No. 372 - October 26, 2015

Coming Events

Remixing the Digital Archive: Black and Indigenous creators reclaim knowledge space
Wednesday, October 28
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Physics & Astronomy Building Atrium
This is the first event in the series “Dialogues with Solidarity Conscious Knowledge Workers,” presented by FIMS 2015 Asper Fellow Datejie Green. The events are fully accessible and free to all, with donations encouraged toward the Campaign for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. For more information, please visit the series website: Please spread the word about this series!

GRC Presents…Pathways to Legal Librarianship: Special Libraries Unplugged

Monday, November 2
12:00 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.
NCB 293
Presented by Marta Murphy, Head Librarian, Ontario Workplace Tribunals Library.

FIMS United Way Fundraiser: “The Mask You Live” film screening

Tuesday, November 4
7:30 p.m.
Arthur & Sonia Labatt Health Sciences Building Rm 40
Screening will be followed by a panel discussion that will include Associate Dean Susan Knabe at 9:00 p.m. Admission is $7.00. FIMS staff will sell concession snacks to support the United Way campaign. For more information, please contact Lindsay Sommerauer

Contemplative Pedagogy and its Relevance for FIMS
Wednesday, November 4
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
NCB 293
Presented by Ajit Pyati. Part of the FIMS Brown Bag Lecture Series.

FIMS United Way Fundraiser: Jewellery Sale
Wednesday, November 4
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
NCB Atrium
Gloria Leckie (Black Cat Jewellery) and Carol Leckie (What in Creation?) will host this jewellery sale, with portions of the sales to be donated to the United Way.

GRC Presents…”Everything is Negotiable…Until It Isn’t.”
Monday, November 9
12:00 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.
NCB 293
Presented by Annie Belanger, Associated University Librarian, Information Resources and Academic Excellence, University of Waterloo.

Rhythm, Royalties & The Blues: 1950s R&B Performers’ Struggles for Unpaid Royalties
Monday, November 9
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
London Public Library Central Branch, Stevenson & Hunt Room A
Presented by Professor Matt Stahl. Part of the FIMS #PublicInterest Lecture Series.
In the 1950s, rhythm & blues singers sold millions of records to black and white audiences. Their innovative performances provided main ingredients for much popular music ever since. However, as they approached retirement age, many R&B singers found themselves in dire straits, even as their records continued to sell. This lecture will outline the record industry practices of the 1950s and 60s that denied royalties and recognition to R&B artists, and how, in the 1980s and 90s, these artists fought back for cultural recognition and economic justice.

Dr. Michael W. Clune on GAMELIFE and “How Poems Know What it’s Like to Die”
Dr. Michael W. Clune, a professor of English at Case Western Reserve University, will visit campus on November 9 and 10 to give a talk on his memoir, GAMELIFE, and to lead a seminar on literary presentation of death. The following events are presented by the Department of English and Writing Studies, the Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism, the Centre for American Studies, and FIMS, in collaboration with the Americanist Research Group.

A Talk on GAMELIFE: Michael Clune in Conversation with Jonathan Boutler
Monday, November 9
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Arts & Humanities Building 2R07

“How Poems Know What it’s Like to Die”*
Tuesday, November 10
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Arts & Humanities Building 2R07
*Paper pre-circulated. Please e-mail Riley Mcdonald for a copy.

Important Dates

- Monday, October 26 – Friday, October 30 - MLIS Research Week (Make-up classes and co-op interviews may be scheduled during this week)

News & Announcements

As part of Western’s United Way Campaign, which had its e-launch last week, FIMS has struck a committee to steer the faculty’s 2015 campaign. The committee aims to surpass last year’s successful campaign, where FIMS donations totaled $17,938.95.

Fundraising initiatives in the FIMS campaign include Halloween candy/chips sales, “Dress this Way” sticker sales, a chili luncheon, and a bake sale. Other events include a jewellery sale and film screening (see Upcoming Events for more information on these initiatives).

For more information on the campaign, please contact the FIMS United Way Committee at

Awards & Accomplishments

FIMS is pleased to honour the recipients of the 2015 Dean’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching.

Lecturer Jeremy Copeland and Associate Professor Lu Xiao have won the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and Assistant Professor Kane Faucher and Lecturer Mark Kearney have received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Part-Time Teaching.  

The awards recognize outstanding contributions to the academic development of students in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies. Congratulations to this year’s recipients!

Publications & Presentations

Keir Keightley, Associate Professor, organized a panel entitled "A Miserable Racket: American Music, American Noise" for the American Studies Association conference in Toronto, where he presented his paper, "Nights Made Hideous: Urban Piano Noise, 1870-1930," on October 9.

Additional Activities of Note

Sarah T. Roberts, Assistant Professor, will appear in a documentary called “Facebookistan” that will screen at the Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, running November 5 – 15, 2015. The documentarian interviewed Roberts and recorded a talk she gave in New York last year. The documentary will also air on Danish TV, among other outlets.

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.
Regular hours of operation during reading/research week (October 26-30)

The GRC Presents…

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

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

Everything is negotiable, until it isn't – University of Waterloo librarians: Annie Belanger, Information Resources & Academic Excellence; Ian Robson, Head, Collection Development.
Monday, November 9, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m, NCB 293

Professional Identity and You: Why Self-Concept Matters in Librarianship - Kevin Tanner, MLIS student.
Monday, Nov 16, 12:00 p.m – 1:00 p.m., NCB 293

Southern Ontario Library Service (SOLS) - What is it? Why should you know? - Anne Marie Madziak, Consultant SOLS.
Monday, Nov 30, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m, NCB 293

Scholarship@Western hands-on workshop for thesis-stream students
Wednesday, November 4, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., Lab A
Learn how to create a profile that is part of the Digital Commons Network with Joanne Paterson from Western Libraries. Learn about the benefits of using Scholarship@Western to generate data about your readership, share news and awareness of your work, archive your work, and make connections.
RSVP to Marni Harrington by October 30.

News from Western Libraries

Research Skills Workshops
There are still some research skills workshops scheduled for this terms Check out the full list at

Scanning Service for Journal Articles in Storage
When the article you need is in a print journal volume that is in Storage, you can have the entire volume retrieved and come to a Western Libraries location to pick it up, or you can take advantage of a scanning service that lets you get a pdf version of the article within two business days. For more information about the Western Libraries Digital Delivery Service, see

Free Trial of Digital Concert Hall
Western Libraries has a free trial of the Berliner Philharmoniker Digital Concert Hall until January 31, 2016. Personal registration is required for access. The Digital Concert Hall allows you to watch and listen to performances by the world's best conductors and orchestras either live streamed or on-demand. To sign up, go to

From the New Book Shelf...
Twitter and Society / edited by Katrin Weller, Axel Bruns, Jean Burgess, Marja Mahrt, & Cornelius Puschmann
DBW stack HM743.T95T85 2014

Media Power and Plurality: From Hyperlocal to High-Level Policy / edited by Steven Barnett and Judith Townend
DBW stack P95.8.M393355 2015

Difficult Decisions: Closing and Merging Academic Libraries
 / edited by Sara Holder and Amber Butler Lannon
DBW stack Z675.U5D5155 2015

Next Issue

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The next issue of the FIMS Graduate Bulletin will be published on Monday, November 9. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, November 6.