No. 387 - July 25, 2016

Coming Events

GRC Presents...Computing Hardware
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
NCB 293
Do you know what's inside that machine you're using? Join Matt Ward 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, discussion and cookies. Sign up in the GRC, or email

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 26 and August 2, 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.

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 28 and August 4, 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

Graduate Writing Support Group
Thursday, July 28 and August 4, 2016
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
The Grad Club
We are continuing to schedule semi-structured writing time at the Grad Club to provide some solidarity in the sometimes-solitary writing process. All thesis-based masters and doctoral students and all FIMS faculty members are welcome to join in to sit and write - drop by at any point in the afternoon. For more information, contact LIS PhD student Nicole Dalmer (

MLIS End-of-Term Mixer
Thursday, August 11, 2016
12:00 p.m.
Takes place in the grassy area between NCB and Staging Building.
The theme will be “Summer Fun Day” and will include summer-themed refreshments and events such as water balloon fights and a pie-ing booth. Hosted by the MLIS Student Council.

Important Dates

- Monday, August 1, 2016 - Civic holiday (Offices closed)
- Friday, August 12, 2016 - Last day of FIMS graduate classes

News & Announcements

Nominations open for Spirit of Librarianship and Fantastic FIMS awards
Nominations for the Spirit of Librarianship and Fantastic FIMS awards are now open! You have until 23:59 on Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 to submit nominations for these awards. Please submit your nominations by replying to this email ( 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. The email will include the names and explanations for each nominee. Award winners will be announced before the end of the term.

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 here:!awards/c1yim

Librarians Without Borders student group holds Lego with Librarians event
On July 16, 2016, Librarians Without Borders visited Kettle and Stony Point First Nation Public Library to host Lego with Librarians, a unique library programming opportunity. The session was a lot of fun, with children coming to play with Lego, colour, and win prizes. The group also worked to promote the Summer Reading Club and will return to the library on August 11 to help with reading club programming. If you want to know more about the outreach activities of the LWB student group, look them up on Facebook to learn more about this upcoming outreach opportunity, their regular meetings, and how to get involved in their summer/fall Access to Information programming initiatives. 

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

Charlotte Britten, MA in Media Studies student, successfully defended her thesis, “Finding Your Way: Navigating Online News and Opinions” on Tuesday, July 19.

Publications & Presentations

Professor Lynne McKechnie and Associate Professor Paulette Rothbauer had their book, titled Plotting the Reading Experience: Theory/Practice/Politics, published in June. The book was edited in collaboration with professors Kjell Ivar Skjerdingstad and Knut Oterholm of Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences in Norway.

News from the Graduate Resource Centre

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

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, discussion and cookies.

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

The GRC is closed on Monday, August 1st.
We will be open our regular hours of operation until Friday, Aug 12.
Monday to Thursday: 8:30am - 6:00pm
Friday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 1:00 - 5:00pm

Take a book or leave a book
The Book Swap Lockers (#147 & #148 across from the studios) have been reorganized by size this week!
You will always find a book that interests you as new books are frequently dropped into the collection! The lockers are open for access 24/7 and the collection has a wide range of books on various topics. Some examples include Danielle Steel Collection, Sudoku, Emergency Sex, The Paris Guide, Star Trek, The Science of Shopping, Mustang Tales, and much more!

New building and #newFIMSlib
As we approach our move to the new FIMS building (scheduled to open January 2017), the GRC wants to change its name and is looking for a little help from our friends! Share your suggestions/ideas on our Book Wall in NCB 280D, on our Facebook page, or tweet us using the hashtag ‪#‎newFIMSlib.

News from Western Libraries

Western Libraries Launches New Course Readings Service Next Week:

The new course readings service has been developed in collaboration with Affiliate University College Libraries, The Book Store at Western, the Instructional Technology Resource Centre and the Registrar’s Office. It uses ARES software and is designed to make requesting and accessing supplementary course material, regardless of format, easy both for instructors and for students. Copyright assessment is built into the process. Readings can be accessed through the library web site, or directly through an OWL course site. See for more information.

Featured Resource: Scopus
The Scopus database indexes a wide range of scholarly literature and is an excellent source of information for social science related topics. It also includes tools that let you to track, analyze and visualize citation frequency and other metrics related to research productivity. Help on using Scopus is available at

From the New Books Shelf....

Culture in the Age of Three Worlds / Michael Denning
DBW stack HM621.D46 2004

Asian American Media Activism: Fighting for Cultural Citizenship / Lori Kido Lopez
DBW stack P94.5.A752U656 2016

The Sitcom Reader: America Re-viewed, Still Skewed / edited by Mary M. Dalton, Larua R. Linder
DBW stack PN1991.8.C65S57 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, August 8. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, August 5. It will be the final issue of the Grad Bulletin for the summer 2016 term, returning on Monday, September 19.