No. 357 - February, 2015

Coming Events

Brown Bag Lecture Series: Advances in Deception Detection: How well can lies be spotted in texts?
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
12:00 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.
NCB 293
Presented by Victoria Rubin.  The Brown Bag Lecture Series is a collection of talks given by FIMS community members and guest speakers.  Everyone is welcome.

A Poetry Reading by Sami Shalom Chetrit
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
2:00 p.m.
Great Hall, Huron University College
Teacher, poet, writer, filmmaker, and scholar Sami Shalom Chetrit was born in Morocco, raised in Israel, and lives in New York City.  He has been writing and publishing poetry for thirty years, with five books in Hebrew.  Chetrit's Shirim BeAshdodit (Poems in Ashdodian) became a bestseller in Israel where a popular musical, based on the poems, was produced.  He has published countless poems in literary magazines, periodicals, newspapers, and anthologies, as well as several performing shows with leading Israeli musicians.  He was recently included in a list of the top 40 Modern Hebrew poets.

#PublicInterest: Digital Systems and Human Traces: Uncovering the People Behind Our Platforms
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
London Public Library, Central Branch
Stevenson & Hunt A
Presented by Sarah Roberts. There is little doubt that the advent of internet and social media technologies has changed our interactions and relationships with - and expectations from - our everyday technologies. Often, we carry our social media platforms in our back pockets, on mobile technology, in a closeness that suggests intimacy: a one-to-one relationship between us, to our platforms, to the world. Yet is the story this simple? In this talk, we will discuss the host of politics and people behind the scenes that suggest a much more complex world where the stakes may be much higher, and much less fun, than we are led to believe.  Everyone welcome.

Important Events

- Monday, February 2, 2015 - First day of classes for MAJ program
- Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - Polls Open for Board of Governors and Senate (Faculty/Staff)
- Monday, February 16, 2015 - Family Day Holiday (Offices closed)
- Monday, February 16 - Friday, February 20, 2015 - MLIS Research Week

News & Announcements

CfP: Activism and Communication Scholarship in Canada
April 30, 2015. University of Toronto. The objective of this workshop is to bring together Canadian communication scholars at all levels of the tiered academic system to critically explore the ways in which they negotiate their role as educators and researchers with a commitment to various forms of activism within and beyond their campuses (e.g. direct policy intervention, NGO support, involvement in university unions, organizing activist-oriented pedagogical projects). Given the rapid expansion of communication programs in the country, the growth of new media as potential outlets for public intellectualism, intensifying administration expectations that scholars will demonstrate ‘public/community engagement’, the growing number of communication scholars advancing critiques related to precarious academic labour, and the implications of increasingly corporatized and managerial universities, this workshop will address both the challenges and opportunities afforded by activist endeavours.  See full info (pdf).

Awards & Accomplishments

Norma Coates, Associate Professor, will serve as a Visiting Fellow at the International Institute for Popular Culture at the University of Turku, Finland, between April 20 - May 21, 2015.

The Research Board for Western Strategic Support for SSHRC Success competition has approved Associate Professor Victoria Rubin's proposal "Deception Detection in News".

Publications & Presentations

Keren Dali, FIMS postdoc, presented twice at last week's ALISE conference. The first presentation was a summary of her research, done to fulfill the requirements of the ALISE/Connie Van Fleet award (announced previously). She also co-authored a second presentation on the value of creative writing in LIS education as part of the SIG on Innovative Pedagogies.

Eric Lohman, Media Studies PhD Candidate, contributed a chapter to a recently released book.  His work, entitled "Running Mother Ragged: Women and Labor in the Age of Telework" was published this month in an edited volume called Feminist Erasures: Challenging Backlash Culture.

Sarah Roberts, Assistant Professor, participated in the panel, Teaching Social Justice as an Assistant Professor: Rewards and Risks, at the recent ALISE conference. The title of her presentation was "The Imperative to Act."

In the Media

Meagan Berry, MLIS alum, appeared in the Fort Frances Times article "Berry lands 'dream job' as librarian," published on January 21, 2015.

Melissa Karginnakis, MHIS student, has appeared in several news sources in relation to her recently being named a recipient of the Queen's Young Leaders Award.  Find out more about Melissa in "Ontario woman honoured with Queen's Young Leaders award" (Video clip, CHCH News, Jan 22), and "Queen to recognize Sault native's work with children". (, Jan 14).

Additional Activities of Note

Mike Stasko's (FIMS lecturer) most recent film that he co-wrote and co-produced, "The Birder", will be playing at Museum London on Sunday February 8th at 1pm. It stars Tom Cavanagh, Fred Willard and Graham Greene. It includes a tour of their most recent exhibit, followed by a screening of the film. Both are FREE to attend! It's part of TIFF's touring film circuit. See the postcard.

News from the Graduate Resource Centre

Welcome to our new and returning GRC Student Library Assistants
Please welcome returning Student Assistants Kim Visser and Emily Woodcock along with new Student Assistants Eilidh Macconnell, Jeremy Dechert, and Sarah Dashow. Don't hesitate to ask questions when the students are working at the Service Desk or in the Computer Labs - they are there to help you with the GRC's resources and services!

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

Have an idea for a presentation or know someone in the field who has a story to tell? Submit it to the GRC ( with the following form for consideration.
There are open dates in February and March!

Program (i.e. MLIS, Media Studies, etc):
Brief Summary:

Interested but not sure what you could present on? Here are some of the GRC Presents workshops from previous terms for inspiration.

•       Volunteer Management
•       Academic Libraries
•       Copyright @ Western
•       Virtual Reference
•       Book Merchandising
•       3D Design and Printing/Makerspaces
•       How to Network
•       Goodreads101: Building Book Clubs

Looking for a room? GRC Meeting Rooms (NCB280D and 280E)
These meeting rooms are for all FIMS graduate students (HIS, LIS, JOU, MS, PM&C) to use for group work and meetings. Our booking system allows users to easily book GRC meeting rooms by choosing the room and date required and filling in a short form.  You can find the calendar link, username and password on the GRC homepage. 280D also has a projector so you can practice presentations.

Stop by the service desk in the GRC if you need a hand or see our new tutorial on "Booking a Room"

News from FIMS Computing Services

During the break between terms, the FIMS Computing Services (FCS) printing infrastructure was upgraded. Everything from the software we use to manage the printers, to the printer drivers and the operating systems on our print servers was upgraded.

PaperCut, the system that FCS uses to manage the printers was upgraded from version 12 to version 14. There were a number of improvements to the system. Web Print system now supports "drag and drop" and should be much more reliable than before.

Web Print allows you to print Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF documents from any computer whether it is a PC or Mac or whether you are in NCB or at home.

Every printer has 4 different streams. The Colour stream charges 18 cents per page. The BW stream charges 6 cents per page and will force your print job to print in BW even if it has colour. However when printing to the colour stream you are only charged the colour rate for pages that have colour on them.

The Hold and Release (HOLDREL) streams hold your print job until you login to your printing account at to release it. This was implemented so that you could determine the actual cost of a print job before it is printed. If you printed 60 pages and meant to print 1, the HOLDREL stream allows you to cancel the job without being charged.

The LabTosh printer also supports printing on both sides of the paper or even 4 to 16 pages per paper page. It can also hole punch and staple.

All of the features of Printing at FIMS are covered in the help sheets at the FCS web site at under Help Sheets.

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

Library Hours during Reading Week (February 13-22):

Weldon Library will be closed on both weekends (Feb. 14-15 and Feb. 21-22) and closed on Family Day (Feb. 16).

Friday February 13th, and Tuesday, Feb. 17th through Feb. the library hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Regular hours resume on February 23, 2015.

For details see

Data Analytics Help Service Available in the Western Libraries Map & Data Centre:

Need help analysing your data, choosing the best statistical software package for your project or interpreting your results? You can book an appointment with a statistical consultant. For details see

From the New Books Shelf....

The Big Disconnect: Why the Internet Hasn't Transformed Politics (Yet)
 / Micah L. Sifry
 DBW stack HM 851.S551 2014

Challenging Communication Research / edited by Leah A. Lievrouw
 DBW stack P91.3.I53 2013

Reimagining Reference in the 21st Century / edited by David A. Tyckoson and John G. Dove
DBW stack Z711.R465 2015

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, February 17 (Monday is a holiday). The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, February 13.