No. 380 - March 14, 2016

  • Coming Events:

    - GRC Presents..."Academic Libraries and the Interview Process"
    - "Self-Published Fiction and Public Libraries"
    - "From Data to Business Value: Principles, Technologies and Organizational Forms"
    - Health Information Professional (HIP) Week: Lunch & Learn
    - Panel/Discussion on Experiential Learning
    - "How Anonymous (narrowly) evaded the cyberterrorism rhetorical machine"
    - "Power & Politics: Covering a Tumultuous Year in Canadian Politics"
    - "The State of Anonymous" - Seminar
    - "'Everything is so loveless and mediocre': Complex Narratives of Sexuality, Heartbreak, and Melancholy in The Diary of a Teenage Girl"
    - GRC Presents..."It's more than just listings! Exploring two related mini-sites that act as online community hubs"
  • Important Dates:

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

    - In Memoriam: David Spencer
    - Nominations open for Spirit of Librarianship and Fantastic FIMS awards
    - Donations welcome for Food Exchange
  • Publications & Presentations:

    - Zak Bronson
    - Lisa Di Valentino
    - Bernd Frohmann
    - Danielle Taschereau Mamers
  • In the Media:

    - Mark Rayner
  • News from the Graduate Resource Centre:

  • News from Western Libraries:

  • Next Issue:

Coming Events

GRC Presents…"Academic Libraries and the Interview Process"
Monday, March 14, 2016
12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
NCB 293
Presented by Lise Doucette and Courtney Waugh, Academic Librarians, Western Libraries. All welcome. Sign up in the GRC or email

"Self-Published Fiction and Public Libraries"
Monday, March 14, 2016
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
London Public Library, Central Branch
251 Dundas Street
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. Part of the #PublicInterest Lecture Series.

"From Data to Business Value: Principles, Technologies and Organizational Forms"
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
10:30 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
NCB 293
Presented by Dimitri Popolov, PhD, Data Scientist & Architect at DataSkill. Topics include: Principles of data processing from human-computer interaction viewpoint; Technologies – current buzzwords for data processing demystified; Organizations – What type of organization you might find yourself working for: IT departments, consulting, software vendors, partners, R&D, start-ups. Part of Victoria Rubin's LIS 9732/9832 class, but interested parties are welcome to attend.

Health Information Professionals (HIP) Week – Lunch & Learn
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Health Sciences Addition (HSA) H101
Presented by Kim Planques, Chief Privacy and Freedom of Information Officer, LHSC and Senior Privacy Lead, cSWO. Learn about the role of health information professionals in the health system and in safeguarding your health information. Sponsored by the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, the Faculty of Science, and the Faculty of Information & Media Studies. All are welcome.

Panel/Discussion on Experiential Learning
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
12:00 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.
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). Please RSVP to Sandy Smeltzer - - if you’d like to attend.

"How Anonymous (narrowly) evaded the cyberterrorism rhetorical machine"
Thursday, March 17, 2016
2:00 p.m.
Social Sciences Centre (SSC) 5220
Presented by Dr. Gabriella Coleman. Anonymous - the masked activists who have contributed to hundreds of political operations around the world since 2008 - were perfectly positioned to earn the title of cyberterrorists. In this talk Dr. Coleman considers the various factors that allowed them to narrowly escape this designation (more).

"Power & Politics: Covering a Tumultuous Year in Canadian Politics"
Thursday, March 17, 2016
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Somerville House 3345
Presented by Rosemary Barton. 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 us for a look behind the scenes of the 2015 federal election.

"The State of Anonymous" – Seminar
Friday, March 18, 2016
10:00 a.m.
NCB 266
Conducted by Dr. Gabriella Coleman. To reserve a place and receive advance readings, contact Nick Dyer-Witheford at: See speaker bio.

“'Everything is so loveless and mediocre': Complex Narratives of Sexuality, Heartbreak, and Melancholy in The Diary of a Teenage Girl"
Presented by Davin Helkenberg, as part of the Mediations Lecture Series.

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).

GRC Presents…"It’s more than just listings! Exploring two related mini-sites that act as online community hubs"
Monday, March 21, 2016
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
NCB 293
Presented by Gabriele Davey and Paul Cavanagh from All welcome. Sign up in the GRC or email

Important Dates

Friday, March 25, 2016 – Good Friday (no classes, offices closed)

News & Announcements

In Memoriam: David Spencer
Long-standing FIMS Professor David Spencer sadly passed away on March 1, 2016. There are tributes to Dr. Spencer posted on the FIMS website, as well as a piece written by Romayne Smith Fullerton for J-Source. Additionally, the flag on top of University College was flown at half-mast on Wednesday, March 9.

Nominations open for Spirit of Librarianship and Fantastic FIMS awards
Nominations will remain open until 11:59pm on Sunday, March 20, 2016. Please submit your nominations by emailing Your nomination should include an explanation as to why you are nominating that individual. You may submit multiple nominations. At the end of the nomination period, you will be sent an email with directions on how to cast your final vote. Please note: The Spirit of Librarianship award cannot be awarded to the same person more than once. The Fantastic FIMS award may be awarded to the same individual more than once, but not more than once in a 5-year period. Award descriptions along with lists of past winners can be seen at!awards/c1yim.

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

Zak Bronson, Media Studies PhD student, recently published a review essay entitled, “Living in the Wreckage” for the Los Angeles Review of Books

Lisa Di Valentino, LIS PhD student, has published an article "Awareness and Perception of Copyright among Teaching Faculty at Canadian Universities" in Partnership: The Canadian Journal of Library Information Practice and Research, volume 10, issue 2.

Bernd Frohmann, Adjunct Professor, published the following:
Frohmann, B. 2015. Almost against information ethics, with lessons from Caputo’s obligation and Foucault’s ethics of freedom. Liinc Em Revista 11(2):329–38. Dilemas ético-epistemológicos da era da informação.

Danielle Taschereau Mamers, Media Studies PhD student, published "Names in the Shadows: The Memorial Use of Transport Lists in the Łódź Tunnel of the Deported" in Reflections: Auschwitz Jewish Centre Annual Alumni Journal, Vol.1, No. 1 (2016) 29-33.

In the Media

Mark Rayner, Lecturer, was interviewed for the article, “Is this the end of the road for journalism schools?” published on the finance blog Insight on February 25.

News from the Graduate Resource Centre

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

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

Thursday, March 17, 3-4:00pm, Lab B - Webcast - Cards, Dice and Boards: Supporting and Shaping Curriculum with Games

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

Monday, April 4 - An introduction to Omeka: Using an Open Source Content Management System - Arielle VanderSchans, MLIS student and GRC Graduate Student Assistant

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

The Librarian's Open Source Toolbox: A hands-on space to explore open source software and information privacy tools
In alliance with the Library Freedom Project, the GRC is hosting an interactive demonstration that explores the importance of information privacy in libraries, using open source software and privacy tools. Get hands-on experience using these tools, develop your knowledge of open source resources, and practice private browsing and messaging techniques that you can share with patrons. The Toolbox includes: Ubuntu Desktop, LibreOffice, Zotero reference manager, Tutanota encrypted email service, Tor Browser…and more. 
We are also hosting our new Tor relay. The Tor network, also known as the onion network, is a volunteer-run network that allows for private internet browsing by preventing identification of the end users and disrupting surveillance. By contributing a relay to the network, we are supporting internet users’ fundamental right to privacy. More information on the Tor network and relay is available at the display. You may also contact Matt Ward at for more information on our Tor relay.

This experiential learning opportunity is located in the GRC lounge area, and is available for you to explore at your own pace during regular GRC hours. When you participate and share your opinions, you will be entered in a draw to win a FIMS coffee card and mug! Make sure you check it out before the end of term!

Special thanks to Matt Ward and Lindsay Taylor for their work on this project!

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, experimenting with makey-makey, Little Bits, and more!

News from Western Libraries

Pi (π) Day (March 14, 2016) Activities at the Taylor Library:

Visit the Allyn & Betty Taylor Library in the Natural Science Centre today between 11:00 and 3:00 to celebrate everyone's favourite mathematical constant, π! 

Western Libraries Launches LibQual Survey:

Go to and let us know what you think about our resources, facilities and services. The survey takes about 5 minutes to complete.  As a thank you for completing the survey, you can choose to enter a draw for one of six prizes: one private study room in Weldon Library for the month of April, or one of five $100.00 gift certificates to the Book Store at Western.

From the New Book Shelf...

Infinite Distraction: Paying Attention to Social Media / Dominic Pettman
DBW stack B105.D58P48 2016

Media Frames of the "Af-Pak War": Perspectives of Local Journalists & Content Analysis of Mainstream Newspapers in Pakistan, Afghanistan & Iran / Sher Baz Khan
DBW stack PN5359.K43 2015

Handbook of Research on Innovations in Information Retrieval, Analysis, and Management / Jorge Tiago martins and Andreea Molnar
DBW stack oversize T58.5.H3528 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 Monday, March 28. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, March 25. Please note that the next Grad Bulletin will be the last issue for this term.