Profiles of PhD Students and Alumni

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Profiles of Gateway PhD Students and Alumni

The Gateway PhD program is a global research program. We invite you to learn more about our current doctoral students and the alumni.

Gateway PhD Program Current Students

Stephen Abrams 

Proposal Title: A Communicological Framework for Evaluating Digital Preservation Efficacy 

Salvador Barragan

Proposal Title: How Electronically Stored Information “ESI” is Altering Information and Records Appraisal

Walter Butler

Proposal Title: Changing in the Open: OER Textbooks, Online Communities, and the Management of Academic Libraries

Lettie Conrad

Proposal Title: The Student-Researcher Information Experience with Academic Information Management

Lee Yen Han

Proposal Title: A study of information literacy of graduate students in the Middle East

William H. Weare, Jr.

Proposal Title: Faculty Research and Publication Practices in the Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities: A Qualitative Study

Pat Sandercock

Proposal Title: Understanding the Information Choices of Technical College Students

Jennine Knight

Proposal Title: The necessity for academic libraries to become strategic business partners: The case of the University of the West Indies

Kathleen McDonald

Proposal Title: Taking the Library to the People: Female Librarians and Patrons at the Victoria Public Library, 1900-1949

Richard Okumoto

Proposal Title: Digital Storytelling in Higher Education Improves Student Learning Objectives Retention

Hongbo Zou 

Proposal Title: Understanding the Role of Social Media in Enhancing Participatory Services in Public Libraries

Cherry-Ann Smart 

Proposal Title: Towards transformative engagement: The international and foreign student stakeholders in the academic library; a view from the subaltern

Gateway PhD Program Alumni

Karen Kaufmann (2019)

Dissertation Title: Socio-cognitive relevance of information literacy: The impact on student success

Nilo Sarraf (2019)

Dissertation Title: Mapping the Neurophysiological and Affective Dimensions of the Information Search Process Model

Shelly Buchanan (2018)

Dissertation Title: The Impact of Student-Driven, Independent Inquiry on Academic Motivation

Africa Hands (2018)

Dissertation Title: Doctoral Student Motivation: An Exploratory Study of Motivating Factors for Earning the PhD

Kim Morrison (2018)

Dissertation Title: Counter-story as Curriculum: Autoethnography, Critical Race Theory, and Informed Assets in the Information Literacy Classroom

Laura Anderson (2016)

Dissertation Title: Information Sharing in Virtual Collaboration: A Software Engineering Perspective

Melissa Fraser-Arnott (2016)

Dissertation Title: Personalizing Success: The Professional Identity Experiences of LIS Graduates in Non-Library Roles

Clarence Maybee (2015)

Dissertation Title: Informed Learning in the Undergraduate Classroom: The Role of Information Experiences in Shaping Outcomes 

Maria Otero-Boisvert (2015)

Dissertation Title: Funding the Academic Library: An Ethnography

Mary‑Jo Romaniuk (2014)

Dissertation Title: Developing Emerging Leaders in the Library Profession: Program Content, Self-efficacy and Leadership

Tina Inzerilla (2013)

Dissertation Title: Community College Faculty’s Teaching Social Networks and Their Implications for Librarians

Virginia Tucker (2013)

Dissertation Title: Acquiring Search Expertise: Learning Experiences and Threshold Concepts

Mary Ann Harlan (2012) 

Dissertation Title: Information Pathways: The Information Practices and Experiences of Teen Content Creators

Cheryl Stenström (2012) 

Dissertation Title: Factors Influencing Funding Decisions by Elected Politicians at the State/Provincial Level: A Case Study of Public Libraries in Canada

Diana Wakimoto (2012)

Dissertation Title: The History of Queer Community Archives in California Since 1950

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Mary-Jo Romaniuk

In addition to her Library and Learning Services responsibilities, Mary-Jo has been a guest lecturer at the University of Alberta School of Information, has developed and co-taught the Managing Across Generations course for the Learning Partnership and has presented at numerous library conferences. She has published articles on leadership, management and generational differences.

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Pat Sandercock

Pat Sandercock wants to make the user experience of finding information better. After more than 10 years working with ProQuest and Gale, Pat worked as an instructional and reference librarian. Watching how TVET (technical and vocational) students selected content from academic library databases for assignments became the inspiration for her studies. Understanding why students make the choices they do when engaging with library databases and discovery layers is the focus of her doctoral research.

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Nilo Sarraf

Nilo Sarraf is interested in how humans interact with everything! She is a student of emotional motivation, information retrieval, and sensory cognition. After receiving her Masters of Science in Human Factors, her long-term passion in affective information retrieval led her to pursue her PhD degree in the Gateway PhD program.