No. 343 - May 12, 2014

Coming Events

GRC Presents…Writing at the Graduate Level
Tuesday, April 13, 2014
12:00 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.
NCB 293
Presented by Paul Schmidt.  Sign up in the GRC.

Perspectives on Teaching Conference
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Arthur and Sonia Labatt Health Sciences Building, Room 40
A day of workshops for faculty, librarians, graduate students, postdocs and staff dealing with topics relating to university teaching and learning.  Visit the conference website to register.

GRC Presents…GRC Mini Tours
Thursday, May 15, 2014
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Sign up in the GRC.

Full-day Financial & Pre-retirement Planning Workshop
Friday, May 16, 2014
9:00 a.m.
Are you ready to take the pulse on your retirement readiness? This full-day workshop is designed for members who are over 45 and within 10 years of retiring. Led by The Financial Education Institute of Canada, participants will look at the role of the Western pension, government pensions and private savings in retirement income planning.  Additional topics include lifestyle/lifecycle planning, investing in retirement and tax planning. Past participants have found the workshop to be informative, engaging and an important first step in setting a financial and life plan for retirement.  More info.

GRC Presents…GRC Mini Tours

Friday, May 16, 2014
12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sign up in the GRC.

GRC Presents…Presentation Skills
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
12:00 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.
NCB 293
Presented by Paul Schmidt. Sign up in the GRC.

Important Dates

Monday, May 19, 2014 - Victoria Day holiday - University closed

News & Announcements

FIMS has an official Facebook page.  Managed by Becky Blue, posts include recent happenings around the Faculty, and announcements from the Dean's Office.  Come visit at:

Don't forget to send in your events!  If you send your event info to Becky, there are lots of places it can be posted.  FIMS has a centralized Events Calendar, and other options, depending on the target audience. Also available are the Visix (television) screens in NCB, the Western Events Calendar (university-wide), the FIMS homepage and Facebook.  And the Grad Bulletin, of course.

MLIS students
who are on co-op placements in the Ottawa-Gatineau area are encouraged to check their emails for information about upcoming CLA events oriented to co-op students out in the field this term.  Over the next four months they will be offering a series of tours, social events, and other activities to maximize your experience in Ottawa-Gatineau.

Awards & Accomplishments

Trevor Almon, Media Studies MA student, successfully defended his thesis The Imaginary Life of Revolt: Alienation, Nostalgia, and the Digital Mediation of the Radical Subject on April 23.  His work was supervised by Alison Hearn.

James Compton, Associate Professor, was recently elected vice-president of the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT).  Professor Compton is also a current board member with UWOFA.  The election took place in early May in Ottawa.  To read more, visit the UWOFA website.

The MLIS students' council announced the winners of last term's Fantastic FIMS and Spirit of Librarianship Awards in the break between terms.  MLIS grad Erin Clupp won the Spirit of Librarianship award, while Assistant Professor Elisabeth Davies won the Fantastic FIMS award.

Matthew Devlin, Media Studies MA student, successfully defended his thesis Cultivating Better Brains: Transhumanism and its Critics on the Ethics of Cognitive Enhancement Via Brain-Computer Interfacing on April 16.  His work was supervised by Tim Blackmore.

MLIS grad Kayleigh Felice has been named the recipient of the 2014 CLA Emerging Leader Award by the Canadian Library Association.  Kayleigh is currently working at the Bibliothèque municipale de Gatineau, and was an active volunteer while a student in FIMS.

Associate Professor Ajit Pyati is a co-applicant for a recently successful SSHRC Insight grant. Professor Vicki Esses (Psychology, Western) is the principal applicant while Prof. Pyati and Assistant Professor Leah Hamilton of Mt. Royal University, are co-applicants. The project title is "Optimizing the provision of information to facilitate the settlement and integration of immigrants in Canada."  The award amount is $279,260 for 5 years.

Publications & Presentations

Associate Professor Grant Campbell and MLIS Student Scott Cowan spoke at Western's Queer Research Day on Wednesday, April 16. 2014.  Their presentation was entitled, "Bibliographic Relationships: What New Library Cataloguing Standards Could Mean for Queer Readers and Communities," and explored the potential of RDA to enhance bibliographic access in library catalogues to materials relevant to LGBTQ communities and individuals.

Professor Campbell and Scott Cowan also presented at the code4lib North conference on May 1 and 2, 2014, along with LIS PhD student Kim Martin.  The conference was hosted by the London Public Library.  The presentations were:

Grant Campbell: "An XML Framework for Teaching RDA"
Scott Cowan: "RDA Relationship Designators as Linked Data: Solutions to Problems?"
Kim Martin: "Preliminary Findings from the Effects of Digital Technology on Seniors (EDITS) Project"

Professor Edward Comor published:
Edward Comor, ‘McLuhan and World Affairs’ in Journal of Visual Culture Vol. 13. No. 1 (April 2014).

Chantal Da Silva, MAJ grad and current Journalism shepherd, had her television news piece, This 9-year-old will change your perspective on birthday gifts, published on the Globe and Mail website on April 7, 2014.

Associate Professor Keir Keightley gave a paper entitled "The Provenance of the Popular" at "Studying Music: An International Conference in Honour of Simon Frith," University of Edinburgh, April 11th, 2014.

Chris Landry, MLIS Candidate, presented a poster at the 42nd Annual LOEX Conference in Grand Rapids, MI on May 9, 2014. The poster, entitled, "Learning Outcomes Assessment Revisited: A New Instructor’s Perspective" was a critical examination of learning outcomes assessment (LOA) in information literacy programs.

MIT Lecturer Vincent Manzerolle and Lee McGuigan (MA Media studies alumnus) have published an article in New Media & Society, '"All the World's a Shopping Cart": Theorizing the Political Economy of Ubiquitous Media and Markets.' It is now available online and will be included in a forthcoming print edition of the journal.

Additionally, Vincent has completed a book chapter co-authored with Andrew Herman (Wilfrid Laurier), "The Rise, Fall and Future of the “BlackBerry™ Capitalism.” The chapter will be included in The Materialities and Imaginaries of the Mobile Internet, which will be published by Routledge later this summer.

John Bosco Mayiga, Media Studies PhD Candidate, had a book chapter published, titled: Digital Television and its (Dys)functions in Africa. The chapter was published in the book Impacts of of the Knowledge Society on Economic and Social Growth in Africa, by IGI Global Publishing in April 2014.

Ali Versluis, MLIS student, presented at the Buffy to Batgirl: Women in Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Comics Conference at the Camden campus of Rutgers University on May 2, 2014. Ali's panel was called "Drawn from Old Margins to New Centres: An Analysis of Feminist Comic Books," which discussed how developments in third wave feminism, as well as post-structural and feminist theory can be used to analyze comic books. This presentation drew on research she is currently completing under the supervision of Dr. Tim Blackmore.

In the Media

Jason Netherton, Media Studies PhD student, was featured in the Western News article "PhD student turns the page on music legacy," published on April 24, 2014.

Victoria Rubin, Associate Professor, was interviewed for the article "Lies and liars: Can you catch them?" published by The Why Files on April 10, 2014.

News from the Graduate Resource Centre

The GRC Presents ...
(A series of seminars and workshops to support the graduate community @ FIMS)

GRC Mini Tours
Join our GRC Student Assistants for a more in-depth, 20 minute tours of the resources and services available to you as graduate students at FIMS. It's another way to prepare you for the assignments and presentations coming your way!
Sign-up for tours occurring before your classes on Thursday, May 15 and Friday, May 16 from 12-12:30 or 12:30-1.

Graduate Writing Workshop - Paul Schmidt, Writing Counsellor from Graduate Writing Centre
Tuesday, May 13th 12-1:00, NCB 293
Take advantage of this opportunity to improve your writing skills for your graduate essays and reports.  Paul will discuss how to write clearly and concisely, offer citation integration tips as well as format and style pointers.  Following the seminar, there will be time for questions.

Presentation Skills Workshop
- Paul Schmidt, Writing Counsellor from Graduate Writing Centre
Tuesday, May 20th 12-1:00, NCB 293
One of our most popular workshops to date, Paul Schmidt presents strategies that can help you overcome public speaking apprehension and discusses ways to make your presentations more dynamic.
Sign-up sheets for all events are available in the GRC, or email to let us know that you'll be attending.

Welcome our new and returning GRC Student Library Assistants
Please welcome returning Student Assistant Mareen Redies along with new Student Assistants Holly Ashbourne, Colin Evans, and Brittany Vis. Don't hesitate to ask questions when the students are working at the Service Desk or in the Computer Labs - they are there to help you with the GRC's resources and services!

London Tourism Information
Whether you're new to London or not, the GRC has a bookshelf full of seasonal tourist information for you. Come by and help yourself to LTC schedules, city maps, restaurant guides and many summer activities.

News from Western Libraries

Welcome to everyone who is new to Western this term!

Western Libraries offers a wide range of resources and services to support your research and course work. The summer term is a great time to explore our physical locations ( Your Western student card gives you access to all of the Western Libraries locations and also to the affiliated University College Libraries. You can check out our Information and Media Studies Program Guides at to link to librarian recommended information sources.

New Resource: PMB Print Measurement Bureau

PMB Print Measurement Bureau is described as "Canada's leading syndicated study for single-source data on print readership, non-print media exposure, product usage and lifestyles." The data is gathered through industry-specific surveys conducted by PMB. Included are data covering topics such as consumption of specific foods and beverages, daily newspaper readership, usage of social media and coffee consumption is included. A link to PMB is available under Statistics and Data on the Program Guide for Journalism (

From the New Book Shelf.....

Action Research, Innovation and Change: International Perspectives across Disciplines / edited by Thomas Stern, Andrew Tonwsend, Franz Rauch and Angel Schuster
DBW stack HM571.A27 2014

The Invention of News: How the World Came to Know about Itself / Andrew Pettegree
DBW stack PN5110.P48 2014

Handbook of Digital Library Economics: Operations, Collections and Services / written and edited by David Baker and Wendy Evans
DBW stack ZA4080.B355 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, May 26. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, May 23.