No. 371 - October 13, 2015

Coming Events

Implications of Open Access for Librarians
Wednesday, October 14
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
NCB 293
Presented by LIS PhD Candidate Paul St-Pierre. Part of the FIMS Brown Bag Lecture Series.

GRC Presents…The Open Access Movement: Implications for Scholarship (Panel Discussion)
Monday, October 19
12:00 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.
NCB 293
A joint presentation with the London Progressive Librarian Guild and PSAC 610 Social Justice Committee: Paul St-Pierre, LIS PhD Candidate; Joanne Paterson, Metadata Management Librarian; and Tom Adam: Copyright Librarian. Sign up for the event in the GRC.

Mediations Lecture Series: Pop Nihilism
Friday, October 23
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
NCB 295
Presented by Assistant Professor Warren Steele. Part of the Mediations Lecture/Workshop Series.

Important Dates

- Thursday, October 22 – FIMS Undergraduate Autumn Convocation (Morning Ceremony)
- Friday, October 23 – FIMS Graduate Autumn Convocation (Afternoon Ceremony)
- Monday, October 26 – Friday, October 30 – MLIS Research Week (Make-up classes and co-op interviews may be scheduled during this week)

News & Announcements

Announcing the 2015 FIMS Asper Fellow in Media Event Series: "Dialogues with Solidarity Conscious Knowledge Workers"
Datejie Green, the 2015 Asper Fellow in Media, invites all members of the FIMS community to participate in this year’s Asper Fellow in Media Event Series: “Dialogues with Solidarity Conscious Knowledge Workers.”

The series aims to engage precarious cultural, media, and knowledge producers about their work and lives. Discussions will cover what it’s like to hustle, stay solvent, healthy and safe in today’s labour market, while still being productive and nurturing talents and dreams. The series will also probe the barriers and threats to these workers' digitally-dependent work, including the implications of digital surveillance and other forms of policing on precarious knowledge workers and their communities.

Sponsored by FIMS Student Council, CHRW Radio, The Come Up Show, and Western University International Week, the first two events are “Remixing the Digital Archive – Black and Indigenous creators reclaims knowledge space” (Wednesday, October 28) and “Digital Security, Precarious Knowledge Workers and Global Freedom of Expression” (Tuesday, November 17).

More information is to come. Please contact Datejie at to find out how you can support or get involved in this event series.

Awards & Accomplishments

Brittainy Bonnis, Media Studies MA Candidate, successfully defended her thesis, "Canada: Multiculturalism, Religion, and Accommodation," on October 5, 2015.

Estee Fresco, Media Studies PhD Candidate, successfully defended her dissertation, “Impassioned Objects And Seething Absences: The Olympics In Canada, National Identity and Consumer Culture,” on October 7, 2015.

James Ripley, LIS PhD Candidate, successfully defended his dissertation, "Watching Storytelling: Visual Information in Oral Narratives," on September 25, 2015.

Publications & Presentations

Meredith Levine
, Lecturer and co-chair of the Canadian Association of Journalists’ Ethics Advisory Committee, co-wrote a discussion paper titled “Sponsored Content: How Should Journalism Ethics Respond to Advertising Dressed Up As Journalism?” The paper observes that the key difference between sponsored content and other forms of advertising content is the degree to which it aims to be indistinguishable from editorial content, which spurs two key ethical issues: deception and conflict of interest. The committee encourages newsrooms to acknowledge these issues and address them appropriately.

Saumava Mitra, Media Studies PhD Candidate, had two of his research projects featured in the October 2015 issue of the 'Peace Journalist' magazine published by the Center for Global Peace Journalism of Park University, Missouri, USA. The research projects featured were a critical study of a photo feature on Afghan women published by Foreign Policy magazine (previously published as a peer-reviewed journal article) and an ongoing collaborative research project on the role of social media and mainstream media images during last year's post-election crisis in Afghanistan. The magazine and the articles, on pages 6 and 7, are available online.

Nicole Winger, Media Studies PhD Candidate, presented a paper titled "Reinterpreting Harry Belafonte: A Narrative of Resistance, Activism and Crossover Success" at the Centre for Popular Music Studies at Case Western Reserve University's Popular Music and Communities Conference in Cleveland, Ohio on October 2. 

Additional Activities of Note

Angela Pollak, Lecturer, will be co-chairing the 2016 Canadian Association of Information Science Conference to be held in Calgary, Alberta in conjunction with Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. The theme of this year's conference is "Information Science in Our Communities.” Visit for the Call for Proposals, whose deadline is January 11, 2016.

News from the Graduate Resource Centre

Hours of operation
Monday to Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
We are open regular hours during reading/research week (October 26 - 30)

The GRC Presents…
(A series of seminars and workshops to support the graduate community @ FIMS)

The Open Access Movement: Implications for Scholarship - a joint presentation with PLG and PSAC 610 Social Justice and Political Action Committee
Monday, October 19, 12:00 p.m. – 1:20 p.m., NCB 293
Join panel members from FIMS (Paul St-Pierre, LIS PhD Candidate) and Western Libraries (Joanne Paterson, Metadata Management Librarian; Tom Adam, Copyright Librarian) to discuss open access issues and initiatives.

Pathways to Legal Librarianship: Special Libraries Unplugged - Martha Murphy, Head Librarian, Ontario Workplace Tribunals Library and Canadian Association of Law Libraries representative
Monday, November 2, 12:00 p.m. -1:00 p.m., NCB 293

Working with Vendors in Academic, Public, and Special Libraries – Annie Belanger, Associate University Librarian, Information Resources & Academic Excellence, University of Waterloo
Monday, November 9, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., NCB 293

News from Western Libraries

Western Libraries Tutorials
Check out our tutorials and how-to videos either on the library web site at or on the Western Libraries YouTube channel.

Statistics Workshops in Weldon Library

Two workshops, An Introduction to R and A Crash Course in Introductory Inferential Statistics, are being offered by PhD students from the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Sciences. The workshops will be held in the Weldon Library Instruction Room on Thursday, October 29, 2015. For registration details and costs see

Join Us for Open Access Week Events, October 19 - 23!

From the New Books Shelf....
Public Access ICT Across Cultures: Diversifying Participation in the Network Society / edited by Francisco J. Proenza
DBW stack HM851.P827 2015

Leading the 21st-Century Academic Library: Successful strategies for envisioning and realizing preferred futures / edited by Bradford Lee Eden
DBW stack Z675.U5L38 2015

A History of ALA Policy on Intellectual Freedom / Trina Magi, editor and Martin Garnar, assistant editor
DBW stack Z711.4.I57 2015

Next Issue

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The next issue of the FIMS Graduate Bulletin will be published on Monday, October 26. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, October 23.