FIMS Profile

Roger Chabot (Kelsang Legden)

BMus, Wilfrid Laurier University
MLIS, University of Western Ontario

Research Interests
My research generally focuses on the application of Buddhist philosophy and psychology to issues and topics within Library and Information Science.

Doctoral Research
My dissertation seeks to investigate the information practices of Western Buddhists of the New Kadampa Tradition.

To date, the overwhelming majority of research within this sub-area of information behaviours and practices has focused on the behaviours and practices of ordained ministers as they seek to fulfill their roles as preachers, administrators and counsellors. There are very few studies which investigate the "everyday" religious practitioner and how they use information in their spiritual lives. I believe, at least within the Buddhist context, that information practices are an integral part of peoples' practice of their religion as they read and study, give spiritual advice, or teach the Dharma (Buddha's teachings).

My project has the following aims:
  • 1. Identify the information practices of Kadampa Buddhists
  • 2. Investigate how spiritual and existential motivations may drive spiritual information seeking and use
  • 3. Investigate the role of information in spiritual realizations
  • 4. Critique the suitability of current everyday life information seeking models to explain information seeking in a religious context
  • 5. Suggest other theoretical approaches (such as ontological hermeneutics) as heuristic for conceptualizing information practices.

Lynne (E.F.) McKechnie, Roger Chabot, Nicole Dalmer, Heidi Julien & Cass Mabbott. (2016). Writing and reading the results: the reporting of research rigour tactics in information behaviour research as evident in the published proceedings of the biennial ISIC conferences, 1996 – 2014. Information Research, 21(4). Available from: