No. 364 - June 8, 2015

Coming Events

CLA UWO Chapter Presents...Guatemala and Library Culture
Monday, June 8, 2015
12:00 p.m - 1:00 p.m.
NCB 293
This past April, MLIS student Angela Kwok travelled with Librarians Without Borders to Guatemala to collaborate in the development and operation of Miguel Angel Asturia's library.  Come join us to learn more about Angela's experiences and encounters in a library abroad.

FIMS Spring Convocation
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
10:00 a.m.
Alumni Hall
Celebrating our graduating students.  The honorary degree recipient will be Judy Erola, LLD.  Visit the Convocation website for all the details.

Important Dates

- Tuesday, June 9 – Wednesday, June 17, 2015 – Spring Convocation (heavy traffic on campus)

News & Announcements

Changes coming to Western Graphic Services Walk-Up Photocopying
Western Graphic Services has announced that they will be ceasing their pay-as-you-go, walk-up photocopying service as of August 31.  This means that all money currently loaded onto your copy cards must be used by August 31, as it is not refundable.  FIMS Computing Services is exploring future options for the FIMS community and there will be more information to come on this issue.

New FIMS building construction update

For those of you not on campus to see it, the steel framework for the new FIMS/Nursing building started going up a couple of weeks ago.  At the moment it’s the south wing (nursing) taking shape, but the north wing (FIMS) is sure to follow soon.  Some photos of the site are available on the FIMS Facebook page.

Awards & Accomplishments

Meredith Levine, FIMS Instructor, has been appointed co-Chair of the Canadian Association of Journalists Ethics Committee.  Levine was also awarded an Academic Fellowship by the Leona and Harry Helmsley Charitable Trust to cover the costs of attending the annual Association of Health Care Journalists conference, held at the end of April in Santa Clara, California.

Garry Marr, MAJ alumnus, was given Honourable Mention in the 2015 PMAC Awards (Portfolio Management Association of Canada) for his TFSA series in the National Post, published between October 2014 and February 2015.

Sarah Roberts, Assistant Professor, was appointed to the board of the new Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies.  FIMS faculty and students are invited to take a look at the call and submit.

Congratulations to graduating MAJ student Jeremiah Rodriguez who has won a regional RTNDF award for his final television project. Jeremiah won The Canadian Press/Eric Murray Scholarship for aboriginal persons or members of a visible minority. The video story is about the growing phenomenon of non-athletic Londoners flocking to the unorthodox sport of bubble soccer as a way get active while competing in a no-pressure sport.  You can see his story on Youtube.

Jeremiah will receive the award at the RTDNA National Conference in Toronto on June 6.  RTDNF is the scholarship arm of RTDNA Canada, an organization known as The Association of Electronic Journalists.  RTNDF was established in 1978 to offer financial assistance to electronic journalism students in Canada.  This year, almost 200 students from across the country entered the competition.
Victoria Rubin, Associate Professor, was awarded a 3-year SSHRC Insight Grant for the project, “Digital Deception Detection: Identifying Deliberate Misinformation in Online News.”  The grant is for $164,670 and runs from 2015 to 2018.

James Steinhoff, Media Studies PhD student, is the winner of the June 2015 Western Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies photo competition.

Publications & Presentations

Associate Professor Keir Keightley has published an article in a special issue of The Cine-Files on film sound, entitled "The Pantophonographic Patsy."

Meredith Levine, FIMS Instructor, was part of an American Psychiatric Association annual conference panel discussion on the ethics of psychiatrists providing to the media their diagnoses of public figures.

Other panelists included Michael Dukakis, former Democratic Presidential candidate; Dr. Jerrold Post who has provided confidential psychological profiles of world leaders to every US president since Jimmy Carter; and Dr. Paul Appelbaum director of Columbia University's Center for Law, Ethics and Psychiatry and past-president of the American Psychiatric Association.

Veronika Lukacs
, FIMS alumna, and Anabel Quan-Haase, Associate Professor, published a paper studying people’s behavior on Facebook after a romantic breakup.  The paper, titled “Romantic breakups on Facebook: new scales for studying post-breakup behaviours, digital distress, and surveillance,” was the subject of a Western media release and led to several interviews for the researchers (see the In the Media section below).

Sarah Roberts, Assistant Professor, delivered a keynote address at CAPAL (Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians) in Ottawa on June 2, entitled "Digital Humanity: LIS Research, Practice, Politics and the Imperative to Act." (Scroll down to find abstract)

James Steinhoff, Media Studies PhD student, will be presenting a paper called "Species Being: Unexplored political terrain for transhumanism" at the ATINER International Conference on Foresight in Athens, Greece on June 22-25.

Lydia Thorne, MLIS student, presented a paper titled, “The Myth of Librarian Neutrality: Adobe Digital Editions and the Digital Rights ‘Movement’” at the CAPAL15: Academic Librarianship and Critical Practice Conference on May 31st and at the CLA 70th National Conference and Trade Show on June 5th.

Nadine Wathen, Associate Professor, published several papers in the last couple of weeks:

Wathen, C.N. (May 2015). Intimate Partner Violence in Adults. American Psychiatric Association Conference. Toronto, ON.

Wathen, C.N., MacGregor, J.C.D., MacQuarrie, B. (May 2015). The relationship between intimate partner violence, health and work. Canadian Public Health Association Conference. Vancouver, BC.

Browne, A., Varcoe, C., Ford-Gilboe, M., Wathen, C.N. (May 2015). World Café: Tackling Violence and Inequity at Multiple Levels. Canadian Public Health Association Conference. Vancouver, BC.

Nicole Winger, Media Studies PhD Candidate, presented a paper titled, "Yip Harburg's Jamaica (1957) and The Happiest Girl in The World (1961): An Audacious Voice in Cold War Era Musical Theatre" at the International Association for the Study of Popular Music-Canada annual conference at the University of Ottawa on May 28th, 2015.

In the Media

Kristian Brown, MLIS alumnus, was interviewed on on June 8 in the article "Original Star Wars script discovered in UNB library."  While digitizing material for the library, Brown stumbled across what appears to be an early version of the 1977 Star Wars script.

Anabel Quan-Haase, Associate Professor, was interviewed by several news organizations after her paper "Romantic breakups on Facebook: new scales for studying post-breakup behaviours, digital distress, and surveillance,” was published. Professor Quan-Haase spoke with Global News, the Los Angeles Times, and also appeared in a London Free Press story.

Mark-Shane Scale, LIS PhD student, did a podcast interview with GradCast, titled "Gradcast #18: Libraries and Social Media with Mark-Shane Scale."  The podcast was released on May 20.

News from the Graduate Resource Centre

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

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

Get the latest local, national and international news everyday and anywhere with PressDisplay:

PressDisplay provides access to current newspapers from around the globe in full-text, full-image format. It is available through the library catalogue at or on the Journalism research guide under News Sources.

Check out SCOPUS:

The SCOPUS database provides excellent coverage of the literature in library and information science and computer science. It also includes a tool that allows you to analyze journal titles to determine their relative rank compare to similar publications. For a tutorial about using the Journal Analyzer, see

From the New Books Shelf....

The Real Cyber War: The Political Economy of Internet Freedom / shawn M. Powers & Michael Jablonski
DBW stack HM851.P6878 2015

Using Online Dictionaries / Carolin Müller-Spitzer (ed.)
DBW stack P327.5.D37U955 2014

Health Information: Management of a Strategic Resource / Mervat Abdelhak and Mary Alice Hanken
DBW oversize R858.H345 2016

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, June 22. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, June 19.