No. 351 - September 29, 2014

Coming Events

GRC Presents…Virtual Collaboration Best Practices
Thursday, October 2, 2014
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Presented by Chad Mairn.  Sign up in the GRC.

Public Lecture: “So You Want to Write a Song? Tin Pan Alley’s Formula for Success”
Friday, October 3, 2014
3:30 p.m.
Talbot College, room 101
Presented by Dr. Daniel Goldmark, Director of the Center for Popular Music Studies at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.  Everyone welcome.

FIMS Con 2014
Saturday, October 4, 2014
North Campus Building
This year's theme is "New Trends in Information Practices."  Presentations will be made by MLIS and LIS PhD students.  Visit the Facebook page for more info.

Scholarship Info Session: National-level scholarships for thesis programs
Thursday, October 9, 2014
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
NCB 295
This will be the first of two planned scholarship information sessions this fall. It will be of interest to students currently in thesis-based programs or in any program and applying for graduate programs for the fall of 2015.  

Important Dates

- Monday, October 13, 2014 – Thanksgiving Holiday (Offices closed)

News & Announcements

Did you know that Western students are eligible to vote in the London Municipal Election?
The City of London is holding a municipal election on October 27th. Voters will elect a new Mayor, City Councillors for London's 14 wards and School Trustees.  The city council is responsible for many decisions that affect the lives of students, yet student participation in local elections has been very low. The USC and SOGS are urging students to participate in the local election.

If you are renting in London, are a Canadian citizen, and are over the age of 18, you are eligible to vote in the election on October 27, 2014. You can even vote in the London election and also in the municipality that you consider your permanent home.
You can check to see if you are already on the voters list at and you can add your name if it is not on the list.

For more information on voter eligibility and getting on the voters list, see

In addition to voting on election day (October 27th), there will be several advance poll locations, including one campus at the UCC on October 16th.

Scholarship Resources Online
Information regarding OGS and SSHRC scholarship applications is available on the FIMS homepage.  The resources are applicable to current doctoral students or master’s students who are applying for doctoral studies next year.

Bookbinding course available
The Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artist Guild (CBBAG) offers a course in bookbinding that may be of interest to some students.  It takes place six days over three weekends (Oct 25-26, Nov 15-16, Nov 29-30), at Dan Mezza’s bindery in London.  The cost is $480.00 + $35 materials fee.  Enrolment is limited to 5 students and the registration deadline is October 15.  Current membership in the CBBAG is required.  
Power Outage to affect NCB and StaB
A planned power outage will occur on Tuesday, October 21, from 10:30 p.m. – 1:00 a.m., affecting Middlesex College, North Campus Building and Staging Building.  The outage will also affect the traffics lights outside of NCB and all exterior lighting.

Awards & Accomplishments

Mackenzie Enns, Master of Arts in Popular Music and Culture student, received a SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship for 2014-15.

Daniel Mumba, Library and Information Science doctoral candidate, successfully defended his dissertation on Thursday, September 25, 2014.  The dissertation is titled, “Empowering Women Entrepreneurs in Africa: Investigating Information Access and the Use of ICTs by Women-Owned Enterprises in Zambia.”

Samuel Trosow, Associate Professor, was named a Distinguished Scholar for the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta.  Professor Trosow will visit U of A between October 16 and 25th.  While there he will make several presentations (see Publications & Presentations for details).

Publications & Presentations

Luke Arnott, Media Studies PhD Candidate, published the article, "Blasto Sacer: Mass Effect as an Allegorithm of Sovereign Exception" in First Person Scholar.

Zak Bronson, Media Studies PhD Candidate, presented "Reproduce, Reuse, Recycle: the End of the Future, Waste, and Railsea" at the SF/F Now Conference, University of Warwick Coventry, UK., August 22-23, 2014.

Tracey Church, LIS 9509 instructor, has two upcoming presentations in October and November.  On October 16 she will present "Research Stages: Hold the Profile ('Til You Need It)!" at the APRA-Canada Conference in the Courtyard Marriott Downtown in Toronto.

On November 26, she will present "Leave No Stone Unturned - Estimating Philanthropic Giving" at the Metro Toronto Conference Centre, as part of AFP Congress.

Kane Faucher, Assistant Professor, published "Read All Over book reviews, Sept 25" in Western News.

Associate Professor Keir Keightley presented his paper "Pip, Pep, Pap, Pop: Art, Trash, Tin, Trouble" at the "Worlds of Popular Music” conference at University College, Cork, Ireland, on September 12th.

Kim Martin, LIS PhD Candidate, will be a keynote speaker at the Access Conference 2014, held between September 29 and October 2.  She will present, "Grass/Roots: Notes on a Public Digital Humanities."

Martin Nord, LIS PhD Candidate, will present his paper, "Library as 'Third Place' in the History of the Rwandan Genocide" at the Great Lakes History Conference on October 11 in Grand Rapids, MI.

Sam Trosow, Associate Professor, will participate in several talks and presentations while serving as Distinguished Scholar at the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta in October.  On Oct 16, he will present on the subject of makerspaces and intellectual property rights.  On Oct 18, he will present the keynote address at the Progressive Librarian's Guild - Edmonton Chapter Symposium.  On Oct 22, he will speak as part of Open Access Week. Professor Trosow will also be teaching a course while visiting.

In the Media

Bhavin Prajapati, HIS master's student, appeared in two Western News articles recently.  On September 11, he was featured in "Campus Digest: Health, wellness program targets grad students," and "Student entrepreneurs: Why not build your own experience?"

Both Nadine Wathen's (Associate Professor) research group PreVAiL, and FIMS, appeared in an article in the Londoner in relation to a funding announcement. PreVAiL is part of an international group who will receive SSHRC funding to study the impacts of domestic violence on the workplace.  The article is titled, "Addressing domestic violence in the workplace."

New from the Graduate Resource Centre

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

EI Webinar - Virtual Collaboration Best Practices - Chad Mairin, Information Services Librarian, St. Petersburg College
Thursday, October 2, 12-1:00, NCB LabB
Personal learning networks and virtual workgroups are important tools to enhance creativity and other collaborative activities online. This session will review tools and best practices for online collaboration, along with basic troubleshooting.

HANG OUT IN THE DH MAKER BUS - The Maker Movement and the Role of Maker Spaces in Today's Communities - Kim Martin, LIS PhD Student
Thursday, October 9, 12-1:00, NCB 293 to start, then to Middlesex College Parking Lot to visit the bus.

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!

News from FIMS Computing Services

MLIS Program Content Area information
FIMS Computing Services has added a new page to our myFIMS portal that allows MLIS students to determine if they have fulfilled the Program Content Area (PCA) requirement. The PCA requirement applies to all students who started the MLIS program as of Fall 2013 term.  The PCA's are detailed on our web site under MLIS Program Structure.

The Program Content Area page will confirm whether or not you have fulfilled requirements and, if not, you will easily be able to determine other courses to fulfill your PCA's. The page will show you the courses in each PCA and you will be able to see when each course was taught in the past. You can also apply to have one of your research option courses applied to a PCA.

The myFIMS portal can be accessed at There is also a link on the FIMS intranet under QuickLinks.

News from Western Libraries

RACER Interlibrary Loans Service:

If the book, article or film that you need is not available at through the library catalogue, you can request a loan or copy of the item through our Interlibrary Loans service. Material can be obtained not only from other Ontario universities, but from libraries anywhere in the world (mostly). You need to register to use RACER by completing the form that you find at It's important to remember that your login for RACER is your Western ID number, not your e-mail username.

To answer any questions that you have, a how-to video is available at

Need Primary Sources about the entertainment industry? Check out the ProQuest Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive:

ProQuest EIMA incudes the full text of publications such as Variety, Billboard, Screen International and Spin. These publications are a great source of reviews and industry information. To connect, go to or find it listed on the Media Studies Resesarch Guide.

From the New Book Shelf......

Reverse Engineering Social Media: Software, Culture and Political Economy in New Media Capitalism / Robert W. Gehl
 DBW stack HM742.G44 2014

Visual Culture and Public Policy: Towards a Visual Polity / Victo Bekkers and Rebecca Moody
 DBW stack P95.8.B45 2015

Sustainability of Scholarly Information / G.G. Chowdhury
 DBW stack ZA4045.C46 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 Tuesday, October 14 (Monday is a holiday). The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, October 10.