People


Current Doctoral Students


 

Yimin Chen

Yimin Chen

 

A PhD student in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario. Driven by a long standing fascination with the internet and its communities, cultures, and quirks, his current research revolves around internet trolls and trolling.

December 2009 - Present

Contact: yiminchen0@gmail.com

Niall Conroy

Niall Conroy

 

Niall has received BSc in Computer Science and an MLIS, and has a background in software engineering and information management. His current research interests include intelligent music information retrieval systems, collaborative filtering and multimedia data mining techniques, and online communities.

May 2010 - Present

Contact: nconroy1@uwo.ca

 

Previous Doctoral Students:

 

 

Tatiana Lukoianova (aka Vashchilko)

Tatiana Vashchilko

 

PhD in Political Science from PennState. Visiting Assistant Professor at the Ohio State UniversityDepartment of Management and Human Resources since 2014.

2010 - 2014

Contact: tvashchi@uwo.ca

Jennie Abrahamson

Jennie Abrahamson

Jennie has an MLIS from the University of Washington iSchool (Seattle, WA, USA). She also earned a Master of Biomedical Informatics (MBI) from the School of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University (Portland, OR, USA), while completing a US National Institutes of Health/National Library of Medicine-funded research training fellowship. Jennie's experience working in academic and community reference and information services inspires her research interests in how people seek and use information to solve problems in everyday life, how information affects health outcomes, and connecting user- and system-centred research to improve information systems. She focuses on interpersonal and secondary information seeking via the study of lay information mediary behaviour ("LIMB," or people seeking information from, or on behalf or because of others in everyday life). Adjunct interests include integrated research methods, health information seeking, consumer health informatics, information disparities, and social and ethical aspects of ICT design and use.

Summer 2010 - 2014

Contact: jabraha9@uwo.ca

 

Peggy Nzomo

Peggy Nzomo

 

A PhD student in LIS. She holds an MLIS (McGill University) and an MA in French Translation from Kent State University, Kent, Ohio. Her current interests are in Cross- Language Information Retrieval.

Projects: Summer 2011: Under the supervision of Dr. Isola Ajiferuke & Dr. Victoria Rubin, Peggy completed a study on "The Use of Language Tools in online searching by International Students at UWO." She will be presenting the results of the study at a poster session at the iConference to be held in Toronto, Feb 2012.

2010 - 2013

Contact: pnzomo@uwo.ca

 

Mark-Shane Scale

Mark-Shane Scale

 

Mark-Shane is currently studying for a PhD in Library and Information Science at The University of Western Ontario's Faculty of Information and Media Studies. He holds a Master's degree in Library and Information Studies (MLIS) at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus. Mark-Shane has primarily been interested in online business information provision, especially to entrepreneurs and small business owners. Currently, he is investigating blogs as information sources that connect entrepreneurs to knowledge sharing stories created and shared on the Web by other entrepreneurs and small business owners. In the future, he hopes to create or propose a system for making relevant blog posts more accessible to users through conversational interaction with virtual / artificial intelligent conversational agents.

September 2012 - Present

Contact: mscale2@uwo.ca

Sarah Camm

Sarah Camm

Sarah has her BA (Hons) in Classical Studies, her MLIS and is currently working on her LIS PhD. Her scholastic background is varied and includes theatre, ancient Greek drama and videogames. Currently, she is working on deciphering the lived experience of playing videogames, in the hopes of better understanding why people spend so much time on what some consider a waste of time. One research project, which will help to inform the world about online gaming, will examine the phenomenon of griefing, which she posits is a form of deception found in online virtual communities, most commonly online games.

May 2010 - 2012

Contact: scamm@uwo.ca

 

Patrick Gavin

Patrick Gavin

Patrick is a Ph.D. student at the University of Western Ontario. In his current work, Patrick draws on political economy to critically analyze the information literacy movement. His other research interests include information policy, the political economy of media, democratic theory, documentation, and critical literacy/pedagogy/information literacy. Patrick received his MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh in 2007, and then worked as the humanities librarian at a medium-sized liberal arts university. He also holds an MA in Medieval Studies from Western Michigan University and a BA in Anthropology and Political Science from Indiana University.

May 2010 - Fall 2011

Contact: pgavin36@gmail.com

 

Ahmad Kamal

Ahmad Kamal

Ahmad started doctoral studies in Library and Information Science in 2009 at the University of Western Ontario. His LIS interests include information behaviour, decision making processes, and credibility assessment. His recent work includes a poster presentation at ASIST Annual Meeting 2010 entitled "Human Abstracts, Automatic Summarizers, Cyborg Solutions?" and a presentation at Connections 2010 "The Incredible: Rejected Arguments as Information". Two projects he is currently working on include an analysis of the concept of 'innovation' in libraries (with Dr. Victoria Rubin and Patrick Gavin) and an analysis of 'uncertainty' in LIS literature (with Dr. Jacquelyn Burkell). In winter 2011, he conducted fieldwork on NGO-run libraries in Bangalore slums under the supervision of Dr. Ajit Pyati.

Fall 2009 - Fall 2011

Contact: akamal8@uwo.ca

 

Olha Buchel

Olha Buchel

Olha is a Ph.D. candidate in Library and Information Science at the Faculty of Information and Media Studies, University of Western Ontario, Canada. Her focus is on the conceptualization of map-based visualizations of library collections, incorporating the knowledge organizational structures and supporting users' sensemaking activities such as collection understanding and topic comprehension. Previously, she was a member of the research team at the Alexandria Digital Library at the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she was involved in the design of metadata and classroom applications for digital libraries.

January 2009 - April 2009

Contact: obuchel@yahoo.com

 

Jeff Taylor

Doctoral student in Computer Science at the University of Western Ontario working on Deception Detection with Data Mining.

May 2010 - May 2011

Contact: jeff.c.taylor@gmail.com

 

Jason NealJason Neal

 

An LIS Doctoral student at the University of Western Ontario with interests in music retrieval.

May 2010 - August 2010

Contact: jneal6@uwo.ca

Adeola Opesade

Adeola was a a graduate exchange student from the Africa Regional Centre for Information Science (ARCIS), University of Ibadan, Nigeria, supported by a grant from the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT)). Adeola was co-supervised by Dr. Isola Ajeferuke and Dr. Rubin. Adeola studied Python for Natural Language Processing, audited Prof. Rubin's doctoral class (LIS9832). She read widely in sociolinguistic studies, data-mining methodology to inform her doctoral proposal on Detecting Nigerian Fraud in Spam E-mails.

January 2010 - June 2010

Contact: adeolaopesade@yahoo.com


Master's Students


Nataliia Larchenko

Nataliia Larchenko

A graduate student in the Linguistics MA at Western, Nataliia's research interests are in Chinese ethnic press, ethnic minorities, Mandarin, tonology, interpreting and translation.

Summer 2014 - Present

Contact: nlarchen@uwo.ca


Jennifer Browning

Jennifer Browning

Jennifer has a BA in English Literature, a Library Technician diploma, and is currently in her last term of the MLIS degree and Western University. Her research interests include universal information access and emerging trends in cataloguing. She is conducting an independent study that investigates library services for multilingual and international students in Canadian colleges and universities.

Winter 2015 - Present

Contact: jbrowni3@uwo.ca


Vanessa Girouard

Vanessa Girouard

A graduate student in the Linguistics MA at Western, Vanessa has a background in health sciences and modern languages. She aims to transition to LIS in the fall 2013. Her current research focuses on computational stylistics as applied to fanfiction in various fandoms.

Summer 2012 - Fall 2013

Contact: cgirouar@uwo.ca


Sarah Simpkin

Sarah Simpkin

Before joining Western's MLIS program in January 2011, Sarah completed an Hon. BSc. in Physical Geography, GIS, and Biology at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include the role of libraries in supporting digital humanities research, historical GIS (HGIS) applications, and the emergence of open data in Canada. Her recent independent study explores the geographic clues embedded in MARC records and their utility in providing access to library materials.

September 2011 - 2012

Contact: sarahsimpkin@gmail.com


Janice Pividor

Janice Pividor

Janice completed her Master's of Library and Information Science at the University of Western Ontario in April, 2011. She holds a combined Bachelor of Arts in English and Anthropology from the University of Western Ontario. Her research interests include library client information-seeking behaviour and Natural Language Processing.

January 2011 - May 2011

Contact: jpividor@uwo.ca


Martha Stortz

Martha Stortz

Martha was pursuing her Master's of Library and Information Science at the University of Western Ontario. She holds a degree in Psychology with a Legal Studies and Criminology option from the University of Waterloo. Her research interests include information disparity and the intersection between health information and Web 2.0.

January 2011 - May 2011

Contact: mstortz@uwo.ca


Greg Langford

MLIS student at the University of Western Ontario.

September 2010 - May 2011

Contact: greg.d.langford@gmail.com


Sarah Barriage

Sarah Barriage

Sarah has a BAH in psychology from Queen's University, and is currently a student in the MLIS program at the University of Western Ontario. She is currently collecting data and acquiring experience with Microsoft Access databases while working on the Innovations in Libraries project. Sarah was offered an internship at the University of Guelph Library.

Fall 2010 - Spring 2011

Contact: sbarriag@uwo.ca

 


Jeremy Clark

MLIS student at the University of Western Ontario.

April 2010 - August 2010

Contact: ffenliv@gmail.com


Lynne Marie

Thorimbert

Lynne Marie Thorimbert

Lynne has a Masters degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Ontario, and a degree in Art History from the University of Calgary. Her areas of interest include children's picture books, graphic novels, and video game illustration. Her work has been presented at the OLA Superconference (2010), and published in Access Magazine (2010) and Library Hi Tech (2010). Lynne has been invited to serve a five-year term on the CLA committee for the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, and is currently a Librarian - Consultant Services with the Marigold Library System in Strathmore, Alberta.

January 2010 - April 2010

Contact: lthorimb@gmail.com


Under-graduate Students


Simar Hamid

Work-study, a forth year political science major was collecting data and acquiring experience with Microsoft Access databases.

May 2009 - August 2009

Contact: shamid4@uwo.ca



Dex Gittens

Work study, a third year undergraduate student in Economics and Accounting, majoring in market and entrepreneurship was collecting data and acquiring experience with Microsoft Access databases.

September 2008 - May 2009

Contact: dgitten@uwo.ca



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