No. 392 - October 31, 2016

Coming Events

CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS - “Spreading the Truth in the Age of Viral Misinformation”
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Somerville House, room 3345
Fall 2016 Clissold Lecture, presented by Craig Silverman: Craig Silverman is the founding editor of BuzzFeed Canada and leads a global beat for BuzzFeed News covering online misinformation and fake news.

Wednesday, November 2 and 9, 2016
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Grad Club
To provide some solidarity in the sometimes-solitary writing process, FIMS graduate students host some informal/structured writing time at the Grad Club. We’ll be meeting every Wednesday morning this semester starting at 9:30am. All FIMS graduate students, staff and faculty are welcome to bring their laptops and join in to sit, grab some coffee and write (reading is good too!) - drop by at any point in the morning.

SWOC "Out of the Archives" - MLIS students invited
Friday, November 4, 2016
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Weldon Library staff lounge
Please join SWOC (the South Western Ontario Chapter of the Archives Association of Ontario) for our Out of the Archives event! Students will have the opportunity to “speed date” archival staff from diverse backgrounds with diverse careers, asking questions and learning about their work. Refreshments will be provided. Space is limited so please sign up via our google doc sheet.

"Energizing librarians and library users through critical disability theory"
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
NCB 293
Presented by Claire Burrows, LIS PhD candidate.
Accessibility is increasingly a topic of focus in the LIS community. However, LIS research on accessibility remains limited in scope, which has practical implications for inclusion in a valuable community resource. This paper discusses research approaches to accessibility, as well as how critical disability theory can contribute to this field. As community institutions with a central mandate of providing information services to all citizens, libraries are especially suited to engaging with these theories in practice. Part of the FIMS Brown Bag Lecture Series.

"The Entreprecariat: Recording Artists in Extreme Metal Music Proto-Markets"
Thursday, November 17, 2016
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Middlesex College 6
Speaker: Jason Netherton, Media Studies PhD Candidate
Respondents: Norma Coates and Ryan Mack
Part of the Mediations Workshop and Lecture Series.
Abstract: While musicians, composers and recording artists throughout history have often adopted entrepreneurial tactics in the course of their work (Weber 2004; Salmen 1983; Raynor 1972), it appears that they are now facing pressure in the evolving digital music economy to become more fully entrepreneurial subjects (Tessler & Flynn, 2016). Recent research on recording artist entrepreneurism suggests that “emerging music professionals need an entrepreneurial spirit,” and that “they need to think like an entrepreneur (even if some don’t like the term) to sustain a career in the diverse fields of the music industries.” (Continue reading)

Important Dates

- Sunday, November 13, 2016 - Fall Preview Day

News & Announcements

Call for the OCULA Lightning Strikes Student Award
OCULA is putting out a call for the OCULA Lightning Strikes Student Award. What? Where? A 10-minute lightning talk relating to academic librarianship @ OLA Super Conference 2017. Who?  Present individually or as a group. Presentations can be delivered in English or French. When? Thursday, February 2, 2017. Why? If your proposal is selected for the session, you receive a FREE 1-year membership to OLA and OCULA. All speakers also get to attend the full day of the conference for free! Added bonus: If your talk is the audience’s choice, you win $200. How? More info and registration at:  Deadline is November 15, 2016.

News Graduate Student Innovation Scholars - $1500 Award and Workshop
Looking to add value to your graduate degree and to your research? Join Western's first cohort of Graduate Student Innovation Scholars. Receive a participation award of $1500. Apply your discipline-specific knowledge and develop expertise in entrepreneurship, commercialization and knowledge transfer with hands-on training. Apply your knowledge. Apply today. Deadline to apply is November 7.

Flu Immunization Clinics for Staff/Faculty
Workplace Health and the Staff/Faculty Family Practice Clinic will be providing adult only influenza immunization clinics for Western faculty, staff and post-doctoral scholars again this year in the University Community Centre (UCC) Health Services Resource Centre. Only employees of the University are eligible to use these immunization clinics**Western student employees, including Master and PhD students are asked to attend the drop in flu immunization clinics provided by SHS.

The final clinic takes place on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 (9:00am- 3:00pm). These clinics DO NOT require an appointment time.  Please bring your Health Card!  If you do not bring your health card you will not be able to get a flu shot.

Please note that we are unable to provide immunization for children at these clinics.  Employees and family members registered with the Western’s Family Practice Clinic (FPC) may make an appointment to take their children to the FPC for immunization.  Other staff and faculty, please contact your family physician to arrange immunization for children.

Awards & Accomplishments

Trent Cruz, Media Studies PhD Candidate, successfully defended his thesis titled, "Creative Management: Disciplining the Neoliberal Worker" on Friday, October 21, 2016.

Melissa Kargiannakis, graduate of the MHIS program, is one of nine founders worldwide to be accepted into the Women's Startup Lab (WSL) in Silicon Valley, California. Melissa will be working on a startup titled Heuristext, which is a for-profit social enterprise aimed at making the interenet easier to understand.

Publications & Presentations

Professor Edward Comor presented a paper titled "Innis's Reflexive Critique and Defence of Western Civilization" at The Toronto School Then / Now / Next conference in Toronto, October 15, 2016.

Nicole Dalmer, LIS PhD candidate, presented the following paper: "Family caregivers’ information work made (in)visible: An institutional ethnographic aging in place policy analysis" at the 45th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology in Montreal, Quebec on October 21st.

Saumava Mitra, Media Studies PhD candidate, published a journal article entitled "Display-through-foregrounding by photojournalists as self-reflexivity in photojournalism: Two case studies of accidental peace photojournalism" in Conflict and Communication Online, Vol. 15, Issue 2 in October, 2016.

Niel Scobie, Media Studies PhD candidate, presented a paper: “Innis on Ice: Examining NHL Hockey as a Space-Binding Medium.” At The Toronto School: Then, Now, Next  International Conference, University of Toronto, October 13-16, 2016.

Nafiz Zaman Shuva, LIS PhD student, presented the poster "Everyday Life Information Behaviour of Bangladeshi Immigrant Women in Canada" at the Information Seeking in Context (ISIC)-2016 conference which was held in Zadar from September 20-23 ( He also participated in the doctoral workshop which was held on 19th September.

Elaine Zibrowski, PhD candidate in Health Information Science,was the lead author on a research poster which won the 2016 Conference Prize for "Best Overall Poster"at the 2016 national meeting of the Canadian Health Information Association (CHIMA). The CHIMA conference was held October 24-25 in Edmonton, AB.

In the Media

Marni Harrington, FIMS Librarian, was quoted in the article "Digital Freedom is Intellectual Freedom for Canadian Library", published on ProQuest's blog on October 25. The article discusses how and why the GRC's Tor relay was implemented, in response to digital privacy concerns.

Amanda Grzyb, Associate Professor, appears in the article "MSU history professor Molly Todd collaborates with Canadian and Salvadoran colleagues to begin pilot project in El Salvador", published on the Montana State University website on October 25. The article outlines an ongoing research project titled, "Refugess and Surviving Memory in Post-Civil War El Salvador."

News from the Graduate Resource Centre

Reminder - We have a new website!
We have a new face for the old GRC website. You should be able to find all the same content as before, but now in an accessible format. If you can't find what you're looking for, contact and let us know what's missing.

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

Monday, November 21st, 12-1:20, various locations in North Campus Building
Human Library (in collaboration with the Progressive Librarians Guild)
This event will offer multiple sessions with Human Books discussing Information dilemmas, ethics, and challenges.
Please register in advance at the GRC to help us manage numbers, but drop-ins on the day of the event will be welcome (space permitting).
More details will follow as the event approaches, but questions regarding the event are welcome at

News from Western Libraries

Open Access News:

Western Libraries supports Cogitatio Press, a publisher of four open access peer-reviewed journals.  Media and Communication (ISSN: 2183-2439), Politics and Governance (ISSN: 2183-2463), Social Inclusion (ISSN: 2183-2803), and, Urban Planning (ISSN: 2183-7635). Our institutional membership enables Western authors to publish in Cogitatio Press journals without having to directly incur any Article Processing Charges (APC).

63 open access monographs are now available on the JSTOR platform from publishiers including university of California Press, University of Michigan Press, and Cornell Univeristy Press. We are in the process of adding this content to the library catalogue to increase its discoverability. For details, see In addition, a collection of e-books from deGruyter, such as Facets of Facebook) is also now freely available.

Hallowe'en Selections:   

Abject visions : powers of horror in art and visual culture / edited by Rina Arya and Nicholas Chare.
DBW stack N8217.H68A27 2016

Bad seeds and holy terrors : the child villains of horror film / Dominic Lennard
DBW stack PN1995.9.H6L42 2014.

The horror comics : fiends, freaks and fantastic creatures,1940s-1980s / William Schoell
DBW stack PN6725.S376 2014.

Listen in terror : British horror radio from the advent of broadcasting to the digital age / Richard J. Hand.
DBW stack PN1991.8.H66H356 2014

Living in fear : a history of horror in the mass media / by Les Daniels
DBW stack oversize P96.H65D3

Day of the Dead Celebration in Weldon:

Join the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures to celebrate the Spanish Day of the Dead, Wednesday, November 2, from 12:00-2:00 p.m. Enjoy food, music and more.

Next Issue

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The next issue of the FIMS Graduate Bulletin will be published on Monday, November 14. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, November 11.