No. 340 - March 10, 2014

  • Coming Events:

    - "How I/We Got Here: Paths to Neoliberalism in Democratic-Educative Institutions"
    - Librarians Without Borders Speaker Series: Helaine Becker
    - GRC Presents...Visual Arts Resources: from collection to copyright
    - "Neoliberalism Inside LIS: Operations and Democratic Consequences"
    - Big Data Days @ Western
    - "Implications of the Attack on Facts in Politics" - Kathleen Hall Jamieson
    - GRC Presents...A day in the life of a cataloguing librarian
    - CLA & SLA Present: Humans of New Librarianship - One-day Conference
    - Save the Date: mediations: "The Big Bang of Digital Reading"
    - Save the Date: "Fair Dealing Fair"
  • News & Announcements:

    - Technology in Education Symposium (TIES 2.0) Registration Open
  • Publications & Presentations:

    - Jennie Abrahamson
    - Olga Buchel
    - Jacquelyn Burkell
    - Bernd Frohmann
    - Meredith Levine
    - Vincent Manzerolle
    - Jennifer Martin
    - Lee McGuigan
    - Pam McKenzie
    - Nadine Wathen
    - Lu Xiao
    - Yanjun Zhang
  • In the Media:

    - Romayne Smith-Fullerton
    - Anabel Quan-Haase
  • News from the Graduate Resource Centre:

  • News from Western Libraries:

Coming Events

“How I/We Got Here: Paths to Neoliberalism in Democratic-Educative Institutions”
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
12:00 p.m.
NCB 293
Presented by John Buschman, Dean of University Libraries, Seton Hall University. The purpose of this first paper is twofold: to re-introduce and frame a particular topic – neoliberalism – for both of my talks in a broad, brief outline focusing on its relationship to globalization and democratic societies, and some of its various manifestations in the Anglo-American world. The second goal of the paper is to explore another path: viewing LIS through the lens of advancing neoliberalism in the educative institutions of democracies, and conclude with a bit of my own research path to trace this arc.

LWB Speaker Series: Helaine Becker
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
12:00 p.m.
NCB 295
In a one-hour interview, award-winning children’s author Helaine Becker will discuss issues surrounding children’s literacy, as well as her involvement with the Water of Hope Association.

GRC Presents…Visual Arts Resources: from collection to copyright
Thursday, March 13, 2014
12:00 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.
NCB 293
Presented by Claire Parker, Visual Arts Librarian, Western Libraries.  Sign up in the GRC!

“Neoliberalism Inside LIS: Operations and Democratic Consequences”
Friday, March 14, 2014
2:00 p.m.
NCB 114
Presented by John Buschman, Dean of University Libraries, Seton Hall University. We can see a similar broad arc of advancing neoliberalism within LIS as was outlined in the first paper. There is a productive theoretical approach within democratic theory that focuses on institutions/organizations within democracies (educative ones here). The most interesting analyses allow us to focus on neoliberalism within these institutions and go beyond some of the broad patterns already written about, down to a deeper, more specific analysis both of institutional/organizational actions and the people within them to reveal neoliberalism’s effects on LIS and democratic societies, and ways to address them.

Big Data Days @ Western
March 15, 2014
8:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Great Hall, Somerville House
The future of Canada lies in the collection, analysis, understanding, and curation of data and as we move into the 21st century, that increasingly means Big Data. The technical requirements of Big Data, including specialized algorithms and sophisticated processing platforms currently reside within computer sciences departments, but a great deal of Big Data and the issues arising from the analysis of that data lie firmly within the humanities and social sciences. Visit the Big Data website for more information.  This event requires registration.

"Implications of the Attack on Facts in Politics" – Kathleen Hall Jamieson
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
4:30 p.m.
NCB 113
Kathleen Hall Jamieson is the Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication at the Annenberg Public Policy Center, University of Pennsylvania.  Dr. Jamieson is a nationally-recognized authority on American political communication and rhetoric, and the discourse of presidential campaigns.  She is the author or co-author of 15 books, including The Obama Victory: How Media, Money, and Messages Shaped the 2008 Election (2010), Echo Chamber: Rush Limbaugh and the Conservative Media Establishment (2008), and unSpun: Finding Facts in a World of Disinformation (2007).

GRC Presents…A day in the life of a cataloguing librarian
Thursday, March 20, 2014
12:00 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.
NCB 293
Presented by Christina Zoricic, Metadata Management Librarian, Western Libraries.  Sign up in the GRC!

CLA & SLA Present: Humans of New Librarianship – One-day Conference
Saturday, March 22, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
NCB 114
Cost: $10 - includes lunch. Tickets can be purchased from CLA & SLA who will be selling tickets outside the GRC at noon. If you cannot buy a ticket in person, please email Attendees who purchase tickets on or before March 18 will be eligible to win a prize.
The conference will include talks by "Canada's most famous librarian", Stephen Abram, and Sarah Roberts from FIMS, as well as lightning talks by FIMS students.  More information can be found on our Facebook event page.

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.

Save the Date: “Fair Dealing Fair”
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
12:00 p.m.
Graduate Resource Centre
MLIS students will be sharing posters with ideas about how to integrate user rights into library services.  Everyone is welcome.

News & Announcements

Registration open for Technology in Education Symposium (TIES 2.0)
TIES 2.0 is open to faculty, librarians, staff, postgrads, and graduate students from across all disciplines at Western and its affiliates. Participants will hear and see how instructors and others employ technology to engage students and enrich learning, and to connect with others from across the campus who are exploring the potential of instructional technology and online education.  March 27-28, 2014.

Publications & Presentations

LIS PhD Candidate Jennie Abrahamson was invited to write an article commentary for the Journal of General Internal Medicine. It appeared in their February issue:

Abrahamson, J.A. (2014). Capsule Commentary on Sentell et al., The Influence of Community and Individual Health Literacy on Self-Reported Health Status, Journal of General Internal Medicine, 29(2), 360.

Several FIMS researchers traveled to Germany from March 4-7 to present at the iConference in Berlin.  Presenting were Associate Professor Pam McKenzie, Assistant Professor Lu Xiao, Assistant Professor Jennifer Martin, Assistant Professor Olga Buchel, Associate Professor Jacquelyn Burkell and LIS alum Yanjun Zhang.

Bernd Frohmann, Adjunct Professor, led an invited graduate seminar on his research at the iSchool at the University of Toronto on February 24th, and on the 25th presented his paper, "Document, Trace, Index, and Death: Briet's Antelope Lessons", at the iSchool's Coach House Institute Lecture Series on Culture & Technology.

Meredith Levine, Lecturer, published the article "What does informed consent really mean for journalists and their interview subjects?" as part of a larger discussion about informed consented with colleagues at the Canadian Association of Journalists.  Read the full debate about informed consent from the Ethics Advisory Committee of the CAJ.  Sydney Smith, of iMediaEthics, also wrote about the report, after its release on March 4, 2014, in the article "Are Journalists Informing Sources About Possible Interview Fall Out?"

MIT lecturer Vincent Manzerolle and MA Media Studies alumnus Lee McGuigan (currently a PhD student at the Annenberg School of Communication, University of Pennsylvania) are pleased to announce the publication of their edited book collection, The Audience Commodity in a Digital Age: Revisiting a Critical Theory of Commercial Media. The collection is published by Peter Lang and will be included as part of its “Digital Formations” book series (edited by Steve Jones). The book includes contributions from William Melody, Vincent Mosco, Graham Murdock, Eileen Meehan, Sut Jhally, Mark Andrejevic, Edward Comor, Christian Fuchs, Micky Lee, and several others. Further details on the collection can be found on the Peter Lang website.  The book is also available for purchase on

On February 20, 2014 Associate Professor Nadine Wathen gave an invited presentation entitled “Impacts of violence against women and children: A lifespan approach” to the Public Health Agency of Canada’s (PHAC) Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Branch. This was part of PHAC’s Science Seminar Series.

Lu Xiao gave the following presentations (some of which were at the above-mentioned iConference in Berlin):

Lu Xiao, Assistant Professor, gave an invited seminar at The Xerox Research Centre Europe (XRCE) titled "Shared Rationales in Group Activities", Mar. 3, Grenoble, France.

Lu Xiao, Assistant Professor, presented a poster (co-authored with her Ph.D. student Taraneh Khazaei) at iConference titled "ProjectTales: Reusing Change Decisions and Rationales in Project Management", Mar. 5, Berlin, Germany.

Lu Xiao, Assistant Professor, presented a research note (co-authored with Jennifer Martin, Olga Buchel, and Dongyan Huang) at iConference titled "The Role of Team's Communication Practices in Between-Team Decision Making Activities", Mar. 6, Berlin, Germany

In the Media

Anabel Quan-Haase, Associate Professor, appeared on CBC's Ontario Morning on February 27, discussing the use of electronic devices and distracted driving.

Professor Romayne Smith Fullerton was featured on CBC's The Current on February 28, in a piece titled "Debating the ethics of journalists & paid speaking engagements."

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!!
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 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.

New Purchases
The GRC regularly purchases new resources to support learning, research, and teaching for FIMS' graduate programs. Many of these new books are displayed at the entrance to the GRC. Stop by and take a look to see what's new! More information is available on our website.

We want your old photocopied materials
Donate your old photocopied readings for reuse by other students by dropping them off at the GRC's Service Desk, or place them in the tray on the Copy Bank cabinet in the photocopy room. The Copy Bank of recycled course readings is acessible 24/7 in Room 280B.

GRC Meeting Rooms (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 or see our new tutorial on "Booking a Room".

News from Western Libraries

Apply Now for Research/Study Space in The D. B. Weldon Library for the Term of May 1 to September 30, 2014

The D. B. Weldon Library has a limited number of individual research/study spaces. These rooms provide locked, assigned space to those engaged in research and writing who require continuous access to a substantial number of materials in The D. B. Weldon Library. All Doctoral degree candidates, Master's Degree Candidates, Post Doctoral Fellows, Faculty members or Professors Emeritus/Emerita are eligible to apply.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday, April 15, 2014. For more information please go to Policy for Assignment of Research/Study Space.

New Exhibit in Weldon's Spencer Gallery

Weldon Library has a small gallery space that provides an opportunity for community artists to showcase their work. The most recent display is War/Dance: a Series of seven images + the Schoolyard by R.S. Pennee. More information about this and other art exhibits in Weldon.

From the New Book Shelf....

Common Ground: Democracy and Collectivity in an Age of Individualism / Jeremy Gilbert
DBW stack HM711.G55 2014

Murdoch's World: the Last of the Old Media Empires / David Folkenflik
DBW stack P92.5.M87F65 2013

Mastering Digital Librarianship: Strategy, Networking and Discovery in Academic Libraries / edited by Alison Mackenzie and Lindsey Martin
DBW stack Z675.U5.M35 2014

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, March 24. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, March 21.