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Dalmer Nicole, Assistant Professor

Nicole Dalmer

Assistant Professor

Department of Health Aging & Society

Area(s) of Interest:


With a background in Library and Information Science, Nicole’s SSHRC and AGE-WELL funded-work resides at the intersection of information and care, studying how aging in place contexts, assumptions surrounding digital literacies, and evolving family responsibilities shape who is able and who is expected to be informed in care relationships. Other ongoing projects include an international collaboration examining the impact of digital infrastructures on feelings of connectedness in later life as well as an investigation into the role of community infrastructures (including public libraries) in mitigating older adults’ experiences of social isolation.


Postdoctoral Fellow – McMaster University (2020)

  • Project: Imagining University-Community Research Platforms

Postdoctoral Fellow – Trent University (2018-2019)

PhD (Library and Information Science) - The University of Western Ontario (2018)

MLIS - University of Alberta (2012)

BSc - University of Alberta (2007)



Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Team Grant (More Years/Better Lives): Being Connected at Home: Making Use of Digital Devices in Later Life
PI: Marshall, B.L.; Co-I: Dalmer, N.K., Katz, S.
Project website: More Years/Better Lives - Digital Aging

American Library Association (ALA) Carnegie-Whitney Grant: SEEniors: Visual Representations of Older Age in Illustrated Materials.
Dalmer, N.K., & Cedeira Serantes, L.
Project website: Comics & Aging

ACT (ageing + communication + technologies) Project Funding: Learning About Your Digital Rights in the Digital Age: A Hands-On Workshop Series for Older Adults in Peterborough.
Dalmer, N.K.
Project website: Learning About Your Digital Rights in the Digital Age: A Hands-On Workshop Series for Older Adults in Peterborough

Recent Publications

Dalmer, N. K. (2020). ‘Add info and stir’: An institutional ethnographic scoping review of family care-givers’ information work. Ageing & Society, 40(3), 663-689.

Dalmer, N. K., & Campbell, D. G. (2020). Communicating with library patrons and people with dementia: Tracing an ethic of care in professional communication guidelines. Dementia, 19(3), 899-914.

Dalmer, N. K. (2019). A logic of choice: Problematizing the documentary reality of Canadian aging in place policies. Journal of Aging Studies, 48, 40-49. 

Dalmer, N. K. (2019). Considering the local and the translocal: Reframing health information practice research using institutional ethnography. Aslib Journal of Information Management, 71(6), 703-719.

Dalmer, N. K., & Huvila, I. (2019). Conceptualizing information work for health contexts in Library and Information Science. Journal of Documentation, 76(1), 96-108.

Dalmer, N. K., & McKenzie, P. (2019). Noticing the unnoticed: Lines of work in everyday life information practices. Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 56(1), 386-389.

Rothbauer, P., & Dalmer, N. K. (2018). Reading as a lifeline among aging readers: Findings from a qualitative interview study with older adults for library and information science research. Library and Information Science Research, 40(3-4), 165-172.

Dalmer, N. K., Stooke, R., & McKenzie, P. (2018). Institutional ethnography: A sociology for librarianship. Library and Information Research, 41(125), 45-60.

Dalmer, N. K. (2017). Mind the gap: Towards the integration of critical gerontology in public library praxis. Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies, 1(1).

Dalmer, N. K. (2017). Questioning reliability assessments of health information on social media. Journal of the Medical Library Association, 105(1), 61-68.

Dalmer, N. K. (2017). Information world mapping to explicate the information-care relationship in dementia care. Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 54(1), 647–649.

McKechnie, L., Chabot, R., Dalmer, N. K, Julien, H., & Mabbott, C. (2016). Writing and reading the results: The reporting of rigour strategies in information behaviour research as evident in the published proceedings of the biennial ISIC conferences, 1996-2014. Information Research, 21(4).