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Dhary Abuhimed

dhary [dot] abuhimed [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) 

Dhary Abuhimed, SIS doctoral studentDegrees: BSc (Info. Systems/Soft. Engineering), Bahrain University, MEng (Entrepeneurship), McMaster University.

Research areas: Knowledge transfer amongst high school students working on inquiry based projects. The purpose of this research is to enable students to transfer and share their explicit, and implicit knowledge amongst their peers whilst working on school projects. This allows the creation of a project memory repository where future students can tap into to overcome obstacles in their projects.

Supervisor: Dr. Jamshid Beheshti


Mohammed AlGhamdi

mohammed [dot] alghamdi [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Degrees: BSc (Info Systems), Marymount University; MSc (Info. Tech), George Washington University.

Research areas: Three-dimensional virtual environments and their usability with respect to children in educational settings.

Supervisor: Dr. Jamshid Beheshti


Nathalie Blanchard

nathalie [dot] blanchard2 [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Degrees: BFA (Art History), Concordia University; BA (History), Concordia University; MLIS, McGill University; Graduate Certificate in Library & Information Studies, McGill University.

Research areas: Inter-organizational collaboration, knowledge continuity, information exchange practices among members of informal networks, informal learning.

Supervisor: Dr. Kimiz Dalkir


Martin Boucher

martin [dot] boucher2 [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Martin Boucher, SIS doctoral student

Degrees: BSc (Math.-Comp. Science), Univiersité de Montréal; MSc (Comp. Science), Université de Montréal; BMus (Harpsichord perf.) Université de Montréal; MMus (Harpsichord perf.) Université de Montréal.

Research areas: Information Behaviour; Information Retrieval; Human-Computer Interaction; Text Mining; Information Visualization; Open Source System development; Digital Publishing; Metadata.

Supervisor: Dr. Charles-Antoine Julien


Anna Couch

anna [dot] couch [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Degrees: MEd (Leaderships & Administration), University of Washington; BHum (Humanities/Philosophy), Carleton University.

Research areas: Online communities of practice; collection and use of "big" data in academic contexts; barriers in data authenticity; finding a knowledge continuity model that enriches community-user outcomes through data processing & feedback; cultural issues in digital literacy.

Supervisor: Dr. Kimiz Dalkir


Jesse David Dinneen

jesse [dot] dinneen [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Jesse David Dinneen, SIS doctoral studentDegrees: BA (Philosophy), University of Massachusetts Boston; MA (Philosophy), King's College London; MLIS, McGill University.

Research areas: Personal information management, philosophy of information.

Supervisor: Dr. Charles-Antoine Julien


Jonathan Dorey

jonathan [dot] dorey [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) 

Degrees: BA (Translation and East-Asian Studies), Université de Montréal; Grad. Cert. (Localization), Université de Montréal; MLIS, McGill University.

Research areas: Language and information, information behaviour, information and archival literacy, archival use and reuse. Tentative dissertation title: Beyond Archival Intelligence: Towards increased access to digital archives by undergraduate students.

Supervisor: Dr. Elaine Ménard

Jonathan Dorey CV - English [.pdf]
Jonathan Dorey CV - Français [.pdf]


Robert Douglas Ferguson

robert [dot] ferguson2 [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) 

Degrees: BA (Anthropology), York University; MA (Anthropology), York University.

Research areas: My doctoral research explores emerging attitudes, customs, and ethical practices in Canada that govern the collection, use, preservation and dissemination of personal health information at the end-of-life. My MA research explored user attitudes towards privacy and openness on the social networking site PatientsLikeMe.com. 

Supervisor: Dr. France Bouthillier


Rhiannon Gainor

rhiannon [dot] gainor [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) 

Rhiannon Gainor, SIS doctoral studentDegrees: BA (Humanities), Brigham Young University; MLIS, University of Alberta; MA (Humanities Computing), University of Alberta.

Research areas: Research title: Metrics for Competitive Intelligence. This doctoral research investigates the measurement of competitive intelligence value for organizations, focusing on outcome-based measures of intangibles, using qualitative field research methods. As CI is closely related to other intelligence fields, this research may be useful in developing measures for other types of intelligence, such as national security.  

Supervisor: Dr. France Bouthillier

Rhiannon Gainor CV [.pdf]


Irene Kitimbo

irene [dot] kitimbo [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) 

Degrees: BLIS, Makerere University; Cert. in Mgmt., Concordia University; MLIS (Knowlege Management), McGill University.

Research areas: Identification, description and institutionalization of lessons learned; organizational learning practices and knowledge re-use in project environments; collaborative knowledge creation and intellectual capital management. 

Supervisor: Dr. Kimiz Dalkir


Svetlana Kochkina

svetlana [dot] kochkina [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)
Svetlana Kochkina, SIS doctoral student

Degrees: BA, MA (French Language, Literature & Translation Studies), Saint Petersburg State University; MLIS, McGill University.

Research areas: History of publishing, books, and reading in cultural and social context; history of institutional and private libraries.

Supervisor: Dr. Elaine Ménard


Isabelle Lamoureux

isabelle [dot] lamoureux1 [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) 

Degrees: BA (Women’s Studies), Concordia University; MLIS, McGill University.

Research areas: The research called "Resistance to Information Literacy!" is an exploratory study working towards a model of information literacy for undergraduate students. The purpose of this research is to investigate factors and their relationships that may impact information literacy instruction of university students.

Supervisor: Dr. Joan Bartlett


Sunghoon Lee

sunghoon [dot] lee [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) 

Degrees: BSc (Educ. Tech.) Hanyang University; MLIS, McGill University.

Research areas: Electronic records management in international organizations, especially legal courts, from initiatives to systems implementation and analysis; records as evidence, records and knowledge sharing, archival purposes of records. 

Supervisor: Dr. Eun Park


Laura Markiewicz

laura [dot] markiewicz [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Laura Markiewicz, SIS doctoral studentDegrees: BA (European History), Keene State College; MLIS, McGill University.

Research areas: Knowledge continuity management in non-profit organisations, best practices and lessons learned, communities of practice.

Supervisor: Dr. Kimiz Dalkir


Julie Mayrand

julie [dot] mayrand [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Degrees: BA (Literary Studies), Université Laval; BA (Psychology), Université Laval; MLIS, Université de Montréal.

Research areas: Everyday life information seeking of young adults suffering from mental health problems.

Supervisor: Dr. Joan Bartlett


Daniele Nascimento

daniele [dot] nascimento [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Daniele Nascimento, SIS doctoral studentDegrees: BA (International Relations), UniCeub; MBA (Strategic Marketing Management), Fundação Getúlio Vargas; MSc (Urban Informatics - Information Infrastructure), Osaka City University.

Research areas: Open Source Communities, Social Computing, Open Source Marketing, Volunteer Information Creation, Geospatial Technology, Foresight and Future Studies.

Supervisor: Dr. Karyn Moffatt


Fei Shu

fei [dot] shu [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Fei Shu, SIS doctoral studentDegrees: MA (Educational Technology), Concordia University; Graduate Diploma (Business Administration), Concordia University; LLM (International Relations), Jinan University; BA (Journalism), Wuhan University.

Research areas: Information Retrieval, Ontology, Information Organization, Indexing, Knowledge Representation.  

Supervisor: Dr. Charles-Antoine Julien


Michael Shulha

michael [dot] shulha [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Degrees: BMus (Jazz Performance), McGill University; MLIS, McGill University.

Research areas: Cognitive work analysis for the design of clinical information systems, Complexity, Primary healthcare professionals' information behaviour.

Supervisor: Dr. France Bouthillier


Defodji Sogbohossou

Defodji [dot] Sogbohossou [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)   

Degrees: MBA, McGill University; MS (Computer Science), UQAM; BS (Computer Science), UQAM.

Research areas: Knowledge discovery in Electronic Health Records (EHR). Enriched information retrieval and improved human-computer interaction with medical documents.

Supervisor: Dr. Joan Bartlett


Daniel Steele

daniel [dot] steele [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)   

Daniel Steele, SIS doctoral studentDegrees: MArch (Urban Design and Housing), McGill University; MAMST (Music, Science, and Technology), Stanford University; BS (Math)/BS (Music), Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Research areas: Urban Planning and Design Education, Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Supervisor: Dr. Catherine Guastavino


Afroza Sultana

afroza [dot] sultana [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Degrees: BSc (Computer Science), North South University; MSc (Computer  Science), University of Manitoba.

Research areas: Accessible Interfaces for Older Adults; Human-Computer Interaction; Machine Learning.

Supervisor: Dr. Karyn Moffatt


David M. Weigl

david [dot] weigl [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

David Weigl, SIS doctoral studentDegrees: BSc (Hons.) (Computer Science), University of Edinburgh; MSc (Res) (Informatics), University of Edinburgh.

Research areas: My research is situated at the intersection of the fields of 
information studies, music information retrieval, and music perception and 
cognition, with a particular focus on the operationalization of notions of 
experiential relevance for the music information domain.

Supervisor: Dr. Catherine Guastavino

David Weigl CV [.pdf]


Trudi Wright

trudi [dot] wright [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) 

Trudi Wright, SIS doctoral student

Research website: trudiawright.wordpress.com

Degrees: MLIS (Archival Studies), McGill University; MA (History), University of Guelph; BA (English and History), Brock University.

Research areas: Organization and Information Culture, Information Use Behaviour; Electronic Records Systems, Information and Records Management, Content Management; Business Transformation/Technology Implementation. Proposed thesis title: "From paper to digital records: Examining the impacts of organizational culture on transitioning records management environments.

Supervisor: Dr. Eun Park


Qing Zou

qing [dot] zou2 [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) 

Degrees: BSc, N. Jiaotong University; MLIS, McGill University.

Research areas: Metadata, Ontology, Knowledge Organization Systems, Archival Description, and Knowledge Representation.  

Supervisor: Dr. Eun Park


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