FIMS Profile

Nafiz Zaman Shuva

I am a doctoral candidate in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at The University of Western Ontario, London, Canada. I am also an Assistant Professor (on study leave) in the Department of Information Science and Library Management at the University of Dhaka—the largest and oldest public university in Bangladesh. I hold two Masters in Library and Information Science—one from the University of Dhaka and other from the three European universities in Norway, Estonia, and Italy (Erasmus Mundus program). My doctoral study seeks to understand the transitional information practices of immigrants in Canada and the role of information in their Canadian lives, looking in particular at the information practices that occur between pre-arrival and after arrival information needs and seeking related to settlement into Canada. I am one of the ASIS&T (SIG-III) international paper contest winners of 2004. I am also the current Chair of the International Graduate Student Issues Committee (IGSIC) of SOGS at Western. My research revolves around information practices, the role of information in society, digital inclusion, public libraries, and open access. I am teaching LIS 9375: Public Library Services for Newcomers and Immigrants in the Winter 2018.

Publications (Selected)

Shuva, N.Z. (2017). The information practices of the fishermen in the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh. Open Information Science, 1(1), pp. 21-40. doi:10.1515/opis-2017-0003

Shuva, N.Z. & Taisir, R. (2016). Faculty members’ perceptions and use of open access journals: Bangladesh perspective. IFLA Journal, 42(1), 36-48. doi: 10.1177/0340035216628879

 Audunson, R. & Shuva, N.Z. (2016). Digital library education in Europe. A Survey. Sage Open, January-March, 1-17. doi:10.1177/2158244015622538.

Shuva, N.Z. (2014). Are university libraries in Bangladesh ready to be digital? OCLC System and Services, 30(2), 108-131.

Shuva, N.Z. (2012). Building digital libraries in Bangladesh: A developing country perspective, International Information and Library Review, 44(3), 132-146. doi.

Shuva, N.Z. (2010). Enhancing Library Access through the use of Mobile Technology: Case Study of information services provided by six mobile companies in Bangladesh. In Mohamed Ally and Gill Needham (Ed.), M-libraries 2: a virtual library in everyone’s pocket (pp. 221-233), London: Facet Publishing.

Conference Presentation (Selected)

Presented the poster “The Everyday Life Information Behaviour of Immigrants: A Case of Bangladeshi Women” at the Diversity by Design symposium ( held on September 13-14, 2017 at the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Toronto.

Presented the poster “Settlement Information Needs and Services: A Pilot Study with Bangladeshi Immigrant Women in Canada” at the Western Research Forum, March 10, 2017.

Presented the poster "Everyday Life Information Behaviour of Bangladeshi Immigrant Women in Canada" at the Information Seeking in Context (ISIC)-2016 Conference, Zadar, Croatia from September 20-23, 2016. [peer-reviewed oral; international]

Presented the poster “Everyday Life Information Behaviour of Bangladeshi Immigrant Women in Canada: Results of a Pilot Study” at the FIMS Graduate Research Day, Faculty of Information and Media Studies, The University of Western Ontario, April 14, 2016. [oral; local]

Paper presented on “Bangladeshi Immigrant Women in Canada: Results of a Pilot Study on Settlement Information Needs and Information Sources” at the Migration and Ethnic Relations 2016 Graduate Student Conference, Centre for Research on Migration and Ethnic Relations, The University of Western Ontario, April 7, 2016. [peer-reviewed oral; local]

Speaker at the Library to Change the World Round Table at the Digital World held on December 8th, 2012 at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC). Keynote speaker at the International Seminar on ‘Digital Libraries for Digital Nation’ held on October 17-18, 2012 at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC), Dhaka, Bangladesh. [invited keynote; International]

Presented the poster “Bridging Digital Divide: Case Study of Bangladesh” at BOBCATSSS, January 25, 2010, Parma University, Italy.

Speaker at the Electronic Resources and Libraries conference-2010 held on February 1st-3rd, 2010 in Austin, Texas, USA.

Speaker at the m-libraries Conference-2009 held on June 23rd-24th at The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

Awards/Scholarships (Selected)

2017: PSAC 610 Outstanding Research Contributions Scholarship, The University of Western Ontario. 2016: PSAC Local 610 Academic Achievement Scholarship, The University of Western Ontario.

2015: Manjunath and Roja Pendakur South Asian Student Scholarship in Library and Information Science, Faculty of Information and Media Studies, The University of Western Ontario.

2009: Erasmus Mundus Scholarship for Masters Study in International Master in Digital Library Learning (DILL) from 2009-2011(Norway, Estonia, Italy). 


Shuva, N.Z. (January 2017). Volunteering, halal and immigration: advice for international students in Canada. Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE). Available at

Shuva, N.Z. (August 2012). Bangladesh: A country with huge publishing potential. International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP). Available at