FIMS Grad Bulletin

No. 289 - October 24, 2011

Oct 24, 2011    

Coming Events

CLA Resume Workshop

Thursday, October 27
12:00 p.m.
NCB 295
Karen Mark, a Human Resources Specialist from the Calgary Public Library will be calling in via Skype for a Resume Workshop. Karen is a Human Resources Specialist in Recruitment at the Calgary Public Library and will give resume advice and discuss the merits of working at the CPL. There will be a time for a Q&A period at the end of the session. Everyone welcome, and bring your lunch!

FIMS Fall Convocation
Friday, October 28
Alumni Hall
See for more information

Brown Bag Lecture Series – Sharon Sliwinski
Wednesday, November 2
12:00 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.
NCB 293
Lecture Title: "Dreaming and Thinking."

mediations Student Paper Series: Lee McGuigan
Friday, November 4
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
StaB 250
Coffee/Tea and light refreshments will be provided. All are welcome. "mediations is a graduate student presentation series, organized and curated by students, that offers members of the FIMS student community an opportunity to give extended presentations on their ongoing research or works-in-progress to a large group of student and faculty colleagues. Through such presentations, mediations seeks to establish a space in which members of the FIMS and UWO community at large may come together in a intellectually stimulating and productive exchange of ideas. Presented by the Media Studies Subcommittee for Intellectual Life".

Journalists & Risk - Risk Awareness Workshop
Saturday, November 12
MAJ alumna Adrienne Arsenault of CBC News returns to Western on Saturday, November 12th to take part in this year’s risk awareness workshop for journalism students. Moderator Cliff Lonsdale said: “I am delighted that Adrienne is able to come and give the students the benefit of her vast experience in many of the world’s hotspots.”

Journalists & Risk – handling the physical and emotional realities of journalism at home and abroad is being held in November for the first time, instead of February. Last year’s students said in a survey that it would have been helpful to have taken it ahead of their internships in January, when some had found themselves in difficult situations they didn’t know how to handle.  

Joining Arsenault on this year’s live panel will be Arnold Amber, a former correspondent who recently stepped down as director of the CWA/SCA media union; Joe Belanger, crime reporter for the London Free Press; and Karen Pierre, a trauma specialist at LHSC, who has also worked with the Canadian Forces. A number of others will appear on videotape.

The workshop is presented jointly by FIMS and the Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma, which delivered a similar one for graduate and undergrad students at Carleton University on Saturday, October 15.

Lonsdale, who is president of the Forum, said: “The importance of these workshops can’t be overestimated. Already this year more journalists and media workers have been killed around the world than in the whole of last year. They are dying at a rate of more than two a week. Most of these deaths don’t occur in combat zones, dangerous as those can be. Most are murders – targeted killings, usually in the journalist’s own country. It’s an increasingly dangerous world in which to work.”

News & Announcements

Thoughts from faculty members on the passing of Hanno Hardt

From Professor Edward Comor:
Hanno Hardt, one of the world’s most influential media and communications studies scholars, died on Tuesday, October 11th.

Among his many books, Hanno authored Critical Communication Studies, Myths for the Masses, Social Theories of the Press, Interactions, and In the Company of Media.  He also was a photographer who published and exhibited some remarkable images of street scenes, community interactions, and landscapes.

Hanno was an inspiration to countless academics and students.  Over the past four years, while editing a collection of Robert Babe’s writings, I had the great pleasure (and it really was a pleasure) to work with him on his contribution to it.  During this long-distance relationship, Hanno was unfailingly generous and enthusiastic.

For me and so many others, Hanno Hardt’s death is a tremendous loss.  To read and add to messages of condolence, please visit

From Professor David Spencer:
It was a very sad week for journalism scholars and teachers when it was announced that Hanno Hardt has passed on in Slovenia where he had been working since retiring from the University of Iowa.  He was the best friend a young, new assistant professor could have.  He was one of those in our field that always had a kind word to say about a publication while at the same time never surrendering his sense of excellence.  I had the honour of working with him on five major projects over the past two decades and it goes without saying that the shape my own career took was directly connected to his devotion to theory and journalism history.  He is gone yes, but there are literally a whole colony of Hardt devotees who will carry on working to keep his name at the forefront of our field.

United Way campaign officially launched
United Way fundraising events and activities are underway.  Again this year, Cindy Morrison is the Employee Campaign Coordinator for FIMS – so watch for her emails and announcements regarding tasty events like a candy sale, Chili and Stew sale and bake sale.  A jewellery sale is also scheduled for October 27 in NCB 266.  Come on out to these activities to have some fun and raise some money.

CAIS ACSI 40th Annual Conference - Call for Proposals
Canadian Association for Information Science's annual conference is in Waterloo in May/June.  The theme of the CAIS/ACSI 2012 conference relates to how information is searched, retrieved, used, made sense of, and understood in a local and global context. Please see the event flyer for more details.

Awards & Accomplishments

Four faculty members win Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching

This year`s Dean`s Awards for Excellence in Teaching were presented at our Faculty reception on Wednesday, October 12. The two full-time faculty recipients of this year`s award for excellence in teaching are Assistant Professor Mandy Grzyb and Associate Professor Nadine Wathen.  The two part-time recipients are Lecturer Bill Irwin and Lecturer Selma Purac.  Congratulations to all four recipients.

Faculty member named as book reviewer
Assistant Professor Kane X. Faucher has been appointed as Staff Reviewer for Western News’ book review section.

Publications & Presentations

Associate Professor Jacqueline Burkell, Associate Professor Anabel Quan-Haase, Assistant Professor Victoria Rubin and LIS PhD student Kim Martin were involved in four recent presentations:
Martin, K., & Quan-Haase, A. (2011). Seeking Knowledge: The adoption of Ebooks by historians. Proceedings of the ASIS&T Annual Conference, New Orleans, October 9-13.

Quan-Haase, A., & Martin, K. (2011). Rethinking tradition: The loss of serendipity and the impact of technology on the historical research process. Proceedings of the ASIS&T Annual Conference, October 9-13, New Orleans.

Budd, J., Erdelez, S., Rubin, V. L., Burkell, J., & Quan-Haase, A. (2011). Avoiding determinism. Proceedings of the ASIS&T Annual Conference, New Orleans, October 9-13.

Quan-Haase, A., & Martin, K. E. (2011). The festivities of Santo Tomás in Chichicastenango: Technologies of representation as a means of identity expression in the Hispanic Baroque. The NeoBaroque Revisited, London, ON, October 13-16.

Continuing with the multiple FIMS visits to the Scandinavian countries, Lucia Cedeira Serantes, LIS PhD student, will be visiting the Faculty of Journalism, Library and Information Science at the Oslo University College as part of the collaborative project implemented in the areas of theories of reading, reading promotion and reading in the LIS curriculum. She will be teaching four lectures in two different courses in their undergraduate LIS program: Library and Society and Visual Culture, and also present to an audience of professionals and students about her thesis work on young adult readers of comics. During her time in Oslo, she will take the first steps in a research project with the Grünerløkka branch of the Oslo Public Library about their comics special collection. And don’t worry, she promises to find time to have some fun too!

Assistant Professor Kane. X. Faucher presented:
A virtual presentation of reading/video for the panel on "sciamachy/umbrology" with Tim Horvath and others at the 2011 &Now Festival in San Diego, October 13.

Associate Professor Keir Keightley's article, "The Historical Consciousness of Sunshine Pop," has been published in the fall 2011 issue of the Journal of Popular Music Studies.

Martin Lussier, FIMS Postdoctoral fellow, will have his first book published in the next few weeks, at the latest by November 18. The book is in french and is called "Les musiques émergentes: Le devenir-ensemble". Editor: Nota-Bene.

Media studies PhD student Trina Joyce Sajo presented her paper, "Scams, Sex Work, and Filipino Webcam Models" at the Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies (CCSEAS) 2011 Biennial Conference, held in Toronto from October 13 to 15. Immediately following the conference she attended the international dissertation workshop dubbed "Transforming Southeast Asia: Multi-disciplinary Perspectives", sponsored by CCSEAS and the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies, Asian Institute, University of Toronto, from October 16 to 18.

MLISer Carey Toane launched her first book of poetry, The Crystal Palace (Mansfield Press), on Thursday, Oct. 20 at Brennan's Beer & Bistro.  She performed a reading along with fellow Mansfield Press authors Robert Earl Stewart and Lillian Necakov.

MLIS student Christine Walde announces the publication of her first poetry chapbook, The Black Car, by London-based chapbook publisher baseline press. Inspired in part by her work with the archival collections of Sylvia Plath, the collection is a series of reflections on the river Lethe and a meditation on forgetting. The Black Car will be launched in London and Toronto on November 2 and 3, 2011.

Media Studies PhD student Liam Young presented a paper, 'Toward a New Listenwissenschaft: Un-Black Boxing The List', at DOCAM (Document Academy Annual Meeting) 2011, Oct. 1-2 in Växjö, Sweden.

In the Media

Media Studies PhD Candidate Chris Richardson was recently interviewed by The Brock News and the student newspaper The Brock Press about his new co-edited collection Habitus of the Hood, which will be published later this year.

A documentary made by Media Studies PhD student Henry Adam Svec, titled "Ron Leary's Long, Long Days," recently aired across Ontario on the CBC Radio One program Bandwidth (Saturday, October 22). The piece explores the themes of place, alienation, and revolution in the life and work of Canadian songwriter Ron Leary.

Also, Henry’s new project, Folk Songs of Canada Now, was recently featured in The Globe and Mail as "disc of the week".

Additional Activities of Note

Cameron Hoffman
(PhD student, LIS) attended an interdisciplinary intensive course at Göteborg University (Göteborg, Sweden) on action research and conceptions of praxis. The course was initiated by the faculties of Education at Göteborg University, Charles Sturt University (Wagga Wagga, Australia), and the University of Western Ontario--through UWO's INSPIRE group (Interdisciplinary Network for Scholarship in Professions' Research in Education). During the course, Cameron acted as a facilitator for student discussion and academic guest speakers. Cameron also gave a presentation: Exploring Information Literacy: Teaching and Learning Practices in Today's University.

News from the Graduate Resource Centre

GRC survey and draw

The GRC wants your feedback on its speakers, workshops and events programming. Please take five minutes to answer this informal survey and enter to win one of three coffee cards. Click the link to take the survey.  All responses must be received by November 7th to be eligible for the draw.

The GRC Presents....
(A series of presentations, seminars and workshops to support graduate students @ FIMS)
So you want to be a law librarian?  
Thursday, November 10th at 12:00-1:00pm, NCB 293
Please join Michael McAlpine for a Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL) presentation about law librarianship.  Michael, a graduate of the MLIS program in 2007, works as a Research Officer and Librarian at Siskinds law firm in London.  He will discuss career options in law libraries in Canada, what a law librarian does and how to get started in law libraries.

News from Western Libraries

The D.B. Weldon Library is almost 40!

October 29th 2011 is the 40th anniversary of the official dedication of The D.B. Weldon Library. The library officially opened to patrons on June 1, 1972. Watch our library web site for information about events and displays to celebrate this milestone. Currently we are featuring display of the collection of Matthew Richard Griffis entitled "Library Buildings: A History in Postcards" as well as a display on the history of Weldon itself.

Seeking a home for your research? Check out the Publishing Opportunities Database
This EBSCO database provides regularly updated listings of publishing and presentation opportunities for students and professors and combines information from three distinct sources: Journal Calls for Papers, Conference Calls for Papers and Special Issue Calls for Papers. Searches can be filtered by a variety of options, including conference location, submission date, medium of publication, language of publication, and more. For more research help, check out the Research Support section of the Western Libraries website, designed for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty members.

From the New Books Shelf this week......
Medieval Manuscripts, Their Makers and Users
DBW stack Z105.M44 2011

A Strong Future for Public Library Use and Employment
José-Marie Griffiths and Donald W. King
DBW stack oversize Z678.88.G75 2011

Information Literacy and Information Skills Instruction: Applying Reserach to Practice int he 21st Century School Library
Nancy Pickering Thomas, Sherry R. Crow and Lori L. Franklin
DBW stack oversize Z711.2.T496 2011

Next Issue

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The next issue of the FIMS Graduate Bulletin will be published on Monday, November 7. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, November 4.