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

Katia G. Karadjova

Proposal Title: Librarians’ Understanding of Information Literacy in Academic Libraries in Bulgaria: A Case 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

William H. Weare, Jr.

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

 

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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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.

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Cherry-Ann Smart

Cherry-Ann’s research interests are in the areas of library leadership and management, access to information, the scholarly communication process, and patron engagement with libraries, particularly in the context of the English-speaking Caribbean. Her research question looks at the student stakeholder and how they interact with the academic library, especially as it relates to the library meeting their needs and expectations towards a successful scholarly outcome.

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Cheryl Stenström

Cheryl is a full-time lecturer in the MLIS program at San Jose State University’s iSchool. Previously she was the Chief Librarian/CEO of South Shore Public Libraries in Nova Scotia. As a Consultant and Instructor, she has developed and delivered online and in-person training sessions to colleagues from across the continent on such diverse topics as legal information searching, services for patrons with print disabilities and web development.