No. 369 - September 14, 2015

Coming Events

NUIT VIOLETTE: Night Art Exhibition
Thursday, September 17
7:00 pm
McIntosh Gallery
With no “formal presentation” per se, the event aims to bring a renewed appreciation to the arts. The Gallery also wants to give non-arts students the opportunity to learn more about the type of research that goes on in Arts, Music, and FIMS, and give them a greater understanding of the necessity and importance of arts research.

Believing the News: How Young Canadians judge their news
Friday, September 18
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
NCB 117
Presented by Jessica Thom, Media Studies PhD Candidate. This lecture seeks to identify some of the places young Canadians are getting their news and how they interact with this news. By describing the results of interviews with twenty-one south-western Ontarians, this presentation will identify the main sources of news they use, and explore the relationship between young people’s news habits and their judgment in assessing the believability of the news.

Rogers Chair Event: “Bill C-51 and Knock-on Effects on Surveillance and Internet Censorship: The Law of Intended (?) Consequences”
Wednesday, September 23
12:00 pm – 1:20 pm
NBC 293
Presented by the FIMS Rogers Chair Lecture Series and Cyber-Wars and Information Struggles. Dr. Craig Forcese, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, will join FIMS Asper Fellow Datejie Green and Associate Professor Sam Trosow via Skype to present a state-of-play discussion of Bill C-15, its problems, and of the opposition it has provoked.

Transition to Graduate School
Wednesday, September 23
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
WSS 3134
Presented by Student Development Centre’s Learning Skills Services. This workshop will offer planning and organizational strategies for graduate students and explore ways to increase motivation and productivity.

Important Dates

- Thursday, Sept 25 – Sunday, Sept 27 – Western Homecoming

News & Announcements

Follow FIMS on Facebook and Twitter
The FIMS community has a number of social media accounts to consider following.

- The central FIMS Facebook page – – primarily for news, announcements and updates
- The central FIMS Twitter feed – - follow for news and academic information from UGSS and GSS
- Susan Knabe, Associate Dean – - Professor Knabe scours the online world for interesting, timely, and relevant reads related to media studies
- GRC Facebook page – – news, announcements, and interesting articles from the Graduate Resource Centre
- GRC Twitter feed – - news, announcements, and interesting articles from the Graduate Resource Centre
- MMJC Program Twitter feed – - run by Program Coordinator Mark Rayner
- LIS Coordinator Twitter feed – - run by Program Coordinator Paulette Rothbauer

All of these accounts post different types of material, so don’t be afraid to follow them all and stay in the know at FIMS!

FIMS Games Club returns for Fall 2015 semester
The FIMS Games Club resumed on Friday, September 11 for the new semester. The club comprises students, faculty, and staff who are dedicated to the pursuit of fun through the play, learning, and study of analog games and gaming. The Game Club meets once a week on alternate Friday and Wednesday evenings, starting at 5:30 pm, in Staging Building 250.

Anyone is welcome to bring their favourite game or a new game with them to any meeting. Popular games from last semester include Coup, Evolution, Love Letter, Sushi Go, and Werewolf.

If you are not a member of the Games Club’s OWL site and would like to be, contact Sarah Roberts ( directly. You can also visit the Games Club website at

Changes to Western News delivery
Due to a change in delivery services, Western News will no longer provide delivery of on-campus subscriptions directly to departmental offices across campus. The paper will continue to be delivered to the Western News box in NCB close to the display cases on the first floor.

Call for Papers: The Canadian Society for the Study of Names
The Canadian Society for the Study of Names is seeking submissions of papers to be presented on May 28 and 29, 2016 in Calgary, Alberta. The Society’s 50th annual meeting will be part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, where more than 70 scholarly associations will meet at the University of Calgary from May 28 to June 3, 2016.

Awards & Accomplishments

At the end of last term, the MLISSC announced the nominees and winners of their Spirit of Librarianship and Fantastic FIMS awards. Congratulations to Nikola Mitrovic (winner of the Spirt of Librarianship award) and Lynne McKechnie (Fantastic FIMS Award). Congratulations to the other nominees: Eilidh MacConnell, Angel Kwok, Stacey Lapp, Sandra Harhum, Kristyn Seanor (Spirit); and Nadine Wathen, Sharron Smith, and Isola Ajiferuke (Fantastic FIMS).

Luke Arnott, Media Studies PhD Candidate, successfully defended his dissertation, “Narrative Epic and New Media: The Totalizing Spaces of Postmodernity in The Wire, Batman, and The Legend of Zelda,” on August 17, 2015.

Sonya de Laat, Media Studies PhD Candidate, was awarded an Ontario Graduate Scholarship for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Catherine Hana, MLIS Student, recently received two scholarships. She is a joint recipient of the Manitoba Library Association’s Jean Thorunn Law Scholarship, and also received the Upstate New York/Ontario Chapter of the Medical Library Association’s Ursula H. Poland Scholarship.

Roberto Leclerc, Media Studies MA Candidate, successfully defended his thesis, “Satirical News and Political Subversiveness: A Critical Approach to The Daily Show and The Colbert Report,” on August 4, 2015.

Sandra Smeltzer, Associate Professor, has been named of one of three new Teaching Support Centre Fellows. Smeltzer will create a community of practice for faculty members interested in enriching current international service learning and research. Part of her plans include coordinating workshops at FIMS, organizing a university-wide conference on service learning, and developing user-friendly online and in-person resources about international service learning. She will also develop a new theory/praxis seminar course for FIMS, and conduct research about the intersection of service learning and the field of media studies/communications.

Publications & Presentations

Keren Dali, FIMS Postdoc, published:
Dali, Keren. "How We Missed the Boat: Reading Scholarship and the Field of LIS.” New Library World 116, no. 9/10 (2015): 477-502.

Keir Keightley, Associate Professor, gave two talks in Brazil this summer. The first, “Astrud Gilberto, Jet-Set Superstar,” was presented as part of a panel he organized with colleagues from Carnegie Mellon, Cambridge, and Columbia universities for the biennial conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, held in June at Universidade Estadual de Campinas, near São Paulo. The second was an invited public lecture on Andy Warhol’s impact on pop music presented at the Centro de Artes e Comunicação, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, in Recife in early July.

Library and Information Science PhD candidate Jason Neal has published the following article in the CAML Review, the official publication of the Canadian Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres:

Neal, Jason (2015). “Musical Similarity as Conceived by ‘Avid Recreational Music Listeners.’” CAML Review 43(2), 29-43.

Stephanie Ritter, Media Studies MA student, presented her poster “Heating up the discussion: E-cigarettes and Instagram” at the 2015 Social Media and Society Conference, which took place in Toronto July 27-29, 2015.

Daniel Robinson, Associate Professor, wrote an article called “The Historical Roots of Ashley Madison” that was published by the History News Network and picked up by TIME magazine.

Mark-Shane Scale, LIS PhD Candidate, published:

Scale, Mark-Shane. “Views from the Blogs: Stories of Library Consultants and Consulting.” September 2015 issue of AIIP Connections. 29.3 (2015): 19-20.

Warren Steele, Assistant Professor, was invited by Revolver Gallery to speak about Andy Warhol at Warhol Revisited in Toronto on August 27, 2015, delivering a talk called Pop Nihilism.

Sam Trosow, Associate Professor, delivered a lecture titled “Intellectual Property and MakerSpaces and 3D Printing” at the London Public Library’s Central Branch on September 8, 2015. The event was the first in the #PublicInterest FIMS Talks on Media & Information series for the 2015-2016 academic year.

In the Media

Sarah Roberts, Assistant Professor, was interviewed by WIRED magazine for an article called “Should Facebook Block Offensive Videos Before They Post?” on the video captured and shared of the two Virginia TV journalists who were fatally shot late last month.

Additional Activities of Note

Ajit Pyati, Associate Professor, participated in the Contemplative Pedagogy Summer Session at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts last month. Running from August 2 to 7, the event was sponsored by the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society and welcomed nearly 140 delegates from around the world to engage in contemplative approaches for higher education.

Sarah Roberts, Assistant Professor, interviewed media scholar Mél Hogan for an August 12 post called “Data Flows and Water Woes” for the Big Data & Society blog.

Anna Soper, MLIS student, is curating an exhibition of rare books called "Ex Libris: The J. Davis Barnett Collection" in the Archives and Research Collections Centre at the D.B. Weldon Library. The exhibition runs through October 2015. Visit for opening hours.

News from the Graduate Resource Centre

Hours of operation
Monday to Thursday: 8:30am - 7:00pm
Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm
Sat & Sun 1:00 - 5:00pm
(Please note our new closing time of 7:00pm!)

Fall 2015 GRC Student Library Assistants
Please welcome new Student Assistants Derek Funston and Jenna Waite, who will be working with our returning Student Assistants Jeremy Dechert, Stacey Lapp, and Shenuri Nugawila. Don't hesitate to ask questions when the students (or any staff) are working at the Service Desk - we are here to help you with the GRC's resources and services!

The GRC Presents...

(A series of seminars and workshops to support the graduate community @ FIMS)

Easy to Detect but Difficult to Cure: Austerity, Librarianship, Advocacy, and Survival - Myron Groover, Archives and Rare Books Librarian, McMaster University
Monday, September 14, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, NCB 293
Drawing on extensive personal experience with library advocacy (with help from the writings of Machiavelli, Malthus, Gramsci, and others), this talk will offer insights into the profound philosophical and economic difficulties facing librarianship - as a profession and as a societal institution - and suggestions for ways that some of us might just make it out alive.

Graduate Writing Workshop - Paul Schmidt, Writing Counsellor from Graduate Writing Centre
Monday, September 21, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, NCB 293
Take advantage of this opportunity to improve your writing skills for your graduate essays and reports. Paul will discuss how to write clearly and concisely, offer citation integration tips as well as format and style pointers. Following the seminar, there will be time for questions.

Accessibility + Librarianship - Katya Pereyaslavska (Librarian, Scholars Portal, OCUL) and Stephen Spong (Copyright Librarian, Centennial College)
Monday, September 28, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, NCB 293
Accessibility is a rapidly growing field and we are beginning to see that reflected in job postings for new information professionals, requiring knowledge of accessible web, services, and legislation. It is a critical area which should be taught at faculties of information. Katya and Stephen will present their workshop module about copyright, inclusive libraries and current accessibility initiatives on national and international levels.

Presentation Skills Workshop - Paul Schmidt, Writing Counsellor from Graduate Writing Centre
Monday, October 5th, 12:00 pm -1:00 pm, NCB 293
One of our most popular workshops to date, Paul Schmidt presents strategies that can help you overcome public speaking apprehension and discusses ways to make your presentations more dynamic.

News from Western Libraries

Happy New Year!
Welcome to Western and welcome back to anyone who was away for the summer months. Things are in full swing in Western Libraries and we have introduced some new services and new interfaces for our resources.

Most notably, Western Libraries is now using PaperCut software for our printing, copying and scanning services. Full information about the new service is at That page also explains the process for transferring funds from your old Graphic Services card to your PaperCut account which can be done until October 31, 2105.

Research Skills Workshops
Western Libraries is offering a variety of workshops covering specific databases, bibliographic management software, and general research skills. For more information and to register, go to

From the New Book Shelf...
Critical Theory and the Crisis of Contemporary Capitalism / Heiko Feldner and Fabio Vighi
DBW stack HB501.F425 2015

Researching the Lifecourse: critical reflections from the social sciences / edited by Nancy Worth and Irene Hardill
DBW stack HM585.R47 2015

Getting the Word Out: academic libraries as scholarly publishers / edited by Maria Bonn & Mike Furlough
DBW stack Z716.6.G48 2015

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, September 28. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, September 25