FIMS Grad Bulletin

No. 295 - February 13, 2012

Feb 13, 2012    

Coming Events

“Food for Thought” – Session Two
Dividing the Community Property: Who Owns an Idea?

Monday, February 13, 2012
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
The Huron Room (Huron College)
In her article exploring the economic and social implications of intellectual property theft, Megan McArdle claims that “younger generations expect music and now video to be free—and when it isn’t, they feel entitled to take it anyway.” Does intellectual property ownership matter in the age of downloading? Or should ideas (and their non-physical expressions) be free for everyone?  Join faculty, staff, and students to talk about the ethics of intellectual property ownership, as well as the recent efforts to protect it. All are welcome, and lunch will be served.  Please let us know if you plan to attend by emailing

MLIS Valentine's Day fundraiser - "Heat up your heart"
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
NCB 266
We'll be selling home-made stews, chiles and pastries in NCB 266 starting at noon until we run out!
We also offer the option of take-away for those who bring their own (reasonably sized) container.

IT Workshops Reminder
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
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.

Public Doctoral Lecture: Jennifer Martin, Media Studies Doctoral Candidate
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
2:00 p.m.
NCB 293
“Keeping Up with the Virtual Joneses: The Practices, Meanings, and Consequences of Consumption in Second Life.”

mediations Lecture Series: Emma Dowling
Tuesday, February 14: Public Lecture
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
NCB 117
"Registers of the labouring body: what does affect do for us?"

Wednesday, February 15: Grad Seminar
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
UC 224A (Conference room next to Conron Hall)
 "Writing from experience -- method, (re)presentation, politics."

For further detail, see:  View the full mediations line-up.  Presented by the Subcommittee for Intellectual Life at FIMS.

FIMS Faculty Council Meeting
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
NCB 293
For FIMS Faculty Council members.

Western Chapter of ASIS&T Meetings

Thursdays, weekly
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
NCB 266

“Danger and Aftermath: Larry Towel and Sharon Sliwinski in conversation"
Sunday, February 26, 2012
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Museum London
Professor Sliwinski and Larry Towell will discuss “Danger and Aftermath”, the first public exhibition of Towell’s Afghanistan series in a salon-style installation. Large-scale prints and panoramas create an almost immersive experience, with the content – victims of war, ruins, detainees and insurgents – bringing the current conflict in Afghanistan to life for the viewer. Admission is free and everyone is welcome!   View the posterRead the write-up.

WSFR Spring Conference: Gender and Transitional Justice
The Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research and The Centre for Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction present:  
Gender and Transitional Justice
Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Time: 8:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: UC 224 (Conron Hall), The University of Western Ontario
Keynote Speaker: Debra Bergoffen, Emerita Professor of Philosophy, George Mason University and Bishop Hamilton Lecturer in Philosophy, American University.  For further details, visit the Conferences section on the FIMS website.

Important Dates

- Monday, Feb 20, 2012 – Family Day holiday – offices closed.
- Monday, Feb 20, 2012 – CfP deadline for Culture, policy, urban space and the city
- Monday, Feb 20, 2012 – Friday, Feb 24, 2012 – Research Week

Awards & Accomplishments

MLIS Student Sarah Barriage won the OCULA Student Award for best presentation by a MLIS student in the Lightning Strikes Session.  MLIS students Danielle Lee-Muma and Carey Toane were also competitors in the competition.

Cindy Morrison, Graduate Student Services Team Leader, is one of seven Western employees who will be honoured with the 2012 Western Award of Excellence on February 16th.

Publications & Presentations

Cate Carlyle, an MLIS grad, had a study that focused on applying lean manufacturing principles in public libraries published in the Atlantic Provinces Library Association's journal "The Bulletin" (January 2012).

At OLA, MLIS student Julia Harrington gave a conference presentation called "Beyond the Basics: Assisting the Informed Patient", which was part of a joint session (1207) called 'Focus on Consumer Health'.  

Associate Professor Kate Johnson recently published the article:
Johnson, C.A. (2012) "How do public libraries create social capital? An analysis of interactions between library staff and patrons", Library & Information Science Research,34(1), pp. 52-62.

Associate Professor Samuel Trosow gave a presentation at the Ontario Library Association Superconference on the panel "Building Solidarity in Academic Librarianship." His talk focused on the role of education for librarianship as well as the role of library associations.  The panel was followed by a workshop.

In the Media

Graduate Student Services Team Leader Cindy Morrison appeared in a Western News article announcing the winners of the 2011 Western Award of Excellence.  Read “Western names Award of Excellence winners.” 

Additional Activities of Note

Billboard ThumbnailFIMS MLIS instructor Martha Joyce, who also teaches at Fanshawe College, has appeared as part of an ad on a billboard outside of Fanshawe College.  Martha is the third person in from the right side in the photo.  View an enlarged picture of the billboard.

Dr. Lu Xiao organized a workshop at iConference on Feb. 7th, Toronto. The title of the workshop is Cultivating Reflective Practices in Computer-Mediated Distributed Teamwork. Further information about the workshop can be found at the workshop website.

News from the Graduate Resource Centre

Reading week hours
Monday, Feb 20 - closed for Family Day
Regular hours of operation for the rest of the week:
Tues-Thurs 8:30am-8:00pm, Fri 8:30am-5:00pm, Sat & Sun 1:00-5:00pm

The GRC Presents ...
(A series of seminars and workshops to support graduate students @ FIMS)

Book reviews workshop: In Re:View
Wednesday, February 29th - 12noon, NCB 295 - Kane X. Faucher, Assistant Professor, MIT

Whether you're a librarian, journalist or scholar, writing book reviews is a great way to stay up to date on the latest publications and network with your academic and professional communities. And it looks great on a resume! But there's more to writing a review than just writing. Join MIT assistant professor and published author Kane Faucher for some writing and publishing tips as well as great advice on what the role of the reviewer is all about, so you can get as much out of the experience as possible. Sign up in the GRC so we know how many cookies to buy ...

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

Organizing your research is a daunting task. Citation tools like RefWorks can make life easier for students and faculty in all fields. This hands-on workshop will demonstrate the basics like creating an account and importing data, as well as how to check and edit citations and references, manage your folders and create bibliographies. All participants will receive two workbooks to keep. Plus, for those interested in information literacy instruction, it's an opportunity to learn how to teach online resource tools effectively from a professional trainer. Sign up in the GRC!

Coming soon!
Monday, March 12 at noon: Appraisal workshop using GRC's "rare collection"
Wednesday, March 14 at noon - Ebooks in Public Libraries

If you have any questions about resources or services, you can email or drop by the GRC and talk to us.

News from Western Libraries

Book Scanning Now Available in Weldon Library at Reduced Price!

A scanner is now available near the print stations in Weldon Library. The price per scan has now been reduced to $0.10/scan. Details can be found at

Great Resource on History of Advertising:

A collection of digitized ad in both video and print formats is available from the Duke University Libraries Digital Collections. Ad*Access presents digitzed images of more than 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955. The collection focuses on five main subject areas: Radio, Television, Transportation, Beauty and Hygiene, and World War II and offers a coherent view of a number of major campaigns and companies through images preserved in one particular advertising collection available at Duke University.

From the New Book Shelf this Week....

There are Two Errors in the the Title of this Book : A Sourcebook of Philosophical Puzzles, Problems and Paradoxes / Robert M. Martin
DBW stack BC199.P2M37 2012

The New Media Invasion / John David Ebert
DBW stack HM851.E25 2011

Instructional Design for Librarians and Information Professionals / Lesley S.J. Farmer
DBW stack ZA3075.F365 2011

Codex in Crisis / Anthony Grafton
DBW stack ZA4228.G73 2008

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