No. 361 - March 30, 2015

Coming Events

From First Contact to Full Impact: Community-Based Research in Motion
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
SSC 5220
Community-based research is about much more than research methods.  In its fullest form it is in fact about the integration of research and social action. This talk will explore that integration, including: how researchers and community organizations find each other and negotiate their relationship; how to build a core group to oversee the research; how to connect research to action and design an action-supporting research project; how to organize the research implementation; and how to close the relationship.  Presented by Randy Stoecker, Professor of Community and Environmental Sociology, University of Wisconsin.  For more info, email:

2015 HBK Talk featuring Rick Mercer
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
7:00 p.m.
UCC Mustang Lounge
Presented by the Huron University College Students' Council, the Brescia University College Students' Council, and the King's University College Students' Council.  Cost: $10-$15.

Annual Campus Clean Up Day

Thursday, April 2, 2015
10:30 a.m.
UCC Concrete Beach
Three clean-up times will be held throughout the day at 10:30 am, 11:30 am and 12:30 pm. There will be a free BBQ lunch after each clean up and many prizes are available to be won. The clean-up meeting point will be on concrete beach (sunshine) or Mustang Lounge (rain). If you are interested in participating, send an email to indicating which time slot works best for you.

Symposium: Redefining Dementia: New Insights; Deeper Images; Fresh Stories
Saturday, April 11, 2015
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
London Public Library, Masonville Branch
30 North Centre Rd.
People living with dementia and their caregivers will tell their stories and share their wisdom at our one-day symposium. Presented by the Rogers Chair of Studies in Journalism and New Information Technology (currently held by Grant Campbell).

SOHLIN Library Event
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Woodstock Hospital
Do you want to learn more about health libraries?  Would you like an opportunity meet academic, hospital, and public health librarians from Southwestern Ontario? The Southwestern Ontario Health Libraries Information Network, a chapter of the Canadian Health Libraries Association, is hosting an exciting continuing education event in Woodstock, ON on April 29th, 2015. Students can attend for $30, lunch included.

Important Dates

- Friday, April 3, 2015 - Good Friday (University offices closed)
- Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - Undergrad Classes end
- Saturday, April 11, 2015 - Undergrad exam period begins
- Friday, April 17, 2015 - Last day of grad classes

News & Announcements

SGPS looking for photo contest submissions
Do you like taking pictures? Have you shot something totally amazing?  Why not share it with the Western graduate community AND have a chance to win some cash? Each month, the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will accept your submissions where one lucky photographer wins a $50 gift certificate to the Grad Club. There's no limit to how often you submit, and all winning photos are posted on flickr.

Awards & Accomplishments

Jacquie Burkell, Associate Dean, Research, and Assistant Professor Sarah Roberts (co-investigator) were awarded a SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Grant for their project “LEARNING – Enhancing key digital literacy skills: information security, information privacy and information ownership.”  The grant is for $25,000 over one year, and Burkell and Roberts will work with LIS PhD students Alexandre Fortier and Lisa Di Valentino over the next 6 months to prepare the report.  Out of 89 applications for this grant, 16 were selected to receive funding.

Nicole Dalmer, LIS PhD Candidate, was selected to participate in CIHR's 2015 Summer Program in Aging, taking place June 1-5, 2015, in Toronto. The CIHR Institutes of Aging (IA), Gender and Health (IGH) and Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (IMHA) have partnered with the Institute for Work & Health to host the Summer Program in Aging (SPA) 2015 that will be focused on the theme of health, wellness and participation of older adults in the world of work. Over the course of the SPA 2015 training program, approximately 50 research trainees and numerous academic mentors will participate in interactive learning sessions to provide graduate students and postdoctoral fellows interested in, or interested in learning about, research on health, wellness and participation of older adults in the world of work, an advanced training program that crosses disciplines, sectors, institutions and geography.

Publications & Presentations

Radio documentaries by current MAJ students continue to air on CBC Windsor's Afternoon Drive program.  The collaboration will see the students' work broadcast around Southwestern Ontario.  Listen to the docs that have already aired.

Isioma Elueze, LIS PhD Candidate, authored a paper titled, "Evaluating the effectiveness of knowledge brokering in health research: a systematised review with some bibliometric information", which was published in the Health Information & Libraries Journal.

Associate Professor Keir Keightley gave an invited public lecture, "Nights Made Hideous: Urban Piano Noise, 1870-1930," at the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, McGill University, Montreal, March 20th.

Siu Hong Yu, MLIS student, published an essay on open access which appeared in the Ontario Library Association's magazine Open Shelf.  The piece is titled, "Mine the Gap: Leveraging Open Access Through Citizen Engagement in Science."

In the Media

MS PhD Candidate and Lecturer Luke Arnott was featured on the 106.9 The X radio show Western World on March 1. He was interviewed about the issues and current controversies surrounding representation in video games and the game industry. The full recording of the episode can be found at, with Luke’s segment beginning around 6:50.

Nadine Wathen, Associate Professor, was featured in the Western News article, "Western researchers take lead on violence prevention," from March 26, 2015.  The article discusses the recent announcement of government funding which will allow Wathen's PreVAiL research group to continue its work into studying and preventing domestic abuse.

Additional Activities of Note

Keren Dali, a postdoctoral fellow at FIMS, has launched a series of staff development talks for the New York Public Library. Three talks about the improvement of reader services for immigrant and ESL readers will be offered in the boroughs of Staten Island, the Bronx, and Manhattan between March and May of 2015. These talks have previously been offered at libraries and library conferences in Ontario, BC, and other places in the state of NY.

News from the Graduate Resource Centre

Upcoming GRC Hours:
The GRC will be closed on April 3 (Good Friday):
Mon-Thur. 8:30am-8:00pm
Friday 8:30am-5:00pm (except April 3 - closed)
Sat/Sun. 1:00pm-5:00pm

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 accessible 24/7 in Room 280B.

News from Western Libraries

New Resource! American Consumer Culture: Market Research and American Business, 1935-1965

This resource includes market research reports, images and supporting documents that were collected by Ernest Dichter, an American consumer analyst and market research pioneer. The material offers insight into the American consumer boom of the mid-20th century and is lots of fun to browse. Click here access the collection

From the New Books Shelf.....

Knowledge / Marian Adolf and Nico Stehr
DBW stack HM651.A26 2014

A Dictionary of Journalism / Tony Harcup
DBW Reference PN4728.H366 2014

Social Media for Creative Libraries / Phil Bradley
DBW stack Z674.75.W67B73 2015

Next Issue

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The next issue of the FIMS Graduate Bulletin will be published on Monday, April 13. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, April 10.