No. 353 - October 27, 2014

Coming Events

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:

Photo Exhibit: Toronto Street Level
Monday, October 27 - Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Darryl J. King Student Life Centre
A Photo exhibition by disability-identified photographers.  A brief artist talk with the photographers and a reception will follow on Wednesday, November 5 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  See the poster.

Brown Bag Lecture Series: "Building Rwanda's first Public Library identifying the 1994 Rwandan Genocide"
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
12:00 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.
NCB 293
Presented by Martin Nord.  Everyone welcome.

GRC Presents...Legal Information Specialist: Is This the Career for You?
Thursday, November 6, 2014
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
NCB 293
Presented by Martha Facey.  Sign up in the GRC.

"Merger of the Century: Why Canada and America should become one country"
Monday, November 10, 2014
12:30 p.m.
Western Law - Moot Court Room
Presented by Diane Francis, Editor-at-Large, National Post.  This free public talk will take place on Monday, November 10 at 12:30 p.m. in Western Law's Moot Court Room.  All are welcome.

News & Announcements

FIMS United Way fundraisers and jewellery sale
FIMS volunteers are hoping to rally community support to raise money for this year's United Way campaign. Noted below are a few of the fundraising initiatives:  

•    Halloween candy/chips sales at the front desk (gratefully accepting donations!);
•    ‘Dress this Way’ sticker sales which allows administrative staff to dress down at a cost of $2.00 per sticker, which begins Monday, October 20th.  Please see Cindy Morrison or Ella Young to purchase stickers;
•    Gloria Leckie (Black Cat Jewellery) and Carol Leckie (What in Creation?) have a jewellery sale scheduled November 5th, in NCB 266 (starting at 10:00am).   A portion of the sales will be donated to the United Way.   

If you have any suggestions for any additional fundraising events, that you would be willing to help organize, please contact Ella Young with the details.

Flu shot clinics for faculty and staff
Workplace Health and the Staff/Faculty Family Practice Clinic will be providing adult only influenza immunization clinics for Western faculty, staff and post doctoral scholars again this year in the University Community Centre (UCC) Health Services Resource Centre. Only employees of the University are eligible to use these immunization clinics.  **Western student employees, including Master and PhD students are asked to arrange an immunization appointment through Student Health Services (519 661-3030).
Clinics: Thursday, October 30, 2014 (9:00am-3:00pm), Monday, November 3, 2014 (9:00am-3:00pm), Thursday, November 13, 2014 (9:00am- 3:00pm), Thursday, November 20, 2014 (9:00am-3:00pm).  These clinics DO NOT require an appointment time.  Please bring your Health Card!  If you do not bring your health card you will not be able to get a flu shot.
Please note that we are unable to provide immunization for children at these clinics.

Awards & Accomplishments

The Institute of International Education (IIE), Washington DC , has awarded Associate Professor Isola Ajiferuke a 3-month fellowship under its Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program. He is scheduled to visit the Department of Library and Information Science, University of Ilorin, Nigeria, as from January 2015.

The FIMS Dean's Awards for Excellence were presented to five faculty members at Faculty Council on Wednesday, October 15.  Full-time faculty members Norma Coates, Mark Rayner and Paulette Rothbauer, and part-time faculty members Selma Purac and Warren Steele, were named as recipients.

Publications & Presentations

Nicole Dalmer, LIS PhD student, presented a poster titled "Going out on a LIM: The information practices of Lay Information Mediaries" at the Canadian Association on Gerontology's 43rd Annual Scientific and Education Meeting - it took place October 17, 2014  in Niagara Falls, ON.

Saumava Mitra, Media Studies PhD student, published the article "Rethinking Visuals: Understanding discursive reformulation of visuals to inform Peace Journalism" in the open access journal Conflict and Communication Online vol. 13. no. 2 (October, 2014).

Sarah Roberts, Assistant Professor, has been named as a keynote speaker for the CAPAL 2015 conference, to be held in Ottawa in May-June 2015.  Visit the conference website.

In the Media

Sarah Roberts, Assistant Professor, was quoted in an article published by on October 23, 2014. (The article centres on the content moderation industry, which Professor Roberts has studied extensively.  It contains material that may be offensive to some people).

News from the Graduate Resource Centre

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

Legal Information Specialist: Is this the career for you? - Martha Facey, Reference / Training Librarian at McMillan LLP Toronto
An open discussion with one of our MLIS graduates (2005), about how and why you may wish to pursue a career as a legal information specialist, different types of law libraries, typical reference questions, the future of law libraries, and information about the Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL/ACBD).
Thursday, November 6, 12-1:00, NCB 293

Computer Hardware Basics - Matt Ward, FIMS Computing and Facilities Support Specialist
Do you know what's inside that machine you're using? Join Matt Ward in this hands-on session as he talks about basic hardware components of a computer. There will be lots of time for questions and discussion.
Thursday, November 13, 12-1:00, NCB 293

Academic Libraries and the Interview Process - Lise Doucette, Assessment Librarian and Courtney Waugh, Research and Instructional Services Librarians, Western Libraries
In this session two librarians with extensive knowledge of the interview process will de-mystify the this process by providing suggestions on how to prepare, an overview of what to expect, strategies for framing and answering interview questions, and some tips on things you might want to avoid.
Thursday, November 20, 12-1:00, NCB 293

Lessons in Copyright: Negotiating a deal with the widow of a famous comic artist  - Michael Gunn, MLIS Student
Michael will take us through the steps he undertook to obtain access to David A. Trampier's "Wormy" collection for use in our FIMS-GRC library.
Thursday, November 27, 12-1:00, NCB 293

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

Drop-in Maker Space Session
Come engage with the GRC's collection of high and low tech items for demonstration and hands-on use! Christine Pinkney will be on hand for demos, instructions, ideas, and discussion.
Friday, November 7, 14, 21 - 10:30-12, GRC Meeting Room 280D

Did you know that FIMS has our own Little Free Library? - The GRC's Book Locker!
In support of student, faculty and staff pleasure reading, and with the guiding democratic principles at the root of library services, the GRC engages in a book swap. Bring in a book for exchange! Or just borrow one of ours - you don't have to return it, just pass it on. Tell your friends! And enjoy reading again!
See Locker 147 and 148 for a good read (across from the Journalism Studios).

News from FIMS Computing Services

All About Your U: Drive
Everyone at FIMS gets a private area on our network to store their own files. If you are logged into a FIMS computer, this area is mapped to the U: drive.

What you may not know is that you can access your U: drive from home, a GU lab or a classroom.

The instructions for accessing your U: drive from home are in the myFIMS portal at under the “my U: Drive” section. There is also an additional help page on the Computing Services SharePoint site.

When you go to the “my U: Drive” page, you will see two different paths for your U: drive. The WebDav path will work from anywhere. You just enter the WebDav path into a browser and log in (be sure to include the ‘fims\’ in front of your user name) and you will be able to download any of your files. However, WebDav is not fast enough to allow you to edit files directly on it - you can only upload and download materials.

The second path is an SMB path. Enter the pathway provided into a Windows File Explorer address bar (also known as a my Computer window) or on a Mac, in the Goto Server menu option of Finder. This will only work if you are on campus. This means that it will work in all classrooms and GU labs. The advantage of this protocol is that it is fast enough that you can edit files in place. For faculty and staff that have access to Westerns VPN ROAMS (, this will work from home if you make a ROAMS connection first.

The bottom line is that your U: drive is accessible anywhere you go.

News from Western Libraries

Privacy Concerns Related to Adobe Digital Editions:

Some of the e-books available through the Western Libraries catalogue require the use of the Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) plug-in, Version 4. Western Libraries has heard reports that allege that Version 4 of ADE is sending unencrypted data between a user's device and Adobe servers. We recommend that you uninstall Adobe Digital Editions v. 4 and read the e-book content online until further information on Adobe Digital Additions v. 4 is available. See. for details.

Learn more about options for managing your bibliographic citations:
Western Libraries has created a guide to three popular free applications that will help you manage your bibliographies. Included is a chart comparing the important features and a guide designed to help you migrate from RefWorks to an alternative product. See

From the New Books Shelf....

Dataclysm: Who We Are When We Think No One's Looking / Christian Rudder
DBW stack BF176.5.R83 2014

Texting Toward Utopia: Kids, Writing and Resistance / Ben Agger
DBW stack HQ799.9.I58A35 2013

The One-Shot Library Instruction Survival Guide / Heidi E. Buchanan and Beth A. McDonough
DBW stack Z711.25.C65B83 2014

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The next issue of the FIMS Graduate Bulletin will be published on Monday, November 10. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, Friday, November 7.