No. 370 - September 28, 2015

Coming Events

Accessibility + Librarianship
Monday, September 28
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
NCB 293
Presented by Katya Pereyaslavska (Librarian, Scholars Portal, OCUL) and Stephen Spong (Copyright Librarian, Centennial College), this workshop module focuses on copyright, inclusive libraries, and current accessibility initiatives on national and international levels.

An American in Paris in the Days of the Revolution
Tuesday, September 29
3:30 p.m.
Arts & Humanities Building 1B02
Gerard Hughes, Aix-Marseille Université, will present "An American in Paris in the Days of the Revolution: Gouverneur Morris in the Salons." The event is hosted by the Centre for American Studies and FIMS.

Get Science Right Townhall Meeting

Wednesday, September 30
1:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m.
McKellar Room
FIMS instructor Paul Benedetti will moderate this session of the Get Science Right series. Speakers include Daniel Ansari, Canada Research Chair, Psychology, Western University; Jeff Dixon, Physiology & Pharmacology, Western University; and Beth MacDougall-Shackleton, Biology, Western University. Local federal election candidates will also be in attendance. The event is sponsored by the Canadian Association of University Teachers and the University of Western Ontario Faculty Association.

The Online Vaccination Debate - Understanding Anti and Pro Vaccination Advocacy Groups Exposure on the Web

Wednesday, October 7
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
NCB 293
Presented by LIS PhD candidate Anton Ninkov and Professor Liwen Vaughan. Part of the FIMS Brown Bag Lecture Series.

Important Dates

- Monday, October 12- Thanksgiving Holiday (no classes)
- Friday, October 23 – FIMS Autumn Convocation (Afternoon Ceremony)
- Monday, October 26 – Friday, October 30 – MLIS Research Week

Awards & Accomplishments

Nadine Wathen, Associate Professor, has been inducted into the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. The announcement was made by the College on September 22. Members of the multi-disciplinary College represent the emerging generation of scholarly, scientific and artistic leadership in Canada, and collectively address issues of interest for the advancement of understanding and betterment of society.

Read the announcement in the Western University news release.

Liam Young, Media Studies PhD '15 and former FIMS lecturer, has taken a position this fall as Assistant Professor of Media Studies (LTA) in the Department of Cultural Studies at Trent University.

Publications & Presentations

Saumava Mitra, Media Studies PhD Candidate, published a journal article entitled "Communication and peace: Understanding the nature of texts as a way to resolve conceptual differences in the emerging field" in the current volume of the Sage Journal Global Media and Communications.

Angela Pollak, Lecturer, presented a paper entitled  “'Idea Tourism' – Modeling a Social and Human Capital Tourism Product" at the Building Community Resilience conference held in Summerside, PEI earlier this month. The conference, hosted by the Canadian Rural Revitalization Network, brought together an international panel of scholars and practitioners to discuss ways to improve the quality of life of rural residents through knowledge mobilization and policy development.

Associate Professor Victoria L. Rubin and LIS PhD candidates Niall Conroy and Yimin Chen are co-authors of three inter-related short papers that are coming out in the conference proceedings at the 78th ASIS&T Annual Meeting "Information Science with Impact: Research in and for the Community" and will be presented by the lab team as posters on November 9 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Rubin, V. L. Chen, Y.,& Conroy, N. J. (2015). Deception Detection for News: Three Types of Fakes. In The Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology Annual Meeting (ASIST2015), Nov. 6-10, St. Louis.

Chen, Y., Conroy, N. J., & Rubin, V. L. (2015). News in an Online World: The Need for an “Automatic Crap Detector." In The Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology Annual Meeting (ASIST2015), Nov. 6-10, St. Louis.

Conroy, N. J., Chen, Y., & Rubin, V. L. (2015). Automatic Deception Detection: Methods for Finding Fake News. In The Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology Annual Meeting (ASIST2015), Nov. 6-10, St. Louis.

Sarah T. Roberts, Assistant Professor, was an invited speaker at the 6th Cost Action Working Group on the Dynamics of Virtual Work, held in Pärnu, Estonia earlier this month. She was also a guest of the University of Copenhagen’s Uncertain Archives and Digital Culture Research Network. Roberts led a PhD seminar and delivered a lecture on commercial content moderation (CCM) for faculty and students.

Niel Scobie, Media Studies PhD Candidate, wrote the following publication:
Scobie, Niel. (2015) "We Wanted Our Coffee Black": Public Enemy, Improvisation, and Noise. Critical Studies in Improvisation, Vol. 10, no.1

In the Media

Sarah T. Roberts, Assistant Professor, was interviewed by the Danish national daily Politiken about commercial content moderation. (Article is in Danish)

Additional Activities of Note

Professor Edward Comor's "Digital Prosumption and Alienation" (originally published in 2010) has been included in an exhibition titled Prosu(u)mer at the Estonian Museum of Contemporary Art in Tallinn. The exhibition runs until October 18.

News from the Graduate Resource Centre

Hours of operation
Monday to Thursday: 8:30 am - 7:00pm
Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm
Sat & Sun 1:00 - 5:00pm
Closed: Monday, October 12

The GRC Presents...

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

Accessibility + Librarianship - Katya Pereyaslavska (Librarian, Scholars Portal, OCUL) and Stephen Spong (Copyright Librarian, Centennial College)
Monday, September 28, 12:00 -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 5, 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.

OA Week Panel - a joint presentation with PSAC and PLG
Join panel members from FIMS and Western Libraries to discuss open access issues and initiatives
Monday, October 19, 12:00 pm -1:20 pm, NCB 293

Pathways to Legal Librarianship: Special Libraries Unplugged - Martha Murphy, Canadian Association of Law Libraries
Monday, November 2, 12:00 pm -1:00 pm, NCB 293

News from Western Libraries

RACER Interlibrary Loans Service

If the book, article or film that you need is not available at through the library catalogue, you can request a loan or copy of the item through our Interlibrary Loans service. Material can be obtained not only from other Ontario universities, but from libraries anywhere in the world (mostly). You need to register to use RACER by completing the form that you find at It's important to remember that your login for RACER is your Western ID number, not your e-mail username.

To answer any questions that you have, a how-to video is available at

From the New Books Shelf...

Netnography: Redefined (2nd edition) / Robert V. Kozinets
DBW stack GN345.6.K69 2015

Wilbur Schramm and Noam Chomsky Meet Harold Innis: Media, power and democracy / Robert E. Babe
HM1206.B33 2015

The Culture Industry, Information & Capitalism / César Bolaño
DBW stack JA75.7.B6513 2015

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