FIMS Profile

Dr. Nafiz Zaman Shuva

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I am an Assistant Professor (Limited Duties) in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at Western University. I have a comprehensive and global education in Library and Information Science. I am part of the South Asian diaspora, and I have been fortunate to gain educational, teaching, and volunteer experience in Asia, Europe, and North America. Before joining as a Ph.D. student and later as an instructor, I was an assistant professor in the Department of Information Science and Library Management at the University of Dhaka, the largest and oldest public university in Bangladesh and one of the best universities in South Asia. My doctoral study explored the settlement information behaviour of Bangladeshi immigrants in Canada and the role of information behaviour in newcomers’ settlement in Canada. At Western, I am currently teaching research methods and previously taught public library services for newcomers and immigrants. My research focuses on various areas of migration, information behavior, public libraries, open access, and social justice and equity issues in LIS.




Publications (Selected)

Shuva, N.Z. (2020). Information experiences of Bangladeshi immigrants in Canada. Journal of Documentation. doi:

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.

 Editorial Positions

Managing Editor, The Eastern Librarian, official journal of the Library Association of Bangladesh (LAB), Bangladesh.


Managing Editor, Journal of the Bangladesh Association of Young Researchers (JBAYR), Bangladesh.


Editorial Board Member, Fighting Climate Change: Human Solidarity in a Divided World - A Young People’s Summary of the United Nation Human Development Report 2007/2008.


Editorial Board Member, Library Student Journal (LSJ), McGill University.


External Reviewer for Journals/Conferences

Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science
(The University of Toronto Press)


Digital Library Perspective (Emerald)


Global Knowledge, Memory & Communications (Emerald)


Information Development(Sage), three reviews


Reviewer,BOBCATSSS,European conference in Library and Information Science organized by LIS students in Europe.


University/Administrative Service

MLIS Program Committee, Faculty of Information and Media Studies, The University of Western Ontario

Limited Duties Affairs Committee (LDAC), Faculty of Information andMedia Studies, The University of Western Ontario

Oct. 2020-


Jul. 2019-

Senate Member (Graduate Student Category), The University of Western Ontario

Jul. 2018-Jun, 2019

Chair, International Graduate Student Issues Committee (IGSIC) of Society of Graduate Students

May 2017-Apr. 2018

Member, Scholarship Committee, PSAC Local 610, The University of Western Ontario

Jan. 2015-Apr. 2015

Research and Publication Secretary, The Library Association of Bangladesh



LIS 9003 Information Sources and Services 2022 Winter , 2021 Summer LIS 9004 Research Methods 2021 Fall , 2021 Winter LIS 9375 Special Topic: Public Library Services for Newcomers and Immigrants 2022 Summer , 2021 Fall , 2020 Fall , 2020 Summer , 2019 Fall , 2019 Summer , 2018 Winter