FIMS Profile

Pam McKenzie
Associate Dean, Graduate & Postdoctoral

FIMS & Nursing Building Room 2050
Phone: 519-661-2111 x88514

University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5B7
Fax: 519-661-3506
  • About Me

  • Teaching

  • Research

  • Publications

  • Service

  • Courses Taught

  • Theses Supervised

  • BA International Relations, University of Toronto
  • MA History, University of New Brunswick
  • Master of Library and Information Science, Western
  • PhD Library and Information Science, Western

I've been teaching at Western since 1998, and full-time since 2000.  Most of my teaching is in the MLIS program.  I've also taught in the LIS PhD.  For ten years (2009-2019), I held a variety of administrative roles at FIMS: Assistant Dean Research, Associate Dean (for both undergraduate and graduate programs) and then, when that role was split, Associate Dean Graduate and Postdoctoral.  Following a sabbatical, I returned to regular faculty life in 2020, just in time to learn to teach online.  In January 2022 I returned to the acting Associate Dean Graduate and Postdoctoral role.

I have a reduced teaching and supervision workload for the duration of my term as acting Associate Dean Graduate and Postdoctoral.  In 2022-23 I expect to teach one or both of required MLIS courses GRADLIS 9004 Research Methods or GRADLIS 9005 Managing and Working in Information Organizations.  These are two of my favourite courses to teach, both face-to-face and online.

I supervise individual student projects: theses, Major Research Papers, and individual reading courses and studies.   My students have been interested in an incredibly wide range of topics, including in-hospital patient education, LGBTQ2+ picture books in public libraries, K-pop fandom, how people talk about human milk sharing on Facebook, nutrition education for children in schools, academic librarians' information literacy work, the information work people do when caring for loved ones with dementia, the nature of privacy and anonymity in the 21st century, harm reduction education for recreational cannabis use, open peer review, and how people find information about non-hormonal contraceptives.  You can find the list of FIMS theses supervised in this profile.

I've got a reduced research workload this year but I've got several projects on the go.  First is a set of small studies about the value and purposes of the public library over time and from a variety of perspectives.  I'm working with several collaborators at FIMS and beyond.  Second, I'm part of a team led out of the Faculty of Education on reading pedagogies of equity in pre-service education.  Third, I'm a co-investigator on a project led by Library and Information Science professor Ajit Pyati called Pandemic, Stress, and Overload: Cultivating Space for Contemplation in the University.  Fourth, I'm doing some thinking with an international group of LIS researchers about the ways we understand some foundational LIS concepts.  Finally, I'm hoping to wrap up a couple of longstanding projects.

As acting Associate Dean Graduate and Postdoctoral, I'm the liaison between FIMS and the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.  At FIMS, I'm involved in graduate program planning and I sit on all of the graduate program committees.  I approve requests for student travel funds and oversee graduate admissions and scholarship review.  At SGPS, I sit on policy committees that make decisions about Western's graduate education policies.  I work closely with Susan Knabe, the Associate Dean Undergraduate: together we make teaching and GTA assignments for both graduate and undergraduate programs and plan GTA training. 

In addition, I serve as Graduate Chair for the LIS PhD and the Media Studies MA and PhD.  That means I'm the FIMS point person for people in those programs.  I work with the Program Committees that make policy decisions and I implement FIMS and SGPS policy.  I review student progress and approve thesis, fields/qualifying exam, and IRP supervisors and supervisory committees, and thesis examiners.  I work with program faculty to plan elective courses.

LIS 501 Perspectives on Library and Information Science 2007 Summer LIS 503 Information Sources and Services 2003 Fall , 2002 Fall , 2002 Summer , 2001 Fall (2 sections) , 2000 Fall (2 sections) , 2000 Summer , 1999 Fall LIS 504 Research Methods and Statistics 2007 Summer , 2007 Winter , 2006 Fall , 2005 Fall , 2005 Summer , 2004 Fall , 2004 Summer , 2003 Summer , 2002 Fall , 2002 Summer LIS 541 Canadiana 2001 Summer , 2000 Winter , 1998 Summer LIS 584 Consumer Health Information Sources and Services 2006 Summer , 2003 Summer LIS 675 Collection Development 2001 Summer LIS 692 Special Topic: Consumer Health Information Sources and Services 2000 Summer LIS 771 Knowledge Practices in Scholarly and Professional Communities 2006 Summer (2 sections) LIS 871 Knowledge Practices in Scholarly and Professional Communities 2005 Summer , 2004 Summer LIS 9004 Research Methods 2021 Summer , 2021 Winter , 2020 Fall , 2016 Fall , 2016 Winter , 2009 Fall LIS 9005 Managing and Working in Information Organizations 2022 Fall , 2022 Summer , 2021 Summer , 2021 Winter , 2020 Fall , 2016 Fall , 2014 Summer , 2013 Fall LIS 9323 Business and Industry Information 2018 Fall LIS 9500 Special Topic: Capstone Pilot 2017 Fall LIS 9513 Organizational Behaviour: Theory and Practice 2013 Winter LIS 9801 Advanced Research Methods 1 2017 Fall LIS 9809 Advanced Research Methods 2012 Fall , 2011 Fall , 2010 Fall

Di Marco, Talia. The enactment of patient education for complex inpatients over the course of a stay in an interprofessional internal medicine inpatient unit
Master of Health Information Science, August 2020
Supervisors: Pam McKenzie and Mark Goldszmidt
Diab, Ramon. The General Artificial Intellect
Phd in Library and Information Science, February 2020
Supervisors: Nick Dyer-Witheford and Pam McKenzie
Williams, Sherilyn. Strategic and Subversive: The Case of the Disappearing Diaphragm and Women’s Information Practices
Phd in Library and Information Science, August 2019
Supervisor: Pam McKenzie
Nicholson, Karen. Academic Librarians and the Space/Time of Information Literacy, the Neoliberal University, and the Global Knowledge Economy
Phd in Library and Information Science, December 2018
Supervisor: Pam McKenzie
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
Melis, Rachel. Information Freedoms and the Case for Anonymous Community
Phd in Library and Information Science, July 2018
Supervisor: Pam McKenzie
Loughheed, Janet. A Foucauldian Genealogical Analysis of Healthy Eating Educational Materials in Ontario 1942-2015
Master of Health Information Science, February 2018
Supervisor: Pam McKenzie
Del Pino, Alan. The Representation of the Canadian Government's Warrantless Domestic Collection of Metadata in the Canadian Print News Media
Master of Arts in Media Studies, October 2017
Supervisors: Jacquie Burkell and Pam McKenzie
Rotstein, Cari. Online Social Breast-Working: Representations of Breast Milk Sharing in the 21st Century
Master of Arts in Media Studies, December 2012
Supervisors: Pam McKenzie and Romayne Smith Fullerton