No. 382 - May 16, 2016

Coming Events

GRC Presents…Writing at the Graduate Level
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
NCB 293
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Yoga Class with Ajit Pyati
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
NCB Atrium
This class is for all levels of practitioners, whether doing yoga for the first time or for many years.  We will be doing yoga postures (asana) in coordination with breathing, often in gentle ways but moving up to moderate levels of exertion.  The emphasis will be on developing greater calm, relaxed focus, and body awareness.  Each class ends with a lying down relaxation period.  If you have a yoga mat, please bring one. The yoga class will be available every Tuesday between May 17 and August 9, with the exception of June 28.

If you'd like to be added to the listserv for class updates and news, please contact Ajit Pyati: 

Meditation Class – “Breathe and Relax” with Ajit Pyati
Thursday, May 19, 2016
12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
UCC 76
Need some time and space to relax and de-stress?  This class is an opportunity to find some calm and centeredness in the often hectic lives we lead.  We’ll practice a number of relaxation and centering exercises, starting from breathing exercises to simple meditations.  You will learn practical techniques to reconnect to your natural relaxation response, which you can take with you into your daily life. The meditation class will be available every Thursday between May 19 and August 11, with the exception of June 30.

GRC Presents…Presentation Skills for Graduate Students
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
NCB 293
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Important Dates

- Monday, May 23, 2016 - Victoria Day holiday (offices closed)

News & Announcements

Follow FIMS on Facebook and Twitter
FIMS runs both an official Facebook page and Twitter feed. Follow both to keep up to date with announcements, news and event reminders. The Graduate Resource Centre also maintains social media feeds, through the GRC Facebook page and Twitter account.

Rosie Barton lecture available on Youtube
The 2016 Clissold Lecture featuring the CBC's Rosie Barton is now available on Youtube. Footage of the event was shot by MMJC students. To see the lecture in its entirety, visit:

New WHMIS training required
Canada is adopting new international standards - the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). Changes include a move from Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) to Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and a new labelling system. The new system is called WHMIS 2015 and will replace WHMIS 1998. WHMIS 2015 is currently being phased in and must be fully in place by December 2018. The government requires that workers be trained on both the old and new WHMIS during this transition period while both systems are present in the workplace.

All staff, faculty, graduate students, work study and co-op students and volunteers at Western must receive training in WHMIS 2015 now and so will be required to take the new version by August 31, 2016. Legislation makes this new training mandatory, even if an individual's WHMIS training has not expired. Access the training module at 

Awards & Accomplishments

Edward Comor, Professor, was award the title of Faculty Scholar for the 2016 - 2018 period. The award recognizes the achievements of faculty members in teaching and/or research. Some general information about the Faculty Scholar award is available in the news item, "Edward Comor named 2016 Faculty Scholar."

The MLIS Students’ Council announced the winners of last term’s Spirit of Librarianship and Fantastic FIMS awards. Congratulations to winners Robert Craig, Lecturer (Fantastic FIMS), and Tarah Farrow, MLIS student (Spirit of Librarianship).

Kim Martin, LIS PhD candidate, successfully defended her thesis, “Creating Context from Curiosity: the role of serendipity in the research process of historians,” on Monday, April 25.

Elaine Zibrowski, HIS PhD candidate, was awarded a $15,000, one-year OGS scholarship. She was also awarded an international fellowship at the University of Oslo and Akershus University College (Oslo, Norway), to study international public health. This is a competitive fellowship consisting of a three-week, intensive program beginning in June, 2016.

Congratulations to CBC Olympic broadcaster and sports journalist Scott Russell, Journalism '84. Scott received a Mustangs Award of Excellence award on May 5. FIMS Dean Tom Carmichael and retired broadcast staff members David Mills and Wendie Crouch were at the inaugural Extraordinary Mustangs Gala sponsored by Western Athletics to celebrate with Scott and his family. Three-time Olympic rowing champion and Western grad Marnie McBean was also honoured at the event.  Scott and Marnie are the first recipients of the award that celebrates Western's athletic programs and recognizes the highest level of achievement in sports. The event was MC'd by journalism grad Heather Hiscox, ('87)

Publications & Presentations

Nicole Dalmer, LIS PhD candidate, presented a paper at the Canadian Society for the Sociology of Health biennial bilingual conference in Ottawa (May 5-6, 2016). Nicole’s paper was titled, “Portrayals of Family Caregivers’ Information Work: An Institutional Ethnographic Scoping Review.”

Jennifer Hambleton, Media Studies PhD candidate, presented "Autonomy and ‘the Workmanship of Risk’” in the Fields, Markets, Capital, Commodity and Autonomy stream at the conference Presumed Autonomy: Literature and the Arts in Theory and Practice May 10-13 in Stockholm, Sweden.

Associate Professor Keir Keightley presented his paper, "A Tin Pan Alley for the Twenty-First Century?", at the Popular Culture Association conference at McGill University, Montreal, May 12-14.

Doug Mann, Assistant Professor, published two articles in PopMatters. “Our Insatiable Techno Zombie Love” was published on January 29, 2016, and “An Introduction to Board Game Videography” was published on March 2, 2016.

Mark Rayner, Lecturer, published the fictional story “Empty Space Times Two” in The Saturday Evening Post on May 13, 2016.

Kamran Sedig, Associate Professor, published the book Designs of Visualizations for Human-Information Interaction: A Pattern-Based Framework, in April 2016 as part of the Synthesis Lectures on Visualization series.

Matt Stahl, Associate Professor, presented “Creative Labour, Race, and R&B Record Royalties: ‘I’ll Never Be Able to Retire, No Matter How Many Records I Sold?” on April 6, 2016 at the University of Toronto.

In the Media

The FIMS Graduate Resource Centre was featured in a Western News article titled, "GRC joins global privacy network" published on March 31, 2016. 

Additional Activities of Note

Doug Mann, Assistant Professor, launched a new blog called Eye of the Lynx

Saumava Mitra's (Media Studies PhD student) ongoing research on Afghan photojournalists was showcased by International Media Support -- a non-governmental organization supporting freedom and safety of journalists around the world -- in their presentation entitled "Safeguarding media in Afghanistan: The history of the Afghan Journalist Safety Committee" on May 2 in Helsinki, Finland as part of the events for World Press Freedom Day organized by the Government of Finland and UNESCO, May 2-4.

News from FIMS Computing Services

FCS deploys new Service Desk!

FIMS Computing Services (FCS) is excited to announce that we are deploying a new Service Desk website. The FCS Service Desk will allow you to submit new tickets, manage open and closed tickets you have submitted and search for answers via the knowledgebase. You can access the service desk through this link: or you may email your tickets directly to the Service Desk at If you have any difficulties, concerns, or feedback, please email us at

Let us know what you think of the new FCS Service Desk!

News from the Graduate Resource Centre

Summer 2016 GRC Student Library Assistants
Please welcome new Graduate Student Library Assistant Emily Garry, along with returning staff Rogan Bogaert, Rebecca Kasperavicius, Dayanqi Si, Arielle VanderSchans, and Cody Vanderslot. Don't hesitate to ask questions when  any staff are working at the Service Desk or in the Computer Labs - we are here to help you with using library resources and services!

The GRC Presents ... mostly Tuesdays, 12-1pm, NCB293
(A series of seminars and workshops to support the graduate community @ FIMS)

Writing at the Graduate Level - Paul Schmidt, Writing Counsellor from Graduate Writing Centre
Tuesday, May 17, 12-1:00, NCB 293
Take advantage of this opportunity to improve your writing skills for your graduate essays and reports.  Paul will discuss how to write clearly and concisely, offer citation integration tips as well as format and style pointers.  Following the workshop, there will be lots of time for questions.

Presentation Skills Workshop - Paul Schmidt, Writing Counsellor from Graduate Writing Centre
Tuesday, May 24, 12-1:00, NCB 293
One of our most popular workshops to date, Paul Schmidt presents strategies that can help you overcome public speaking apprehension and discusses ways to make your presentations more dynamic.

Email Encryption 101 - Matt Ward, FIMS Computing Services
Tuesday, June 7, 12-1:00, NCB 293
In this hands-on workshop, Matt will introduce PGP protocol to encrypt emails end-to-end to exclude the possibility of snooping. Your emails will be encrypted from start to finish, and only the addressee is able to decrypt it. You will need to bring your laptop to install and use PGP!

Breaking the Silence: Defining Academic Freedom for Librarians at Canadian Universities - Mary Kandiuk, York University & Harriet Sonne de Torrens, UTM
Tuesday, June 21st, 12-1:00, NCB 293
This is a joint presentation with UWOFA's Librarian and Archivist Stewards Committee.

Sign-up sheets are available in the library, or email to let us know that you will attend the event.

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 library homepage. 280D also has a projector so you can practice presentations.
Stop by the service desk in the library if you need a hand or see our new tutorial on "Booking a Room".

News from Western Libraries

Western Libraries Collections Cost Reduction Strategies:

As you may be aware, Western Libraries has been reviewing all of its resource subscriptions over the past few months. Because of the relative weakness of the Canadian dollar, we needed to reduce the ongoing cost for all of our information resources and especially for journal and database subscriptions.

A new web site is available that provides information about the process we have been using for our evaluation and lists of the subscriptions that have already been cancelled. The site is available at Please contact me ( if you have questions or concerns.

And Now for the Good News:

Western Libraries has received a larger increase than usual to its base acquisitions budget as well as a one-time amount to help us deal with serial cost increases and currency fluctuations in the future. The new budget year has begun and our regular acquistions processes are gearing up again this week. Please let me know if there are resources that you would like to recommend for the Weldon Library collection (

From the New Books Shelf....

Organizing Archival Records: A Practical Method of Arrangement and Description for Small Archives / David W. Carmichaeal
DBW stack oversize CD950.C37 2012

Shaping Online News Performance: Political News in Six Western Democracies / Edda Humprecht
DBW stack PN4833.H86 2016

Health Information Exchange: Navigating and Managing a Network of Health Information Sciences / edited by Brian E. Dixon
DBW stack R858.H3495 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, May 30. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, May 27.