No. 366 - July 6, 2015

Coming Events

Outdoor Summer Market
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Across from Social Sciences
Buy fresh goods grown locally.  Run by Hospitality Services.  The market will be open every Tuesday for the summer season.

Lecture: "Conversation-based programming in public libraries and immigrant integration"
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
12:00 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.
NCB 293
You are warmly invited to join us for a special guest talk by Jamie Johnston, currently in residence at FIMS as a visiting doctoral researcher from Oslo & Akershus University College, Norway. Jamie is a PhD Candidate in Libraries and Society, in the Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Archivistics, Library and Information Science, working with Dr. Ragnar Audunson. Her area of interest concerns public libraries and immigrants. Her most recent research has focused on how conversation-based programming, such as language cafes and conversation groups, can support newcomer integration and social inclusion through informal information exchange.

Information Professionals and Knowledge Culture: Who’s in Charge?
Monday, July 13, 2015
4:30 p.m - 6:00 p.m.
NCB 293
New graduates may not think of themselves as knowledge managers right out of the gate … understandably perhaps, but we have news: Today’s professionals in the management of information and records have the opportunity to “stick their noses” in a vast range of tasks and projects in which their knowledge skills are highly relevant.

Ulla de Stricker, a well-known figure in the Canadian information and library community and lead author of Knowledge Management Practice in Organizations: The View from Inside, encourages all information professionals to examine the way in which they and their activities may influence knowledge culture positively and tells the story through a number of life and workplace situations we all recognize.

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.

Awards & Accomplishments

Keren Dali chosen as Outstanding Reviewer
Dr. Keren Dali has been chosen as an Outstanding Reviewer for Reference Services Review in the 2015 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence. The complete list of winners is available online.

Melissa Kargiannakis receives Young Leaders Award from the Queen
After a whirlwind of activity over the last several months, Queen's Young Leaders Award recipient Melissa Kargiannakis traveled to England to collect her award and meet the Queen.  Many other high profile guests were on hand for the ceremony including David Beckham and Steve McQueen.  A photo and video clip of the event are available on the FIMS website.

Eric Lohman, Media Studies PhD Candidate, successfully defended his thesis "Interrogating Telework: Challenging Assumptions About the Benefits of Future Workplace Flexibility," on Friday, July 3.

Professor Liwen Vaughan's paper "Firm web visibility and its business value," which was published in Internet Research, was selected as a Highly Commended Paper of 2014.  Emerald, the publisher of Internet Research, will present Professor Vaughan with a certificate of Awards for Excellence. The study was part of Professor Vaughan's SSHRC-funded research program on web data mining for business intelligence. The paper was co-authored with Dr. Fang Wang of Laurier School of Business and Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University.

Publications & Presentations

On June 18, 2015, Profs. Nadine Wathen (FIMS), Anita Kothari (FHS) and Harriet MacMillan (McMaster University), along with post-doctoral fellows Jennifer Boyko (FIMS & FHS) and Jen MacGregor (FIMS) presented, at the Waypoint Knowledge Translation in Mental Health and Addictions Conference, a symposium entitled “Integrated knowledge translation in an international research network on violence and mental health across the lifespan: the PreVAiL experience”, which consisted of 3 papers led by MacGregor, Boyko and Kothari, moderated by Wathen, and with MacMillan acting as discussant. HIS PhD student Jill Veenendaal was also in attendance, including at the pre-conference knowledge translation workshop.

Malik Sulley, HIS PhD student, co-authored the following publication:
Adjei, G. O., & Sulley, A. M. (2015). Clinical trials in Ghana: evolution and current landscape. International Journal of Clinical Trials, 1(3), 78-86.

News from the Graduate Resource Centre

Marni Harrington, FIMS Librarian, will be back in her office as of Monday, July 13.  John Fracasso, who covered for Marni while she was away on Research Leave, continues on in his role as Manager of FIMS Computing Services.

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

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, July 20. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, July 17.