No. 378 - February 16, 2016

  • Coming Events:

    - Mitacs Information Session
    - Digital Security: A practical workshop
    - Almost against information ethics, with lessons from Caputo’s obligation and Foucault’s ethics of freedom
    - The Red Web: Internet Censorship in Russia
    - The Red Web: Book Launch
    - Western Theatre Studies presents PARADISE LOST
    - The Kremlin and the Internet
    - Proxy Politics and Proxy Wars
    - Self-Published Fiction and Public Libraries
    - Panel/Discussion on Experiential Learning
  • Important Dates:

    - Monday, February 15 – Friday, February 19: Reading Week/MLIS Research Week
  • Awards & Accomplishments:

    - Lisa Levesque
  • In the Media:

    - Sarah T. Roberts
    - Sharon Sliwinski
  • Additional Activities of Note:

    - Jacquelyn Burkell
    - datejie cheko green
    - Paulette Rothbauer
    - Librarians Without Borders – UWO Chapter
  • News from the Graduate Resource Centre:

  • News from Western Libraries:

  • Next Issue:

Coming Events

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.

Digital security: A practical workshop for media & knowledge workers
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Staging Building 250
As media workers, researchers, teachers and students, we are all digitally dependent. And no matter the nature of our work or who we are, our devices are more accessible than ever to people and institutions beyond our view. From GPS to FB, emails to Google searches, our public and private activities are subject to monitoring, collection and cataloging by powerful corporations and governments, making the digital public increasingly vulnerable to rights violations.. More information.

Almost against information ethics, with lessons from Caputo’s obligation and Foucault’s ethics of freedom
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
NCB 293
Presented by Adjunct Professor Bernd Frohmann. Part of the FIMS Brown Bag Lecture Series.

Abstract: It is time to rethink information ethics. John Caputo is against ethics. His deconstruction of ethics replaces it with obligation. This paper is guided by his work because Caputo locates obligation in the midst of the disasters of our time. In so doing, his work challenges the comfortable field of information ethics to face obligation by confronting disasters, dilemmas, and catastrophes. It is time to disturb information ethics, to discover a new strain of information ethics (continue reading).
The Red Web: Internet Censorship in Russia
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Somerville House 3345
Presented by investigative journalists Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan, co-authors of “The New Nobility: The Restoration of Russia’s Security State and the Enduring Legacy of the KGB” (2010) and “The Red Web: The Struggle Between Russia’s Digital Dictators and the New Online Revolutionaries” (2015). More information.

The Red Web: Book Launch
Thursday, March 3, 2016
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Museum London
421 Ridout Street North
This is a public event with Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan, authors of “The Red Web: The Struggle Between Russia's Digital Dictators and the New Online Revolutionaries.”

Western Theatre Studies presents PARADISE LOST
Thursday, March 3 and Friday, March 4, 2016
8:30 p.m.
The Arts Project
203 Dundas Street
The March 3rd performance of an adaptation of John Milton’s Paradise Lost will mark the formal launch of Theatre Studies at Western University. The London community is invited to arrive at 7:00 p.m. for a reception that will include a lively discussion of performance, creativity, and adaptation for the modern stage. A Q&A with the creative team of PARADISE LOST will take place after the shows on March 3 and 4. Visit the Theatre Studies website for more information.

The Kremlin and the Internet

Friday, March 4, 2016
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
NCB 454
A seminar with Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan, co-authors of “The Red Web: The Struggle Between Russia's Digital Dictators and the New Online Revolutionaries.”

For more information on the seminar, contact Nick Dyer-Witheford at

Proxy Politics and Proxy Wars
Friday, March 4, 2016
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
London Public Library
251 Dundas Street
Featuring Kyiv-based filmmaker and writer Oleksiy Radynski. He is a participant of Visual Culture Research Center, an initiative for art, knowledge, and politics founded in Kyiv in 2008. His screenings and talks have recently taken place, among other venues, at Oberhausen International Film Festival, e-flux (New York), Museum of Modern Art (New York), Institute for Contemporary Arts (London), Academy of the Arts of the World (Cologne), and Volksbühne Theater (Berlin). More information.

Self-Published Fiction and Public Libraries
Monday, March 14, 2016
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
London Public Library, Central Branch
Presented by Heather Hill and Jen Pecoskie as part of the #PublicInterest Lecture Series. This talk will discuss the online self-publishing movement and the various ways public library are engaging with this content. Of particular emphasis are libraries supporting their communities as creators of content as well as libraries that have incorporated such content into their collections.

Panel/Discussion on Experiential Learning
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
12:00 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.
NCB 293
Please join us for a panel and discussion about experiential learning at FIMS on Wednesday, March 16th, from 12:00 pm – 1:20 pm, NCB 293. The panel will consist of FIMS faculty who will provide a brief overview of their respective area's experiential learning activities (MMJC, MLIS, MPI, and MIT), as well as the Associate Director, Experiential Learning for Western (to provide information about resources and support available on campus). More information.

Important Dates

- Monday, February 15 – Friday, February 19: Reading Week/MLIS Research Week

Awards & Accomplishments

MLIS student Lisa Levesque is the winner of the 2016 Lightning Strikes event, which took place at the Ontario Library Association (OLA) Super Conference in January. Every year the Ontario College and University Library Association hosts the event for students in library programs to showcase their presentation skills in a 10-minute talk. The audience votes for their favourite presentation and the winner receives $200 and a complimentary one-year OLA membership.

In the Media

Assistant Professor Sarah T. Roberts was interviewed by Al-Jazeera for an article titled “Tech startups promise to empower workers through automation.” Prof. Roberts was also interviewed, and her work heavily cited, for a policy paper titled “The Privatization of Human Rights: Illusions of Consent, Automation and Neutrality,” published by the Global Commission on Internet Governance. The UK online publication The Register published an article about the policy paper.

Associate Professor Sharon Sliwinski’s research into the social and political significance of dream-life was profiled in the February 4th edition of Western News in the article “Research awakens to importance dreams.”

Additional Activities of Note

On February 3, FIMS welcomed Alison Macrina, Founder and Director of the Library Freedom Project, for an afternoon of events focused on information and data privacy and library practice. A video recording of a panel discussion featuring FIMS Asper Fellow datejie cheko green and Associate Professor Jacquelyn Burkell is available online.

In January, Associate Professor Paulette Rothbauer travelled to Oslo and Akershus University College in Norway to participate in a small working group on "Literature and Life". The workshop focussed on “shared reading” methodologies in reading groups for health and well-being and featured husband and wife team, Jane Davis (Director of the Reader Organisation in the U.K.) and Philip Davis (Professor of Literature, University of Liverpool and author of Reading and the Reader (OUP, 2013). This work continues a long-term scholarly exchange between Prof. Emerita Catherine Sheldrick Ross, Prof. Lynne McKechnie, Prof. Paulette Rothbauer, Prof. Lucia Cedeira Serantes (now at Queen’s, CUNY) and members in the Department of Archivistics, Library and Information Science at HiOA, Cecilie Naper, Kjell Ivar Skjertingstad, Knut Oterholm, Åse Kristine Tveit and Prof. Emerita Jofrid Smidt. The research group is happy to announce a new collection of essays, “Plotting the Reading Experience: Theory/Practice/Politics,” to be published this spring.

On Monday, February 8, the executive team of Librarians Without Borders – UWO Chapter attended the launch of the 2016 First Nations Public Library Week at the Kettle and Stony Point Public Library in Forest, Ontario. For the past 16 years, one week in February has been dedicated to raising awareness of First Nation resources, services and programs. This year's theme was “The Art of Storytelling,” which celebrates the importance of storytelling in First Nations culture and learning.

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 and Sunday: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The GRC Presents...

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

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.  

Other upcoming workshops include:

Wednesday, March 9 - From AACR2 to RDA: Constructing a Bridge over Troubled Waters with Prof. Grant Campbell.

Monday, March 14 - Academic libraries and the Interview Process - Lise Doucette & Courtney Waugh, Western Libraries.

Monday, March 21 - It's more than just listings! Exploring two related mini-sites that act as online community hubs - Gabriele Davey & Paul Cavanagh, Information Network.

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

Reading Week Hours at Western Libraries

Book Purchases Slowed Due to the Drop in Value of the Canadian dollar:
Western Libraries has stopped automatically receiving academic books through our vendor approval plans. We are still able to fulfill faculty and student book requests with the funds that we have remaining. If there is a book that you think should be in the Weldon Library collection, please let Fran Gray and she will do her best to order it on your behalf.

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From the New Books Shelf...

Foucault and Neoliberalism / edited by Daniel Zamora & Michael C. Behrent
DBW stack B2430.F724F6834 2016

Media, Culture and Human Violence: from savage lovers to violent complexity / Jeff Lewis
DBW stack HM621.L49 2016

The Weeding Handbook: A Shelf-by-Shelf Guide / Rebecca Vnuk
DBW stack Z703.6.V68 2015

Next Issue

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The next issue of the FIMS Graduate Bulletin will be published on Monday, February 29. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, February 26.