peekhaus, Wilhelm. Canada's Biotechnology Strategy: Struggles on the Knowledge Commons.
Phd in Library and Information Science, July 2008
Supervisor: Nick Dyer-Witheford
Lambert, Frank. Rewriting the "Rules" of Online Networked Community Information Services: A Case Study of the mycommunityinfo.ca Model.
Phd in Library and Information Science, February 2008
Supervisor: Liwen Vaughan
Davies, Elisabeth. Epistemic Practices of Theatre Production Professionals: An Activity Theory Approach.
Phd in Library and Information Science, April 2007
Supervisor: Gloria J. Leckie
Maskell, Catherine A. Consortia Activity in Academic Libraries: Anti-competitive or in the Public Good?.
Phd in Library and Information Science, March 2006
Supervisor: Margaret Ann Wilkinson
Stevenson, Siobhan. The Post-Fordist Public Library: From Carnegie to Gates.
Phd in Library and Information Science, August 2005
Supervisors: Nick Dyer-Witheford and Catherine L. Ross
Luyt, Brendan. Political Legitimacy and the Idea of an Emerging Information Society in the South: A Case Study of the Philippines.
Phd in Library and Information Science, December 2004
Supervisor: Bernd Frohmann
Rothbauer, Paulette. Finding and Creating Possibility: Reading in the Lives of Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer Young Women.
Phd in Library and Information Science, June 2004
Supervisor: Lynne McKechnie
Wathen, Nadine. The Pause in Menopause? What Informs Women’s Decisions to Discontinue Hormone Replacement Therapy.
Phd in Library and Information Science, January 2004
Supervisor: Roma M. Harris
Joyce, Steven. The Discursive Construction of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Identity: How Symbolic Violence and Information Capital Mediate the Coming Out Process.
Phd in Library and Information Science, December 2003
Supervisor: Gloria J. Leckie
Carey, Robert. Narrative and Information: An Ethnography of a Lupus Support Group.
Phd in Library and Information Science, May 2003
Supervisor: Catherine L. Ross
Holmes, Boyd. The Domain of Information Science, with an Emphasis on Contributing Disciplines: 1973-1998.
Phd in Library and Information Science, June 2002
Supervisors: Michael J. Nelson and Margaret Ann Wilkinson
Kofmel, Kim. Adult Readers of Science Fiction and Fantasy: A Qualitative Study of Reading Preference and Genre Perception.
Phd in Library and Information Science, April 2002
Supervisor: Catherine L. Ross
McKenzie, Pam. Negotiating Authoritative Knowledge: Information Practices Across a Life Transition.
Phd in Library and Information Science, April 2001
Supervisor: Catherine L. Ross
Given, Lisa. The Social Construction of the 'Mature Student' Identity: Effects and Implications for Academic Information Behaviours.
Phd in Library and Information Science, December 2000
Supervisor: Gloria J. Leckie
Dorner, Daniel. Determining Essential Services on the Canadian Information Highway: An Exploratory Study of the Public Policy Process.
Phd in Library and Information Science, January 2000
Supervisor: Margaret Ann Wilkinson
Downie, Stephen. Evaluating a Simple Approach to Music Information Retrieval: Conceiving Melodic N-Grams as Text.
Phd in Library and Information Science, September 1999
Supervisor: Michael J. Nelson
Fulton, Crystal. Telework: Change in Information Professionals' Work Through Alternate Work Design.
Phd in Library and Information Science, March 1999
Supervisor: Roma M. Harris
Brown, Christine. The Role of Computer-Mediated Communication in the Research Process of Music Scholars: An Exploratory Investigation.
Phd in Library and Information Science, December 1998
Supervisor: Patricia H. Dewdney
Dilevko, Juris. As the Library Turns: Women, Technology, and Advertisements in the Wired World.
Phd in Library and Information Science, December 1998
Supervisor: Roma M. Harris
Pettigrew, Karen. The Role of Community Health Nurses in Providing Information and Referral to the Elderly: A Study Based on Social Network Theory.
Phd in Library and Information Science, December 1997
Supervisor: Patricia H. Dewdney
Julien, Heidi. How Does Information Help? The Search for Career-Related Information by Adolescents.
Phd in Library and Information Science, September 1997
Supervisor: B. Gillian Michell
Toms, Elaine. Browsing Digital Information: Examining the 'Affordances' in the Interaction of User and Text.
Phd in Library and Information Science, March 1997
Supervisors: Mark T. Kinnucan and Jean M. Tague-Sutcliffe
Wicks, Don A. The Information-Seeking Behaviour of Pastoral Clergy: A Study of the Interaction of Their Work Worlds and Work Roles.
Phd in Library and Information Science, November 1996
Supervisor: Roma M. Harris
McKechnie, Lynne. Opening the "Preschoolers' Door to Learning": An Ethnographic Study of the Use of Public Libraries by Preschool Girls.
Phd in Library and Information Science, July 1996
Supervisor: Catherine L. Ross
Baker, Lynda. The Information Needs and Information-Seeking Patterns of Women Coping With and Adjusting To Multiple Sclerosis.
Phd in Library and Information Science, March 1994
Supervisor: Roma M. Harris
Baron, Lisa. The Effectiveness of Labelled, Typed Links as Cues in Hypertext Systems.
Phd in Library and Information Science, March 1994
Supervisors: Mark T. Kinnucan and Jean M. Tague-Sutcliffe
Wilkinson, Margaret Ann . Impact of the Ontario Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, 1987 Upon Affected Organizations.
Phd in Library and Information Science, August 1992
Supervisors: Mark T. Kinnucan and David Flaherty
Chu, Clara. The Scholarly Process and the Nature of the Information Needs of the Literary Critic: A Descriptive Model.
Phd in Library and Information Science, July 1992
Supervisor: Roma M. Harris
Connor, Jennifer. To Advocate, To Diffuse, and To Elevate: The Culture and Context of Medical Publishing in Canada, 1630 to 1920.
Phd in Library and Information Science, July 1992
Supervisor: Catherine L. Ross
Austin, Jill. Influence of Cost Consciousness and Heuristic Approach on Online Search Performance.
Phd in Library and Information Science, July 1991
Supervisor: Roma M. Harris
Vaughan, Liwen. Probabilistic Models of Search State and Path Patterns in Hypertext Information Retrieval Systems.
Phd in Library and Information Science, June 1991
Supervisor: Jean M. Tague-Sutcliffe
Luneberge, Norma J. The Social Organization of Birth Control Information in Public Libraries.
Phd in Library and Information Science, December 1990
Supervisor: B. Gillian Michell
Lu, Xin. An Application of Case Relations to Document Retrieval.
Phd in Library and Information Science, October 1990
Supervisor: Jean M. Tague-Sutcliffe
MacDonald, Bertrum. Public Knowledge': The Dissemination of Scientific Literature in Victorian Canada as Illustrated From the Geological and Agricultural Sciences.
Phd in Library and Information Science, August 1990
Supervisor: Janet H. Fyfe
Wolfram, Dietmar. The Application of Informetrics to Information Retrieval Systems Design: A Simulation Study.
Phd in Library and Information Science, August 1990
Supervisor: Michael J. Nelson
Cano, Virginia. Citation Life Cycle: Use of Citations Through Time.
Phd in Library and Information Science, June 1990
Supervisor: Jean M. Tague-Sutcliffe
Tiamiyu, Mutawakilu. Factors Underlying the Use of Information Sources in Government Institutions in Nigeria.
Phd in Library and Information Science, December 1989
Supervisor: Roma M. Harris
Ajiferuke, Isola. A Probabilistic Model for the Distribution of Authorships and a Measure of the Degree of Research Collaboration.
Phd in Library and Information Science, November 1988
Supervisor: Jean M. Tague-Sutcliffe
Allen, Bryce. Bibliographic and Text-Linguistic Schemata in the User-Intermediary Interaction.
Phd in Library and Information Science, June 1988
Supervisor: B. Gillian Michell
Beheshti, Jamshid. Beyond Circulation Statistics: Patterns of Book Use by Undergraduate Students in an Academic Library.
Phd in Library and Information Science, March 1987
Supervisor: Jean M. Tague-Sutcliffe
Rees, Potter Lorna Katheri. A Bibliometric Analysis of Terminological and Conceptual Change in Sociology and Economics: With Application to the Design of Dynamic Thesaural Systems.
Phd in Library and Information Science, February 1987
Supervisor: Jean M. Tague-Sutcliffe
Nicholls, Paul T.. The Lotka Hypothesis and Bibliographic Methodology.
Phd in Library and Information Science, January 1987
Supervisor: Jean M. Tague-Sutcliffe
Dewdney, Patricia H.. The Effects of Training Reference Librarians in Interview Skills: A Field Experiment.
Phd in Library and Information Science, August 1986
Supervisor: Catherine L. Ross
Cummings, Stephen. Angus McGill Mowat and the Development of Ontario Public Libraries, 1920-1960..
Phd in Library and Information Science, July 1986
Supervisor: Janet H. Fyfe
Lewis, Dee. Case Grammar and Functional Relations in Aboutness Recognition and Relevance Decision-Making in the Bibliographic Retrieval Environment.
Phd in Library and Information Science, July 1984
Supervisor: Jean M. Tague-Sutcliffe
Nwagha, Georgiana. Bibliographic Control in the Field of Agriculture in Nigeria - A Study of Demand and Availability.
Phd in Library and Information Science, April 1983
Supervisor: William J. Cameron
Deschatelets, Gilles. Towards an Optimal Level of Participation of the Intermediary in the user-System Interface of Bibliographic Online Search Services (Volumes 1 and 2).
Phd in Library and Information Science, August 1982
Supervisor: Jean M. Tague-Sutcliffe
Nelson, Michael J.. Probabilistic Models for the Simulation of Bibliographic Retrieval Systems.
Phd in Library and Information Science, November 1981
Supervisor: Jean M. Tague-Sutcliffe
Rao, Ravichandra Inna Keda. Document and User Distribution in Transaction Records of Canadian University Libraries.
Phd in Library and Information Science, February 1981
Supervisor: Jean M. Tague-Sutcliffe
Shepherd, Mike. The Colon Classification As a Basis for Automatic Full Text Retrieval.
Phd in Library and Information Science, June 1978
Supervisor: Jean M. Tague-Sutcliffe




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