No. 362 - April 13, 2015

Coming Events

LIS 9732 - Libraries, Language & Computing: Natural Language Processing Applications - Poster Session
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
9:30 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.
NCB 2nd floor
Scope: 16 Natural Language Processing technologies surveyed in terms of their usage, mechanisms, current and potential applications in various text-intensive spheres. View the lineup of presenters (pdf).

2015 Canned Festival - MAJ Program
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
North Campus Building, Room 283 (TV studio)
Everyone in the FIMS community is invited to the annual Canned Festival, which will take place Tuesday, April 14.

This day-long event is a chance for all FIMS faculty, staff, and students to see and hear audio and video documentary work produced by students in the Graduate Program in Journalism. 

Hope you can drop by to watch or listen to your favorite stories.
Can’t make it to the studio to watch or listen?  All the stories on the schedule will have links so you can watch or listen at your convenience, beginning Tuesday, April 14.

LIS 9706 - User Research Experience - Poster Session
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
NCB 1st floor, close to Tim Hortons
Refreshments will be provided.  View the lineup of presenters (pdf).

Doctoral Public Lecture: Ahmad Kamal
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
1:00 p.m.
NCB 293
Ahmad Kamal, Library & Information Science PhD Candidate will present, "Contentious Information: Accounts of Knowledge Production, Circulation and Consumption in Transitional Egypt."

LIS 9004 - Research Methods & Statistics - Poster Session
Thursday, April 16, 2015
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
NCB 1st floor, close to Tim Hortons
Refreshments will be provided.  View the lineup of presenters (pdf).

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.  For more information see here, or contact

Important Dates

- Friday, April 17, 2015 - Last day of grad classes
- Monday, May 11, 2015 - First day of FIMS grad classes
- Monday, May 18, 2015 - Victoria Day Holiday (offices closed)

News & Announcements

Western Faculty & Staff Travel Forum
Procurement Services invites all Western Faculty & Staff to our 2015 Travel Forum. Come and meet our preferred travel vendors including our new travel management company, FCm Travel Solutions.  Friday, April 25 - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Great Hall (Somerville House).

Publications & Presentations

Dr. Keren Dali, FIMS Postdoc, recently published the following:
Dali, Keren, and Lana Alsabbagh. “Learning about Translators from Library Catalog Records: Implications for Readers' Advisory.” New Library World, 116, no. 5/6. Currently available through Emerald EarlyCite.

Sonya De Laat, Media Studies PhD student, presented, in co-authorship with Valérie Gorin from CERAH-Geneva, "Enigmatic Iconographies of Humanitarian Aid in Africa: Photographs of Western humanitarianism's past to contemplate global humanitarianism's future" at the History of Humanitarian Action in Africa Symposium hosted by the Humanitarian Policy Group of the Overseas Development Agency and African Humanitarian Action, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, March 25-26, 2015.

Associate Professor Keir Keightley presented his paper, "Tin Pan Alley Goes Silent: Two Films about the Music Business in 1919," to the annual conference of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, held in Montreal, March 25th-29th.

Sarah Roberts, Assistant Professor, presented at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference in Montreal, between March 25-29.  She was part of the panel, "Problematic Platforms: 'Crawling Horrors' in Contemporary Media" where she presented her paper, "Screening In, Screening Out: The Worklife of Commercial Moderators and the Cycle of Internet Content Production."

In the Media

Jeremy Copeland, Journalism lecturer, is quoted in the article "Talk is Cheap," from the Ryerson Review of Journalism, published on April 4, 2015.

Sarah Roberts, Assistant Professor, is quoted in the article "Content in moderation: is digital censorship messing with the arts?" from, published on March 30, 2015.

Additional Activities of Note

Sonya De Laat, Media Studies PhD Candidate, has been accepted for a two-week research opportunity with the Global Research in Humanitarianism Academy (GRHA-2015), July 12-24, 2015. Leibniz Institute of European History Mainz, Germany and Archives of the International Committee of the Red Cross Geneva Geneva, Switzerland.

News from the Graduate Resource Centre

Holiday hours of operation - April 18 - May 10, 2015
OPEN Monday to Friday 8:30-4:30
CLOSED WEEKENDS starting April 18
REGULAR HOURS commence on Monday, May 11
Monday to Thursday: 8:30am - 8:00pm; Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm; Sat & Sun 1:00 - 5:00pm

Career Resources in the GRC
The GRC is featuring career resources to assist graduating students looking and applying for jobs.  Check out the display by the main doors for books on job hunting, writing resumes and cover letters, professional development, and much more!

News from Western Libraries

Book to Film:

Western Libraries has a broad collection that includes lots of titles that have been made into popular films. If you have some time for recreational reading between terms, you might want to check some of them out. Here are a few possibilities.....

Alan Turing: the enigma
This book was the inspiration for the film The Imitation Game. It is available in the Taylor Library at TAY stack QA29.T8H63 1983

Lady in Gold: the extraordinary tale of Gustav Klimt's masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer
The new film Woman in Gold is based on this book. Find it at DBW stack ND511.5.K55A618 2012.

Far From the Madding Crowd 
This Thomas Hardy novel is being re-made into a film that will be opening in the summer. Several different editions available in Weldon. See DBW stack PR4745.A1 1991

Enjoy the Break, Everyone and Congratulations to All FIMS graduates
Good Luck in your Future Careers!

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