No. 352 - October 14, 2014

Coming Events

Brown Bag Lecture Series: "The Genealogy of 50 Shades of Grey is Traced"
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
12:00 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.
NCB 293
Presented by Assistant Professor Heather Hill.  Everyone welcome.

FIMS Gaming Club
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
6:00 p.m.
Grad Club
Bringing people together with dice rolling, dungeons, spaceships, meeples, zombies and accusations of spying since 2014!  Launched this Fall, the club has already attracted a good crowd of enthusiastic gamers. Don't miss out on the fun.  The club meets every second Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.  For more info visit:

CanWest Lecture: "Why the media can't tell their asteroid from their Ebola: Top 10 reasons media get the science wrong"
Monday, October 27, 2014
5:00 p.m.
NCB 113
Presented by Jim Handman, 2013/14 CanWest Fellow, and Executive Producer of Quirks & Quarks.  As more and more mainstream media cut back, downsize, and (in many cases) fold up completely, among the first to be let go, bought out and retired are the specialised beat reporters, especially the science writers. That leaves the general assignment reporters to cover the science stories that are dominating our news these days: Ebola, GMO labelling, climate change, alternative energy, drought, fracking, etc. This presentation examines the reasons why they so often get it wrong.  Everyone welcome.

Jacquie Burkell: "Every Move You Make: Living With Online surveillance"
Thursday, October 30, 2014
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Stevenson Hunt Room, Central Branch, London Public Library
Increasingly, we live our lives online: shopping, banking, socializing, learning, and entertaining ourselves. Together, our online actions create a highly detailed ‘digital shadow’ capturing our activities, interests, intentions and desires. Jacquie Burkell, Assistant Dean, Research, in the Faculty of Information & Media Studies, examines this online behavioural tracking and the  strategies you can use to monitor and limit your own ‘digital shadow.’  Part of the Classes Without Quizzes series.  For more info and to register, visit:

Important Dates

Monday, October 13 - Friday, October 17, 2014 - MLIS Research Week

News & Announcements

DH MakerBus visits campus
LIS PhD student Kim Martin brought the Digital Humanities MakerBus to campus for a visit on Thursday, October 9.  Makerspaces have taken root in public and academic libraries, and a crowd of MLIS students were onhand to see what they are all about.  Read about the visit.

Q&A with Dana James, MLIS'01

After assuming her new role as Western's Associate VP, Principal Gifts, on September 15, MLIS alumna Dana James answered some questions about how her education has helped her to achieve her career goals.  Read the interview.

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 and

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.

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

Christine Pinkney, MLIS student, is the recipient of the Shelagh Mikulak Scholarship in Library Sciences.  The scholarship is for library sciences students who demonstrate a passion for the library sciences field.  From Christine: "I am excited to announce that I am the recipient of the inaugural Shelagh Mikulak Scholarship in Library Sciences. Shelagh was an influential member of the Calgary Library and Information Science community and I am so thankful to her family, friends, colleagues, and the Calgary Foundation for this honour. I invite you all to learn more about her and her passion for libraries by reading this editorial published in the Calgary Herald after her passing."

Publications & Presentations

Keren Dali, FIMS Postdoc, recently published the following:
Dali, Keren, and Lana Alsabbagh. “Access to Translated Fiction in Canadian Public Libraries.” Reference Services Review 42, no. 4 (2014). Currently available through Emerald EarlyCite. Abstract

Atle Kjøsen and Vincent Manzerolle, Limited Duties instructors, published a chapter in The Imaginary App (edited by Paul D. Miller and Svitlana Matviyenko, The MIT Press) called "Dare et Capere: Virtuous Mesh and a Targeting Diagram".

Atle also published a review of Aram Sinnreich's The Piracy Crusade: How the Music Industry's War on Sharing Destroys Markets and Erodes Civil Liberties in Information, Communication and Society.

Meredith Levine, Journalism Instructor, published a multimedia investigative series on chronic vertigo on the CBC News website.  Titled "Misunderstood and often misdiagnosed, the mystery of vertigo," the project includes print, video and audio material.  It was published on Monday, October 13.  Read the Western University media release.

Anabel Quan-Haase, Associate Professor, was invited to give a talk on Oct. 2 entitled "Digital Environments for the Humanities: Exploring the Role of Serendipity and Discovery" at the School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She also gave an interactive symposium at the Digital Humanities Lab at the Golda Meir Library, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee entitled: "What Can Information Schools Contribute to the Digital Humanities"

In the Media

Kane Faucher, Assistant Professor, appeared on The Agenda on October 6, 2014, in an episode titled "A New Work Reality? Putting a face to the reality of Ontario's labour market."

News from the Graduate Resource Centre

Research Week Hours - October 13-19
The GRC is open regularly-scheduled hours during research week.
Tuesday, October 14 to Thursday, October 16 - 8:30 am - 8:00 pm
Friday, October 17 - 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday, October 18 and Sunday, October 19 - 1:00 to 5:00 pm

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

Open Access Week October 20-26
Please join us for presentations and discussions at these Open Access events:
    SPARC World Bank Webinar: Monday, October 20, 3-4pm,  NCB 295
    Discussions about Open Access - OA Fund, Scholarship @ Western,
Thursday, October 23, 12-1:20pm, NCB 29
November workshops (12-1pm, NCB293):
November 6: Legal Information Specialist: Is this the career for you?
November 13: Computer Hardware Basics
November 13: Academic Libraries and the Interview Process
November 20: Negotiating a Copyright Deal with the Widow of a Famous Comic Artist

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

Ontario Public Library Week
October 19-25 is Ontario Public Library Week!  This year's theme is “Libraries Inspire” which will celebrate the inspiration created in and by libraries. Check out if you would like more information and to read stories about how libraries have affected Canadians and to share your own stories on how the library has touched your life.

News from Western Libraries

Scanning Service for Journal Articles in Storage:

When the article you need is in a print journal volume that is in Storage, you can have the entire volume retrieved and come to a Western Libraries location to pick it up, or you can take advantage of a scanning service that lets you get a pdf version of the article within two business days. For more information about the Western Libraries Digital Delivery Service, see

New Resource: Digital Theatre Plus

Western Libraries now subscribes to a video streaming service that provides filmed versions of productions from the National Theatre in Great Britain. Included are a production of Much Ado About Nothing with Catherine Tate and David Tennant and a production of Sondheim's Into the Woods. For more information, visit

From the New Books Shelf....

Virtue in Media: the Moral Psychology of Excellence in News and Public Relations / Patrick Lee Plaisance
DBW stack P94.P555 2015

Media and Translation: An Interdisciplinary Approach / edited by Dror Abend-David
DBW stack P306.2.M43 2014

The Times-Picayune in a Changing Media World: The Transformation of an American Newspaper / S.L. Alexander, Frank D. Durham, Alfred Lawrence Lorenz and Vicki Mayer
DBW stack PN4899.N32T627 2014

Next Issue

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The next issue of the FIMS Graduate Bulletin will be published on Monday, October 27. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, October 24.