No. 358 - February 17, 2015

Coming Events

2015 Western Staff and Leaders Conference
Wednesday, February 18 - 20, 2015
It’s time to get in the game…and you’re holding the dice! This year’s conference will guide you to a winning strategy with keynotes, workshops and tours that are sure to inspire and motivate. You will have opportunities to learn about personal leadership, courage and conviction, health, time management, technology, personal finance, artistic expression and more. Full details.

Western's Master Plan - Campus Community Meeting
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
12:00 p.m.
UCC McKellar Room
The Western community’s feedback is important and there are two ways in which you can share your thoughts: You can comment in writing to by February 28, 2015, or you can attend a Campus Community Meeting on February 25 from 12 -1:30 p.m. UCC’s McKellar Room where the Plan will be presented and attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions. We ask that you visit the Campus Master Plan page to register in advance so that we can ensure there is adequate space available.  Register.

mediations: "Easy, Breezy, and Insincere: Femvertising in CoverGirl"
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
NCB 293
Presented by Kate Hoad-Reddick, with respondents Eric Lohman and Vicki O'Meara.  Everyone welcome.

GRC Presents...Building Inclusive Workplaces for Gender, Sexual, and Romantic Minorities
Thursday, February 26, 2015
NCB 293
Presented by Kirstyn Seanor.  Sign up in the GRC.

Important Dates

- Monday, February 16 - Friday, February 20, 2015 - Reading Week/MLIS Research Week

News & Announcements

Western ID card now required to access Staging Building
As of Friday, February 13, Staging Building will be locked 24/7 and will require you to swipe your Western ID card to enter.  For security reasons, PLEASE DO NOT PROP OPEN DOORS AT ANY TIME.  If you encounter a door that is being propped open, please remove the prop.  Any odd behavior or unusual activity in or around the building should be reported to immediately.

Awards & Accomplishments

Nicole Dalmer, LIS PhD student, was selected as the 2015 recipient of the Rittenhouse Award for a paper she submitted titled: "Evolving Assessments of Online Health Information Reliability."  The award is presented by the Medical Library Association and the winner receives complimentary student registration to MLA's annual meeting, a certificate at the meeting, and a cash award of $500.  The winning entry will also be submitted to the Journal of the Medical Library Association for consideration.

Lisa Macklem, Media Studies alum, has seen her thesis from December 2014 downloaded from Western's Electronic Thesis Depository more than 700 times since its submission.  The paper, entitled "We're on This Road Together: The Changing Fan/Producer Relationship in Television as Demonstrated by Supernatural," is already among the top downloaded works written by FIMS students after only 14 months.

Publications & Presentations

Roma Harris, Professor Emerita, Nadine Wathen, Associate Professor, Jen MacGregor, FIMS Postdoc, and Anthony Naimi, HIS PhD Candidate, published:

Harris, R.M., Wathen, C.N., MacGregor, J., Dennhardt, S., Naimi, A., Ellis, K. (2015). ‘Blaming the flowers for wilting’: Idealized aging in a health charity video. Qualitative Health Research. Online February 5, 2015, doi: 10.1177/1049732315570121.

The paper was the culmination of work that arose in the context of an interdisciplinary reading group facilitated by Professor Harris.

Victoria Rubin, Associate Professor, and Jennie Abrahamson, LIS PhD student, published the following paper:

Jennie A. Abrahamson , Victoria L. Rubin , (2015) "Differences Over Discourse Structure Differences: A Reply to Urquhart and Urquhart: ", Journal of Documentation, Vol. 71 Iss: 2, pp. - (EarlyCite View in

In the Media

Saumava Mitra, Media Studies PhD student, appeared in the Western News article "Risks in capturing the real stories of conflict," on February 5, 2015.

News from the Graduate Resource Centre

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

Building Inclusive Workplaces for Gender, Sexual, and Romantic Minorities
Thursday, February 26th - NCB 293 - 12-1pm
As community hubs with a distinguished history of promoting accessibility, libraries are distinctly invested in developing inclusive workplaces. This talk will focus on gender, sexual, and romantic minorities (GSRM) and several best practices that can help to build a positive work environment for GSRM identifying individuals. Time will be allotted for workshopping scenarios and open discussion.

Research Week Hours - February 16-20
The GRC is open regularly-scheduled hours during research week, except for the Monday holiday.
Monday, February 16 - Closed, Family Day
Tuesday, February 17 to Thursday, February 19 - 8:30 am - 8:00 pm
Friday, February 20 - 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday, February 21 and Sunday, February 22 - 1:00 to 5:00 pm

Did you know that the GRC is on YouTube?
The GRC Helps is a series of short video tutorials that will show you how to get the most out of the GRC. Learn how to access course reserves, book a study room, borrow equipment, and more. Visit the GRC Tutorials and Help section of the GRC Homepage ( or follow FIMS GRC on YouTube to watch all the upcoming releases!

News from FIMS Computing Services

FIMS Computing Services provides everyone with a U: drive for saving your files.

Your U: drive is backed up every night and the backups are stored for 30 days. To request a file be restored from this backup, please contact a FIMS Computing Services staff member at

In addition, we maintain Shadow Copies of all files on the network. You can access these Shadow Copies by right clicking on any file or folder in a Windows Explorer window and selecting Restore Previous Versions from the menu. Shadow copies are kept until the space is needed but is usually longer than 30 days.

USB drives like all storage media will eventually die. It is not a matter of if your USB stick will die but when. Please make sure that your USB device does not have the only copy of your file on it. Best practice is to copy the file you want to edit to your U: drive to edit and then copy it back when you are done.

If you email yourself a file, please make sure that you save the file to your U: drive before starting to edit it. If you just open the file and start editing it, it will be stored in your browsers temporary file cache and will be erased as soon as you finish editing.
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

From the New Books Shelf.....

Rhetoric and the Digital Humanities / edited by Jim Ridolfo and Willliam Hart-Davidson
DBW stack AZ195.R47 2015

Wikipedia U: Knowledge, Authority and Liberal Education in the Digital Age / Thomas Leitch

Gender in the Media / Niall Richardson and Sadie Wearing
 DBW stack P96.S5R53 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, March 2. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, February 27.