FIMS Grad Bulletin

No. 294 - January 30, 2012

Jan 30, 2012    

Coming Events

Career Week 2012 - The Student Success Centre
Monday, January 30 - Friday, February 3, 2012
Various times and locations (see website)
There are events scheduled all week long, and Friday, Feb 3rd is tailored specifically for grad students.  Events require registration and space is limited.  Visit the website for more information.

IT Workshops – Reminder
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
NCB 105
12:00 p.m.
IT workshops are held every Tuesday at noon in NCB 105. On Jan 31 we start week 1 of HTML and CSS. All students may attend and there is no registration.

FIMS Review Discussion 2
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
NCB 293
12:00 p.m.
“Research: enhancing the research community at FIMS, opportunities, strengths, and a vision for the future of our research culture in the Faculty.”

Guest Speaker: Peter Edwards, Toronto Star reporter
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Spencer Engineering Building, room 2202
2:30 p.m.
Peter Edwards visits MIT 2934G/FNS 3001G, "The Representation of Indigenous Issues in The Mainstream and Alternative Media."  See the mini-biography.

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.  Come on by Joe Badali's to mix and mingle.

Public Humanities @ Western: States of Postcoloniality: Steven Loft and Gina Badger discuss FUSE Magazine
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Conron Hall, University College Room 224
7:00 p.m.
In partnership with McIntosh Gallery and the Department of Visual Arts, Public Humanities @ Western is pleased to host a lecture by Steven Loft, curator, theorist, writer and Trudeau Fellow at Ryerson University. Loft’s lecture will be of interest to those working in contemporary art and art history, curatorial studies, First Nations Studies, public history, media and information studies, as well as literature and aesthetics. Immediately following the lecture, we invite all to a public magazine launch and reception at McIntosh Gallery, which will include free copies of the newly published issue of FUSE.

The BIAS FREE Framework?  How to Avoid Biases Deriving from Social Hierarchies such as Sexism, Racism, Ableism etc. in Research
Thursday, March 8, 2012
McMaster University, MDCL 3024
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Dr. Margrit Eichler, Professor Emerita.  Dr. Eichler’s over 200 publications deal with many different topics. including feminist methods, Canada as a climate criminal, learning through unpaid household work, and many aspects of family policy. All of her work deals with social inequalities and how to overcome them. She is an elected member of the Royal Society of Canada and the European Academy of the Sciences. At present, she is Vice President of a Workers’ co-op BIAS FREE Inc. and Secretary of Science for Peace.

WSFR Spring Conference: Gender and Transitional Justice
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
University College (Conron Hall) Room 224
8:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Keynote Speaker:  Debra Bergoffen, Emerita Professor of Philosophy, George Mason University and Bishop Hamilton Lecturer in Philosophy, American University.  Amanda Grzyb is a co-organizer of this event and FIMS is a sponsor.  View the poster.  Register at:

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 poster.

Students (Verb) Charities Contest

Students produce a public awareness campaign in any form that tells the story of how charities ensure, improve and reflect the quality of life in Canada.

The campaign could be an advertisement, song, or video. The only limit is your creativity! Whatever the medium, keep in mind for your message that great stories are like mirrors - they move audiences because they reflect people’s personal experiences.

Students (Verb) Charities is open to post-secondary students between the ages of 18-35 across Canada and is sponsored by Imagine Canada and the Muttart Foundation. Our expert panel of judges will award the top campaign a prize of $50,000.  

Contest opens January 15, 2012.  Deadline for submissions is November 30, 2012.  Winners will be announced June 2013.  Get the full details.

Awards & Accomplishments

Madeline Sonik, MAJ ’86, has been short-listed for the Charles Taylor Prize for her book, "Afflictions and Departures".  The award commemorates Charles Taylor's pursuit of excellence in the field of literary non-fiction.  The winner of this prize will be awarded $25,000.

Sylvia Stead, BA Hons Journalism, ‘75, has been named the first Globe and Mail Public Editor.  The role is expected to make the organization more transparent and accountable to the public, and to address issues of journalistic integrity.  Read “Meet The Globe’s new, first-ever public editor.”

Publications & Presentations

Associate Professor Bernd Frohmann's chapter, "The Documentality of Mme Briet’s Antelope", appears in the recently published (9 November 2011) anthology: Communication Matters: Materialist Approaches to Media, Mobility, and Networks, ed. J. Packer and S. Wiley, pp. 173-82. New York and London: Routledge.

Danielle Lee-Muma, MLIS student, will be giving a presentation at the Ontario Library Association Super Conference for OCULA's Lightning Strikes "Breaking down fences: Accessibility in the wild west of e-resources" on February 3rd.

Media Studies PhD Candidate Lisa Macklem will be delivering  the paper "I See What You Did There: Supernatural and the Fourth Wall" at the SW-TX PCA Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico on February 10, 2012.

Assistant Professor Diane Neal presented the following last week:
Desrochers, N., Neal, D.R., Lenton, E., & Saliba, P. (2012). Using affect-based labels in whole collection retrieval. Poster presented at the 2012 ALISE Annual Conference, Dallas, TX, USA.

Associate Professor Nadine Wathen, and her former post-doctoral fellow (the author listed first), published:
O'Grady, L., Wathen, C.N., Charnaw-Burger, J., Betel, L., Shachak, A., Luke, R., Hockema, S., Jadad, A. (2012). The use of tags and tag clouds to discern credible content in online health message forums. International Journal of Medical Informatics, 81(1):36-44.

Dr. Lu Xiao presents at the 1st workshop of the awarded Digging Into Data project on Jan. 27th at Georgia State University (Atlanta, GA, USA).

Additional Activities of Note

Media studies PhD student Trina Joyce Sajo will work as co-investigator on an 18-month project investigating Filipinos engaged in sexual services on the Internet and the illicit, underground industry. The research project, entitled "Cybersex in the anti-development state: Labor politics and life histories", is funded by Strengthening Information Society Research Capacity Program (SIRCA II), an initiative of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Singapore Internet Research Centre (SiRC). She will be working with Elinor May Cruz, research associate of the University of the Philippines Third World Studies Center.

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.

In Re:View
Wednesday, February 29th - 12noon, NCB 295 - Kane X. Faucher, Assistant Professor, MIT.  
This lecture and workshop will highlight the importance of review writing, indicating the operational procedures involved across various review genres, as well as providing tips on how to write effective reviews. Questions will include the following: What is the proper role of the reviewer? How does one praise or pan a text while remaining objective? What obligations does the reviewer have to the author and/or publisher of the work being reviewed? How does one organize the elements of the review tailored to specific audiences? Are there different methods and forms of the review? What are appropriate venues for reviews? Can the reviewing process function as an extended career networking tool?  

RefWorks 2.0
Thursday, March 1st - 10:30am, NCB Lab A - Beth Reiten, ProQuest Trainer

Ebooks in Public Libraries
Wednesday, March 14th - 12noon, NCB293 - Sarah Felkar, MLIS Candidate - a repeat of Sarah's hands-on workshop introducing ereaders in public libraries

Appraising a Rare Collection
Date and time to be announced - Gord Russell, from Alexander Books in Ancaster, will be at FIMS to appraise the GRC's rare collection.  Gord will conduct his appraisal in a workshop format and looks forward to meeting students and answering questions.

Have your "liked" our GRC facebook page?
Thanks to Student Assistant Sarah Felkar, we now have new information tabs:  Ask Us! and The GRC Presents...
Check them out for up-to-date information about the GRC.

News from Western Libraries

Western Libraries Living Library Event:
On Tuesday, January 31st The Student Success Centre and Western Libraries will be featuring a unique collection for the campus community: a Living Library. For more information see
Notable Resource: Ethnic NewsWatch Complete
Ethnic NewsWatch Complete is a ProQuest database that indexes newspapers, magazines, and journals of the ethnic and minority press. Ethnic NewsWatch covers 1990 to the present and Ethnic NewsWatch: A History gives access to over 30 full-text titles which focus on African American, Hispanic American, and Native American presses from 1959-1989. The resource provides researchers with a wide spectrum of perspectives that are often overlooked and includes national and regional coverage. The database is listed on the alphabetical database list and can also be found on the Journalism and Media Studies Program Guides. It can be searched in combination with other ProQuest resources such as AltPress Watch and Canadian NewsStand.
From the new book shelf this week:

Feminism in the News: Representations of the Women's Movement Since the 1960s / Kaitlynn Mendes
DBW stack P96.F46M46 2011

From Elvish to Klingon: Exploring Invented Languages / edited by Michael Adams
DBW stack PM8004.F76 2011

Zotero: a guide for librarians, researchers and educators / Jason Puckett
 DBW stack PN171.F56P83 2011

E-Reference Context and Discoverability in Libraries: Issues and Concepts
/ Sue Polanka
DBW oversize Z711.45.E18 2012

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The next issue of the FIMS Graduate Bulletin will be published on Monday, February 13. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, February 10.