FIMS Grad Bulletin

No. 293 - January 16, 2012

Jan 16, 2012    

Coming Events

Rogers Chair Event: "What is FIMS and is it working?"  Part 3
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
12:00 p.m.
NCB 293
This panel will feature part-time instructors and staff members.

Truth vs. Fiction Storytelling Party, Round 3
Thursday, January 19, 2012
7:00 p.m.
APK Live
MLIS student Carey Toane and recent grad Kim Hornak are co-hosting the third monthly Truth vs. Fiction Storytelling Party.  Free, open mic.

Campus Visit from Canadian Library Association President, Karen Adams
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Further event details TBA.

mediations 2012 - Craig Butosi
Friday, January 27, 2012
More details TBA.  See the full schedule of upcoming mediations 2012 events.

3rd Annual Western Family Hockey Festival
Saturday, January 28, 2012
4:30 p.m.
Thompson Recreation & Athletic Centre
In addition to free admission to the hockey games at Thompson Recreation & Athletic Centre (TRAC), you are invited to participate in a variety of fun activities. Complimentary food and children's activities will be scheduled between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. The puck drops for the Women's hockey game (vs. Queen's Gaels) at 4:30 p.m., and the Men's game (vs. Lakehead Thunderwolves) gets underway at 7:30 p.m.
The deadline to order your complimentary tickets is Wednesday, January 25, 2012, at 5 p.m.  More info.  TICKET DEADLINE REVISED TO MONDAY, JAN 23 (due to demand)

LIS Alumni Reception
Thursday, February 2, 2012
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Joe Badali’s (156 Front Street West), Toronto
Dr. Thomas Carmichael, Dean of the Faculty of Information and Media Studies, and Alumni Western invite all Library and Information Science alumni and friends to the annual cocktail reception held during the Ontario Library Association Conference in Toronto.

You don't have to be attending the conference to attend the reception. Guests will enjoy a complimentary drink and appetizers while mingling with fellow alumni, faculty and staff.  Register now or read more info.

IT Workshops
The IT workshops take place in NCB 105 on Tuesdays at noon and at 4:30 pm. All students are welcome to attend and registration is not required. Bring your lunch and learn some tech!  This month's topic is 'Presentations with PowerPoint'. Want to know more? Go to for details.

Important Dates

Monday, January 23, 2012 - United Way fundraising announcement (11:00 a.m., Mustang Lounge, UCC)

News & Announcements

Call for Papers: Culture, policy, urban space and the city

Western graduate students from all disciplines are invited to participate in this mini-conference, presented by FIMS.

This event is part of a four-part series of events designed to explore issues of culture and the city in the contemporary moment. Please submit your abstract of maximum 300 words by February 6th 2012 to Read further details or view the event poster.

Call for Papers: Carleton Communications 2012 Graduate Conference
The 7th annual conference will be held on March 1-2, 2012.  This year`s theme is Profiles. This theme explores acts of representation, delving into the underlying political, aesthetic, and cultural dimensions that go into creating, maintaining and disseminating profiles in mediated environments. Keynote speaker: Dr. Gabriella Coleman.  Read further details.

Michael Valpy arrives as new CanWest Fellow
Michael Valpy will be teaching a graduate course in the MAJ program, “New Media and Deep Democracy.”  Michael has enjoyed a distinguished and award-winning career in journalism, most notably at The Globe and Mail, where he has been a reporter, a national political columnist, a member of the editorial board, a deputy managing editor, and an Africa-based correspondent. He has also produced documentaries for CBC radio, written for Maclean’s and other national news magazines, and has co-authored two books on the Canadian constitution.

Awards & Accomplishments

Winners of Fantastic FIMS and Spirit of Librarianship awards revealed

Associate Professor Grant Campbell was named the 2011 Fantastic FIMS winner by the MLIS Student Council.  Peggy McEachreon, MLIS student, was awarded the 2011 Spirit of Librarianship award.

FIMS faculty members named as top newsmakers
Meredith Levine, Lecturer, and Sandy Smeltzer, Associate Professor were recently listed among Western`s top newsmakers for 2011.  Meredith was named after her class project, A Good Death, was published on, and went on to win the 2011 Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Media Award.  Sandy made headlines when she received a Western Humanitarian Award for her research on communication in the developing world.  She also won a University Students` Council Teaching Honour Roll Award of Excellence and was named among Canada`s Top 25 Women of Influence by Women of Influence Magazine.  Read about all of Western`s top newsmakers from 2011.

Gemma Richardson, PhD Media Studies student, recently obtained the Western Certificate in University Teaching and Learning through the Teaching Support Center.

Research team wins funding from Digging into Data Challenge
Assistant Professor Lu Xiao leads a team that recently received $235,000 in funding from the second-annual Digging into Data Challenge.  The Challenge is funded by organizations from four countries and promotes innovative humanities and social science research using large-scale data analysis.  Lu`s team is developing an automated text reader to help reconstruct important story fragments scattered across various forums.  For more details on the project, see the Western News story, “Finding needles in a digital haystack.”

Publications & Presentations

Marni Harrington
, GRC Librarian, and Elizabeth Marshall have been invited to give a keynote presentation about their research "Mentoring in Academic Libraries: A Canadian Perspective" at the Forum for Information Professionals at the University of Alberta on January 27th.

Martin Lussier
, FIMS post-doctoral scholar, recently launched the book Les Musiques émergentes: Le devenir-ensemble.  View the front and back cover.

Wolsak and Wynn has agreed to publish Assistant Professor Doug Mann’s book Great Power and Great Responsibility: The Philosophical Politics of Comic Books in 2013. This book will consist of a dozen essays on such topics as Watchmen, Civil War, Planetary, Transmetropolitan, Heroes, Sheena, and comic book movies.

In the Media

Henry Adam Svec
, a student in the Media Studies PhD program, was featured in the magazine Penguin Eggs in an article entitled "Fowke Music". As well, the album component of Henry's project Folk Songs of Canada Now recently charted at #4 for the month of December on the national Folk/Roots/Blues campus radio charts.

Assistant Professor Lu Xiao appeared in a London Free Press article which discussed her recent funding news, related to the Digging into Data Challenge.  Read “UWO researcher wins mummy of all grants.”

Additional Activities of Note

Diane Rasmussen Neal
, FIMS Assistant Professor, is co-moderating a blog called "tl;dr - Where games and information collide" with Jacob A. Ratliff, Archivist/Taxonomy Librarian at the National Fire Protection Association. The blog is available at

News from the Graduate Resource Centre

The GRC Presents ...

(A series of seminars and workshops to support graduate students @ FIMS)

Graduate Writing Seminar
Monday, January 30th - 12:00-1:00pm - NCB Rm 293
Janet Roukema returns from the Graduate Writing Centre to discuss writing at the graduate level.  This interactive session includes how to write with clarity and conciseness, constructing an outline, citation integration tips, along with formatting and style pointers.  Bring your writing questions and issues for discussion.  This is a very useful workshop for new MLIS students.

Welcome returning Student Assistants
Please welcome returning Student Assistants Gita Gulati, Peggy McEachreon and Carey Toane, who join our new Student Assistants Sarah Felkar and Katie-Scarlett MacGillivray this term helping you at the Service Desk and in the Computing Labs.

Photocopy bank
New students:  Recycled readings for your core courses (9001-9006) are available in the GRC.
Returning students:  All other recycled readings are filed alphabetically in the photocopy room.  You can bring your old photocopies to the GRC and we'll make them available for others.

News from Western Libraries

Happy New Term! Welcome! or, Welcome Back!

Temporary Tech Support Desk in Weldon Library: Drop in to the Service Desk at Weldon this week for technical help with your laptop or other device. The service is available from 9:00-11:00 and 2:00-4:00. For details about other ways to get help see

Wireless and Mobile Printing: Did you know that you can send for printing using your mobile device. Details are at

Library Tutorials available online: Several online tutorials that can help you with your research are available through the Western libraries web site. Go to to browse what is available.

From the New Book Shelf:

Releasing the Image: From Literature to New Media / edited by Jacques Khalip and Robert Mitchell
DBW stack B105.I47R45 2011

Making Online News / edited by David Dominga and Chris Paterson
DBW stack PN4784.O62M352 2011

Becoming Confident Teachers: A guide for academic librarians / Claire McGuinness
DBW stack Z682.4.C63M34 2011

Numeric Data Services and Sources for the General Reference Librarian / Lynda M. Kellam with contribution from Katharin Peter
DBW stack Z711.K45 2011

Next Issue

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The next issue of the FIMS Graduate Bulletin will be published on Monday, January 30. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, January 27.