No. 363 - May 25, 2015

Coming Events

Campus Gardens Tour
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
12:05 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
Support Services Building (SSB) Lobby
Join Western's horticulturalists as they show you the best gardens on campus, and share tips for great gardens.  Presented by Living Well @ Western.

Archives Association of Ontario Conference
May 27 – 29, 2015
Fanshawe College, London
Do you have it RIGHT? : Archives, archivists, and how they exercise their rights, regulations and practices.  All conference details, including accommodation and registration, are available at:

Lecture: “Everything you ever wanted to know about LAC but were afraid to ask”
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
NCB 293
Presented by Dr. Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada. Dr. Berthiaume assumed the position of Librarian and Archivist of Canada on June 23, 2014. Prior to joining library and Archives Canada, he was the Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec between 2009 and 2014, following a 30 year career in academia.  Everyone welcome.

MLIS Resume Writing Workshop
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
NCB 295
For graduating students and students applying to Co-op.  This is a great opportunity for students to learn all the do's and don'ts when creating a professional MLIS focused resume, whether applying for the first job after graduation or competing in the upcoming fall 2015 co-op process.  The Resume Workshop slides are also available on the Co-op Intranet site under "Resumes & Interviews - Helpful Info."

News & Announcements

Follow FIMS on Facebook and Twitter
Don’t forget to follow the official FIMS Facebook and Twitter accounts to stay up on faculty news, announcements and other information. The Facebook page focuses on news and community, whereas more academic and administrative information is posted on the Twitter feed.

Staffing Changes coming on July 1, 2015
Some staffing changes will take effect on July 1st.  Pam McKenzie, Associate Dean, will be going on a six-month research leave.  Tom Carmichael, Dean, and Susan Knabe, Associate Dean, Undergraduate, will absorb Pam’s grad program duties while she is away.  Marni Harrington, FIMS Librarian, will also return to the GRC after being on research leave for six months.

Awards & Accomplishments

The following students successfully defended their theses or dissertations over the last couple of months:

Kristen Colbeck. MA Media Studies.  (April 2015).  Navigating the Social Landscape: An Exploration of Social Networking Site Usage among Emerging Adults.  (Supervisor: Anabel Quan-Haase)

Mackenize Enns.  MA PMC.  (April 2015).  Game Scoring: Towards a Broader Theory. (Supervisor: Jay Hodgson)

Ahmad Kamal.  LIS PhD.  (April 2015).  Contentious information: Accounts of knowledge production, circulation and consumption in transitional Egypt.  (Supervisor: Ajit Pyati)

Carolynne Nabalema.  MHIS.  (April 2015).  Evidence-Informed Advocacy: Non-Profit Organizations Use of Evidence for Policy Influence in Public Health - A Case Study of Wash Org Uganda.  (Supervisor: Anita Kothari)

Peggy Nzomo.  LIS PhD.  (April 2015).  Multilingual Information Access: Practices and Perceptions of Bi/multilingual Academic Users.  (Supervisor: Isola Ajiferuke)

Elise Thorburn.  Media Studies PhD.  (May 2015).  Human-Machinic Assemblages: Technologies, Bodies, and the Recuperation of Social Reproduction in the Crisis Era.  (Supervisor: Nick Dyer-Witheford)

Selma Tobah. MHIS.  (April 2015).  Muslim Leaders' Understandings of Mental Health, Mental Illness, and Depression in Immigrant Women and Those Found in Consumer Health Materials: A Discourse Analysis.  (Supervisor: Roma Harris)

Lyndsay Foisey, HIS PhD Candidate, received the Ade Adegbite Memorial Scholarship from Epilepsy Toronto.  The Ade Adegbite Memorial Scholarship recognizes students with epilepsy who have overcome barriers and who continue to demonstrate resilience in coping with the challenges of epilepsy.

Marni Harrington, FIMS Librarian, and Elizabeth Marshall, Director of C.B “Bud” Johnson Library at Western, are the recipients of the 2015 Robert H. Blackburn Distinguished Paper Award for their 2014 paper entitled, “Analyses of Mentoring Expectations, Activities, and Support in Canadian Academic Libraries” published in College and Research Libraries; 75(6) (November  2014).  Both Marni and Elizabeth are MLIS alumni.

Svitlana Maluzynsky, MLIS student, won The Stephanie Perozak Memorial Educational/Cultural Scholarship Award courtesy of the Ukrainian Canadian Professional & Business Association of Hamilton.

Recent MAJ grad Julian Uzielli, won an Emerge Media Award for audio storytelling for his documentary “Knights in homemade armour.”

Siu Yu, MLIS student, was recently awarded the Lucille M. Wert Student Scholarship.  The scholarship is designed to help persons with an interest in the fields of Chemistry and Information to pursue graduate study in Library, Information, or Computer Science. 

Publications & Presentations

Raymond Bai, MLIS student, presented a paper titled, "Patent Laws: Advancing innovation for the public or inflating private profits?" at the Western Law Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference on May 22.

Norma Coates, Associate Professor, presented a paper titled, "Dangerous Representations: Empowered Teen Girls, the Monkees, and 'The' Monkees," at the Society for Cinema & Media Studies conference in Montreal, March 25-29.

Lisa Di Valentino, LIS PhD candidate, presented her research "Awareness and Perception of Copyright Among Teaching Faculty at Canadian Universities" at the ABC Copyright Conference in Winnipeg on May 5, 2015. The slides and notes can be viewed at

Kate Hoad-Reddick, MS PhD candidate, will be presenting a paper titled, "Easy, Breezy, and Patriarchal: Femvertising in CoverGirl and Beyond" at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference in San Francisco, August 6-9.

Ajit Pyati, Associate Professor, gave a talk titled, "Contemplation as Communication Activism?" at the Activism and Communication Scholarship in Canada Workshop in Toronto, on April 30.

Danielle Taschereau Mamers, MS PhD candidate, presented a paper titled, "Eliding the knife, obscuring the animal: disappearing the slaughter of commoditized flesh" at Human Being Human: The Cultural, Social & Political Thought Graduate Student conference at the University of Victoria (May 23-25).

In the Media

Matt Ward, FIMS staff member, and Kim Martin, LIS PhD student, appeared in the London Free Press article "Maker Bus program kick-starts creativity," published on April 20.

Sarah Roberts, Assistant Professor, was interviewed for the article, "Invisible data janitors mop up top websites behind the scenes," published on Al-Jazeera America on May 1.

Additional Activities of Note

Norma Coates, Associate Professor, is currently finishing up a month as an invited Visiting Professor at the International Institute for Popular Culture at the University of Turku, in Finland. While there, she has given two public lectures and taught a graduate seminar on Television Music. View her entry on the IIPC blog under the heading Debate 18 May.

Danielle Taschereau Mamers, MS PhD student, has been selected as a fellow with the Auschwitz Jewish Centre "A Bridge to History" Fellowship program.  The fellowship will involve research in New York and Poland this summer.

News from the Graduate Resource Centre

The GRC staff welcomes back students for the summer term.  Don't hesitate to ask questions of the GRC student assistants or staff that are working at the Service Desk or in the Computer Labs - they are there to help you with using the GRC's resources and services!

GRC Regular Term Hours
Mon-Thurs : 8:30am-8pm
Fri : 8:30am-5pm
Sat/Sun : 1-5pm

News from Western Libraries

Improved Printing, Copying and Scanning Services in Western Libraries in the Fall:

As of August 28, 2015 you will be able to set up an online account that you can use to pay for printing and copying at any Western Libraries locations and Graphic Services copy cards will no longer be accepted as a method of payment. The cards will still be accepted in some ITS General Computing Labs across campus. See more information at and watch for more details about the implementation of this new service.

Films On Demand Subscription Expiring:

For the past few years, Western Libraries has subscribed to the full package of streaming video that is available through Films Media Group. A close analysis of usage has revealed that only a small fraction of the titles that are included in the package were used and of those only a handful were used frequently. At the end of September, our package subscription will be ending, to be replaced by streaming access to the most heavily used titles. More details, including the list of titles that are being purchased individually, about this change are available at

From the New Book Shelf....

Interviewing: the Oregon Method / edited by Peter Lauger
DBW stack PN4784.I6I58 2014

Great Power and Great Responsibility / Douglas Mann
DBW stack PN6714.M32 2014

Cultural Heritage Information: Access and Management / Edited by Ian Ruthven and G.G. Chowdhury
DBW stack Z701.3.C65C85 2015

Next Issue

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The next issue of the FIMS Graduate Bulletin will be published on Monday, June 8. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, June 5