No. 345 - June 9, 2014

Coming Events

GRC Presents…Appropriating Facebook: Enacting Information Literacies
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
NCB 293
Presented by Fredrik Hanell.  Sign up in the GRC.

Summer Farmers' Market
Every Tuesday
8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Beside McIntosh Gallery
Local food and produce. Will continue every Tuesday over the summer.

FIMS Convocation Ceremony
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
10:00 a.m.
Alumni Hall
Convocation address from Catherine Zahn, LLD.

Important Dates

- Tuesday, June 10 - Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - Convocation (heavy traffic and delays)

News & Announcements

MLIS student Kevin Page launches Kitchener Public Library children’s webpage
Kitchener Public Library's new children's web page was launched May 29, 2014 as part of the library's celebration of the opening of its newly renovated Central Library. The web page was developed by MLIS student Kevin Page during the course of two Guided Research courses under the supervision of Professor Lynne McKechnie. Among other things, Kevin did usability testing with groups of children which resulted in some significant kid-friendly improvements to the design. Kevin reports: "The response has been outstanding, everyone absolutely loves it!" You can visit the web site at - you'll probably love it too.

Awards & Accomplishments

Annick Lapalme and Marni Harrington win Best Poster at CLA National Conference
MLIS grad Annick Lapalme and FIMS Librarian Marni Harrington attended the CLA National Conference in Victoria, BC, from May 28 – 31, where they were the winners of the Best Poster prize with their entry “Professional development beyond LIS education: Building bridges for success.”

Anne Marie Owens (MAJ ’88) Named as Editor at the National Post
Journalism grad Anne Marie Owens will be the first woman to head up a national newspaper in Canada, after being named to the top position at the National Post.  The appointment was announced on May 26, and she will join the paper on June 9. Find out more in “Anne Marie Owens named editor, National Post.” 

Alison Hitchens named to Library and Archives Canada committee
Instructor Alison Hitchens was recently accepted for a 3-year term as a Member-at-Large of the Canadian Committee on Cataloguing

Publications & Presentations

Zak Bronson, Media Studies PhD Candidate, presented "Roads Untraveled: the Failed Journeys of Nuri Bilge Ceylan" at the Film Studies Association of Canada annual conference held at Brock University on May 27-29, 2014.

Atle Mikkola Kjøsen, Media Studies PhD Candidate, presented the paper 'The Abstraction of Labour as a Cultural Technique?' at the Canadian Communication Association, May 28-30th.

Media Studies PhD Candidate Gemma Richardson presented her paper "The Shifting Norms for Reporting on Suicide" at the Canadian Communication Association conference last week in St. Catharine's.

Lu Xiao, Assistant Professor, gave a talk - ""Between-Team Communication: Context and Practices" - to the first year PhD students at School of Business Administration, Central South University on May 22.

At the 42nd Annual Conference of Canadian Association for Information Science & Inaugural Librarians' Research Institute Symposium (CAIS/ACSI),  Lu Xiao presented the paper "Towards Understanding of Human Rights Researchers’ Data Analysis Practices - An Interview Study" (co-authored with MLIS graduate Jillian Kavanaugh) on May 28, and the paper "Towards Understanding of Contextual Factors in Information Sharing Behaviors of Inter-Team Activities"(co-authored with DLIS graduate Olga Buchel, MA graduate Jennifer Martin, and Dongyan Huang) on May 29.

Lu Xiao was also invited to post a blog on the London School of Economics’ Impact of Social Sciences blog about a recent research article on academic perceptions of Wikipedia and open access publishing (co-authored with Nicole Marie Askin). This blog is reviewed by the Times Higher Education (THE). View the commentary.

Additional Activities of Note

Sarah T. Roberts, Assistant Professor, participated in a 12-day faculty development and research seminar trip to Palestine in mid-May. The 10-person faculty delegation visited five Palestinian universities and several research and cultural institutions, meeting with faculty, researchers, students and community representatives and leaders. Roberts was the first representative of a Canadian university to be included in a delegation in its five-year history. She met with the director of a major Palestinian academic library and other information professionals while visiting Palestine to discuss the state of librarianship and access to information and LIS education in the region.

Professor Roberts has also joined the Department of Women’s Studies & Feminist Research at Western as a faculty affiliate.

News from the Graduate Resource Centre

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

•    Appropriating Facebook: Enacting Information Literacies - Fredrik Hanell, visiting PhD Student, Lund University - Tuesday, June 10, 12-1pm NCB293
•    Want to work in the US? Some insight from a Canadian with experience - Paul St. Pierre, LIS PhD Student - Tuesday, June 24, 12-1pm NCB293
•    Beyond Superman and Archie: Comics for Libraries – Lucia Cedeira Serantes, PhD – Tuesday, July 8, 12-1pm NCB293 **Note the date change.**

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

Did you know that the GRC is on YouTube?
The GRC Helps is a series of short video tutorials that will show you how to get the most out of the GRC. Learn how to access course reserves, book a study room, borrow equipment, and more. Visit the GRC Tutorials and Help section of the GRC Homepage ( or follow FIMS GRC on YouTube to watch all the upcoming releases!

Looking for a room? 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. Our 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. 280D also has a projector so you can practice presentations.

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

Library PressDisplay Now Available through Western Libraries:

Western Libraries has recently subscribed to the newspaper database Library PressDisplay. PressDisplay allows you to read the full text and full image versions of newspapers from around the world. You can find it in the library catalogue, on the alphabetical list of databases, or through the program guide for Journalism

Please let me know ( if you encounter any difficulties in using the resource.

From the New Book Shelf...

EPINETS: The Epistemic Structure and Dynamics of Social Networks / Mihnea C. Moldoveanu and Joel A.C. Baum
DBW stack HM741.M65 2014

Shakespeare and YouTube" New Media Forms of the Bard / Stephen O'Neill
DBW stack PR2880.A1O66 2014

Cultural Value in Twenty-First-Century England: the Case of Shakespeare / Kate McLuskie and Kate Rumbold
DBW stack PR2965.M35 2014

Data Management for Libraries / Lara Krier and Carly A. Strasser
DBW stack Z675.U5K845 2014

Next Issue

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The next issue of the FIMS Graduate Bulletin will be published on Monday, June 23. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, June 20.