No. 393 - November 14, 2016

Coming Events

GRC Presents...Introduction to User Experience
Monday, November 14, 2016
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
NCB 293
Interested in finding out more about user experience? Want to know how libraries are including user experience research, design, and testing into their everyday decisions concerning physical and online spaces and services?

Join Kelly Threson, former user experience representative at Weldon, as she shows you how to conduct user experience research and implement it into library designs! Sign up in the GRC or email

"The Tribe Has Spoken: Election or Reality Show?"
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
UCC 41
Join panelists Norma Coates, Alison Hearn, Sasha Torres, Jeremy Copeland, and Laurel Shire for a free-ranging discussion about media coverage and democratic process in the wake of the American election. Everyone is welcome!

Wednesday, November 16 and 23, 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.

"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)

SWOC "Out of the Archives" - MLIS students invited
Friday, November 18, 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.

GRC Presents...The Human Library
Monday, November 21, 2016
12:00 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.
NCB various rooms
In collaboration with the PLG. The event will offer multiple sessions with Human Books discussing information dilemmas, ethics, and challenges. Sign up in the GRC or email:

MMJC Open House - Join us in our studio
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
12:00 p.m - 1:30 p.m.
NCB 283 (studios)
If you've got questions (or know someone who has questions) about the Master of Media in Journalism & Communication (MMJC), this is a great chance to come and get them answered by faculty and staff of the program.

"The Theory and Practice of Kinetic Publishing"
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
NCB 293
Presented by Robert Glushko, Associate Chief Librarian, Western Libraries. In the past decade, although scholarly publishing diversified to offer multiple forms of knowledge dissemination, most publishing remains unchanged, with the most influential venues taking the form of traditional journals: groups of articles bound in periodic, space restricted, issues. Scholarly publishing in the digital age is often a transformation of physical forms and norms into digital media: an easy and familiar solution that fails to adapt to the realities of the new medium.  As a remedy, we propose Kinetic Publishing, a new model of scholarly thought, discussion, and dissemination. Part of the Brown Bag Lecture Series.

"Naming (or not naming) Names: An International Comparison of Crime Coverage"
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
London Public Library, Masonville Branch
30 North Centre Rd
Presented by Romayne Smith Fullerton as part of the FIMS #PublicInterest Lecture Series.
Abstract: In North America, persons accused of serious crimes can expect to be the focus of intense media scrutiny from the time of the initial accusations until the court verdict and beyond. Their name, address, age, and background all become grist for the public via mainstream news. This is regular practice in Canada, but naming names and providing intimate details about the accused, their children, and their families is not routine in other parts of the world. Why are these journalistic practices different and what do the practices suggest about privacy, the public right to know, and justice itself?

Important Dates

- Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - Last Day of FIMS Graduate Classes

News & Announcements

Nominations open for Spirit of Librarianship and Fantastic FIMS awards
You will have until Friday, November 25th at midnight to submit nominations for these awards. Please submit your nominations by replying to the email you received from Krisandra Ivings. 

Your nomination should include an explanation as to why you are nominating that individual. You can submit multiple nominations. At the end of the nomination period, you will be sent an email with directions about how you can cast your final vote. The email will include the names and explanations for each person who was nominated. The 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. However, the Fantastic FIMS award can be awarded to the same individual more than once, but not more than one time in a 5-year period. Nominations and voting will only take a few minutes of your time, so start thinking about who you think are deserving of these awards!

Apply now for the Ali Mustafa Memorial Award 2017
The award provides one-time funding to assist an individual freelance journalist in carrying out a photojournalism project that helps expand public understandings of a contemporary social issue or that contributes to social justice activism. The award will be valued at a maximum of $3000 (CAD) and may be used to cover the following costs: travel expenses, equipment, training, visas, insurance, and living expenses. To apply email: or visit: APPLICATION DEADLINE: December 15, 2016. View the postcard (pdf)

Aspiring Communicators - Volunteer Here!
Are you looking for volunteer opportunities in your field? Consider volunteering with IABC London, the local professional association for London communicators. (View full invitation)

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.

Awards & Accomplishments

Congratulations to Meredith Levine, Victorial L. Rubin (FT), Robert Craig, Selma Purac and Warren Steele (PT), who were announced as the winners of the 2016 Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching. The winners were announced at Faculty Council on October 19, with the recipients being presented with certificates.

Stephanie Simpson, Master of Health Information Science student, successfully defended her thesis "The Development and Implementation of the Off-Premise Outlet Density Expansion Initiative within Ontario's New Beer Framework: A Case Study" on Friday, October 28.

Jessica Thom, PhD in Media Studies candidate, successfully defended her thesis "Believing the News: Exploring How Young Canadians Make Decisions About Their News Consumption" on Monday, October 31, 2016.

Publications & Presentations

Associate Professor Keir Keightley's chapter, "Summer of '64," has been published in new collection entitled Good Vibrations: Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys in Critical Perspective, edited by Philip Lambert (Michigan).

In the Media

Melissa Kargiannakis, MHIS alum, was featured in a Western News article on November 9, 2016, titled "Idea may help translate digital world for all". The article outlines Melissa's work on an online tool that can customize a webpage to any viewer's reading level, making the Internet more accessible for a wider array of people.

News from the Graduate Resource Centre

The GRC Presents ...
(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).

News from FIMS Computing Services

Skype Training sessions

FIMS Computing Services will be offering training sessions for Skype for Business on Wednesday November 16, and Wednesday November 23, from 12-noon to 1pm in Lab B (NCB 277a).

Staff and graduate students are invited to participate in our Skype for Business training. Having to set up a skype call for important meetings can be challenging, as the software and technology are not always familiar. We hope that you will join us to learn more about using Skype for Business, stress free!

If you are interested in attending, please contact Matt Ward at FIMS Computing Services: Please indicate which session you would like to sign up for, and we will accommodate your preference on a first come first serve basis.

** Please bring a laptop if you have one.

News from Western Libraries

Featured resource: BASE (Bielefeld Academic Search Engine)

The Bielefeld Academic Search Engine or BASE indexes metadata of all kinds of academically relevant Open Access resources - journals, institutional repositories, digital collections etc. - which provide an OAI interface and use OAI-PMH for providing their contents.  It allows searchers to discover content in institutional repositories from around the world and provides a rich source of material that may not be available through commercial databases. See more details about BASE at and a presentation about the past and future of the project at

Equipment for Loan:

Western Libraries locations offer a variety of equipment that can help you with your work, including chargers, interactive pens and metronomes. See for details.

From the New Books Shelf....

The Intersectional Internet: Race, Sex, Class and Culture Online / edited by Safiya Umoja Noble and Brendesha M. Tynes
DBW stack HM851.I5855 2016

Global Media Studies / Toby Miller and Marwan M. Kraidy
DBW stack P96.I5M55 2016

Digital Rights Management: The Librarian's Guide / edited by Catherine A. Lemmer and Carla P. Wale
DBW stack Z653.7.D54 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, November 28. It will be the last issue of the Fall 2016 term. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, November 25.