No. 338 - February 10, 2014

Coming Events

GRC Presents…Wordpress Workshop
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Are you new to WordPress? Are you using WordPress for a class assignment? The GRC is offering a hands-on, introductory workshop. Topics covered: appearance/design, posts, pages, links, and categories. Don't forget to bring your username and password for your WordPress account!

Climate Wars, with Gwynne Dyer
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
5:00 p.m.
Conron Hall, UC
"Climate Wars" is based on Dyer's book of the same name. Drawing on interviews with scientists, policy-makers, and military strategists in a dozen different countries, it explores the grave geopolitical implications of large-scale (and probably rapid) climate change.  This event is partially sponsored by FIMS.

GRC Presents…Copyright @ Western with Tom Adam
Thursday, February 13, 2014
12:00 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.
NCB 293
Presented by Tom Adam, Project Manager & Special Advisor to the Provost, Copyright. Sign up in the GRC!

Lecture: Steven Shaviro on Neuropath: You Are Not What You Think You Are
Thursday, February 13, 2014
4:30 p.m.
NCB 117
Response from Scott Bakker. Steven Shaviro is DeRoy Professor of English at Wayne State University and a cultural critic. He specializes in cultural theory, cultural studies, new media, film, postmodernism and science fiction. His current work concerns speculative realism and panspychism. He is author of Passion and Excess: Blanchot, Bataille, and Literary Theory, The Cinematic Body, Doom Patrols: A Theoretical Fiction About Postmodernism, Connected, Or, What It Means To Live in the Network Society, Without Criteria: Kant, Whitehead, Deleuze, and Aesthetics, and, most recently, Post-Cinematic Affect.  Brought to you by mediations.

Graduate Seminar: Steven Shaviro
Friday, February 14, 2014
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
UC 201
Spots for this seminar are limited to 15. To register please email with “Shaviro seminar” in the subject field. For this seminar you are required to read Scott Bakker’s Neuropath. We have a limited number of free copies of Neuropath (courtesy of Scott Bakker) that seminar participants will receive.

Save the Date: John Buschman
In March, John Buschman, Dean of University Libraries, Seton Hall University, will be visiting FIMS.  He plans to give two lectures: "Paths to Neoliberalism in Democratic-Educative Institutions," on March 12 (12:00 p.m.), and "Neoliberalism Inside LIS: Operations and Democratic Consequences," on March 14 (2:00 p.m.). Save these dates!

Dr. Buschman has also offered to take part in LIS classes, if so desired by any instructors.  If this is the case, contact Dr. Buschman directly for more information and cc Nick Dyer-Witheford on the email.  More information about these events will follow.

Important Dates

- Monday, February 17, 2014 - Family Day Holiday, Offices closed
- Monday, February 17 - Friday, February 21, 2014 - Research Week
- Wednesday, February 19 - Thursday, February 20, 2014 - Annual Staff and Leaders' Conference

News & Announcements

New Nursing/FIMS building gets Board go-ahead
Western's Board of Governors recently approved the construction of a new facility to house the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing and the Faculty of Information and Media Studies.  Read about it in the Western News article "New Nursing/FIMS building gets Board go-ahead."

Field Trip Opportunity

LIS 9361 - Materials for children (Birth - 7 years) will be going on a Field Trip to Toronto on Friday, March 21, 2014 to visit Mabel's Fables (a children's bookstore) and the Osborne Collection of Early Children's books at the Lillian H. Smith Branch of Toronto Public Library. The cost of the trip is $40.00. We have a few extra spaces on the bus. If you are interested in coming with us please contact course instructor Lynne McKechnie at

Tulip Day Campaign
The Lung Association is running their annual Tulip Day campaign.  Buy 5 fresh-cut tulips for $7 or potted tulips (6 bulbs) for $9.  There will also be an Early Bird special which allows you to order tulips at a discount - 3 Tulip Bunches (3 for $20) or 3 Tulip Pots (3 for $25). The last day to order to get Early Bird prices is February 14, 2014.  Tulips make lovely additions to your home or office!  If you are interested in participating, please contact Melonie Carson by 3:00 pm on Friday, February 21. Tulips will be delivered on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.  Proceeds from Tulip Day will help The Lung Association make a difference by providing resources, support and vital funds for research in lung disease. Help us bring a breath of hope to people suffering from asthma, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and other lung diseases. In Canada, someone dies from lung disease every 15 minutes - please help us change that.

Awards & Accomplishments

Yayo Umetsubo, MLIS student, recently won the Lightning Strikes speaking session at OLA.  For the 10 minute talk, Yayo presented "Turning Collections into Connections: International students, librarians, and Canadian academic expectations."  She receives a 2014 OCULA Student Award, which includes an honorarium and complimentary one-year OLA membership.

Publications & Presentations

Associate Professor Norma Coates published the article "'It was 50 years ago today': Sullivan, Beatles strike early chords of rock mythology," in Western News on January 30, 2014.

University Affairs has published Assistant Professor Kane Faucher's first post in a monthly column on contract academic staff entitled "Contractually Bound."

Sarah T. Roberts, Assistant Professor, gave an invited talk at Eastern Illinois University on February 6, entitled "Your Life, Online: Crafting a Professional Web Presence, Pros and Cons."

Sarah will also be giving a talk on February 20 at UCLA, called "Behind the Screen: The Commerical Internet Content Moderation Industry and Its Workers."

Mark-Shane Scale, LIS PhD Candidate, co-authored a chapter in:
McLean, E., Scale, M. & Rouse-Jones, M. (2014).  Preparing tomorrow's library managers: Exploring leadership and succession at the University of the West Indies libraries. In K. D. Deards and G. R. Springs (Eds.). Succession Planning and Implementation in Libraries: Practices and Resources (p. 202-242). Hershey, Pennsylvania: IGI Global.

On Tuesday February 4, Professor David Spencer made a presentation to the Western Alumni Association in the McKellar room.  The topic was the growth of editorial cartoons and illustrated journalism and how it inter related with Canada’s relationship with the United States.

MIT instructor Henry Adam Svec presented a paper called "Digitalization and the Folk" to the Canadian Cultural Studies Association, whose annual conference was held in Waterloo, ON, from January 16-19.

In the Media

Jacquelyn Burkell, Associate Dean Research, appeared on CBC's The Current on February 3, 2014.  Jacquie was one of a number of guests who discussed the issue of privacy of public citizens with Anna Maria Tremonti.  
Norma Coates, Associate Professor, appeared on CBC Radio's Ontario Morning program on February 7, 2014.  She appeared in relation to her Western News article "'It was 50 years ago today': Sullivan, Beatles strike early chords of rock mythology,"

Additional Activities of Note

MIT instructor Henry Adam Svec is pleased to announce the launch of LIVINGSTON, an archive of artificially intelligent Canadian folk music. The product of collaboration between Henry and the Czech programmer Mirek Plíhal, LIVINGSTON can access the history of Canadian folksong and generate hyper-authentic works from the source data. For more information, please visit

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!!

WordPress Workshop
Are you using WordPress for a class assignment or for your own portfolio? This hands-on, introductory workshop with Annick Lapalme, will cover appearance and design, posts, pages, links and categories. Don't forget to bring your username and password!
Tuesday, Feb 11, 12-1pm, NCB LabA (sorry, no lunches at this workshop!)

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

Other upcoming workshops include:

March 6 - Academic Libraries and the Interview Process
March 13 - Visual Arts Resources: from collections to copyright
March 20 - A day in the life of a cataloguing librarian
March 27 - Library and Book Preservation (with bookbinding)
April 3 - Volunteer Management for New Librarians

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.
Note that we now have a projector available in 280D to practice presentations!

Plan Ahead for Reading Week: February 17 - 24, 2014
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

Reading Week Hours for Weldon:

From February 14th to February 24, Weldon Library will have reduced hours. The library will be closed on both weekends (Feb. 15-16 and Feb. 22-23) as well as on Family Day (Feb. 17). Between Feb. 14th and Feb. 18-21 Weldon will close at 5:00 p.m. Regular hours resume on February 24, 2014. For details see

New Resource - Literature Criticism Online:

Western Libraries now provides access to the online version of a favourite reference source for literature studies. Literature Criticism Online consists of 10 separate sections of annual publications that include excerpts of reviews of all types of literary works including poetry, Shakespeare and children's literature. For details see 

From the New Book Shelf....

The Curatorial: A Philosophy of Curating / edited by Jean-Paul Martinon

Oxford Handbook of New Audiovisual Aesthetics / edited by John Richardson, Claudia Gorbman and Carol Vernallis
DBW stack P93.4.O94 2013

From Theory to Practice: How to Assess and Apply Impartiality in News and Current Affairs / edited by Leon Barkho
DBW stack PN4784.O24F76 2013

Next Issue

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The next issue of the FIMS Graduate Bulletin will be published on Monday, February 24. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, February 21.