No. 376 - January 18, 2016

  • Coming Events:

    - Use of Implicature in Provision of Services in Dementia Care
    - Reporting on Indigenous Issues
    - GRC Presents…Presentation Skills for Graduate Students
    - Language of Deception: Looking at Tell-Tale Signs of Lying
    - ‘You Might Not Be Interested in War…’: Complicity and the Return of Military Cybernetics
    - LIS Alumni Reception
    - The Needle in the Haystack: Citizenship and War in the Age of Big Data
    - The Citizen Lab’s Mixed Methods Approach to Research on Information Controls
    - Deduction’s Cultural Techniques, from the Greeks to Wittgenstein
    - Mitacs Information Session
  • Important Dates:

    - Monday, February 15: Family Day
    - Monday, February 15 – Friday, February 19: Reading Week/MLIS Research Week (Note: MLIS make-up classes and co-op interviews may be scheduled during this week)
  • News & Announcements:

    - In Memoriam: Geoffrey Pendrill
  • Awards & Accomplishments:

    - Kim Martin
    - Michael Schmalz
  • Publications & Presentations:

    - Jacqueline Burkell
    - Claire Burrows
    - Keren Dali
    - Nicole Dalmer
    - Lisa Di Valentino
    - Alexandre Fortier
    - Heather Hill
    - Catherine Johnson
    - Douglas Mann
    - Sarah T. Roberts
    - Nafiz Zaman Shuva
    - Sharon Sliwinski
  • In the Media:

    - Sarah T. Roberts
  • News from the Graduate Resource Centre:

  • News from Western Libraries:

  • Next Issue:

Coming Events

Use of Implicature in Provision of Services in Dementia Care

Wednesday, January 20, 2016
12:00 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.
NCB 293
Presented by Professor Grant Campbell as part of the 2015/16 Brown Bag Lecture Series.
The theory of implicature, formulated by the philosopher Paul Grice, has been used in health care settings to understand the implications behind what people say. This presentation will offer initial thoughts on the application of the theory of implicature to the provision of information services in dementia care: by using the theory to extract patterns of implication in the communications of individuals with dementia, and linking those patterns to the syndetic practices of information organization, we might be able to enhance and prolong meaningful communication between caregivers and individuals with dementia, and provide better means of keeping both individuals with dementia and their caregivers with the necessary information supports.

Reporting on Indigenous Issues
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Somerville House Room 3315
Presented by Western University’s Master of Media in Journalism and Communication program & Journalists for Human Rights. This workshop is an introduction for reporting on Indigenous issues. It will cover topics such as representation, terminology, treaties, and crosscultural communication. Register for the event.

GRC Presents…Presentation Skills for Graduate Students
Monday, January 25, 2016
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
NCB 293
Sign up in the GRC. Everyone welcome.

Language of Deception: Looking at Tell-Tale Signs of Lying
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Central Branch of the London Public Library, Stevenson & Hunt Room A
251 Dundas Street
Presented by Associate Professor Victoria Rubin as part of the FIMS #PublicInterest Lecture Series.
This talk is a brief overview of what is known in interpersonal psychology about deception and the field of deception detection with an emphasis on the analysis of written or transcribed statements. How often do we lie? How well can people tell a lie? If computers were to spot a lie, what should they be looking for? Are there any tools available to date, and how successful are the machines as compared to human lie detectors?

‘You Might Not Be Interested in War…’ Complicity and the Return of Military Cybernetics
Thursday, January 28, 2016
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
SSC 9420 (Social Science Dean’s Boardroom)
Presented by Associate Professor Nick Dyer-Witheford and Lecturer Svitlana Matviyenko. Part of the Electro-Governance Group Speaker Series. All are welcome.

LIS Alumni Reception
Thursday, January 28, 2016
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Joe Badali’s Restaurant
156 Front Street West
Toronto, Ontario
FIMS Dean Tom Carmichael and Western Alumni invite all LIS alumni and friends to the annual cocktail reception held during the Ontario Library Association Conference in Toronto. You don't have to be attending the conference to attend the reception. Guests will enjoy a complimentary drink and appetizers while mingling with fellow alumni, faculty and staff. RSVP by Monday, January 25.

The Needle in the Haystack: Citizenship and War in the Age of Big Data
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Presented by Dr. Ron Deibert, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. Part of the Rogers Chair Lecture Series. Read the full abstract.

The Citizen Lab’s Mixed Methods Approach to Research on Information Controls
Thursday, February 4, 2016
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
NCB 454
A seminar for graduate students and faculty with Dr. Ron Diebert. Contact Nick Dyer-Witheford to reserve a spot and receive readings. The Citizen Lab is an interdisciplinary research laboratory that investigates the intersection of human rights, global security, and the digital world.  For over a decade, we have used a mixed methods approach that combines techniques from network measurement, information security, law, and the social sciences to research and document information controls (e.g., Internet censorship, surveillance, and targeted digital attacks) that impact the openness and security of digital communications and pose threats to human rights.  Dr Deibert will provide an overview of the Citizen Lab's approach, highlight several reports and their outcomes, and discuss some of the ways rigorous, evidence-based, and peer-reviewed research can inform public policy, advocacy and human rights.

Deduction’s Critical Techniques: From the Greeks to Wittgenstein
Friday, February 5, 2016
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
NCB 295
Presented by Adjunct Professor Bernd Frohmann. Part of the Mediations Lecture/Workshop Series. Read the full abstract.

Mitacs Information Session
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
12:00 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.
NCB 293
Zach Armstrong, Director, Business Development (London), Mitacs, will provide information on Accelerate (internship), Globalink, and other Mitacs programs. Learn about Mitacs programs, and how faculty and students can take advantage of these programs. This presentation will be of interest to both graduate student and faculty researchers.

Important Dates

- Monday, February 15: Family Day
- Monday, February 15 – Friday, February 19: Reading Week/MLIS Research Week (Note: MLIS make-up classes and co-op interviews may be scheduled during this week)

News & Announcements

In Memoriam: Geoffrey Pendrill

The FIMS community was saddened to hear that Geoffrey Pendrill, Professor Emeritus at the School of Library and Information Science at Western University, passed away on December 19, 2015. Prior to moving to Canada in 1968, Pendrill lectured for several years in Medical History and Library Science at the University of Sheffield. He also served as Librarian of the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Awards & Accomplishments

LIS PhD Candidate Kim Martin will start a new position at the University of Guelph February 1, 2016. She has been awarded the prestigious Michael Ridley Postdoctoral Fellowship in Digital Humanities and she will work closely with Dr. Susan Brown. She will be cross-listed between the library and the school of arts, and will be teaching in the history department. Visit for more information on the fellowship.

Michael Schmalz, Media Studies PhD Candidate, successfully defended his dissertation, “Innovation in the North American Console Video Game Industry 2001-2013: A Critical Analysis,” on December 15, 2015.

Publications & Presentations

Several FIMS researchers presented at the ALISE (Association of Library and Information Science Education) annual conference held in Boston, Massachusetts January 4 – 8, 2016.

LIS PhD Candidate Claire Burrows presented several juried papers: the first with Associate Professor Heather Hill, “No Experience Required: Radical Changes in UK Public Libraries,” and two additional papers “How Accessible is Accessible? An Analysis of Academic Library Websites” and “Potential Applications of Disability Theory in LIS.” Prof. Hill also presented another paper with Dr. Jen Pecoskie, “Innovation: Information Professional Activities within the Fanfiction Community.”

LIS PhD Candidate Nicole Dalmer presented the paper: “Mind the Gap: Public Library Services for an Aging Population” and the poster, "Information as work: Mapping intersections of information work and eldercare."

FIMS post doc Keren Dali presented the following:

1. Dali, Keren. “LIS Professionals and Social Work: Facilitating the Change and Transition of Immigration” (paper presented at the 2016 ALISE Conference, Boston, MA, US.).

2. Dali, Keren and Rich Gazan. “Changing It Back for the Better: Expanding the Use of Oral Exams in LIS” (paper presented at the 2016 ALISE Conference; SIG for Innovative pedagogies, Boston, MA, USA.)

3. Caidi, Nadia and Keren Dali. “A Different Kind of Diversity: Ruminations on the (Un)attractiveness of LIS Programs to Culturally Diverse Students” (paper presented at the 2015 ALISE Conference, Boston, MA, USA).

LIS PhD Candidates Alexandre Fortier and Lisa Di Valentino presented “Enhancing Key Digital Literacy Skills in Library and Information Science Curricula: Report of a Knowledge Synthesis” (co-authored with Prof. Jacqueline Burkell and Prof. Sarah T. Roberts) at ALISE ’16 in Boston, January 6, 2016.

Associate Professor Catherine Johnson published the following:

Catherine A. Johnson (2015). Social capital and library and information science research: Definitional chaos or coherent research enterprise? Information Research 20 (4).  

Assistant Professor Douglas Mann published an article titled “In Defense of Board Games” on the cultural studies website PopMatters.

Assistant Professor Sarah T. Roberts co-authored a chapter published in the book “Emotions, Technology, and Design.” The chapter, “Through Google-Colored Glass(es): Design, Emotion, Class, and Wearables as Commodity and Control,” is available for download.

LIS PhD Candidate Nafiz Zaman Shuva published the following:

Audunson, R.A. & Shuva, N.Z. (2016). Digital library education in Europe: A Survey. SAGE Open, 6 (1), 1-17. doi: 10.1177/2158244015622538

Associate Professor Sharon Sliwinksi has published a chapbook titled “Mandela’s Dark Years: A Political Theory of Dreaming.” The chapbook is an excerpt of her forthcoming book “Dream Matters: Six Exercises in Political Thought.”

Prof. Sliwinski is presenting a paper at the “Honing the Visual: Evolving Practices in Human Rights Work” Conference at the University of Pennsylvania, January 28-29. Her presentation, “Precarious Evidence: One Photograph from Northern British Columbia,” is part of a session titled “Images, Trauma and Memories.”

In the Media

Assistant Professor Sarah T. Roberts was interview by the DK (Danish National Radio) program “Harddisken” about commercial content moderation. (Text is in Danish.)

News from the Graduate Resource Centre

Winter 2015 GRC Student Library Assistants

Please welcome new Student Assistants Rogan Bogaert, Rebecca Kasperavicius, Dayanqi Si, Arielle VanderSchans, and Cody Vanderslot. Don't hesitate to ask questions when the students (or any staff) are working at the Service Desk or in the Computer Labs - we are here to help you with using GRC resources and services!

The GRC Presents...

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

Presentation Skills Workshop - Paul Schmidt, Writing Counsellor from Graduate Writing Centre
Monday, January 25, 2016
12:00 p.m. -1:00 p.m.
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. Sign-up sheets for all events are available in the GRC, or email to let us know that you'll be attending.

Looking for a room? GRC Meeting Rooms (NCB280D and 280E)
These meeting rooms are for all FIMS graduate students (HIS, LIS, JOU, MS, PM&C) to use for group work and meetings. Our booking system allows users to easily book GRC meeting rooms by choosing the room and date required and filling in a short form.  You can find the calendar link, username and password on the GRC homepage. 280D also has a projector so you can practice presentations. Stop by the service desk in the GRC if you need a hand or see our new tutorial on "Booking a Room.

London Tourism Information
Whether you're new to London or not, the GRC has a bookshelf full of seasonal tourist information for you. Come by and help yourself to LTC schedules, city maps, restaurant guides and many winter activities.

News from Western Libraries

Managing the Impact of the Weak Canadian Dollar on our Library Acquisitions

As you may be aware, the drastic decline in the value of the Canadian dollar against the US dollar, along with an ongoing increase in the costs of scholarly publications has had a significant impact on the purchasing power of the Western Libraries acquisitions budget. We have already taken some steps to address this problem and are making plans to review serials subscriptions in the upcoming months. For details see Contact Fran Gray if you any have questions.

From the New Books Shelf...

Postdigital Aesthetics: Art, Computation and Design / edited by David M. Berry and Michael Dieter
DBW stack B54.P67 2015

A Primer of GIS: Fundamental Geographic and Cartographic Concepts / Francis Harvey
DBW stack G70.212.H38 2016

Library Management in Disruptive Times: Skills and Knowledge for an Uncertain Future / edited by Steve O-Connor
DBW stack Z678.L484 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, February 1. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, January 29.