No. 346 - June 23, 2014

Coming Events

GRC Presents…Canadian Librarians in the United States: Things to consider
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
NCB 293
Presented by Jean St-Pierre. 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.

GRC Webinar Series: Digital Literacy Skills: A Blended Learning Model
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
1:00 p.m.
NCB Lab B.

GRC Webinar Series: Accessible Audio Books from NNELS
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
1:00 p.m.
NCB Lab B.

Important Dates

Monday, June 30 – Friday, July 4, 2014 – MLIS Research Week (Make-up classes and co-op interviews may be scheduled during this week)

News & Announcements

Susan Knabe appointed as Associate Dean
Associate Professor Susan Knabe has been appointed to the newly created position of Associate Dean, Undergraduate for FIMS.  Professor Knabe’s term begins on July 1, 2014.

Opinions sought on new seating options in Middlesex College
With the help of the GRC, The Dean's Office is conducting a short survey on new seating options for classrooms in Middlesex College. We would like to get feedback from students. There will be 5 options to try in Lab C until July 4. Please complete the survey in the GRC and write your name and email address on the back of the ballot for the draw. The winner will receive a Tim Horton's coffee card.

Awards & Accomplishments

Media Studies PhD Candidate Gemma Richardson won the 2nd place prize for the Carol Burnett Award for Responsible Journalism Ethics for her paper "Bringing an Ethics of Care to Suicide Reporting", which will be presented to her at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference in August in Montreal.

Publications & Presentations

Professor Roma Harris gave the invited keynote address at the first meeting of the Canadian Association of Professional Academic Libraries at the 2014 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.  The title of her talk was: ‘The Accountability Noose: How Constructs of ‘Value’ are Shaping the Future of Academic Librarianship’.

Douglas Mann, Assistant Professor, published the book Long Live the New Flesh: David Cronenberg’s Somatic Dialectic From Shivers to eXistenZ (Kindle edition).

Jeff McMahon, Media Studies PhD Candidate, presented “ 'High Hopes’ and ’Near Misses’: The Long Road to Copps Coliseum and Hamilton’s Pursuit of a National Hockey League Franchise, 1925-1990 " at the North American Society for Sport History (NASSH) conference in Glenwood Springs, Colorado on June 2, 2014.

Daniel J. Robinson, Associate Professor, published the article “A Historian Writes a History of a Tobacco Company and Never Mentions Lung Cancer?” on the History News Network website on June 16, 2014. Professor Robinson also wrote a follow-up to his article, addressing a response to his work by the historian in question.

Associate Professor Romayne Smith Fullerton and Media Studies PhD Candidate Gemma Richardson presented their paper "Investigative Journalism, Rob Ford, and the Public's (Perceptions of) Right to Know" on June 15 at Holding Power to Account: International Conference on Investigative Journalism, Democracy and Human Rights in Winnipeg.

Liam Young, Media Studies PhD Candidate, recently presented a paper called "Farewell to Media?" at the annual conference of the Canadian Communication Association at Brock University in St. Catharines ON. The paper was part of a panel on 'Logistical Media and Cultural Techniques' that Liam co-organized with FIMS colleagues Atle Kjøsen (Media Studies PhD Candidate) and Warren Steele (Assistant Professor). 

Liam also presented a paper called "The proto-Media Archaeology of Harold Adams Innis" at the annual convention of the Media Ecologies Association at Ryerson University in Toronto ON. The paper is part of a panel on 'Harold Innis and Contemporary Technopoly' put together with Atle Kjøsen, and FIMS MA grad Lee McGuigan.

In the Media

Professor James Compton appeared on The Sunday Edition with Michael Enright on CBC Radio on Sunday, June 22 in a segment titled "Journalism in a Digital Age." He was invited as a guest to talk about his article (co-authored with FIMS instructor Paul Benedetti), “The Golden Age of Journalism? You’ve got to be kidding!”

Nick Dyer-Witheford
, Acting Dean, appeared in the Western News article "Plans for new FIMS, Nursing building unveiled," published on June 19, 2014.

News from the Graduate Resource Centre

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

Canadian librarians in the United States: Things to consider - 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

How to Network (on purpose) and Why You Should - Megan Siu, MLIS Student - Tuesday, July 15, 12-1pm NCB293

3D Design and Printing - Mallory Austin, MLIS Student - Tuesday, July 29th, 12-1pm NCB293

Education Institute Webinar series ...
(We are piloting a series of interactive courses and webinars designed to enhance LIS learning.)

Accessible Audio Books From NNELS - Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 1:00 pm NCB Lab B

Digital Literacy Skills For Digital Citizens: A Blended Learning Model - Thursday, June 26, 2014 12:00 pm NCB Lab B

Digital Preservation 1.0: The Lifecycle of a Digital Object - Wednesday, July 9, 2014 2:00 pm NCB Lab B

E-Books in Canada: The Next Chapter - Thursday, July 10, 2014 12:00 pm NCB Lab B

Everyday Makerspaces: Library programming for Youth - Wednesday, July 16, 1:00 pm NCB Lab B

Research Week Hours - June 30 to July 4
The GRC is open regularly-scheduled hours during research week, with the exception of Canada Day closure.
Monday, June 30 - 8:30 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday, July 1 - closed for Canada Day Holiday
Wednesday, July 2 - 8:30 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday, July 3 - 8:30 am - 8:00 pm
Friday, July 4 - 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday, July 5 and Sunday, July 6 - 1:00 to 5:00 pm

News from Western Libraries

Furniture Installation in Weldon Reference Hall continues this week:

The reference hall in Weldon is getting a new look. New tables with built-in electrical outlets are in the process of being installed. We expect that all of the work will be completed by June 25th so drop by and see our new look!

Explore ARTstor Digital Library:

Western Libraries provides access to the ARTstor Digital Library, which is a collection of digitized images covering a wide array of topics. ARTstor is available on our list of databases or through the library catalogue by title. You can search for a specific image or browse the classification list to find images by subject. Although the focus is on fine art images, all subject material is included. Once you register for an individual account, you can also take advantages of features that allow you to create image groups and export directly to PowerPoint. ARTstor provides training webinars through their youtube channel at

From the New Books Shelf.......

Critical Theory and the Digital / David M. Berry
DBW stack HM851.B474 2014

Fundamentals for the Academic Liaison / Richard Moniz, Jo Henry and Joe Eshleman

Metaliteracy: Reinventing Information Literacy to Empower Learners / Thomas P. Mackey and Trudi E. Jacobson
DBW stack ZA3075.M327 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, July 7. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, July 4.