No. 344 - May 26, 2014

Coming Events

GRC Presents...Book Merchandising - What to Choose and How to Make it Look Pretty
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
NCB 293
Presented by Sarah Morrison. Sign up in the GRC.

Friends of the Gardens Plant Sale
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Service lane between upper and lower greenhouses (East of the B&G bldg)
Perennials, native perennials, trees, shrubs, herbs, vegetables, annuals, house plants.  Complete list at  Remaining plants sol May 28-30.  Cash or cheque only.

GRC Presents...How to Create Your First Wikipedia Article (and why you should)
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
NCB 293
Presented by David Purdy. Sign up in the GRC.

Media and Crisis in Ukraine
"Ukrainian Media and Information War"

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Spencer Engineering Building 2202
Lecture by visiting scholar Dr. Volodymyr Kulyk (Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine).  Sponsored by the Faculty of Information and Media Studies and the Faculty of Engineering.

Media and Crisis in Ukraine
Conversation with Volodymyr Kulyk

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
NCB 295
An informal conversation about Maidan, current political situation in Ukraine, presidential election, media coverage of the events and more.

Media and Crisis in Ukraine
Round Table: "Information Control and Revolution"

Thursday, June 5, 2014
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
NCB 114
With Volodymyr Kulyk, Nick Dyer-Witheford, Aleksander Essex (Engineering), Serguei Primak (Engineering), Anna Dolidze (Law), and Kadie Ward.

News & Announcements

FIMS Faculty Council calls for reinstatement of Robert Buckingham
Faculty Council yesterday voted to call for the reinstatement of Dr. Robert Buckingham, the professor recently fired from his position as Dean of of the School of Public Health at University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Buckingham was fired for speaking out against a university restructuring program. Proposing the motion to Council, Acting Dean of FIMS Dr. Nick Dyer Witheford, said that the case tested two opposing views of Decanal responsibilities: one saw Deans solely as members of university management, committed to public loyalty to administrative policies; the other understood Deans as having a dual responsibility to both university management and their Faculties, with a responsibility to engage in critical public debate about academic policy. The motion passed unanimously.

Awards & Accomplishments

Lucia Cedeira Serantes, Library and Information Sciences doctoral candidate, successfully defended her dissertation "Young Adults Reflect on the Experience of Reading Comics in Contemporary Society: Overcoming the Commonplace and Recognizing Complexity" on May 20, 2014.

Ryan Maloney (MAJ alum '07), won the Canadian Association of Journalists text feature award for 2013.  The 2013 CAJ Awards were recently announced in Vancouver.  The story is titled "Former Soldier Who Lost Part Of His Brain For Canada Says Sacrifice Being Demeaned," and was published on November 10, 2013.

Sarah T. Roberts, Assistant Professor, successfully defended her dissertation, "Behind the Screen: The Hidden Digital Labor of Commercial Content Moderation," on May 9th at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS), at the University of Illinois. 

Publications & Presentations

Luke Arnott, Media Studies PhD Candidate, will present the following papers at Congress 2014 this week:
1. "Epic and Genre: Beyond the Boundaries of Media," to the Canadian Comparative Literature Association
2. "Mapping Metroid: Space, Narrative, and Other M," to the Canadian Game Studies Association
3. "B'More Epic: Cognitive Maps and Urban Space in The Wire," to the Canadian Communications Association

Louis D'Alton, Assistant Professor, and Bill Irwin, former FIMS Faculty member, gave a co-presentation at the annual conference of the Manitoba Library Association in Winnipeg Manitoba on May 14 entitled "The Public Library as Community Commons".

On May 22, Angela Pollak, LIS PhD Candidate, presented a paper entitled "Leisure as Experience in Everyday Life" at the 14th Canadian Congress on Leisure Research held at Dalhousie University in Halifax. For conference photos and more information, see #CCLR2014 on Twitter.

Two more MAJ grads ('14) have had student work from last term posted on The Globe and Mail's website. Jesse Tahirali published the video "Meet one of the scientists controlling the Mars Rover," while Tiffany Pope published "How this man found a new livelihood from dog poop."

Professor Sam Trosow spoke at the Congress of the Humanities & Social Sciences on "Fair dealing and Canadian academics: The 'Copyright Pentalogy' and beyond" on Sunday, May 25 at 1:00 p.m.

In the Media

Sarah T. Roberts, Assistant Professor, was quoted in the article "Dedoose may wipe out weeks of research," from the LA Times website, published on May 12, 2014.

Additional Activities of Note

From March to May, Dr. Keren Dali, a postdoctoral fellow at FIMS, has conducted a series of staff development workshops about reader services for immigrants and ESL speakers by invitation from public libraries in Canada and the US. Keren has visited Brooklyn PL, Suffolk County Library System, Markham PL, and London PL. Librarians from London PL also extended an invitation to several FIMS Master students who had a chance to participate in the workshop and network with London practitioners serving multicultural users.

Mike Stasko, Lecturer, has seen his 3rd feature film released in Canada.  Mike co-wrote and co-produced "The Birder," which stars Tom Cavanagh (Ed, Scrubs), Fred Willard (Wall-E, Best In Show), and Graham Greene (Dances with Wolves, The Green Mile).  It was made with participation from Telefilm Canada.  Synopsis: Bird's of a feather plot revenge together! A mild mannered birder seeks revenge on a younger rival, after losing the highly coveted Head of Ornithology position at the local Birding Park.  The movie has dates in Toronto and Waterloo over the next week.  Check out

News from the Graduate Resource Centre

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

Book Merchandising – What to Choose and How to Make it Look Pretty – Sarah Morrison, MLIS student (former Kids Manager, Chapters) – Tuesday, May 27, 12-1pm NCB293

How to Create Your First Wikipedia Article (and why you should) – David Purdy, MLIS student (and one of Wikipedia’s top 50 editors!!) – Tuesday, June 3, 12-1pm NCB 293

Beyond Superman and Archie: Comics for Libraries – Lucia Cedeira Serantes, LIS PhD candidate – Tuesday, June 17, 12-1pm NCB293 **This is your last chance to hear Lucia talk at FIMS before she heads to NYC!**

Sign-up sheets for all events are available in the GRC, or email to let us know that you'll be attending.

News from Western Libraries

Western Libraries Open Access Fund:

The Western Libraries Open Access Fund was created to provide eligible researchers at Western University with financial assistance for publishing in peer-reviewed open access publications (journals, monographs, and book chapters) that charge a publication fee in exchange for releasing the funded work online for free public access immediately upon publication. See for information about the specific types of publications that are eligible.

Statistical Consulting Service available through the Summer:

Need help analysing your data, choosing the best statistical software package for your project or interpreting your results? You can book an appointment with a statistical consultant. This pilot project continues throughout the summer months on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For details see

From the New Book Shelf.....

fan CULTure: Essays on Participatory Fandom in the 21st Century / edited by Kristin M. Barton and Jonathan Malcolm Lampley
DBW stack HM646.F34 2014

Reinventing the Library for Online Education / Frederick Stielow
DBW stack Z675.U5S77 2014

Google Search Secrets / Christa Burns and Michael P. Sauers
DBW stack oversize ZA4234.G64B87 2014

Next Issue

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The next issue of the FIMS Graduate Bulletin will be published on Monday, June 9. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, June 6.