No. 377 - February 1, 2016

  • Coming Events:

    - Information Privacy with Alison Macrina
    - 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:

    - Nominations open for Green Awards
    - Mitacs accepting applications for international research opportunities
    - 3MT 2016 competition open
    - Aeolian Hall hosting Ignite event
  • Awards & Accomplishments:

    - Liwen Vaughan
  • Publications & Presentations:

    - Edward Comor
    - James Compton
    - Lyndsay Foisey
    - Jen MacGregor
    - Nadine Wathen
  • In the Media:

    - Sarah T. Roberts
    - Victoria Rubin

    News from the Graduate Resource Centre:

  • News from Western Libraries:

  • Next Issue:

Coming Events

Information Privacy with Alison Macrina
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Varying times & locations (see below)
Alison Macrina, Founder and Direction of the Library Freedom Project, will participate in a panel discussion on information privacy and lead a session on data privacy on campus. The following events are open to all members of the FIMS and broader community:

Information Privacy: A Panel Discussion
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
NCB 293
Featuring: Alison Macrina, Library Freedom Project; datejie cheko green, Digital Labour Group; and Dr. Jacquelyn Burkell, FIMS Associate Professor and Assistant Dean, Research.

Chat and Refreshments Break
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
NCB 295

Hands-on Data Privacy Session led by Alison Macrina
NCB Computer Lab A
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Join Alison in the FIMS computer lab for hands-on examples, Q&A and explanations of key and important digital privacy tools. Space is limited, so please RSVP to to reserve your spot!

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.

Abstract: We are living through an enormous shift in global communications, the scale of which is largely unprecedented in human history. With the rise of social media, cloud computing, and mobile connectivity, we are turning our digital lives inside out.  We leave a digital exhaust behind us everywhere we go.  This digital exhaust includes the calls we make, the emails we send, the links on which we click, and the websites and documents we retrieve (continue reading).

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.

Abstract: Upon reading Reviel Netz’s (1999) study of the techniques that shaped deduction in ancient Greece, I wondered whether it might be productive to think of them as cultural techniques. Bernhard Siegert’s list of such techniques includes both “disciplining techniques” and “inconspicuous technologies of knowledge” (2015, 2). The shaping of deduction in ancient Greece consists of both kinds: (1) the use of rulers and compasses to draw lettered geometrical diagrams on papyrus or wooden whiteboards, and (2) disciplining the oral or written proofs by strictly restricting the size of the mathematical lexicon (continue reading).

Children’s Experiences and Perceptions of E-Book Reading

Monday, February 8, 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 Professor Lynne McKechnie and Kathleen Schreurs. Part of the FIMS #PublicInterest Lecture Series.

Children are tech savvy: they watch videos, play games, and read e-books. Many studies have examined children reading e-books, but most are from the point of view of adults. Our study, supported by an OCLC/ALISE Library & Information Science Research Grant, explores what children themselves think about e-books. The findings will be shared in this presentation along with implications and advice for parents, librarians and others who work with children.

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

Nominations open for Green Awards
Western’s Green Awards recognize an individual or a team who initiates or supports an activity with positive environmental outcomes; encourages participation and involvement; works together with others, groups and organizations to meet their goal; or demonstrates an environmentally friendly effort/campaign. Nominations of community members who have made positive contributions may be made at and will close February 22. Nominations are open to all students, faculty, and staff at Western and its affiliated colleges. For more information on the Green Awards and how to nominate a candidate or group of candidates, please contact or visit

Mitacs accepting applications for international research opportunities
Mitacs is now accepting applications for competitive international opportunities. For students in Canada to do research abroad, opportunities include the Globalink Research Award – MHRD India, the Globalink Research Award – Inria, and the Global Research Award – MHESR Tunisia. The deadline to apply is March 4, 2016 at 5 p.m. PST. An information session on Mitacs programs will be held on February 24 (See Coming Events for details).

3MT 2016 competition open
Western has launched its 3MT (Three Minute Thesis) competition for 2016. The competition will include six heats to choose the top 20 students who will present at the 3MT Final on March 24. The combined heat of Humanities/Music/Education/Law will take place on March 18. The deadline to register for the competition is March 11. For more information, visit

Aeolian Hall hosting Ignite event
Aeolian Hall (795 Dundas Street) is inviting members of the educational community to its Ingite event on February 10. The event is a speedy style of presentation in which participants are given five minutes to speak on a speak on a subject they are passionate about. This TED Talk-like event allows individuals to share their passions, practice public speaking, and inspire the local community. Examples of past Ignite events are available on YouTube. Email if you are interested in participating. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., with the show starting at 7.

Awards & Accomplishments

Professor Liwen Vaughan has been appointed as Associate Editor of Information Processing & Management, a leading international journal in the field of information science. Professor Vaughan is also on the editorial boards of other peer-reviewed international journals including Journal of Web Librarianship and Scientometrics.

Publications & Presentations

Professor Edward Comor and Associate Professor James Compton published the following:

Edward Comor and James R. Compton, “Journalistic Labour and Technological Fetishism” in The Political Economy of Communication, Vol. 3 No.2 (2015), pp. 74-87.

Prof. Comor also published:

Edward Comor, “Hegemony” in The International Encyclopedia of Political Communication (Wiley-Blackwell: 2016), pp. 463-470.

Health Information Science PhD Candidate Lyndsay Foisey presented two posters at the 2016 International Symposium “Defining a Roadmap for Implementation of Social Media in Public and Community Health Initiatives” in Austin, Texas on January 29. Her posters are titled “Exploring the use of social media technologies for anxiety & depression: Preliminary results from a scoping review” and “Social media and public health in Ontario: Building capacity to explore best practices and generate research directions.”

Associate Professor Nadine Wathen and FIMS Research Associate Jen MacGregor published the following article in collaboration with a colleague at Western’s Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children:

Wathen, C. N., MacGregor, J. C. D., & MacQuarrie, B. J. (2016). Relationships among intimate partner violence, work, and health. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

In the Media

Assistant Professor Sarah T. Roberts and Associate Professor Victoria Rubin were both featured in the January 21st edition of Western News. Roberts' MLIS course "Analog Gaming in Libraries" and the FIMS Gaming Club were profiled in the article "Analog gaming builds interest for researcher." Rubin's research into identifying deliberately deceptive information in online news was profiled in the article "Unraveling the 'tangled knot' of online news."

News from the Graduate Resource Centre

Regular hours of operation during reading/research week
Monday to Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The GRC Presents ...

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

Southern Ontario Library Service - A unique window into public libraries

Monday, February 1
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
NCB 293
Anne Marie Madziak and Helene Golden, SOLS Consultants will introduce you to SOLS, a not-for-profit agency with a legislated mandate from the Ministry of Tourism, culture and Sport. SOLS facilitates resource sharing among libraries by providing consulting services, and by providing a wide range of training and development opportunities. The presenters will share stories of the kinds of projects and initiatives they get involved in and the countless opportunities for exciting and rewarding work.

Fair Dealing Week - Tom Adam, Western Copyright Librarian – Fair Dealing: Exercising Our User Rights
Monday, February 22
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
NCB 293
The Supreme Court has indicated that Fair Dealing is a fundamental right available to us all, that permits the use of copyright protected works without risk of infringement. It is especially useful to the Western community since revisions to Canada’s Copyright Act in 2012 added education as a named purpose to employ fair dealing to sanction use of the works of others in research, teaching and learning on campus. To mark the beginning of Fair Dealing Week in Canada, join Tom for this noon-hour session to discover more about this primary user right and the campus tools and resources created to assist in exercising it.

Academic Freedom and Librarianship in Canada - Mary Kandiuk and Harriet Sonne de Torrens
Monday, February 29
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
NCB 293
This is a joint presentation with UWOFA's Librarian and Archivist Stewards' Committee. 
Sign-up sheets for all events are available in the GRC, or email to let us know that you'll be attending.

News from Western Libraries

Need help with your research?
Western Libraries provides several different options for getting help with your research or our resources. You can visit the Weldon Research Help desk in person contact us by phone or email, or set up a research consultation appointment.

Sangster Award for Graduate Students Working with Research Data
The Canadian National Committee for CODATA (CNC/CODATA) is accepting applications until Mar. 31, 2016 for The Sangster Award. This award, valued at Can. $3000, will enable a Canadian graduate student enrolled in a Canadian university, or recent graduate (within 3 years of graduation and of Canadian citizenship), to attend and present his or her work at the 25th International CODATA Conference (jointly organized with World Data System), SciDataCon 2016, “Advancing the Frontiers of Data in Research”, 11-13 September 2016, in Denver, Colorado, USA. It is expected that the award winner’s field of study will support the general objectives of CODATA, namely, to help foster and advance science and technology through developing and sharing knowledge about data and data-related activities. For more details see

From the New Books Shelf...

Celebrity Culture and the American Dream: Stardom and Social Mobility / Karen Sternheimer
DBW stack HN57.S774 2015

The Para-Academic Handbook: A Toolkit for Making, Learning, Creating, Acting / edited by Alex Wardrop and Deborah Withers
DBW stack LB2331.P358 2014

The Format Age: Television's Entertainment Revolution / Jean K. Chalaby
PN1992.55.C47 2016

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 Tuesday, February 16 (Monday is a holiday). The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, February 12.