No. 374 - November 23, 2015

  • Coming Events:

    - FIMS #PublicInterest Lecture Series: Dreaming in Dark Times
    - SSHRC CCV Workshop
    - FIMS Research Ethics Workshop
    - VASA Student Art Sale
    - Learning About Refugee Migration
    - Mediations Lecture Series: The Horror the Computer Brings
    - Using Time as a Critical Lens
  • Important Dates:

    - Friday, December 11 - Last day of classes for FIMS graduate programs
  • News & Announcements:

    - Nominations open for Spirit of Librarianship and Fantastic FIMS awards
    - Call for Papers: Western Research Forum
    - CHRW Wake Up Western broadcasting live from NCB
  • Publications & Presentations:

    - Paul Benedetti
    - Keren Dali
    - Keir Keightley
    - Yoojin Kwon
    - Meredith Levine
    - Jill McTavish
    - Jaclyn Nardone
    - Nadine Wathen
  • News from the Graduate Resource Centre:

  • News from Western Libraries:

  • Next Issue:

Coming Events

Dreaming in Dark Times
Monday, November 23
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Central Branch of the London Public Library, Stevenson & Hunt Room A
Presented by Associate Professor Sharon Sliwinski. Part of the FIMS #PublicInterest Lecture Series.
This talk explores the way dream-life can be understood both as a private experience and as a social text. Sigmund Freud taught us that dream-life is an important form of unconscious thinking. This discussion uses one of Nelson Mandela’s recurring nightmares to explore the political significance of this landscape.

SSHRC CCV Workshop
Wednesday, November 25
10:00 a.m - 11:30 a.m
Arts & Humanities Building, Room 2R23
If you plan to apply to (or be a co-applicant/collaborator on) the SSHRC Insight Development Grant competition (deadline February 1, 2016) you will need to create a CCV. This is a very time-consuming task and the CCV program can be confusing to use. Please consider attending this workshop to help you learn the basics of the CCV. Please RSVP to with the subject line “RSVP for CCV workshop” and include your name and faculty/department.

FIMS Research Ethics Workshop
Wednesday, November 25
NCB 293
12:00 p.m.
Guest Speaker: Grace Kelly, Ethics Officer, Office of Research Ethics. This workshop is intended for graduate students and faculty members.

VASA Student Art Sale
Wednesday, November 25
John Labatt Visual Arts Centre, First Floor Lobby
11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
The Visual Arts Supporters Association is presenting its first art sale of the academic year. Spruce up your office or home with an original work of art, and get an early start on your holiday shopping. Cash and carry only.

Learning About Refugee Migration
Wednesday, November 25
John George Althouse Building, Room 1010
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Panel of speakers include Dr. Victoria Esses, Director, Centre for Research on Migration and Ethnic Relations; Dr. Isha DeCoito, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education; and a speaker from No One is Illegal London. For more information, please contact Dr. Melody Viczko.

The Horror the Computer Brings: Reading Kittler's End of Media with Meillassou
Friday, November 27
NCB 295
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Presented by James Steinhoff, Media Studies PhD Candidate. With respondents Atle Kjosen and Zak Bronson. Part of the Mediations Lecture/Workshop Series.
Using Time as a Critical Lens to Examine Information Literacy as Key Skill for the Knowledge Economy
Wednesday, December 2
NCB 293
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Presented by Karen Nicholson, LIS PhD Candidate. Part of the FIMS Brown Bag Lecture Series..

Important Dates

- Friday, December 11 – Last day of classes for FIMS graduate programs

News & Announcements

Nominations open for Spirit of Librarianship and Fantastic FIMS awards
Nominations for the Spirit of Librarianship and Fantastic FIMS awards are now open. The awards are presented at the end of each semester to celebrate and congratulate the outstanding performance of an MLIS student and a FIMS faculty or staff member.
You have until end of day Wednesday, November 25 to submit your nominations to Rebecca Kasperavicius. Your nomination should include an explanation as to why you are nominating that individual, and you may submit multiple nominations. Award information, along with a list of past winners, is available here.

Call for Papers: Western Research Forum
The Western Research Forum (WRF) is an interdisciplinary research conference that provides students with the opportunity to present their work and to engage with an interdisciplinary audience on matters of importance to researchers in a variety of disciplines. Graduate students from all disciplines and levels of study are encouraged to apply.

The conference is scheduled to take place on Friday, March 4, 2016. Please submit a 250 word abstract to by January 8, 2016 and indicate if your proposed presentation will be in the form of a paper, poster or creative project. Authors will be notified of acceptance by February 1, 2016. The full call for papers flyer is available online.

CHRW Wake Up Western broadcasting live from NCB
CHRW’s Wake Up Western show, which airs Mondays to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., will broadcast live from the NCB Atrium on Monday, November 30. Join the show during the broadcast if you can.

Publications & Presentations

Lecturers Paul Benedetti and Meredith Levine have chapters published in “Toward 2020: New Directions in Journalism Education” – a volume of essays that emerged from the Ryerson Journalism Research Centre’s May 2014 conference. Benedetti is the author of “The Big Sellout: A Critical Snapshot of the Rise of ‘Entrepreneurial Journalism’,” and Levine wrote “E is for Empirical: How Scholarly Business Texts, Blogs, and Trade Journals Conceptualize and Critique Entrepreneurism.”

Keren Dali, FIMS Postdoc, co-authored the following publications:

Dali, Keren, Andrea Lau, and Kevin Risk. “Academically Informed Creative Writing in LIS Programs and the Freedom to be Creative.” Journal of Education for Library & Information Science (JELIS) 56, no. 4 (2015): 298-324. Full text.

Caidi, Nadia and Keren Dali. “Can We Talk? Perceptions of Diversity Issues by Students with Diverse Backgrounds, and a Rumination on Personal Roads to Systemic Change.” New Library World 116, no. 11/12 (2015): 748-780. Abstract.

Dali was also part of the following panel presentation:

Dali, Keren, John M. Budd, Clara M. Chu, and Heather O’Brien. “Making an Impact through Experiential Learning.” Panel presentation at the 78th Annual Conference of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), 2015, St. Louis, MO, USA.

Associate Professor Keir Keightley has published his article, "Hogan's Tin Pan Alley: R.F. Outcault and Popular Sheet Music," in the new issue of the premier musicology journal, Musical Quarterly (est. 1915).

While a student in a guided research course, MLIS alumna Yoojin Kwon co-authored the following publication along with LIS alumna and FIMS instructor Jill McTavish and Associate Professor Nadine Wathen, which was recently published in the Journal of the Medical Library Association.

Kwon, Y., Lemieux, M., McTavish, J., & Wathen, N. (2015). "Identifying and removing duplicate records from systematic review searches." Journal of the Medical Library Association: JMLA, 103(4), 184–188.

Jaclyn Nardone, Media Studies PhD Candidate, presented the following papers:

“Branded Buildings & Alumni Posters: An Examination of Western University as a Cultural Marketplace” at Carleton University’s 10th Annual Communication Graduate Caucus Conference in Ottawa on March 5, 2015.

“From The Kitchen To The Streets: Fast-Food Workers Protest for Labour Rights” at the Union for Democratic Communications “Circuits of Struggle” Conference in Toronto on May 1, 2015.

News from the Graduate Resource Centre

The GRC Presents…

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

Hands on Twitter workshop
- Courtney Boudreau, MLIS student
Tuesday, November 24, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., LAB A

Drop-by Maker Space: November 23 - December 11
Come engage with the GRC's collection of high and low tech items for demonstration and hands-on use. Now's the time for using the 3D printer, making a holiday button, experimenting with makey-makey, and more!

To consider as the term winds down...

We want your old photocopied materials

Donate your used photocopies to other students by dropping them off at the GRC's Service Desk, or place them in the tray on the Copy Bank cabinet in the photocopy room. The Copy Bank of recycled course readings is accessible 24/7 in Room 280B.

Check out the book locker ~ The GRC's own Little Fee Library
Heading home for the break? Off to a new job? Looking for something to read while you’re away? Why not snag one of our books for some pleasure reading? In support of student and staff pleasure reading, and with the guiding democratic principles at the root of library services, we strive to engage in a book swap. Bring in a book for exchange! Or just borrow one of ours - you don't have to return it, just pass it on. Tell your friends! And enjoy reading again! For a good read, see Lockers 147 and 148 (across from the Studios).

News from Western Libraries

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Western Libraries subscribes to a service called Statista that provides access to statistics and studies gathered by market researchers, trade organizations, scientific publications, and government sources on over 600 industries. Easily download charts, PowerPoint slides and tables that (with appropriate attribution) you can include in your stories. Statista is easy to find through the alphabetical list of database on our website or by searching Statista using the search engine on our home page.

Looking for Help Using Statistics and Data?
Take advantage of the Data Analytics Help Service available in the Western Libraries Map and Data Centre. See for details.

From the New Book Shelf…

Mediated Authenticity: How the media constructs reality / Gunn Enli
DBW stack HM1206.E55 2015

The Internet's Own Boy: The story of Aaron Swartz; Information is Power / Brian Knappenberger
DBW desk QA76.2.S93I58 2014

M-Libraries 5: From devices to people / edited by Gill Needham and Mohamed Ally
DBW stack ZA4060.M55 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, December 7. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, December 4.