No. 356 - January 19, 2015

  • Coming Events:

    - Brown Bag Lecture Series: Research Ethics Workshop
    - GRC Presents...Writing at the Graduate Level
    - Lecture: Tuition Increases and the Assault on the Public University
    - Lecture: What Do Estonians Know of the Holocaust?
    - Lecture: Stéphane Dion: Contemporary Secession
    - Conference featuring Conrad Black: Capitalism in Today's Society
    - Brown Bag Lecture Series: Dementia and Communication
    - GRC Presents...Presentation Skills
    - Big Data @ War: What Cyberspace Can Tell Us About Contemporary Conflicts in Syria and Post-Soviet States
    - LIS Reception during OLA Super Conference
    - Graduate Career Day
    - Half-Day Seminar: WW2 Narratives and the Plurality of European Social Memory
  • Important Dates:

    - Monday, January 5 - Friday, January 30, 2015 - Journalism internship period
    - Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - United Way announcement (11:30 a.m., UCC)
  • News & Announcements:

    - FIMS Gaming Club returns for 2015
    - Welcome to Luke Harris
  • Awards & Accomplishments:

    - Keren Dali
    - Kane Faucher
    - Melissa Kargiannakis
    - Pam McKenzie
    - Saumava Mitra
    - Christine Pinkney
    - Sarah Roberts
    - Sharron Smith
    - Liam Young
  • Publications & Presentations:

    - Zak Bronson
    - Edward Comor
    - Amy Freier
    - Alison Hitchens
    - Jen MacGregor
    - Doug Mann
    - Suri Rosen
    - Shannon Sibbald
    - Paul St-Pierre
    - Nadine Wathen
  • In the Media:

    - Sarah Roberts
    - Sumayya Tobah
  • Additional Activities of Note:

    - Release of Domestic Violence Survey Results (Wathen/MacGregor)
    - Kim Martin
    - Sandra Miller
    - Jeff Preston
  • News from the Graduate Resource Centre:

  • News from FIMS Computing Services:

  • News from Western Libraries:

  • Next Issue:

Coming Events

Brown Bag Lecture Series: Research Ethics Workshop
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
12:00 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.
NCB 293
Presented by Grace Kelly, Research Ethics Officer.  Everyone welcome.

GRC Presents...Writing at the Graduate Level

Thursday, January 22, 2015
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
NCB 293
Presented by Paul Schmidt.  Sign up in the GRC.

Tuition Increases and the Assault on the Public University
Thursday, January 22, 2015
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
SSC 5220
Presented by Alan D. Sears, Ryerson University.  This talk will examine tuition fee increases in relation to the fight for the public university.

Lecture: What Do Estonians Know of the Holocaust?  The Development of the Holocaust Narrative in Estonian History Textbooks Since 1989
Thursday, January 22, 2015
2:00 p.m.
Thames Hall, Rm 3101
Presented by Erasmus Mundus and the Jewish Studies program. Lecture by Heiko Pääbo, Head of Centre for Baltic Studies at the University of Tartu, Estonia.  Lecture is free and open to everyone.

Lecture: Stéphane Dion: Contemporary Secession
Thursday, January 22, 2015
4:30 p.m.
SSC Rm. 3014
Stéphane Dion, former leader of the Liberal Party of Canada and longtime politician, will visit Western to talk about his experiences in politics on 22 January. This event is free for all Western students. Visit the Facebook page.

Conference featuring Conrad Black: Capitalism in Today's Society

Saturday January 24 - Sunday, January 25, 2015
Keynote speaker Conrad Black presents on Sunday, January 5 at 8:00 p.m. in Alumni Hall (doors open at 7:00 p.m.). Visit the conference website to purchase tickets.

Brown Bag Lecture Series: Dementia and Communication
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
12:00 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.
NCB 293
Presented by Grant Campbell and Dr. Joseph Orange.  Everyone welcome.

GRC Presents...Presentation Skills

Thursday, January 29, 2015
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
NCB 293
Presented by Paul Schmidt.  Sign up in the GRC.

Big Data @ War: What Cyberspace Can Tell Us About Contemporary Conflicts in Syria and Post-Soviet States
Thursday, January 29, 2015
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Spencer Engineering Building 1200
Presented by Rafal Rohozinski, senior fellow at the International Institute of Strategic Studies. Lecture sponsored by the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Information and Media Studies.

LIS Reception during OLA Super Conference
Thursday, January 29, 2015
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Lone Star Texas Grill, 200 Front St W. Toronto
Thomas Carmichael and Western Alumni invite all Library and Information Science alumni and friends to the annual cocktail reception held during the Ontario Library Association Super Conference in Toronto. You don't have to be attending the conference to attend the reception. Guests will enjoy a complimentary drink and appetizers while mingling with fellow alumni, faculty and staff.  Register now.

Graduate Career Day
Friday, January 30, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Come and be a part of our Graduate Career Day and take advantage of the many different sessions examining topics tailored to you! From learning about the importance of telling your story and how it can separate YOU from the rest of the applicants; to learning about and practicing YOUR negotiation skills; to hearing Western Alumni tell THEIR tales of venturing into the non-academic world. All this and more will occur at Graduate Career Day.  Register now.

Half-Day Seminar: WW2 Narratives and the Plurality of European Social Memory
Friday, January 30, 2015
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
NCB 454
Conducted by Dr. Heiko Pääbo, University of Tartu, Estonia. Upper Year undergraduates, Graduate Students, and Faculty Members are welcome to attend. Spots are limited. Please register by contacting FIMS Prof. Amanda Grzyb by January 27.  Read about the seminar.

Important Dates

- Monday, January 5 - Friday, January 30, 2015 - Journalism internship period
- Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - United Way announcement (11:30 a.m., UCC)

News & Announcements

FIMS Gaming Club returns for 2015
FIMS Gaming Club will host its inaugural event of the winter term on Wednesday, January 21st in the Grad Club from 6 PM to roughly 9.

Games Night is a drop-in event, so come and go as your schedule dictates. The gathering is open to all FIMS grad students, staff and faculty. Spouses/partners of same also welcome. We encourage a friendly gaming environment and keep the competition cordial. No experience required; many participants are happy to teach their favorite games to newcomers!

Games played include boardgames such as Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, Smallworld and similar. Card games played include Dominion, Magic: the Gathering, and others. We also welcome players of traditional board and card games such as Scrabble, Euchre and Cribbage!

If you are not a member of the OWL site and would like to be, contact Sarah Roberts ( directly. We have forums and announcements made there that do not go out to the general FIMS community.  You can also visit the Gaming Club website at

Welcome to Luke Harris, FCS Co-op Student
FIMS welcomes Luke Harris, who is a co-op student from Fanshawe College working with FIMS Computing Services for the Winter term.  Luke is enrolled in the Programmer Analyst program at Fanshawe and will be assisting with programming projects and computer support activities.

Awards & Accomplishments

Keren Dali, FIMS postdoc in Library & Information Science, was been awarded the ALISE/Connie Van Fleet Award for Research Excellence in Public Library Service to Adults. Dr. Dali is currently working with Professor Catherine Ross on the SSHRC-funded study of Spanish-speaking immigrant readers, comparing reading practices of immigrants in Toronto and NYC. The ALISE/Connie Van Fleet Award for Research in Excellence in Public Library Services to Adults recognizes outstanding academic work related to services for adults in public libraries.

Kane Faucher, Assistant Professor, was recently elected as Chair of OCUFA's newly formed ad hoc Committee for Contract Faculty.

Melissa Kargiannakis, MHIS student, has been announced as the recipient of a Queen's Young Leaders Award. One of only three winners in Canada, Melissa will travel to the UK to participate in a mentoring program and accept her award from the Queen herself.  For more info, read "Kargiannakis, Pinto named among Queen's Young Leaders."

Pam Mckenzie, Associate Dean, has been promoted to Full Professor by the University.  The promotion takes effect on July 1, 2015.

Saumava Mitra, Media Studies PhD Candidate, was announced the winner for Best Overall Photo in the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Photography contest. Saumava submitted two photos, and it's not clear yet which one is the winner, but both are beautiful and worth seeing!  See the photos (pdf).

Sarah Roberts, Assistant Professor, and Christine Pinkney, MLIS student (now alum), were the winners of the Fall 2014 MLIS Student Council awards.  Professor Roberts received the Fantastic FIMS award, while Christine was announced the winner of the Spirit of Librarianship award.

Sharron Smith, FIMS instructor, has been awarded the Ontario Public Library Association's Award for Leadership in Adult Reader's Advisory. She teaches a course on Reader's Advisory Service in the Public Library in the MLIS program.

Liam Young, Media Studies PhD Candidate, successfully defended his dissertation, "'What's in a list?' Cultural Techniques, Logistics, Poeisis," on December 16, 2014.

Publications & Presentations

Zak Bronson, Media Studies PhD Candidate, recently published an essay: "Reproduce, Reuse, Recycle: the End of the Future, Salvage, and China Miéville’s Railsea." Paradoxa 26 (2014): 81-96.

Edward Comor, Associate Professor, recently authored the following journal publication:
‘Marx’s Value Theory: a Critical Response to Analyses of Digital Prosumption’ in The Information Society Vol. 31 No.1 (January 2015), pp. 13-19.

Amy Freier, Media Studies PhD student, presented a paper, "Building a Brand for the Future with the Past: New Museums, Media, and the Role of Contested Memory," at the fourth annual conference of The Dialogues on Historical Justice and Memory Network: Human Rights and Memory in Lund, Sweden on December 6.

Alison Hitchens, LIS Lecturer, will present a talk at the upcoming OLA Superconference on January 29th, entitled "What is #LODLAM?! : Understanding Linked Data in Libraries, Archives [and Museums].

Jen MacGregor, FIMS postdoc, Shannon Sibbald, former FIMS postdoc, and Nadine Wathen, Associate Professor, collaborated on the following publication:

Sibbald, S., MacGregor, J., Surmacz, M., Wathen, C.N. (2015). Into the gray: A modified approach to citation analysis to better understand research impact. Journal of the Medical Library Association, 103(1):49-54. doi: 10.3163/1536-5050.103.1.010.

Wathen and MacGregor also contributed to a recent article in Western News that is related to their work on the Domestic Violence in the Workplace survey results, entitled "MacQuarrie, Wathen and MacGregor: Workplace can lead positive change for victims of domestic violence."

Douglas Mann, Assistant Professor, published the book "Great Power and Great Responsibility: The Philosophical Politics of Comics" in December.  The book is a collection of essays that delve into the philosophies that underlie many of the great comic series.  For more info, visit Wolsak & Wynn or

Suri Rosen, MLIS'2010, has published her debut Young Adult novel, called Playing with Matches. The book was released through Canadian publisher ECW Press and more information is available on

Paul St-Pierre, LIS PhD Candidate, published the following journal article:
Irwin, B., & St-Pierre, P. G. (2014). Creating a culture of meaningful evaluation in public libraries: Moving beyond quantitative metrics. SAGE Open, 4(4) doi:10.1177/2158244014561214

In the Media

Sarah Roberts, Assistant Professor, was quoted in an article published by The Telegraph (Calcutta, India) on December 7, 2014, titled "Guardians of the Internet". (The article centres on the content moderation industry, which Professor Roberts has studied extensively.  It contains material that may be offensive to some people).

Sumayya Tobah, MAJ student, appeared on CBC's The Current on January 12, 2015 in an episode titled "After Charlie Hebdo shooting, Muslims seek safe space to talk extremism." (Fast forward to 8:50 mark).

Additional Activities of Note

Results of national survey on impact of domestic violence in workplace unveiled
Associate Professor Nadine Wathen and postdoc Jen MacGregor worked with the Canadian Labour Congress in 2014 to conduct a survey on the impact of domestic violence in the workplace.  The results of the survey were released on November 26, 2014, at simultaneous media events on Parliament Hill in Ottawa and on campus at Western University.  Read the press release.

Kim Martin, LIS PhD student, had her MakerBus project featured in the London Free Press on November 27, 2014, when they live-streamed a Maker workshop.

Sandra Miller, MLIS alum, is featured on the London Public Library's Youtube channel discussing the concept of "My Library."

Jeff Preston, Media Studies alum, penned "An Open Letter to Justin Trudeau" regarding the lack of accessibility at Liberal Party events on November 27, 2014.

News from the Graduate Resource Centre

*Reminder: FIMS Librarian Marni Harrington is currently away on a research leave. John Fracasso is serving as Acting GRC Librarian until she returns, and can be found in Marni's office inside the GRC.

GRC Hours for the Winter 2015 term:
Mon-Thur. 8:30am-8:00pm
Friday 8:30am-5:00pm
Sat/Sun. 1:00pm-5:00pm

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

Writing at the Graduate Level - Paul Schmidt
Thursday, January 22, 12-1pm NCB 293

Presentation Skills - Paul Schmidt
Thursday, January 29, 12-1pm NCB 293

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

News from FIMS Computing Services

FIMS Computing Services (FCS) would like to welcome all the new Grad students to FIMS. We are your on-site faculty technology and computing team! We hope you have a great semester and you will look forward to our future postings in the Grad Bulletin.

Recently there was a phishing email that landed in a lot of people's inboxes at FIMS. We see these sort of phishing emails usually 1-2 times per term. The folks at WESTERN ITS work very hard to prevent this sort of email from getting to you but their systems aren't perfect. It's very important to remember to never share your Western or FIMs account credentials with anyone, especially via email from a source you can't verify or trust.

At FIMS we use Trend Micro Antivirus alongside of other security measures to keep your information safe and backed up. Your U drive is a very important part of your computing experience at FIMS. You can find your U drive in Windows Explorer on any FIMS lab computer and we strongly encourage students, staff, and faculty to use it to store all their course work materials. This drive is backed up often and is also backed up offsite so it is very secure and has a level of redundancy that no usb thumb drive or local storage can provide. Please use your U drive!

One last thing. If you email yourself an attachment to work on later like a Word file or a Powerpoint please make sure you save it to your U drive or your Desktop on a FIMS computer before you start working it! Please ALWAYS save attachments BEFORE you work on them. If you don’t you can lose work you have done.

Welcome to winter and welcome to FIMS!
We would be happy to answer any questions you have regarding any computing issues at FIMS. Our team be reached at or you can submit a ticket to our online helpdesk here

Practice safe computing and have a great day!

Your FIMS Computing Services team:
•    John Fracasso (Acting GRC Librarian/ Manager FCS)
•    Charlotte McClellan (Network, Servers DB and Applications)
•    Matt Ward (Desktop Support, Software and IT Logistics)
•    Luke Harris (Current Fanshawe Coop Student)

News from Western Libraries

Browzine lets you access and read scholarly content easily from you mobile device!

Western Libraries has just launched a new platform for our online journal collection. An app called Browzine makes it easy to browse, download and view articles from journals to which Western subscribes. For details, see

Need help with your research?

Western Libraries provides several different options for getting help with your research or our resources. You can visit the Weldon Research Help desk in person contact us by phone or email, or set up a research consultation appointment.

From the New Books Shelf....

Media and Left / edited by Savaş Çoban
DBW stack P96.L47M45 2015

Gonzo Text: Disentangling Meaning in Hunter S. Thompson's Journalism / Matthew Winston
DBW stack PN4874.T444W46 2014

Information Retrieval in Digital Environments / Jérôme Dinet
DBW stack ZA3075.D564 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, February 2. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, January 30.