Student Research

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Thesis titles from past LIS PhD students

The following doctoral theses have been completed by students in the PhD in LIS program to date.

( Note: hyperlinks are included for theses that were submitted to Scholarship@Western and are now available through Western's Electronic Theses & Dissertation Repository. Those without hyperlinks are not currently available through the e-repository).

Matthews, Amber. Advancing Anti-Racism in Public Libraries for Black Youth in Canada.
Phd in Library and Information Science, May 2024
Supervisor: Paulette Rothbauer
Olu-Omotayo, Martins. Discourse, Power Dynamics, and Risk Amplification in Disaster Risk Management in Canada.
Phd in Library and Information Science, December 2022
Supervisor: Anabel Quan-Haase
Ridley, Michael. Folk Theories, Recommender Systems, and Human-Centered Explainable Artificial Intelligence (HCXAI).
Phd in Library and Information Science, December 2022
Supervisors: Jacquie Burkell and Paulette Rothbauer
Chen, Yimin. Recreational nastiness or playful mischief? Contrasting perspectives on internet trolling between news media and avid internet users.
Phd in Library and Information Science, August 2022
Supervisor: Victoria L. Rubin
Asubiaro, Tolu. Exploiting Semantic Similarity Between Citation Contexts For Direct Citation Weighting And Residual Citation.
Phd in Library and Information Science, August 2021
Supervisor: Isola Ajiferuke
Lee, Liz. The Use of Intimate Partner Violence Websites: Website Awareness, Visibility, Information Quality, Perceived Usefulness, and Frequency of Use.
Phd in Library and Information Science, July 2021
Supervisor: Isola Ajiferuke
Nightingale, Greg. The Public Library as Past Become Space.
Phd in Library and Information Science, December 2020
Supervisors: Melissa Adler and Paulette Rothbauer
Ninkov, Anton. Making Sense of Online Public Health Debates with Visual Analytics Systems.
Phd in Library and Information Science, November 2020
Supervisor: Kamran Sedig
Shuva, Nafiz Zaman. Information, Employment, and Settlement of Immigrants: Exploring the Role of Information Behaviour in the Settlement of Bangladesh Immigrants in Canada.
Phd in Library and Information Science, April 2020
Supervisor: Paulette Rothbauer
Diab, Ramon. The General Artificial Intellect.
Phd in Library and Information Science, February 2020
Supervisors: Nick Dyer-Witheford and Pam McKenzie
Helkenberg, Davin. Narratives of Sexuality in the Lives of Young Women Readers.
Phd in Library and Information Science, August 2019
Supervisor: Paulette Rothbauer
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
Chabot (Kelsang Legden), Roger. The Information Practices of New Kadampa Buddhists: From "Dharma of Scripture" to "Dharma of Insight".
Phd in Library and Information Science, April 2019
Supervisor: Ajit Pyati
Burrows, Claire. Accessibility And Academic Libraries: A Comparative Case Study.
Phd in Library and Information Science, March 2019
Supervisor: Heather Hill
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
Frayne, Alison. A Study of Six Nations Public Library: Rights and Access to Information.
Phd in Library and Information Science, November 2018
Supervisor: Kate Johnson
Melis, Rachel. Information Freedoms and the Case for Anonymous Community.
Phd in Library and Information Science, July 2018
Supervisor: Pam McKenzie
Berg, Selinda. Expertise, Mediation, and Technological Surrogacy: A Mixed Method Critical Analysis of a Point of Care Evidence Resource.
Phd in Library and Information Science, November 2017
Supervisors: Roma M. Harris and Nadine Wathen
Schreurs, Kathleen. The E-Writing Experiences of Literary Authors.
Phd in Library and Information Science, September 2017
Supervisor: Lynne McKechnie
Di Valentino, Lisa. Laying the Foundation for Copyright Policy and Practice in Canadian Universities.
Phd in Library and Information Science, November 2016
Supervisor: Samuel E. Trosow
Elueze, Isioma. Towards Evidence-Informed Agriculture Policy Making: Investigating the Knowledge Translation Practices of Researchers in the National Agriculture Research Institutes in Nigeria.
Phd in Library and Information Science, November 2016
Supervisor: Isola Ajiferuke
Onaifo, Daniel. Alternate Academy: Investigating the Use of Open Educational Resources by Students at the University of Lagos in Nigeria.
Phd in Library and Information Science, July 2016
Supervisor: Anabel Quan-Haase
Conroy, Nadia. Understanding Collaborative Sensemaking for System Design - An Investigation of Musicians' Practice.
Phd in Library and Information Science, June 2016
Supervisor: Victoria L. Rubin
Fortier, Alexandre. Different Approaches for Different Folks.
Phd in Library and Information Science, June 2016
Supervisor: Jacquie Burkell
Martin, Kim. Creating Context from Curiosity: The Role of Serendipity in the Research Process of Historians in Physical and Digital Environments.
Phd in Library and Information Science, May 2016
Supervisor: Anabel Quan-Haase
Ripley, James. Watching Storytelling: Visual Information in Oral Narratives.
Phd in Library and Information Science, October 2015
Supervisor: Lynne McKechnie
Mumba, Daniel. Empowering Women Entrepreneurs in Africa: Investigating Information Access and the Use of ICTs by Women-Owned Enterprises in Zambia.
Phd in Library and Information Science, September 2015
Supervisor: Kate Johnson
Nzomo, Peggy. Multilingual Information Access: Practices and Perceptions of Bi/multilingual Academic Users.
Phd in Library and Information Science, May 2015
Supervisor: Isola Ajiferuke
Kamal, Ahmad M. Contentious information: Accounts of knowledge production, circulation and consumption in transitional Egypt.
Phd in Library and Information Science, April 2015
Supervisor: Ajit Pyati
Pollak, Angela. Words to Live By: How Experience Shapes our Information World at Work, Play and in Everyday Life.
Phd in Library and Information Science, April 2015
Supervisor: Lynne McKechnie
Cedeira Serantes, Lucia. Young adults reflect on the experience of reading comics in contemporary society: Overcoming the commonplace and recognizing complexity.
Phd in Library and Information Science, May 2014
Supervisors: Lynne McKechnie and Paulette Rothbauer
McTavish, Jill. Knowledge Organization Practices in Everyday Life: Divergent Constructions of Healthy Eating.
Phd in Library and Information Science, December 2013
Supervisor: Roma M. Harris
Zhang, Karl. Semantics-based Automatic Quality Assessment of Depression Treatment Web Documents.
Phd in Library and Information Science, February 2013
Supervisors: Jacquie Burkell and Robert Mercer
Griffis, Matthew. Space, Power and The Public Library: A Multicase Examination Of The Public Library As Organization Space.
Phd in Library and Information Science, January 2013
Supervisor: Gloria J. Leckie
Buchel, Olha. Making Sense of Document Collections With Map-Based Visualizations.
Phd in Library and Information Science, April 2012
Supervisor: Kamran Sedig
D'Alton, Louis. A Critical Historical Analysis of the Public Performance Right.
Phd in Library and Information Science, April 2012
Supervisor: Samuel E. Trosow
McNally, Michael. Intellectual Property and Its Alternatives: Incentives, Innovation and Ideology.
Phd in Library and Information Science, April 2012
Supervisors: Ajit Pyati and Samuel E. Trosow
Oliphant, Tami. The Information Practices of People Living with Depression: Constructing Credibility and Authority.
Phd in Library and Information Science, November 2010
Supervisor: Catherine L. Ross
Kosciejew, Marc. Documenting Race and Ethnicity: The Documentary Construction of Racial and Ethnic Identities in Apartheid South Africa.
Phd in Library and Information Science, August 2010
Supervisor: Bernd Frohmann
Fast, Karl. Human-Information Interaction for Digital Libraries: From Document Repositories to Knowledge Environments.
Phd in Library and Information Science, February 2010
Supervisor: Kamran Sedig
Gao, Yijun. Gauging Public Interest from Server Logs, Surveys and Inlinks: A Multi-Method Approach to Analyze News Websites.
Phd in Library and Information Science, December 2009
Supervisor: Liwen Vaughan
Pecoskie, Jen. The Solitary, Social, and 'Grafted Spaces' of Pleasure Reading: Exploring Reading Practices from the Experiences of Adult, Self-identified Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Queer Readers and Book Club Members.
Phd in Library and Information Science, November 2009
Supervisor: Catherine L. Ross
Gerolami, Natasha. The Architecture of a Virtual Library: A Deleuzian Approach to Library and Information Studies.
Phd in Library and Information Science, August 2009
Supervisor: Nick Dyer-Witheford
Kipp, Margaret. Information Organisation Practices on the Web: Tagging and the Social Organisation of Information.
Phd in Library and Information Science, July 2009
Supervisor: Grant Campbell
Maina, Charles Kamau. The Traditional Knowledge Protection Debate: Identifying and Listening to the Voices of Traditional Knowledge Holders.
Phd in Library and Information Science, July 2009
Supervisor: Margaret Ann Wilkinson
Veinot, Tiffany. Social Capital and HIV/AIDS Information/ Help Exchange Networks in Rural Canada.
Phd in Library and Information Science, February 2009
Supervisor: Roma M. Harris
Peekhaus, Wilhelm. Canada's Biotechnology Strategy: Struggles on the Knowledge Commons.
Phd in Library and Information Science, July 2008
Supervisor: Nick Dyer-Witheford
Lambert, Frank. Rewriting the "Rules" of Online Networked Community Information Services: A Case Study of the mycommunityinfo.ca Model.
Phd in Library and Information Science, February 2008
Supervisor: Liwen Vaughan
Davies, Elisabeth. Epistemic Practices of Theatre Production Professionals: An Activity Theory Approach.
Phd in Library and Information Science, April 2007
Supervisor: Gloria J. Leckie
Maskell, Catherine A. Consortia Activity in Academic Libraries: Anti-competitive or in the Public Good?.
Phd in Library and Information Science, March 2006
Supervisor: Margaret Ann Wilkinson
Stevenson, Siobhan. The Post-Fordist Public Library: From Carnegie to Gates.
Phd in Library and Information Science, August 2005
Supervisors: Nick Dyer-Witheford and Catherine L. Ross
Luyt, Brendan. Political Legitimacy and the Idea of an Emerging Information Society in the South: A Case Study of the Philippines.
Phd in Library and Information Science, December 2004
Supervisor: Bernd Frohmann
Rothbauer, Paulette. Finding and Creating Possibility: Reading in the Lives of Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer Young Women.
Phd in Library and Information Science, June 2004
Supervisor: Lynne McKechnie
Wathen, Nadine. The Pause in Menopause? What Informs Women’s Decisions to Discontinue Hormone Replacement Therapy.
Phd in Library and Information Science, January 2004
Supervisor: Roma M. Harris
Joyce, Steven. The Discursive Construction of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Identity: How Symbolic Violence and Information Capital Mediate the Coming Out Process.
Phd in Library and Information Science, December 2003
Supervisor: Gloria J. Leckie
Carey, Robert. Narrative and Information: An Ethnography of a Lupus Support Group.
Phd in Library and Information Science, May 2003
Supervisor: Catherine L. Ross
Holmes, Boyd. The Domain of Information Science, with an Emphasis on Contributing Disciplines: 1973-1998.
Phd in Library and Information Science, June 2002
Supervisors: Michael J. Nelson and Margaret Ann Wilkinson
Kofmel, Kim. Adult Readers of Science Fiction and Fantasy: A Qualitative Study of Reading Preference and Genre Perception.
Phd in Library and Information Science, April 2002
Supervisor: Catherine L. Ross
McKenzie, Pam. Negotiating Authoritative Knowledge: Information Practices Across a Life Transition.
Phd in Library and Information Science, April 2001
Supervisor: Catherine L. Ross
Given, Lisa. The Social Construction of the 'Mature Student' Identity: Effects and Implications for Academic Information Behaviours.
Phd in Library and Information Science, December 2000
Supervisor: Gloria J. Leckie
Dorner, Daniel. Determining Essential Services on the Canadian Information Highway: An Exploratory Study of the Public Policy Process.
Phd in Library and Information Science, January 2000
Supervisor: Margaret Ann Wilkinson
Downie, Stephen. Evaluating a Simple Approach to Music Information Retrieval: Conceiving Melodic N-Grams as Text.
Phd in Library and Information Science, September 1999
Supervisor: Michael J. Nelson
Fulton, Crystal. Telework: Change in Information Professionals' Work Through Alternate Work Design.
Phd in Library and Information Science, March 1999
Supervisor: Roma M. Harris
Brown, Christine. The Role of Computer-Mediated Communication in the Research Process of Music Scholars: An Exploratory Investigation.
Phd in Library and Information Science, December 1998
Supervisor: Patricia H. Dewdney
Dilevko, Juris. As the Library Turns: Women, Technology, and Advertisements in the Wired World.
Phd in Library and Information Science, December 1998
Supervisor: Roma M. Harris
Pettigrew, Karen. The Role of Community Health Nurses in Providing Information and Referral to the Elderly: A Study Based on Social Network Theory.
Phd in Library and Information Science, December 1997
Supervisor: Patricia H. Dewdney
Julien, Heidi. How Does Information Help? The Search for Career-Related Information by Adolescents.
Phd in Library and Information Science, September 1997
Supervisor: B. Gillian Michell
Toms, Elaine. Browsing Digital Information: Examining the 'Affordances' in the Interaction of User and Text.
Phd in Library and Information Science, March 1997
Supervisors: Mark T. Kinnucan and Jean M. Tague-Sutcliffe
Wicks, Don A. The Information-Seeking Behaviour of Pastoral Clergy: A Study of the Interaction of Their Work Worlds and Work Roles.
Phd in Library and Information Science, November 1996
Supervisor: Roma M. Harris
McKechnie, Lynne. Opening the "Preschoolers' Door to Learning": An Ethnographic Study of the Use of Public Libraries by Preschool Girls.
Phd in Library and Information Science, July 1996
Supervisor: Catherine L. Ross
Baker, Lynda. The Information Needs and Information-Seeking Patterns of Women Coping With and Adjusting To Multiple Sclerosis.
Phd in Library and Information Science, March 1994
Supervisor: Roma M. Harris
Baron, Lisa. The Effectiveness of Labelled, Typed Links as Cues in Hypertext Systems.
Phd in Library and Information Science, March 1994
Supervisors: Mark T. Kinnucan and Jean M. Tague-Sutcliffe
Wilkinson, Margaret Ann. Impact of the Ontario Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, 1987 Upon Affected Organizations.
Phd in Library and Information Science, August 1992
Supervisors: Mark T. Kinnucan and David Flaherty
Chu, Clara. The Scholarly Process and the Nature of the Information Needs of the Literary Critic: A Descriptive Model.
Phd in Library and Information Science, July 1992
Supervisor: Roma M. Harris
Connor, Jennifer. To Advocate, To Diffuse, and To Elevate: The Culture and Context of Medical Publishing in Canada, 1630 to 1920.
Phd in Library and Information Science, July 1992
Supervisor: Catherine L. Ross
Austin, Jill. Influence of Cost Consciousness and Heuristic Approach on Online Search Performance.
Phd in Library and Information Science, July 1991
Supervisor: Roma M. Harris
Vaughan, Liwen. Probabilistic Models of Search State and Path Patterns in Hypertext Information Retrieval Systems.
Phd in Library and Information Science, June 1991
Supervisor: Jean M. Tague-Sutcliffe
Luneberge, Norma J. The Social Organization of Birth Control Information in Public Libraries.
Phd in Library and Information Science, December 1990
Supervisor: B. Gillian Michell
Lu, Xin. An Application of Case Relations to Document Retrieval.
Phd in Library and Information Science, October 1990
Supervisor: Jean M. Tague-Sutcliffe
MacDonald, Bertrum. Public Knowledge': The Dissemination of Scientific Literature in Victorian Canada as Illustrated From the Geological and Agricultural Sciences.
Phd in Library and Information Science, August 1990
Supervisor: Janet H. Fyfe
Wolfram, Dietmar. The Application of Informetrics to Information Retrieval Systems Design: A Simulation Study.
Phd in Library and Information Science, August 1990
Supervisor: Michael J. Nelson
Cano, Virginia. Citation Life Cycle: Use of Citations Through Time.
Phd in Library and Information Science, June 1990
Supervisor: Jean M. Tague-Sutcliffe
Tiamiyu, Mutawakilu. Factors Underlying the Use of Information Sources in Government Institutions in Nigeria.
Phd in Library and Information Science, December 1989
Supervisor: Roma M. Harris
Ajiferuke, Isola. A Probabilistic Model for the Distribution of Authorships and a Measure of the Degree of Research Collaboration.
Phd in Library and Information Science, November 1988
Supervisor: Jean M. Tague-Sutcliffe
Allen, Bryce. Bibliographic and Text-Linguistic Schemata in the User-Intermediary Interaction.
Phd in Library and Information Science, June 1988
Supervisor: B. Gillian Michell
Beheshti, Jamshid. Beyond Circulation Statistics: Patterns of Book Use by Undergraduate Students in an Academic Library.
Phd in Library and Information Science, March 1987
Supervisor: Jean M. Tague-Sutcliffe
Rees, Potter Lorna Katheri. A Bibliometric Analysis of Terminological and Conceptual Change in Sociology and Economics: With Application to the Design of Dynamic Thesaural Systems.
Phd in Library and Information Science, February 1987
Supervisor: Jean M. Tague-Sutcliffe
Nicholls, Paul T.. The Lotka Hypothesis and Bibliographic Methodology.
Phd in Library and Information Science, January 1987
Supervisor: Jean M. Tague-Sutcliffe
Dewdney, Patricia H.. The Effects of Training Reference Librarians in Interview Skills: A Field Experiment.
Phd in Library and Information Science, August 1986
Supervisor: Catherine L. Ross
Cummings, Stephen. Angus McGill Mowat and the Development of Ontario Public Libraries, 1920-1960..
Phd in Library and Information Science, July 1986
Supervisor: Janet H. Fyfe
Lewis, Dee. Case Grammar and Functional Relations in Aboutness Recognition and Relevance Decision-Making in the Bibliographic Retrieval Environment.
Phd in Library and Information Science, July 1984
Supervisor: Jean M. Tague-Sutcliffe
Nwagha, Georgiana. Bibliographic Control in the Field of Agriculture in Nigeria - A Study of Demand and Availability.
Phd in Library and Information Science, April 1983
Supervisor: William J. Cameron
Deschatelets, Gilles. Towards an Optimal Level of Participation of the Intermediary in the user-System Interface of Bibliographic Online Search Services (Volumes 1 and 2).
Phd in Library and Information Science, August 1982
Supervisor: Jean M. Tague-Sutcliffe
Nelson, Michael J.. Probabilistic Models for the Simulation of Bibliographic Retrieval Systems.
Phd in Library and Information Science, November 1981
Supervisor: Jean M. Tague-Sutcliffe
Rao, Ravichandra Inna Keda. Document and User Distribution in Transaction Records of Canadian University Libraries.
Phd in Library and Information Science, February 1981
Supervisor: Jean M. Tague-Sutcliffe
Shepherd, Mike. The Colon Classification As a Basis for Automatic Full Text Retrieval.
Phd in Library and Information Science, June 1978
Supervisor: Jean M. Tague-Sutcliffe