No. 339 - February 24, 2014

Coming Events

GRC Presents...Book Binding - a hands-on workshop
Thursday, February 27, 2014
12:00 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.
NCB 293
Presented by Erin Clupp, MLIS student.  Sign up in the GRC!

mediations: "Towards Automatic Reading and Visualizing Human Rights Data: a User-Centered Approach"
Friday, February 28, 2014
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
NCB 295
Lu Xiao presents.  See Events Calendar for an abstract.

System Error: FIMS Undergraduate Student Conference

Saturday, March 1, 2014
9:00 a.m.
Keynote speakers include Naomi Klein, author of "No Logo" and "The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism," as well as FIMS Professors Warren Steele and Tim Blackmore.  More info.

GRC Presents...Academic Libraries and the Interview Process
Thursday, March 6, 2014
12:00 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.
NCB 293
Lise Doucette (Assessment Librarian, Western Libraries) and Courtney Waugh (Research & Instructional Services Librarian, Western Libraries) present.  Sign up in the GRC!

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.

Save the Date: CLA & SLA Mini-Conference with Stephen Abram

The CLA and SLA student chapters are teaming up to host a mini-conference on March 22 for MLIS students and professionals.  Stephen Abram will be the featured speaker.  A lightning round session is being planned for students who wish to present. Lunch will be provided with the purchase of a ticket. More details coming soon! Email if you have any questions.

Save the Date: mediations presents "The Big Bang of Digital Reading"
Presented by Dr. Alan Liu, University of California, Santa Barbara.
March 31 - Public Lecture: "The Big Bang of Digital Reading" (Read the Abstract)
April 1 - Workshop: "Against the Cultural Singularity: The Goal of the Digital Humanities." As a follow-up to the previous day's talk, Dr. Liu will present to a smaller group snippets from a book in early progress for discussion, criticism, suggestions, etc. Registration required for workshop.

Important Dates

- Friday, March 7, 2014 - Western Founder's Day
- Saturday, March 8, 2014 - March Break Open House

News & Announcements

In Memoriam: Peter Desbarats
There was very sad news for FIMS and Western on February 11, 2014, when it was announced that Peter Desbarats, former Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism, author, and Order of Canada recipient, had died at age 80.  Peter's death was widely covered in the media, with it being reported on television, radio and online.  For more information about Peter's life and his accomplishments, browse through the following articles:
"In Memoriam: Peter Desbarats" (FIMS website)
"Western mourns loss of former dean Desbarats" (Western News)
"Former dean of journalism at Western University started as a copy boy and carved out a distinguished career in print and broadcasting" (LFP)
"Cornies: A memorable photo, a lasting image of a journalism giant" (LFP)

"'Godfather of multiculturalism' Stuart Hall dies aged 82"
On Monday, February 10, 2014, media reported that Stuart Hall had passed away at age 82.  Hall was a leading sociologist in Britain who greatly influenced academic, political and cultural debate over six decades, not just in Britain, but also in North America.  Read "'Godfather of multiculturalism' Stuart Hall dies aged 82" from the Guardian for more information.

Awards & Accomplishments

Kaitlyn McGrath named 2014 Joan Donaldson CBC News Scholar
Kaitlyn McGrath, an MA in Journalism student, has been named a 2014 Joan Donaldson CBC News Scholar. The scholarship is awarded to eight students a year from universities across Canada who demonstrate excellent academic performance, ability to learn, and a strong aptitude for producing intelligent journalism work. This is the third year in a row that a Western MAJ student has won the award. Kaitlyn will receive a $2,000 cash reward and valuable work experience during an intensive four-month paid internship at CBC Newsworld. This past year, Kaitlyn has had her work featured in the Western Gazette and on the campus radio station, CHRW. In January, she completed a six-week internship at the Globe & Mail in Toronto where she reported on local news. 

Publications & Presentations

Chantal Da Silva, MAJ student, helped to produce the piece "Tory senators expense business-class flights with spouses" for CBC News on February 12, 2014.

Kane Faucher, Assistant Professor, published:
Veblen 2.0: Neoliberal Games of Social Capital and the Attention Economy as Conspicuous Consumption. tripleC - Communication, Capitalism & Critique: Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society 12.1: 45-60.

Kane also presented: "Tweaking the Crowdfunding Model:Supplementing Research Funding" at the conference, Interrogating Access, at Wilfrid Laurier University, Feb 15-16.

In the Media

Jeff Preston, MS PhD student and instructor, appeared in the Western News article "Proving memes more than digital distractions," on February 13, 2014.

Anabel Quan-Haase
, Associate Professor, appeared in the London Free Press article "Viral drinking game started in Australia," on February 10, 2014.

News from the Graduate Resource Centre

Celebrate Freedom to Read Week (Feb 23 - Mar 1)
Drop by the GRC to take a look at our Freedom to Read display, including challenged books that may surprise you!
More information about the 30th Annual Freedom to Read Week is available here.

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

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!

News from Western Libraries

Western Libraries Map and Data Centre Launches FREE Statistical Consulting Service Today!

Available to all members of the Western community, this service is available 10 hours a week and offers assistance with data analysis, software selection and interpretation of statistical results and more. For details, see

Interested in Data Curation - Consider entering the ICPSR Research Paper Competition:
For details, see 

From the New Books Shelf...

Hybrid Media Culture: Sensing Place in a World of Flows / edited by Simon Lindgren
DBW stack HM851.H93 2014

How to Write a Master's Thesis / Yvonne N. Bui
DBW stack LB2369.B85 2014

Batman / edited by Liam Burke
DBW stack P96.B37B385 2013

Changing Minds or Changing Channels? : Partisan News in an Age of Choice / Kevin Arceneaux and Martin Johnson
DBW stack PN 1992.6.A695 2013

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