No. 381 - March 28, 2016

  • Coming Events:

    - Writing and Publishing in the Digital Age
    - Teddy Talks MMJC: Innovation in Journalism
    - FIMS Writing Support Sessions - Grad Students/Faculty
    - GRC Presents..."An Introduction to Omeka: Using an Open Source Content Management System for a Board Game Collection"
    - LIS 9732/9832 Poster Session
    - "The Blurry Staves: Music and interdisciplinary Copyright and Intellectual Property fallout from the 'Blurred Lines' case"
    - FIMS Graduate Student Research Day
  • Important Dates:

    - Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - Last day of undergraduate classes
    - Friday, April 8, 2016 - Last day of graduate classes
    - Saturday, April 9 - Saturday, April 30, 2016 - Exam period
  • News & Announcements:

    - Nominees announced for Spirit of Librarianship and Fantastic FIMS awards
    - Poster/multimedia submissions sought for FIMS Graduate Student Research Day
  • Awards & Accomplishments:

    - Richard Davila
  • Publications & Presentations:

    - Lisa Di Valentino
    - Lisa Levesque
    - Danielle Taschereau Mamers
  • In the Media:

    - Yimin Chen
    - Lynne McKechnie
    - Sarah Roberts
  • News from the Graduate Resource Centre:

  • News from Western Libraries:

  • Next Issue:

Coming Events

Writing and Publishing in the Digital Age
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
1:30 p.m.
Huron University College Room V208
How have authors and publishers faced the challenges brought by the digital age? How are readers responding in this age of abundance? Our stories are more important than ever, but how we tell them, how we market them and how we consume them have all changed dramatically. If you have a manuscript, if you are considering a career in writing or publishing, or if you are intellectually fascinated by the contemporary landscape of books and words, you will want to attend this informative presentation by industry veteran Cynthia Good.

Teddy Talks MMJC: Innovation in Journalism
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
12:15 p.m.
Television studios (NCB 280). Bring your lunch.

FIMS Writing Support Sessions - Grad Students/Faculty
Friday, April 1, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Grad Club
All FIMS graduate students and all FIMS faculty members are welcome to join in the FIMS Writing Support Sessions to sit and write - drop by at any point in the morning. We meet at the Grad Club from 9am to 11:30am. See the full list of dates. Questions can be directed to Nicole Dalmer:

GRC Presents…"An Introduction to Omeka: Using an Open Source Content Management System for a Board Game Collection"
Monday, April 4, 2016
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
NCB 293
Presented by Arielle VanderSchans, MLIS student and GRC Graduate Student Assistant. RSVP by signing up in the GRC or emailing

LIS 9732/9832 Student Poster Session
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Graduate Resource Centre (GRC)
The GRC will host the end-of-course Winter 2016 student poster session for Victoria Rubin’s LIS 9732/9832 (Language and Computer Technologies for Libraries and Beyond) class. Topics will be announced at a later point in the term.

“The Blurry Staves: Music and interdisciplinary Copyright and Intellectual Property fallout from the ‘Blurred Lines’ case”
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
12:00 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.
NCB 293
Presented by Scott A. MacDonald as part of the Brown Bag Lecture Series.
The 2014 “Blurred Lines” case was a major blow the music industry.  What precedents could this set?  How does this effect other composers or musicians? How does the ruling affect jazz musicians or contemporary musicians who utilize improvisation? How does the audience’s perception of what they heard affect alleged “musical thievery”? Jazz improvisation, like creating a new chemical compound or drug, creates something new from an existing tune or base formula. Following the judgement of the court could both be construed as copyright infringement?

FIMS Student Research Day
Thursday, April 14, 2016
10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
NCB 117
Are you involved in or have you completed an interesting research project? Do you have a project in mind but have not yet started? Have you already printed a poster and want to share it again? The FIMS Graduate community is planning a FIMS Graduate Student Research Day to showcase the breadth of scholarly work in our faculty. Submissions are being sought for the poster/multimedia sessions, and are due by Friday, April 1, 2016. Some reimbursement is available for poster printing. Full details and the submission form are available below in the News & Announcements section.

Important Dates

- Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - Last day of undergraduate classes
- Friday, April 8, 2016 - Last day of graduate classes
- Saturday, April 9 - Saturday, April 30, 2016 - Exam period

News & Announcements

Nominees announced for Spirit of Librarianship and Fantastic FIMS awards
Voting is now open and will run until Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 11:59 pm. Nominees for the Spirit of Librarianship award include: Charlotte Brun, Tarah Farrow, Alex Hanam, Rebecca Kasperavicius, Kirstyn Seanor, Cody Vanderslot. Nominees for the Fantastic FIMS award include: Becky Blue, Robert Craig, Nicole Dalmer, Nancy Hsu.

You may cast your vote via Google Docs (will require you to sign in with a Google account, but your information will not be connected to your vote). If you do not have a Google account and have no interest in creating one, please contact Pree Rao ( and she will organize an alternate method to take your vote.

Call for posters/multimedia presentations for FIMS Graduate Student Research Day
Submissions are invited for the poster/multimedia session. Please complete and submit the form (docx) by April 1st; send it by email to using the subject line FIMS Graduate Research Day. We will return a confirmation by April 4th. There is also up to $25 reimbursement for poster printing for those who present and supply original printing receipts (less than 1 year old).

The poster/multimedia session is a forum to foster informal interactions among all of the programs in the FIMS community, allowing us to present work at all stages: new, in-progress, or completed. Existing posters/multimedia presentations of your own or co-authored are welcomed and encouraged!

With the attached form, please submit a title and short description of your completed project or work in progress, and indicate whether you prefer a poster (approximately 2’ by 3’) presentation of your work or a multimedia presentation (e.g., powerpoint, video, etc. with a maximum running time of 5-7 minutes). We hope you’ll take the opportunity to join in and learn more about the research and interests of others at FIMS.

Awards & Accomplishments

Richard Davila, Media Studies doctoral candidate, successfully defended his thesis, "No Hay Sólo Un Idioma, No Hay Sólo Una Voz: A Revisionist History Of Chicana/os and Latina/os in Punk" on Friday, March 11, 2016.

Publications & Presentations

Lisa Di Valentino, LIS PhD candidate, will be presenting a webinar on March 29, 2016, for the OLA Education Institute: "Copyright Challenges for the 21st Century."

Lisa Levesque, MLIS student, published the article, "Social Media in Academic Libraries: Engaging in 140 Characters or Less" in Public Services Quarterly 12 (1). The article is about the challenges of managing social media in an academic library context, and some practical how-to advice based on my experiences at The D.B. Weldon Library. You can access the article through Western Libraries, or on Lisa's blog.

Danielle Taschereau Mamers, Media Studies doctoral candidate, presented two papers at the International Studies Association 57th Annual Convention in Atlanta, Georgia from March 16-19. The papers were: "Classified Life and Normalized Violence in the Collapse of the Plains Bison" and "The Face and the Number: Memorial and Statistical Narratives in Auschwitz-Birkenau’s Central Sauna Portrait Exhibit".

In the Media

Yimin Chen, LIS PhD student, appeared in a Gradcast podcast on February 24 to discuss his research on internet trolling.

Lynne McKechnie, Professor, was featured in a Western News article titled, "Children embrace 'bookness' across all formats," on March 24.

Sarah T. Roberts, Assistant Professor, appeared in numerous news sources in the last several weeks in relation to the GRC's newly launched Tor relay. Spearheaded by Sarah Roberts, Matt Ward, Marni Harrington and Lindsay Taylor, the project generated interest from CBC's Afternoon Drive and CBC Windsor news, the website BoingBoing, and the American Libraries Magazine. Find out more about the Tor relay project below, in the News from the Graduate Resource Centre section, or in the article, "Library in FIMS joins global network fighting back against digital surveillance, censorship, and the obstruction of information."

Sarah Roberts also appeared on TVO's The Agenda with Steve Paikin, on March 22 in a program focused on Commerical Content Moderation (the largely invisible moderation and "cleaning" of social media feeds). Professor Roberts has studied CCM extensively. The full video of the program is available on the FIMS website.

News from the Graduate Resource Centre

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

Monday, April 4, 12-1pm, NCB293 - An Introduction to Omeka: Using an Open Source Content Management System for a Board Game Collection - 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.

Have you heard that we are the first Canadian Library to host a relay node on the Tor network?
The Tor network is a volunteer-run network that allows for private internet browsing by preventing identification of the end users and disrupting surveillance.
Come by the GRC to see the a real-life traffic summary of our relay as well as our 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.

When you participate and share your opinions, you will be entered in a draw to win a FIMS coffee card and mug! Special thanks to Matt Ward and Lindsay Taylor for their work on this project!

Career Resources in the GRC
The GRC is currently featuring career resources to assist graduating students looking and applying for jobs.  Check out the display by the main doors for books on job hunting, writing resumes and cover letters, professional development, and much more! Your friendly neighbourhood GRC staff are also available to help you locate additional online resources.

To consider as the term winds down...

We want your old photocopied materials
Donate your used photocopies to other students by dropping them off at the GRC's Service Desk, or place them in the tray on the Copy Bank cabinet in the photocopy room. The Copy Bank of recycled course readings is acessible 24/7 in Room 280B

Check out the book locker ~ The GRC's own Little Free Library
Heading home for the break? Off to a new job? Looking for something to read while you’re away?  Why not snag one of our books for some pleasure reading? In support of student and staff pleasure reading, and with the guiding democratic principles at the root of library services, we strive to engage in a book swap. Bring in a book for exchange! Or just borrow one of ours - you don't have to return it, just pass it on. Tell your friends! And enjoy reading again!

For a good read, see Lockers 147 and 148 (across from the Studios).

Inter-session hours of operation - April 9 to May 8
OPEN Monday to Friday 8:30-4:30
CLOSED WEEKENDS starting April 9
REGULAR HOURS commence on Monday, May 9
Monday to Thursday: 8:30am - 7:00pm; Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm; Sat & Sun 1:00 - 5:00pm

News from Western Libraries

Applications now being accepted for Assigned Individual Study Rooms in Weldon:

Graduate students and faculty members who are engaged in research and writing and require continuous access to a substantial number of materials in The D. B. Weldon Library are eligible to apply for access to an individual study room from May 2 - September 30.

For appilications details, see

From the New Books Shelf....

The Devil's Riches: a Modern History of Greed / Jaren Poley
DBW stack BJ1535.A8P65 2016

The Ethics of Intercultural Communication / edited by Bo Shan & Clifford Christians
DBW stack HM1211.E86 2015

Magazines, Travel and Middlebrow Culture: Canadian Periodicals in English and French, 1925-1960 / Faye Hammill & Michelle Smith
DBW stack HT690.C3H34 2015

Congratulations and good luck to all FIMS graduates!
Enjoy the Break, Everyone.

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, May 16. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, May 13.