Library & Information Science

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Meet Nicole Dalmer, PhD candidate in Library and Information Science

“A big part of my ability to thrive in the LIS program are the people -- from the staff, to the faculty, to the students.”

Supervisor: Pamela McKenzie

Describe your research.
I’m interested in understanding how aging in place policies impact the information-related work needed to care for an aging family member. I also study the development of more responsive public library services for aging populations.

Where is “home” for you?
Edmonton, Alberta.

Where’s your favourite place on campus?
I have a few spots I like to study. In the summer, I love the atrium in the North Campus Building – it’s quiet and the space boasts large windows that overlook green space. During the busier months of the year, I’ll be in the Graduate Resource Centre, my faculty’s library/resource centre.

What’s your favourite book?
This is a tough question. I’ve more recently enjoyed Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon and the series of non-fiction/popular science books written by Mary Roach (particularly Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers).

Have you worked as a TA or RA?
I’ve had the privilege of working as both a TA and RA. TA work has been helpful in preparation for future teaching positions – learning how to mark assignments effectively, how to develop lectures that balance theoretical and practical content and how to engage with students. As an RA, I’ve learned about grant writing, ethics proposals and the more “nitty-gritty” side of research in academia.

Program Websites

Program Contact

Shelley Long (
Graduate Programs Assistant

Faculty of Information and Media Studies

Western University
FIMS and Nursing Building, Room 2020
London, Ontario N6A 5B7

t. 519-661-4017
f. 519-661-3506

The Program is designed to offer students a great degree of flexibility to take advantage of a wide range of research expertise organized in two very broad and dynamic areas of specialization: Information & Society and Information Organization & Technologies. The LIS faculty and doctoral students are committed to performing ground breaking research that contributes to the evolution of the discipline and the development of the profession, and that strives to find solutions for the emerging information society.

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Program Length

  • 12 Terms (Full-time study)
  • 18 Terms (Part-time study)

Program Design

  • Full-time or part-time study
  • Thesis-based

Funding Information

Applicants are encouraged to apply for the following scholarships (if eligible):

Admission Requirements

  • Four-year Honors degree or equivalent in an academic discipline, as well as an ALA-accredited Master's degree or its equivalent in library and information science.

Applicants without an ALA-accredited MLIS degree or equivalent may be admitted to the PhD program but must take five MLIS courses. These courses may be taken concurrently with, but in addition to, applicants’ PhD course work.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language:

Application Deadline

  • January 15