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Sam Vander Kooy

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A Library and Information Science doctoral student, Sam’s dissertation research focuses on how public libraries can improve their communities’ resiliency during natural disasters. Utilizing a cross-national perspective as well as an integrated, intergovernmental approach, this research seeks to compare and contrast Canada’s decentralized attitude towards emergency management with the U.S.’s more centralized one in hopes of providing both practitioners and researchers with an assessment of the current state of Canadian public libraries’ overall level of emergency preparedness.

Previously, Sam has worked as both a freelance print journalist and a middle school science and visual arts teacher. An avid urban fantasy and horror writer, Sam also enjoys binge watching the news, reading graphic novels, and gardening. 

Other areas of research interest include: crisis communication, information barriers, social justice, information policy, accessibility issues, education, and human information practices.


Co-Instructor (& Co-Developer): LIS 9377: Information in Pandemics and Disasters, University of Western Ontario, May 1, 2020 - August 31, 2020.

Vander Kooy, S. A. (2019). A tale of two degrees: The potential for smalls worlds within academiaEmerging Library & Information Perspectives, 2, 115-154. doi:

Vander Kooy, S. A. (2019). Mending seams: A study of information barriers related to textile artists. Emerging Library & Information Perspectives, 2, 81-114. doi:

Helkenberg, D., Schoenberger, N., Vander Kooy, S. A., Pemberton, A., Ali, K., Bartlett, S., . . . Zip, S. (2018). Education for the common good: A student perspective on including social justice in LIS education. Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, 59(4), 265-272. doi: 10.3138/jelis.59.4.2018-0013  


Vander Kooy, S. A. (2020, September-October). Preparing for the worst: An analysis of disaster response resource provision by Canadian library associations. Paper presented at Canadian Association of Information Science Conference, London, ON. 

Vander Kooy, S. A. (2020, September-October). Surveying the surveyors: An analysis of the survey response rates of librariansPaper presented at Canadian Association of Information Science Conference, London, ON.

Vander Kooy, S. A. (2019, June). Whatever it takes: A close examination of the roles and services public libraries provide during community crises. Paper presented at Canadian Association of Information Science Conference, Vancouver, BC.