No. 375 - December 7, 2015

Coming Events

LIS 9733: Multilingual Information Access – End of Term Poster Session
Tuesday, December 8
9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
NCB 2nd floor corridor
Access to Information: 15 languages in 13 countries
Socio-linguistic + cultural perspectives on information provision and access. Technical difficulties + technological solutions. Healthy snacks will be offered. For more information, please visit

Ontario Graduate Scholarship Info Session
Tuesday, December 8
2:30 p.m.
International and Graduate Affairs Building – Atrium
The Ontario Graduate Scholarship Online Application is now available to currently registered Western graduate students, and to active applicants for admission to Western’s graduate degree programs. The Scholarship has a value of $15,000 for one year ($5,000 per graduate term) and will support a scholar during the 2016-2017 academic year. It is important to know that each Ontario university operates its own OGS application process, and that you may apply for an OGS through each university to which you seek admission in 2016-2017.

The HathiTrust Research Center: Project Update and Future Opportunities

Thursday, December 17
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
NCB 293
Presented by J. Stephen Downie, Professor and Associate Dean for Research, Library & Information Science, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Important Dates

- Friday, December 11 – Last day of classes for FIMS graduate programs
- Friday, January 1, 2016 – Official start to Western’s winter term
- Monday, January 4, 2016 – Orientation for new MLIS students
- Monday, January 4, 2016 – First day of classes for FIMS graduate programs

News & Announcements

MLIS students encouraged to share housing information on Facebook page
The MLIS Council would like to remind graduating students to share housing information on a dedicated Facebook page so that any new and returning students have access to some verified housing options. The MLIS Housing page is available at Please contact Damandeep Bains, the fall 2015 Housing and Co-op Liaison, for guest login information or to join the group.

SSHRC launches Storytellers contest
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada is holding its fourth annual Storytellers contest, open to all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at Canadian post-secondary institutions. Students are asked to tell the story, in three minutes or 300 words, of a SSHRC-funded research project – their own or their professor’s – taking place at their institution. SSHRC will select 25 finalists to receive a $3,000 cash prize and specialized training in research communications. For more information, please visit

Awards & Accomplishments

The MLIS Student Council has announced the winners of its Spirit of Librarianship and Fantastic FIMS Awards. Congratulations to Courtney Boudreau (winner of the Spirit of Librarianship Award) and Matt Ward (winner of the Fantastic FIMS Award). Congratulations to the other nominees: Stacey Lapp, Kirstyn Seanor, and Gillian Webster (Spirit of Librarianship); and Louis D’Alton, Lisa Di Valentino, Alison Hitchens, Robin Keirstead, John Reed, and Paul St-Pierre (Fantastic FIMS).

Angela Pollak, FIMS LIS PhD student and part-time Instructor, has won the ALISE/Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Competition for the best LIS doctoral dissertation of the year. Angela will be traveling to the 2016 ALISE annual conference in Boston in January to receive her award and give a presentation about her thesis. The title of Angela's thesis, successfully defended in the spring of 2015 and available full text online through Western Libraries, is "Words to Live By: How Experience Shapes Our Information World at Work, Play and in Everyday Life."

Ryan Regier, MLIS Candidate, published on his blog, “A Way of Happening: A Research Library Blog,” the following entry on November 27: “Web of Science, Scopus, and Open Access: What they are doing right and what they are doing wrong.” The post proved very popular, and was shared more than 200 times on social media and reached nearly 1,000 readers in just a couple of days.

Associate Professor Nadine Wathen was officially inducted into the Royal Society of Canada's College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists on November 27. She attended a gala celebrating the induction of new members during the Annual General Meeting on November 28 in Victoria, BC.  Wathen talks about her work and research in this YouTube video.

Publications & Presentations

Associate Professor Victoria L. Rubin and LIS PhD candidates Niall Conroy and Yimin Chen have presented three inter-related posters at the the 78th ASIS&T Annual Meeting "Information Science with Impact: Research in and for the Community" 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.

The team also presented another paper at the ACM Workshop on Multimodal Deception Detection (WMDD 2015) on November 13 in Seattle, WA.

Chen, Y., Conroy, N. J., & Rubin, V. L. (2015). Misleading Online Content: Recognizing Clickbait as “False News.” In The Proceedings of the ACM Workshop on Multimodal Deception Detection (WMDD 2015), joint with the International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI2015), Seattle, WA, USA, November 13, 2015.
DOI: 10.1145/2823465.2823467

The four works are the initial steps in the SSHRC-sponsored three-year project entitled "Digital deception detection: identifying deliberate misinformation in online news." (2015-2018)

Assistant Professor Kane Faucher published the following:

Faucher K., and Marc Ouellette (2015). “If You Could See What I See”: The Semiotics of “Invisibility” in Pedagogy and Practice. International Handbook of Semiotics (ed. Peter Pericles Trifonas), Springer.

Faucher, K (2016) Text, Image, Asemic: “Reading” Luigi Serafini’s Codex Seraphinianus as Paratextual Metalepsis in Semiotic Review (in press)

Faucher, K (2015) B1T - A Novel (volume one).

In collaboration with Joshua O. Reno (Binghamton University), Faucher will be co-editing a special dossier: Vegetal Ontologies: a Stroll through the World of Plants and People (A Call for Papers for a special issue of Semiotic Review on Phytosemiotics).

Additional Activities of Note

Assistant Professor Kane Faucher was contracted to facilitate a strategic prioritization session for the Town of Goderich, and in the provision of services for a social media environmental scan in support of London-Middlesex food policy. In collaboration with former FIMS instructor Bill Irwin, Faucher has also developed the Municipality of Bluewater’s new strategic plan, and is currently working with the Town of St. Marys in the revision and implementation schedule for their existing strategic plan.

Chloe Grande, an MMJC student, published a Storify post on the following event: “Digital Security, Precarious Knowledge Workers & Global Freedom of Expression." The event was part of Asper Fellow datejie cheko green’s “Dialogue with Solidarity Conscious Knowledge Workers” event series.

News from the Graduate Resource Centre

Inter-session & holiday hours of operation - December 12 to January 4
OPEN Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
CLOSED WEEKENDS starting December 12
CLOSED Thursday, December 24 until Monday, January 4
REGULAR HOURS commence on Monday, January 4
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.

Drop-by Maker Space
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!

Don't forget your holiday reading ~ 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).

Career Resources in the GRC
The GRC is currently featuring career resources to assist graduating students looking and applying for jobs.  Check out the display by the main doors for books on job hunting, writing resumes and cover letters, professional development, and much more! Your friendly neighbourhood GRC staff are also available to help you locate additional online resources.

News from FIMS Computing Services

Discover mobile printing at FIMS using Google Cloud Print
Did you know that you can print to a FIMS printer from your desktop computer, laptop, phone, tablet, laptop or any other web-connected device using Google Cloud Print? In order to use this service, you need to connect your device to a FIMS printer and your PaperCut account. You’ll need a Google account and the Google Chrome browser, or a Google Cloud Print supported application. Let’s get started! Full instructions are on the FIMS Computing Services website at (login required).

News from Western Libraries

Holiday favourites available in streamed audio through the NAXOS Music Library!
To easily hear seasonal music wherever you are, check out the Naxos Music Library through the Western Libraries web site. Included are Handel's Messiah, Bach's Christmas Oratorio, and a huge array of popular music of the holiday season. You can search by artist, genre or composer and listen to single tracks or entire albums. Just remember to log in to the campus network if you are connecting from off campus.

From the New Book Shelf...

Social Media: Principles and Applications / Pavica Sheldon
DBW stack HM742.S54 2015

Arab Media Moguls / edited by Donatella Della Ratta, Naomi Sakr and Jakob Skovgaard-Petersen
DBW stack P92.A65A74 2015

Mentoring A-Z / Julie Todaro
DBW stack Z668.5.T627 2015
Western Libraries wishes FIMS faculty, students and staff a safe and happy holiday season!

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