FIMS Grad Bulletin

No. 296 - February 27, 2012

Feb 27, 2012    

Coming Events

FIMS Review Discussion #3
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
NCB 293
“Creating community at FIMS: effecting, encouraging, and sustaining academic and collegial community and communities.”

Lecture: Wilma Liebman
Friday March 2, 2012
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Faculty of Law, Room 38
Wilma Liebman, former Chief of the National Labour Relations Board, delivers the Seventh Koskie Minsky University Lecture in Labour Law - "Labour Law, Economic Justice and Political Rhetoric: Reflections on the Wagner Act.”

Truth vs. Fiction Storytelling Party, Round 4
Saturday, March 3, 2012
6:30 p.m.
APK Live
MLIS student Carey Toane and recent grad Kim Hornak are co-hosting the fourth Truth vs. Fiction Storytelling Party at APK Live on Saturday, March 3 at 6:30 p.m. Email for more info. Free, open mic.

mediations 2012: Matthew Kirschenbaum
Friday, March 2, 2012
2:00 p.m.
UCC 37
Dr. Kirschenbaum, associate professor of English at University of Maryland and 2011 Guggenheim fellow, will give a public talk on his new book project, "Track Changes: The Literary History of Word Processing."  See the FIMS Events Calendar for more dates.

"Democratizing Access to Knowledge: Find Out What Open Educational Resources (OER) Have to Offer"

Wednesday, March 7, 2012
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Room 121, Teaching Support Centre (inside Weldon Library)
LIS doctoral candidate Michael McNally will be giving a talk entitled "Democratizing Access to Knowledge: Find Out What Open Educational Resources (OER) Have to Offer" on March 7, 2012, for Western Libraries and the Teaching Support Centre to celebrate Open Education Week (March 5-10).  Why do educators embrace open education?  What are OER and where are they located?  How could instructors at Western benefit from the abundance of OER?  Come to find out about OER and how they can be integrated into teaching and learning. Registration for the event is free, but required.

FIMS Review Discussion #4
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
NCB 293
“Governance: structure, organization, and models for effective future academic and collegial governance.”

mediations 2012: Elise Thorburn
Friday, March 9, 2012
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
NCB 295
"Assembling the Commons: Assemblies as Political Multitude."

Awards & Accomplishments

Associate Professor Samuel Trosow and FIMS Ph.D. Candidate Michael McNally and Ph.D. student Laura Briggs have been awarded a Knowledge Synthesis Grant from SSHRC to study the role of Canadian universities in transmitting knowledge in the forms of technology transfer mechanisms, intellectual property agreements and other knowledge diffusion policies. The current round of Knowledge Synthesis Grants is entitled Leveraging Public Investment in Higher Education Research and Development to Stimulate Innovation. The project, Technology Transfer and Innovation Policy at Canadian Universities: Opportunities and Social Costs will run through the end of May 2012.

On February 16, Assistant Professor Amanda Grzyb was named a recipient of the 2011-12 Marilyn Robinson Award for Excellence in Teaching.  A write-up on Mandy was included in the Western News article “2011-12 Awards for Excellence in Teaching."

Dan Harvey, Media Studies MA student, successfully defended his thesis “"The Invisible Genocide: An Analysis of ABC, CBS, and NBC Television News Coverage of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda".

FIMS Lecturer Meredith Levine received the CIHR Journalism Award for her project “Dizzy People: an exploration of the causes, impact and treatment of vestibular disorders”.  The award is for $20,000.  Read further details about Meredith’s project.

Media Studies PhD Candidate Jenn Martin successfully defended her dissertation "Keeping Up with the Virtual Joneses: The Practices, Meanings, and Consequences of Consumption in Second Life", on February 14.

Assistant Professor Diane Neal is Co-Investigator for one of six CFI-funded projects recently announced at Western.  The amount is $151,525, for a laboratory for research to study community integration of people with mental illness.

Publications & Presentations

Assistant Professor Kane X. Faucher published:
Faucher, Kane X. (2011). "Social Media Semiosis: Twitter and Slippery Signs" The Semiotic Review of Books 20.2-3: 10-11.

FIMS Lecturer Bill Irwin has an article in the upcoming March issue of the Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science.
Irwin, B. (2012). A communitarian approach to public library board governance: rejecting current neo-liberal practice.  Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science (36.1/2).

Chris Richardson, Media Studies PhD Candidate, will be presenting “Poking murderers and friending gangsters: Examining legal and ethical problems for Canadian crime reporters in the age of social networking” at Ryerson University on March 9th. The conference, Press Freedom in Canada: A Status Report on the 30th Anniversary of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, is sponsored by The Ryerson Journalism Research Centre and The Ryerson Law Research Centre. Other speakers include Christie Blatchford (Columnist, Postmedia News), Linden MacIntyre (CBC, the fifth estate), Margaret Wente (Columnist, The Globe and Mail), Susan Riley (Columnist, Ottawa Citizen), and Esther Enkin (Executive Editor, CBC News).

Assistant Professor Lu Xiao gave two research paper presentations at CSCW 2012 conference:
Xiao, L. The Effects of Rationale Awareness in Iterative Human Computation Processes. CSCW workshop "Collective Intelligence as Community Discourse and Action", Feb. 11th, Seattle, WA, USA.

Xiao, L., Martin, J. Supporting Parent-Young Child Activities with Interactive Tabletops: A Conceptual Analysis. CSCW Horizon, Feb. 14th, Seattle, WA, USA.

Additional Activities of Note

On February 16, Assistant Professor Amanda Grzyb left for a 12-day trip to Rwanda with five FIMS graduate students.  Indranil Chakraborty (MS Ph.D), Gemma Richardson (MS Ph.D.), Erin Johnson (MLIS), Veronika Lukacs (MS MA) and Justin Raymond (MS MA) are accompanying Grzyb on the journey.  The educational trip is a component of Grzyb's new Special Topic Media Studies (9223) course, "Representing Rwandan Genocide". The majority of the students' travel costs are supported by a generous grant from Western's International Curriculum Fund.  While they are in Rwanda, the students will visit the six national genocide memorial sites in Kigali, Nyamata, Ntarama, Bisesero, Murambi, and Nyarabuye.  They will meet with local educators, genocide survivors, and museum guides. They will also participate in a workshop on transitional justice with Rwandan students at the Kigali Institute for Education, and attend a panel on Canadian perceptions of the genocide featuring Professor Grzyb, Rwandan Senator Wellars Gasamagera, and Jean de Dieu Mucyo, Executive Director of Rwanda's National Commission for the Fight Against Genocide.

Associate Professor Samuel Trosow has been invited to testify before the Parliamentary Committee on Bill C-11, which is holding hearings on the proposed revisions to the Canadian Copyright Act. He will be appearing before the Committee on the afternoon of February 27th and is among three individual Canadian copyright academics who will appear before the committee next week along with Jeremy de Beer from the University of Ottawa and Tina Piper from McGill. Trosow's presentation will focus on the fair-dealing provisions in the Bill, which have the strong support of the Canadian educational and research communities.

News from the Graduate Resource Centre

Freedom to Read Week
Freedom to Read Week, February 26 to March 3, 2012, is a reminder of our intellectual freedom as Canadians, as stated in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  As scholars in the field of information, this week asks us to question why books are banned. Come into the GRC to see our display of a selection of banned books, from The Hoax of the Twentieth Century to Daddy’s Roommate.  Don’t forget to fill out the quiz and be entered in the draw to win one of three coffee prizes (reusable mug and Tim Hortons coffee coupon)!  Draw closes Friday March 2nd at 5pm.
~Katie-Scarlett Macgillivray, GRC Student Assistant

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.  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
Do you need help organizing your research?  RefWorks is a great resource for storing, saving and sharing references.  Beth Reiten is a ProQuest Trainer who will take you through the basics of initiating and using a RefWorks account.  If you're an advanced RefWorks user, come by to learn about the new interface and features available with RefWorks 2.0.

Appraising a Rare Collection
Monday, March 12th - 12noon, NCB 293 - Gord Russell, from Alexander Books in Ancaster, will be at FIMS to appraise the GRC's rare collection in a workshop forma - more information will follow.

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 - more information will follow.

News from Western Libraries

New Guide to RACER available:
OCUL Scholars Portal has created a new comprehensive guide to using the RACER Interlibrary Loans system. It can be found at Other Scholars Portal LibGuides are also available covering topics such as RefWorks and ODESI.

Online Tutorials Available on our Web Site:
Western Libraries librarians and staff have created an assortment of online tutorials that you can access from the list on our web site. Topics include writing literature reviews, how to find an impact factor for a journal, how to find dissertations and general guides to specific resources. Check them out and let us know about other tutorials that you would find like to see added.

From the New Book Shelf.....

International Students and Academic Libraries: Initiatives for Success / edited by Pamela A. Jackson, Patrick Sullivan
DBW stack Z675.U5I5885 2011

Evaluating and Measuring the Value, Use and Impact of Digital Collections / edited by Lorna M. Hughes
DBW stack ZA4080.5.E93 2012

Trama Journalism: On Deadline in Harm's Way / Mark H. Massé
DBW stack PN4784.W37M37 2011

Trends in Rare Book & Documents Special Collectons Management / Primary Research Group
DBW oversize Z675.A2O44 2011

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