No. 379 - February 29, 2016

  • Coming Events:

    - 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
    - 2016 Western Research Forum
    - The Kremlin and the Internet
    - Proxy Politics and Proxy Wars
    - Drone Vision: Aesthetics, Politics, Biometrics
    - Western Interdisciplinary Student Symposium on Language Research
    - GRC Presents...From AACR2 to RDA: Constructing a Bridge over Troubled Water
    - GRC Presents...Interviewing for an Academic Librarian Position
    - Self-Published Fiction and Public Libraries
    - Panel/Discussion on Experiential Learning
    - Power & Politics: Covering a Tumultuous Year
    - "Everything is so loveless and mediocre": Complex Narratives of Sexuality, Heartbreak, and Melancholy in The Diary of a Teenage Girl.
  • Important Dates:

    - Friday, March 25: Good Friday (no classes)
  • News & Announcements:

    - Donations welcome for Food Exchange
  • Publications & Presentations:

    - Jennifer Hambleton
    - Meredith Levine
    - Karen Nicholson
    - Anabel Quan-Haase
    - Nafiz Zaman Shuva
  • In the Media:

    - Matt Stahl
  • Additional Activities of Note:

    - Brodie Fenlon
    - Anabel Quan-Haase
  • News from the Graduate Resource Centre:

  • News from Western Libraries:

  • Next Issue:



Coming Events


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
Part of the Rogers Chair Lecture Series. 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
Part of the Rogers Chair Lecture Series. 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.”

2016 Western Research Forum (Keynote: Anabel Quan-Haase)
Friday, March 4, 2016
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
International and Graduate Affairs Building Atrium
Keynote Speaker: FIMS Associate Professor Anabel Quan-Haase will present "Sparks of insight, distraction, and a crooked path: Serendipity in the research process."
Lunch, drinks, and snacks provided to those who register. Evening reception at the Grad Club. For more information, visit http://sogs.ca/index.php/advances-at-a-crossroads/.  

The Kremlin and the Internet
Friday, March 4, 2016
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
NCB 454
Part of the Rogers Chair Lecture Series. 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 ncdyerwi@uwo.ca.

Proxy Politics and Proxy Wars
Friday, March 4, 2016
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
London Public Library
251 Dundas Street
Part of the Rogers Chair Lecture Series. 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.

2016 Western Interdisciplinary Student Symposium on Language Research (Keynote: Victoria Rubin)
Friday, March 4 - Saturday, March 5, 2016
WISSLR is the annual student conference organized by the M.A. Linguistics students at Western University. The goal is to provide students with an opportunity to share their language-related research with professors and other students.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Victoria Rubin on "Deception and Lie Spotting with Text Analysis"

Presentations will be held in AHB 2R23 (French Department). Please register in AHB 2R07. Free and anyone can attend. FIMS community is welcome! More information.

Drone Vision: Aesthetics, Politics, Biometrics
Saturday, March 5, 2016
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
London Public Library, Central Branch, Tonda Room
251 Dundas Street
Part of the Rogers Chair Lecture Series. Panel discussion co-organized with the Electronic Governance Group (EGG). Speakers: Benjamin Muller (King's), Claudette Lauzon (OCAD), Nandita Biswas Mellamphy (Western).
 
GRC Presents...From AACR2 to RDA: Constructing a Bridge over Troubled Water
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
NCB 293
Presented by Associate Professor Grant Campbell. All are welcome. Sign up in the GRC or email fimsgrc@uwo.ca.

GRC Presents...Interviewing for an Academic Librarian Position
Monday, March 14, 2016
12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
NCB 293
Presented by Lise Doucette & Courtney Waugh, Academic Librarians, Western Libraries. All are welcome. Sign up in the GRC or email fimsgrc@uwo.ca.

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.

Power & Politics: Covering a Tumultuous Year
Thursday, March 17, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Somerville House 3345
Guest Speaker: Rosemary Barton, CBC's Power & Politics. Rosemary Barton is the host of CBC News Network’s daily political show, Power & Politics. She has been lauded for her integrity, tough interview style, and high quality of her political journalism. Please join Western University for a look behind the scenes of the 2015 federal election. Everyone welcome.

"Everything is so loveless and mediocre": Complex Narratives of Sexuality, Heartbreak, and Melancholy in The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Friday, March 18, 2016
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
NCB 295
Part of the Mediations Lecture Series. Presenter: Davin Helkenberg

Abstract: In the preface to The Diary of a Teenage Girl: An Account in Words and Pictures author Phoebe Gloeckner responds to descriptions of her autobiographical novel as a story of “trauma” or “female adolescent sexuality”. She writes, “...I must tell you that it is ‘about’ nothing…It’s about pain and love. It’s about life. That’s all. (Continue reading)




Important Dates


- Friday, March 25: Good Friday (no classes)



News & Announcements


Donations welcome for Food Exchange
Just a reminder that donations for the Food Exchange (located in the 4th floor Grad Lounge) are always welcome. Donations of un-opened, non-perishable foods and toiletries can be left in the offices of Susan Knabe or Pam McKenzie, who will ensure they make it up to the Exchange.



Publications & Presentations


Media Studies PhD Candidate Jennifer Hambleton presented the paper Material/Immaterial: Scene Painting and Computational Media in Performance at the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 10-13, 2016. Jennifer received the Heldrick-Dvorak Travel Award from the association to attend the conference.

Meredith Levine, Lecturer and co-chair of the Canadian Association of Journalists’ Ethics Advisory Committee, co-wrote a discussion paper titled “Naming Sexual Assault Complainants in the Media: Ethical Considerations for Journalists.” The paper discusses best practices for reporters dealing with complainants who are considering identifying themselves, to ensure they have informed consent and that both parties understand the consequences. The paper also considers a variety of options that may mitigate the risk of harassment, shaming, and other unintended consequences for those choosing to go public, through the media, as sexual assault complainants.

LIS PhD Candidate Karen Nicholson gave a presentation on “Badging, Information Literacy, and Academic Capitalism” at the Critical Librarianship and Pedagogy Symposium in Tucson, Arizona on February 26, 2016.

Associate Professor Anabel Quan-Haase published the following:

Quan‐Haase, A., Martin, K., & Schreurs, K. (2016). Interviews with digital seniors: ICT use in the context of everyday life. Information, Communication & Society, 4(5).

LIS PhD Candidate Nafiz Zaman Shuva published the following:
Shuva, N.Z., & Taisir, R. (2016). Faculty members’ perceptions and use of open access journals: Bangladesh perspective. IFLA Journal, 42(1), 36-48. doi: 10.1177/0340035216628879



In the Media


Associate Professor Matt Stahl was interviewed by Pacific Standard magazine about the politics of recording contracts for an article titled “Why Kesha’s Court Case Matters,” published on February 18.




Additional Activities of Note


Journalism alumnus Brodie Fenlon (MA'99) has been appointed as Senior Director of CBC News Digital. Fenlon joined CBCNews.ca as Managing Editor in 2013. He worked as a reporter for newspapers in London, Ontario and Toronto before moving to digital at The Globe and Mail. In 2011, he helped launch The Huffington Post Canada, where he served as Managing Editor of News.

Associate Professor Anabel Quan-Haase is organizing a workshop at the ACM SIGIR Conference on Human Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval in Chapel Hill North Carolina, March 13-17, 2016. The workshop is titled “The Serendipity Factor: Evaluating the Affordances of Digital Environments (SEADE).”




News from the Graduate Resource Centre

The GRC Presents ...
(A series of seminars and workshops to support the graduate community @ FIMS)

Wednesday, March 9 - AACR2 to RDA? with Prof. Grant Campbell

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

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

Monday, March 28 - An introduction to Omeka: Using an Open Source Content Management System - Arielle VanderSchans, GRC Graduate Student Assistant

Sign-up sheets for all events are available in the GRC, or email fimsgrc@uwo.ca to let us know that you'll be attending.

Stop by the service desk in the GRC if you need a hand or see our new tutorial on "Booking a Room".

Drop-by Maker Space (starting March 4th)
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, experimenting with makey-makey, Little Bits, and more!

Looking for a room? GRC Meeting Rooms (NCB280D and 280E)
These meeting rooms are for all FIMS graduate students (HIS, LIS, MMJC, 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.



News from Western Libraries


Research Guide on News Sources:

For quick links to the digital news content that is available through Western Libraries, chek out our News Sources guide at http://guides.lib.uwo.ca/newssources.

Western Libraries Interlibrary Loans Service:

As a member of the Ontario Council of University Libraries, Western has access to RACER, an automated system that lets you request journal articles and books that are not available on campus or at our Affiliated University Colleges. There is not usually a charge for receiving materials from elsewhere and links to journal articles requested through RACER are sent directly to your e-mail inbox. For details and information about how to register for RACER go to http://www.lib.uwo.ca/ill/.

From the New Books Shelf...

How Fantasy Becomes Reality: Information and Entertainment Media in Everyday Life / Karen E. Dill-Shackleford
DBW stack HM1206.D55x 2016

Statistics for Information and Library Services: A Primer for Using Open Source R Software for Accessibility and Visualization / Alon Friedman
DBW stack Z669.8.F75 2016

Digital Information Strategies: From Applications and Content to Libraries and People / written and edited by David Baker and Wendy Evans
DBW stack ZA4065.B35 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 bblue@uwo.ca.

The next issue of the FIMS Graduate Bulletin will be published on Monday, March 14. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, March 11.