No. 360 - March 16, 2015

Coming Events

Writing Your Thesis or Dissertation

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
12:30 p.m.
WSS 3134
Workshop for grad students, hosted by the Writing Support Centre.

Brown Bag Lecture Series: Rhythm & Blues, Royalty Reform, and the Racial Contract
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
12:00 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.
NCB 293
Presented by Matt Stahl. Talks by the FIMS community and guest speakers. Everyone welcome.

Lecture: "Regional TV: Affective Media Geographies"
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
4:30 p.m.
AHB 3B02
Thomas Lamarre, Professor in East Asian Studies, Art History, and Communication Studies at McGill University, discusses the transnational and transmedial movement of the Japanese anime series Hana yori dango (Boys Before Flowers) and Captain Tsubasa within the context of contemporary "Asianism." More information about his research interests may be found at:

GRC Presents...DH Makerbus with Kim Martin
Thursday, March 26, 2015
12:00 p.m. - 1 p.m.
NCB 293
Canada's first mobile makerspace and digital humanities classroom. Join Kim as she discusses the project.

Skype Conversation with David Dewane of Librii
April 9, 2015
12:15 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.
Location TBD
Librarians Without Borders (LWB) will be hosting a Skype conversation with David Dewane, the Founder of Librii. Librii, a partner organization of LWB, is a social enterprise that aims to meet information demands in Africa with educational services, high-end digital resources and books. The organization recently raised $50,000 via a Kickstarter campaign in 2013, and will be opening its first library in Accra in the next few months. This is an excellent opportunity to talk to someone leading work in information access in Ghana. It is also intended to be a space to question and discuss alternative conceptions of the library, the library as place, and the intersection information and development policy. Attendance is free, but we will have a donation bucket available for anyone who would like to donate to LWB programming.

Redefining Dementia: New Insights; Deeper Images; Fresh Stories
Saturday, April 11, 2015
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Masonville Public Library Branch
30 North Centre Rd, London
A one-day symposium for individuals living with dementia and for the future professionals who will care for them. People living with dementia and their caregivers will tell their stories and share their wisdom at our one-day symposium.  Members of the community and students in library science, journalism and health care are invited to participate in the conversation. Presented by the Rogers Chair of Studies in Journalism and New Information Technology.

News & Announcements

Applications open for Community Engaged Learning Award
The purpose of the Community Engaged Learning Award is to encourage faculty to design a new course or enhance an existing course using a Community Engaged Learning (CEL) framework. This aligns with Western’s commitment to innovative, high quality undergraduate and graduate education. Each year, three faculty are awarded up to $1500 each.  Awarded by the Experiential Learning team in The Student Success Centre at Western University, the Community Engaged Learning (CEL) Award aims to support faculty in creating opportunities for students to connect academic course content with meaningful community engagement that contributes to student learning, and local and international community development.  Deadline is April 11.

Applications open for Margaret Williams Trust Fund Award

Applications are now invited for the Margaret Williams Trust Fund Award which has been established to promote the development of librarianship in Newfoundland and Labrador. Funds are awarded on a competitive basis to applicants seeking funding for library‐related projects or assistance in pursuing full‐time graduate studies in librarianship, archival studies, or teacher librarianship. Read more info.

Awards & Accomplishments

Jason Neal, LIS PhD candidate, received the Canadian Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres’ (CAML) First Time Presenter Award for his paper proposal “Musical Similarity as Conceived by ‘Avid Recreational Music Listeners’.” The winner of this annual award receives complimentary registration to this year’s Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences (being held between May 30 and June 5 in Ottawa, Ontario, and of which CAML’s annual meeting is a part), as well as travel and accommodation expenses up to $1,000. The paper will also be published in the August edition of CAML Review.

Angela Pollak, LIS PhD Candidate, successfully defended her disseration, titled, "Words To Live By: How Experience Shapes Our Information World at Work, Play, and in Everyday Life" on Tuesday, March 10, 2015.

Warren Steele, Assistant Professor, was announced as the 2014/15 recipient of the Angela Armitt Award for Excellence in Teaching by Part-Time Faculty on Thursday, March 12. The Award is considered one of Western's highest honours for teaching. You can read about Professor Steele's accomplishment on the FIMS website and in Western News.

Publications & Presentations

The MAJ program has partnered with CBC Windsor's Afternoon Drive radio show (which broadcasts all over southwestern Ontario).  At least 10 audio documentaries that the students have produced as part of their course work will air on the program.  Some of the docs may get picked up by programs across the country.  CBC Windsor is promoting the collaboration on their Facebook page, with photos of the students along with their stories.  One piece entitle "Tree Story," has already aired and can be heard on the Afternoon Drive website.

Karen Nicholson,
LIS PhD student, published "The McDonaldization of Academic Libraries and the Values of Transformational Change" in the 75th Anniversary edition of College and Research Libraries. The Anniversary edition is comprised of seven articles previously published in the journal, selected by the editorial board, together with companion essays which comment on the significance and/or impact of these articles. Karen's essay is a companion to Brian Quinn's "The McDonaldization of Academic Libraries?" originally published in 2000.

Ajit Pyati
, Associate Professor, gave a lecture on Sunday, March 8th at Zefat Academic College in Safed, Israel.  The title of the talk was "Exploring Yoga's Role in Creating a More Holistic University Education".

Trina Joyce Sajo, Media Studies PhD student, recently published "Mapping the Affective Production of Cybersex: Notes for a Framework" in the Graduate Journal of Social Science. Access to the current issue can be found at:

Mark-Shane Scale, LIS PhD student, published the following article in a newsletter of the Association of Independent Information Professionals (AIIP):
Scale, Mark-Shane (2015). "Library Consulting: Constructing an Overview." March 2015 issue of AIIP Connections Vol. 29 #1. p. 15-16.

Samuel Trosow, Associate Professor, spoke about the Intellectual Property Chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement at Western on March 11 as part of a program sponsored by the Western Chapter of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines and the Western Amnesty International Club.

In the Media

Doug Mann, Assistant Professor, was featured in an interview about his book, Great Power and Great Responsibility: The Philosophical Politics of Comics, on on March 11, 2015.  The interview can be seen at:

News from the Graduate Resource Centre

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

DHMakerBus with Kim Martin
Thursday, March 26th - NCB 293 - 12-1pm
Canada's first mobile makerspace and digital humanities classroom. Join Kim as she discusses the project.

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 Western Libraries

Participate in Western Libraries Strategic Planning - Future Library In Progress (FLIP):

As part of Western Libraries’ strategic planning process, FLIP, we would like to invite you complete an online survey that will help us to better understand your expectations and needs, identify new and emerging opportunities, and hear about your ideas for the future of Western Libraries. Access the survey at

Apply Now for Research/Study Space in The D. B. Weldon Library for the Term of May 1 to September 30, 2015

The D. B. Weldon Library has a limited number of individual research/study spaces. These rooms provide locked, assigned space to those engaged in research and writing who require continuous access to a substantial number of materials in The D. B. Weldon Library. All Doctoral degree candidates, Master's Degree Candidates, Post Doctoral Fellows, Faculty members or Professors Emeritus/Emerita are eligible to apply.

The deadline for applications is Friday, April 17th. For more information see:

From the New Book Shelf.....

America's Battle for Media Democracy: The Triumph of Corporate Libertarianism and the Future of Media Reform / Victor Pickard
DBW stack P92.U5P44 2015

Information Design as Principled Action: Making Information Accessible, Relevant, Understandable and Usable / Jorge Frascara, editor
DBW stack P93.5.I479 2015

New Publication Cultures in the Humanities: Exploring the Paradigm Shift / edited by Péter Davidházi
DBW stack Z286.E43N49 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 30. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, March 27.