FIMS Profile

Dr. Roger Chabot (Kelsang Legden)

Weldon Library Room M9B
Phone: 519-661-2111 x84896

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

  • Courses Taught

PhD, University of Western Ontario (2019)
MLIS, University of Western Ontario (2013)
BMus, Wilfrid Laurier University (2011)

Research Interests
In the largest sense, my research interests involve LIS and its intersections with the philosophically profound, the personally meaningful, and the transcendent. I am interested in the role of information in religious and spiritual practices, with a noted focus on the application of Buddhist philosophy and psychology to issues and topics within LIS. More recently, I have begun to explore how LIS and librarianship encounters death, with the aim of improving end-of-life care and advancing the cause of the death positivity movement. I have also begun a recent research project looking into subconscious fatphobia in library spaces.

Doctoral Research
My dissertation sought 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. Information practices are an integral part of people's practice of their religion. The study aimed to inventory Buddhists' spiritual information practices, examine their existential information needs, understand Buddhist spiritual realizations as an outcome of information use, and explore whether spiritual information practices were best classified as “everyday life” or “beyond everyday life”. Download it here


Julien, H., McKechnie, L., Polkinghorne, S., & Chabot, R. (2018). The “user turn” in practice: information behaviour researchers’ constructions of information users. In Proceedings of ISIC, the Information Behaviour Conference, Krakow, Poland, 9-11 October: Part 1. Information Research, 23(4), paper isic1804. Retrieved from

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:

LIS 9001 Perspectives on Library and Information Science 2021 Summer , 2020 Fall , 2019 Fall LIS 9350 An Introduction to Information Behaviour 2021 Winter , 2018 Summer LIS 9373 Special Topic: Services and Materials for an Aging Population 2021 Fall