FIMS Grad Bulletin

No. 277 - April 25, 2011

Apr 25, 2011    

  • Coming Events:

    "What Makes You Happy?" - Presented by Assistant Professor Diane Neal

  • Awards & Accomplishments:

    MLIS student wins Canadian Library Association's Student Article Contest

  • Recent Publications & Presentations:

  • News from Western Libraries:

  • Important Dates:

  • Next Issue:


    Coming Events:

    “What Makes You Happy? Investigation into emotion-based image and music tags”
    Wednesday, April 27, 2011
    12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
    University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin
    Assistant Professor Diane Neal presents. View the event poster.


    Awards & Accomplishments:

    MLIS student Richard Anderson has won the Canadian Library Association's Student Article Contest for his paper "Information Visualization in Children's Picture Books." A longer version of this paper was completed in the Winter 2011 term as an assignment in LIS 9361 - Materials for Children (Birth - 7 years). The paper will be published in CLA's journal Feliciter. Richard will also receive a $150 cash prize and free registration, travel and accommodation to CLA's national annual conference May 25 - 28, 2011 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


    Recent Publications & Presentations:

    Media Studies PhD student Andrea Benoit presented a paper the weekend of April 15-16, at the 11th Annual Critical Themes in Media Studies conference, hosted by the Department of Media Studies at The New School in New York City. The paper was entitled "Added Value: Signs and Symptoms of HIV/AIDS Awareness and Activism."

    Associate Professor Edward Comor published:
    Edward Comor, ‘Contextualizing and Critiquing the Fantastic Prosumer: Power, Alienation and Hegemony’ in Critical Sociology Volume 37 Issue 3 (May 2011), pp. 309-327.

    MAJ '86 grad, Mark Hunter LaVigne, published his first book, titled "The Adventures of Matilda the Tooth Fairy: Episode One: Mission Bobby".  The book follows the adventures of Matilda the tooth fairy as she tries to collect baby teeth so that her kingdom can use them to build a castle.  Mark would like to see his work eventually become a series of children's books. 

    Media Studies PhD candidate Chris Richardson presented, “‘This Isn’t Spanish Harlem’: Canadian Journalism and the New Suburbia” at the 10th Annual Art History Graduate Students Association Symposium at York University. The title of the conference is “Revisiting Suburbia” and it will be held on April 23, 2011.

    Chris will also present “Shooting Subjugated Knowledges: Journalism, Symbolic Violence, and the Margins” at a conference entitled “Extending Expertise: Experts and Amateurs in Communication and Culture” at the University of Ottawa on April 30, 2011.  And finally, Chris's edited collection Habitus of the Hood is now available for pre-order. It will be published by Intellect Press in October.  

    Media Studies PhD student Henry Adam Svec recently published a short story, “When You Hear That Word,” in The New Quarterly (issue 118, 2011).


    News from Western Libraries:

    Access the New York Times Without the 'Pay Wall':
    A recent announcement by the New York Times that they will begin charging digital users for access to the content of the newspaper has raised concern among its faithful readers. The new subscription model was tested in Canada in March and has now been rolled out to the U.S. and the rest of the world. Those who subscribe to the paper version of NYT will receive digital access as part of their subscription. For those who subscribe only to the digital version through, who make up the overwhelming majority of NYT readers around the world, subscription fees will apply to anyone who views more than 20 articles per month. After the first 20 free articles in any given month, you will receive a message requiring you to purchase a subscription. Rates vary depending on the device you are using.

  • Many in the Journalism community continue to express dismay about the change in access. It remains uncertain what the impact of the change will be on subscriptions. Investigation into the NYT digital subscription model by Dean Bill Grueskin of the Columbia Journalism School has revealed that subscribers who routinely delete cookies from their browsers or use different devices can avoid the 'pay wall' altogether. To read more about NYTimes digital subscriptions can be found on the Columbia Journalism blog.

    For faculty, students and staff at Western, it is easy to access the full text content of NYT without having to worry about the pay wall. Western Libraries subscribes to both Lexis-Nexis Academic and Factiva that offer the current issues of the paper. While these sources do not provide images from the paper, you can search NYT specifically and easily follow stories on a topic or find op-eds of interest. Both resources are available from the Western Libraries.

    New in Weldon:
    Managing the Small College Library / Rachel Applegate
    DBW stack Z675.U5A5944 2010

    University Libraries and Digital Learning Environments / edited by Penny Dale, Jill Beard and Matt Holland
    DBW stack Z675.U5U5475 2011

    The Frugal Librarian: Thriving in Tough Economic Times / edited by Carol Smallwood
    DBW stack Z683.2.U6F73 2011

    A Field guide to the Information Commons / edited by Charles Forrest and Martin Halbert
    DBW stack ZA3270.F54 2009


    Important Dates:

    Saturday, April 30, 2011 – Undergraduate Exam Period ends
    Friday, May 6, 2011 – MLIS/Journalism Orientation day
    Monday, May 9, 2011 - First day of graduate classes 


    Next Issue:

    The Grad Bulletin is your source for news, announcements, and events pertaining to FIMS graduate programs. Submissions from the FIMS community are always welcome and may be sent via e-mail to

    The next issue of the FIMS Graduate will be published on Monday, May 9. The deadline for submissions is noon on Thursday, May 5.