No. 337 - January 27, 2014

  • Coming Events:

    - Time Management for Graduate Students Presentation
    - FIMS OLA Conference Reception
    - mediations 3.4: "(Un)covering Suicide in Canadian Media
    - Senior Alumni Program - No Laughing Matter
    - Graduate Career Day
  • Important Dates:

    - Monday, February 3, 2014 - Journalism classes resume
  • News & Announcements:

    - Keren Dali arrives as new FIMS Postdoc
    - Registration open for Interrogating Access conference
  • Awards & Accomplishments:

    - Kristen Colbeck
  • Publications & Presentations:

    - Jaquelyn Burkell
    - Grant Campbell
    - Lucia Cedeira Serantes
    - Keren Dali
    - Lisa Di Valentino
    - Kane Faucher
    - Alexandre Fortier
    - Marni Harrington
    - Heather Hill
    - Alison Hitchens
    - Kate Johnson
    - Kim Martin
    - Lynne McKechnie
    - Pamela McKenzie
    - Angela Pollak
    - Catherine Ross
    - Paulette Rothbauer
    - Mark-Shane Scale
    - Jesse Tahirali
    - Samuel Trosow
    - Mark Weiler
  • News from the Graduate Resource Centre:

  • News from Western Libraries:

  • Next Issue:

Coming Events

Time Management for Graduate Students Presentation
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Western Student Services Building, Room 3134
Good time management skills are often crucial to your success as a graduate student. This Learning Skills presentation offers planning and organizational strategies and explores ways to increase motivation and productivity. To Register:  Presented by: Student Development Centre’s Learning Skills Services.

FIMS OLA Conference Reception - must RSVP today!
Thursday, January 30, 2014
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Lone Star Texas Grill, 200 Front St W, Toronto, ON
Nick Dyer-Witheford, Acting Dean of the Faculty of Information & Media Studies, and Alumni Western invites 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.  RSVP on Western Alumni site.

mediations 3.4: "(Un)Covering Suicide in Canadian Media
Friday, January 31, 2014
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
NCB 295
Presented by Gemma Richardson.  Respondents: Meredith Levine and Jessica Thom. See the abstract.

Senior Alumni Program - No Laughing Matter.  Evolution of Canadian Cartoons
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
9:30 a.m.
McKellar Room, UCC
David Spencer presents.

Graduate Career Day
Friday, February 7, 2014
Wondering where YOU fit in the world of WORK?  Graduate Career Day is open to ALL Western Grad Students who are looking to answer this question.  The conference style day includes workshops, keynote speakers, and networking opportunities.  Graduate Career Day is offered by The Student Success Centre in cooperation with the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Important Dates

Monday, February 3, 2014 - Journalism classes resume

News & Announcements

Keren Dali arrives as new FIMS Postdoc
Dr. Keren Dali comes to FIMS from the Faculty of Information, UofT, as postdoctoral fellow to work with Prof. Catherine Ross on her SSHRC-funded study. The study will examine the reading preferences and interests of Spanish-speaking immigrants in Canada and the U.S. and their perception of reader services in public libraries in both countries. It will also analyze the experience of public librarians who work with immigrant readers. Keren has published extensively in LIS peer-reviewed journals on the issues of reading, readers’ advisory, collection development, reference services, and international LIS credentials. She is also a co-author of Contemporary World Fiction: A Guide to Literature in Translation, 2011 (with Juris Dilevko and Glenda Garbutt). Her most recent publication has appeared in the Library Quarterly: Dali, Keren. “From Book Appeal to Reading Appeal: Redefining the Concept of Appeal in Readers’ Advisory.” The Library Quarterly 84, no. 1 (2014): 22-48. At the Faculty of Information, UofT, Keren has also won the first Outstanding Instructor Award.  Visit Keren’s personal website at

Registration open for Interrogating Access conference
Registration has opened for the Interrogating Access conference, to be held at Wilfrid Laurier University on Feb 15-16, 2014. Interrogating Access is a conference designed to bring together a range of stakeholders in scholarship, particularly those working in the social sciences and humanities. Academic researchers and librarians, university and college administrators, scholarly editors and publishers, students, and representatives from funding agencies and scholarly associations are all invited to attend and participate to advance our mutual knowledge and understanding about current and future directions of the pursuit, support, and communication of Canadian scholarship.

Awards & Accomplishments

Kristen Colbeck, MA in Media Studies student, recently won the Teaching Support Centre's "Great Ideas for Teaching" competition for an assignment she designed for her MIT1200 students last semester.  She presented at the TSC's Winter Conference on Teaching on Saturday, January 25.

Publications & Presentations

A large contingent of FIMS faculty and students will present at this week's OLA Super Conference in Toronto (Jan 29-Feb 1).  The following is a list of people participating:
- Jacquelyn Burkell, Assistant Dean, Research/Associate Professor
- Grant Campbell, Associate Professor/Rogers Chair
- Lucia Cedeira Serantes, LIS PhD Candidate
- Keren Dali, FIMS Postdoc
- Lisa Di Valentino, LIS PhD Candidate
- Alexandre Fortier, LIS PhD Candidate
- Marni Harrington, FIMS Librarian
- Heather Hill, Assistant Professor
- Alison Hitchens, Librarian/FIMS Instructor
- Kate Johnson, Associate Professor
- Kim Martin, LIS PhD Candidate
- Lynne McKechnie, Professor
- Pam McKenzie, Associate Dean/Associate Professor
- Catherine Ross, Professor Emerita
- Paulette Rothbauer, Associate Professor/LIS Coordinator
- Samuel Trosow, Associate Professor
- Mark Weiler, MLIS Candidate

FIMS also had representatives attend the recent ALISE conference in Philadelphia (Jan 21-24):
- Heather Hill, Assistant Professor
- Alexandre Fortier, LIS PhD Candidate
- Angela Pollak, LIS PhD Candidate (Angela's paper won the 2014 ALISE ProQuest methodology paper competition)
- Lynne McKechnie, Professor
- Mark-Shane Scale, LIS PhD Candidate

Assistant Professor Kane Faucher supplied a foreword to Robert Lort's recently released collection of Deleuzian-inspired fiction vignettes, Eat the Word.

Jesse Tahirali, MAJ student, had his essay "When a picture is worth a thousand words, which photo should you run?" published on on January 15, 2014.

News from the Graduate Resource Centre

The GRC Presents ... (A series of seminars and workshops to support the graduate community @ FIMS)
Feel free to bring your lunch!!

Copyright @ Western
Join Tom Adam, Project Manager & Special Advisor to the Provost as he introduces us to new resources available for the Western community in our post-Access Copyright pursuits.
Thursday, February 13th  - NCB 293, 12-1pm

Book Binding – a hands-on workshop
Try your hand at the art of Bookbinding! Enthusiastic bookbinder Erin Clupp has been taking courses offered by the Canadian Bookbinding and Book Arts Guild since January 2013 and recently traveled to Italy to learn 13th century Gothic Bookbinding! Erin will introduce basic bookbinding techniques during this hands-on workshop. Bookbinding has practical applications when handing rare books and caring for collections. More importantly,  Erin believes that learning bookbinding can help us better understand the history and development of our profession.
Thursday, Feb 27, 12-1:20 pm, NCB293

Sign-up sheets for all events are available in the GRC, or email to let us know that you'll be attending.
A full listing of Winter 2014 workshops can be found on our website.

GRC Meeting Rooms are available for ALL FIMS GRAD STUDENTS (NCB280D and 280E)
These meeting rooms are for all FIMS graduate students (HIS, LIS, JOU, MS, PM&C) to use for group work and meetings. A new booking system allows users to easily book GRC meeting rooms by choosing the room and date required and filling in a short form.  You can find the calendar link, username and password on the GRC homepage. Stop by the service desk in the GRC if you need a hand.

Plan Ahead for Reading Week: February 17 - 24, 2013
CLOSED Monday February 17 for Family Day
REGULAR HOURS after that:
Tuesday to Thursday: 8:30am - 8:00pm; Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm; Sat & Sun 1:00 - 5:00pm

News from Western Libraries

Brief Guide to Alternative Media:

Looking for articles with a different point of view from what you hear on the CBC or read in the Globe? Try some 'alternative' or independent news sources. For a short list of library resources, web sites and related material see

From the New Book Shelf.....

Digital Politics in Western Democracies: A Comparative Study / Cristian Vaccari
DBW stack HM851.V33 2013

Understanding Media Economics / Gillian Doyle
DBW stack P96.E25D69 2013

Social Reading: Platforms, Applications, Clouds and Tags / Jose-Antonio Cordon Garcia,
DBW stack Z286.E43C67 2013

Next Issue

The Grad Bulletin is your source for news, announcements, and events pertaining to FIMS graduate programs. Submissions from the FIMS community are always welcome and may be sent via e-mail to

The next issue of the FIMS Graduate Bulletin will be published on Monday, February 10. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, February 7.