No. 355 - November 24, 2014

  • Coming Events:

    - Brown Bag Lecture Series: "Music and Dementia: a Conversation"
    - GRC Presents...Lessons in Copyright
    - mediations: "Bitch, I'm the Man and don't you forget it"
    - Brown Bag Lecture Series: "Evidence-based healthcare and arts-based research"
    - LIS9733: Multilingual Information Access - Poster Session
  • Important Dates:

    - Wednesday, December 3 - Undergraduate classes end
    - Thursday, December 4 - 17 - Undergraduate exam period
    - Friday, December 5 - Last day of graduate classes
    - Thursday, December 25 - Sunday, January 4 - University closed for holidays
    - Monday, January 5 - January 30 - Journalism Internship period
    - Friday, January 9 - MLIS Orientation
    - Monday, January 12 - First day of classes for FIMS Grad students
  • News & Announcements:

    - FIMS Twitter account launched
    - Dungeons & Dragons anyone?  FIMS goes analog
  • Awards & Accomplishments:

    - Patrick Gavin
    - Heather Hill
    - Lu Xiao
  • Publications & Presentations:

    - Isola Ajiferuke
    - Jason Neale
    - Paulette Rothbauer
    - Catherine Ross
  • News from the Graduate Resource Centre:

  • News from FIMS Computing Services:

  • News from Western Libraries:

  • Next Issue:

Coming Events

Brown Bag Lecture Series: "Music and Dementia: a Conversation"
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
12:00 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.
NCB 293
Presented by Norma Coates.  Everyone welcome.

GRC Presents...Lessons in Copyright: Negotiating a Deal with the Widow of a Famous Comic Artist
Thursday, November 27, 2014
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
NCB 293
Presented by Michael Gunn.  Sign up in the GRC.

mediations: "Bitch, I'm the Man and don't you forget it":  Encountering Drake, Disability and Masculinity
Friday, November 28, 2014
2:30 p.m.
NCB 293
Presented by Jeff Preston, recent PhD graduate
Austin Walker, Danielle Tascherau Mamers.
He started from the bottom and now he’s here. At age 14, Aubrey Graham began his career on the hit Canadian teen drama Degrassi: The Next Generation, where he portrayed the sexual struggles of wheelchair-user Jimmy Brooks. Most fans know Graham, however, as award-winning hip-hop seductress Drake, best known for his hit albums Take Care (2011) and Nothing Was The Same (2013). In both his portrayal of “wheelchair Jimmy” and within his music, Graham appears wrapped up in concerns around his ability to live up to the ideals of masculinity most commonly associated with men in hip-hop. The objective of this mediation is twofold. First, we explore how both Aubrey “Drake” Graham’s television and musical careers are subsumed by anxieties around physical and sexual potency. Second, we interrogate the ways in which these very anxieties are exploited both online and offline by fans and critics to deconstruct and subvert the carefully manufactured identity of Drake. Together these explorations of Graham’s career, and subsequent parody thereof, give us insight into broader societal imaginations of the disabled subject and dominant forms of masculinity.

Brown Bag Lecture Series: "Evidence-based healthcare and arts-based research: Richer perspectives for adolescent health"
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
12:00 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.
NCB 293
Presented by Eugenia Canas.  Everyone welcome.

LIS9733: Multilingual Information Access Poster Session
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
NCB, 2nd floor
Geographic breadth: 13 geo-linguistic areas (countries)
The scope of the poster session: Socio-linguistic and cultural perspectives on information provision and access; technical difficulties and technological solutions for gaining access to information in non-English environments and providing access to non-English speakers/learners. Light refreshments provided.  View the poster roster.  For more info, contact Professor Victoria Rubin.

Important Dates

- Wednesday, December 3 - Undergraduate classes end
- Thursday, December 4 - 17 - Undergraduate exam period
- Friday, December 5 - Last day of graduate classes
- Thursday, December 25 - Sunday, January 4 - University closed for holidays
- Monday, January 5 - January 30 - Journalism Internship period
- Friday, January 9 - MLIS Orientation
- Monday, January 12 - First day of classes for FIMS Grad students

News & Announcements

FIMS Twitter account launched
FIMS now has an official Twitter feed.  Aimed at both graduate and undergraduate students, the feed will provide reminders and information about academic matters.  The feed is meant only as a supplementary source of information - students should continue to check their Western email daily for official information. Follow us

Dungeons & Dragons anyone?  FIMS goes analog

Launched in September 2014, the FIMS Gaming Club lets people immerse themselves in the fun of analogue gaming, and also provides the opportunity to study the collection from an academic and professional standpoint. (Continue reading)

Awards & Accomplishments

Patrick Gavin, LIS PhD student, won the Award for Ongoing Doctoral Dissertation Research in the Philosophy of Information in 2014 for his dissertation proposal, titled, "On Informationalized Borderzones: A Study in the Politics and Ethics of Emerging Border Architectures."

Heather Hill
and Lu Xiao, both Assistant Professors, have been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.  The promotions are effective as of July 1, 2015.

Publications & Presentations

Isola Ajiferuke, Associate Professor, gave a talk on the "Applicability of Count Regression Models in Informetrics Studies" at the Department of Mathematics, Central Michigan University, Mt Pleasant, Michigan, US, on November 18, 2014.

Jason Neal, LIS PhD student, published an article entitled "The persistence and problems of music genre" in the November 10th edition of Open Shelf.

At the annual RA in a Day Symposium hosted by the Ontario Public Library Association, Professor Emerita Catherine Ross presented a keynote address on “Researching the Reading Experience” followed by a workshop that she facilitated on sharing the reading experience. In the afternoon, Associate Professor Paulette Rothbauer presented aspects of her research on the reading experience and older readers. Also, the OPLA’s Award for Leadership in Adult Readers’ Advisory was awarded at the symposium to Sharron Smith (Kitchener Public Library), FIMS instructor of the LIS9382 Readers’ Advisory Service in the Public Library MLIS course.

News from the Graduate Resource Centre

The GRC Presents ...

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

Holiday hours of operation - December 6, 2014 to January 12, 2015
OPEN Monday to Friday 8:30-4:30
CLOSED WEEKENDS starting December 6
CLOSED Thursday, December 25 to Monday, January 5, 2015
REGULAR HOURS commence on Monday, January 12
Monday to Thursday: 8:30am - 8:00pm; Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm; Sat & Sun 1:00 - 5:00pm

Career Resources in the GRC

The GRC is featuring career resources to assist graduating students looking and applying for jobs.  Check out the display by the main doors for books on job hunting, writing resumes and cover letters, professional development, and much more!

We want your old photocopied materials
Donate your used photocopies to other students by dropping them off at the GRC's Service Desk, or place them in the tray on the Copy Bank cabinet in the photocopy room. The Copy Bank of recycled course readings is acessible 24/7 in Room 280B.

The GRC's Book Locker

Heading home for the break? Off to a new job? Looking for something to read while you’re away?  Why not snag one of our books for some pleasure reading? In support of student and staff pleasure reading, and with the guiding democratic principles at the root of library services, we strive to engage 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 148 for a good read (across from the Journalism Studios).

News from FIMS Computing Services

Is your home computer’s antivirus up to date? Is your operating system up to date? Malware and viruses often infect computers with out of date antivirus and operating systems. Windows 7 and 8 are currently supported by Microsoft with weekly security patches and updates, Windows XP is not. The latest version of the Mac operating system is called Yosemite. If you don’t have it on your Mac yet you can get it from the Mac App Store for free.

Recently two very serious virus alerts have been in the news. Cryptowall is a Trojan horse virus that encrypts files on your computer, making them impossible to access unless you pay a ransom fee online. Shellshock is a virus that affects Macs and Linux machines and requires a manual update.

These sorts of malware and viruses can usually be prevented from infecting your computer if you make sure that your operating system and antivirus are up to date. You can purchase antivirus software from the Campus Computer Store.

You can learn more about these two viruses from the below links.

We would be happy to answer any questions you have regarding these issues. We can be reached at

Practice safe computing and have a great day!

News from Western Libraries

Upcoming Weldon Events:

FLASHBANG! : A Public Performance of Fast Words for a Digital Age by Western's Writer in Residence Gary Barwin
Tuesday, November 25th. 12:30-1:00

SASAH Concert Series: next performance on Wednesday, November 26th from 12:30-1:30

For more information about what is happening at Weldon, find us on twitter @westernulibsDBW

From the New Books Shelf......

The History of Rock'n'Roll in Ten Songs / Greil Marcus
DBW stack ML3534.M356 2014

Radical Information Literacy: Reclaiming the Political Heart of the the IL Movement / Andrew Whitworh
DBW stack P96.M4W45 2014

Internet Censorship: a Reference Handbook / Bernadette H. Schell
DBW stack ZA4201.S34 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, January 19. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, January 16.