Tami Oliphant

Associate Professor, Faculty of Education - School of Library and Information Studies


Associate Professor, Faculty of Education - School of Library and Information Studies
(780) 492-2033
5-169 Education Centre - North
8730 - 112 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2G5



I received my PhD from the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario and I am a proud alumna of the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta where I completed my MLIS. My program of research centers upon using critical approaches to interrogate and critique conceptions of data, information, and knowledge and their attendant systems, platforms, and information institutions. I am particularly interested in the cognitive, and social aspects of human information interaction and understanding people’s status as knowers (epistemology), social locations, and the broader social forces that shape people’s interactions with information. My previous work has examined mental health and currently, I am collaborating with Dr. Tanya Berry and Dr. Colleen Norris in a project examining the information practices of women with heart disease and with Dr. Danielle Allard and Angela Lieu, I am engaged in a research project that draws from intersectional feminist anti-violence frameworks to examine patron-perpetrated sexual harassment in libraries.

  • Human information interaction and particularly consumer health contexts
  • Publishing and media industries as they relate to the information professions
  • Critical approaches to library and information science
  • LIS education

  • LIS 505 Introduction to Research
  • LIS 543 Human Information Interaction
  • LIS 597 Seminar in Advanced Research and Scholarship
  • LIS 598 Knowledge Production, Dissemination, and Reception in LIS
  • LIS 599 Directed Study


LIS 505 - Introduction to Research in Library and Information Studies

An introduction to the fundamental concepts, approaches, and uses of research in library and information environments. Includes research design, proposal writing, identifying and defining research problems, critically evaluating and analyzing research, and applying research findings to solve practical problems in libraries and information centres. Sections may be offered in a Cost Recovery format at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students. Prerequisite: LIS 501 and 503.

Winter Term 2021

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