No. 385 - June 27, 2016

Coming Events

Summer Farmer’s Market
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Outside McIntosh Gallery
Beginning on June 13, the market will run every Tuesday in the green space beside McIntosh Gallery across from the Social Science Building. Visit the market for fresh, locally produced food.

Yoga Class with Ajit Pyati
Tuesday, July 5, 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, July 7, 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.

Grant Writing Workshop
Monday, July 11, 2016
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Law Building 219C (Banks Room)
Hosted by Karen Kueneman, Research Officer. The workshop will benefit faculty members who are engaged in (or will be engaged in) writing grant applications. Some broad areas of focus for this workshop will be: general tips for writing grant applications (not only for SSHRC); grant writing for a multidisciplinary committee; SSHRC committee scoring and how this relates to effective grant writing; budget tips; CV tips; application process and procedures.

Please RSVP by July 8 if you plan to attend to Karen Kueneman: 

GRC Presents…Hands-on with Photoshop
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Lab A
Presented by Erin Carroll, FIMS Technical Manager. This workshop is for beginner users who are curious about learning Photoshop. Erin will include an introduction to the basic tools so you can design your own graphics, change colours, erase bits and clone out unwanted objects. The workshop will also include an introduction to layers, masks, and how to save file types.

Important Dates

- Monday, June 27, 2016 – Friday, July 1, 2016 – MLIS Research Week
- Friday, July 1, 2016 – Canada Day holiday (offices closed)

News & Announcements

Reminder to complete the new WHMIS training – All Western employees
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

Niall Conroy, LIS doctoral candidate, successfully defended his thesis, "Understanding Collaborative Sense-making for System Design - An Investigation of Musicians' Practice" on Friday, June 24.

Alexander Fortier, LIS doctoral candidate, successfully defended his thesis, “Does one size fit all? The Influence of Need for Cognition and Need for Cognitive Closure on Information Behaviour” on Tuesday, June 14.

Moutasem Zakkar, MHIS candidate, successfully defended his thesis, “Visualizing and Interacting with Social Determinants of Health” on Wednesday, June 15.

Publications & Presentations

Media Studies PhD Candidate Jennifer Hambleton published an article: “Broadway North: craft in Canadian creative industry production” in the journal Work Organisation, Labour and Globalisation Spring 2016, vol. 10.1

Doug Mann, Assistant Professor, published the article “Revisiting ‘The X-Files’: Despite the Reboot’s Flaws, Its Message Still Resonates” in on June 6, 2016.

News from the Graduate Resource Centre

Hours of operation during reading/research week (June 27 to July 3)
Monday to Thursday: 8:30am - 7:00pm (regular hours)
Friday July 1 - CLOSED for Canada Day Holiday
Sat & Sun 1:00 - 5:00pm (regular hours)

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

Hands-on with Photoshop - Erin Carroll, FIMS Technical Manager
Tuesday, July 12, 12-1pm, Lab A
This workshop is for beginner users who are curious about learning Photoshop.
Erin will include an introduction to the basic tools so you can design your own graphics, change colours, erase bits and clone out unwanted objects. The workshop will also include an introduction to layers, masks, and how to save file types.

Research Productivity & Impact Metrics - Janice Winkler-Callighen & Lindsay Bontje, MLIS Candidates
Tuesday, July 19, 12-1pm, NCB293
Janice and Lindsay will talk about basic uses for research metrics, H-indexes, general metric types, discipline specific metrics, where to find them and the roles of librarians in research metrics.

Computing Hardware - Matt Ward, FIMS Computing Services
Tuesday, July 26, 12-1pm, NCB293
Do you know what's inside that machine you're using?
Join Matt in this hands-on, interactive session as we take apart a computer to look at what's inside.
There will be lots of time for questions and discussion.

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

Looking for a room? Book the 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.

Check out the book locker ~ The GRC's own Little Free Library
Heading home for the break? Looking for something to read?  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).

News from Western Libraries

Student2Scholar (S2S)
Brush up your research skills by exploring this collection of self-directed modules geared for graduate students.

Renovation of Quotes Café has begun:
Quotes Café in Weldon is becoming Argo Tea and some changes are in the works. Free earplugs at the Service Desk in case it gets noisy.

From the New Books Shelf...

Digital Shift: The Cultural Logic of Punctuation / Jeff Scheible
DBW stack P96.T42S34 2015

A Force for Good: How the American News Media Have Propelled Positive Change / Rodger Streitmatter
DBW stack PN4888.I53S74 2015

Is Digital Different? How Information Creation, Capture, Preservation and Discovery Are Being Transformed / edited by Michael Moss and Barbara Endicott-Popovsky
DBW stack Z692.C65I83 2015

All Western Libraries Locations will be CLOSED on Canada Day - July 1, 2016
See detailed hours at

Next Issue

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The next issue of the FIMS Graduate Bulletin will be published on Monday, July 11. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, July 8.