No. 405 - October 16, 2017

  • Coming Events:

    - FIMSwrites
    - Graduate Library Presents...Personal Information Security
    - Graduate Library Presents...Open Access Week: Wiki-Edit, Music
    - "Harold Innis on Canada"
    - "Accountability and Transparency in News Media in an Era of 'Alternative' Facts"
    - "The Future Lasts Forever. Memory Institutions: Not a Thing of the Past"
    - Graduate Library Presents...Open Access Webinar
    - Research Coffee Hour: "How to use the new Western Research Ethics Management (WREM) System"
    - "Making a Difference: Research for Social Justice"
  • Important Dates:

    - Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - Faculty Council
    - Friday, October 20, 2017 - Senate
    - Thursday, October 26, 2017 - FIMS Autumn Convocation
  • News & Announcements:

    - FIMS Computing Services hosting training sessions for FCS Lab 3
    - Invitation to Annual Planning and Budgeting Town Hall
    - Faculty/staff Flu Shot clinics announced
    - Applications open for MLA scholarship
  • Awards & Accomplishments:

    - Saumava Mitra
    - Ajit Pyati
    - Shahad Rashid
  • Publications & Presentations:

    - Ramon Diab
    - Marni Harrington
    - Saumava Mitra
    - Michael Ridley
  • In the Media:

    - Temo Gare
    - Pam McKenzie
    - David McPherson
    - Sam Trosow
  • Additional Activities of Note:

    - Tim Blackmore
  • News from the FIMS Graduate Library:

  • News from Western Libraries:

  • Next Issue:



Coming Events

FIMSwrites
Every Wednesday
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
FNB 4070
To provide some solidarity in the sometimes-solitary writing process, we're continuing to host weekly structured writing time. We meet every Wednesday morning from 9:30am until noon in FNB 4070. All FIMS graduate students, staff and faculty are welcome to bring their laptops and join in to sit and write (reading is good too!) - drop by at any point in the morning. Questions? Contact Nicole Dalmer (ndalmer@uwo.ca).

Graduate Library Presents...Personal Information Security
Thursday, October 19, 2017
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
FNB 3020D/E
Join Matt Ward for discussion and demonstration about personal information security. Bring your laptop (if available) to learn how to arm yourself against hacks, bad passwords, and big data snoops! Sign up in the Graduate Library, or email fimslib@uwo.ca.

Graduate Library Presents...Open Access Week: Wiki-Edit, Music
Thursday, October 19, 2017
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Weldon Library
Have you ever been curious about how Wikipedia works? Have you longed to correct an “alternative fact” or two? Here’s your chance! To mark Canada’s 150th birthday, the Canadian Association of Music Libraries has organized a cross-country Wikipedia/Wikidata edit-a-thon to improve online coverage of Canadian music topics. Join Madison Edgar, MLIS Student and Student Library Assistant, at Weldon Library to participate. Sign up in the Graduate Library, or email fimslib@uwo.ca.

"Harold Innis on Canada"
Thursday, October 19, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
FNB 1220
Presented by Edward Comor as part of Western’s Canada 150 Research Series in collaboration with the Faculty of Law and the Don Wright Faculty of Music, as well as the FIMS #PublicInterest Lecture Series.

To Harold Innis, Canada was an important and tragic place. A veteran of the First World War and the country’s most prodigious intellectual during the Second, by 1945 Innis was as disturbed by his country’s nationalism as he was driven forward by the potentialities of its culture. Known today for his analysis of Canadian economic development and his theories concerning media and communications, a little known part of Innis’ legacy is his understanding of the unique position of Canada in modern civilization and, paradoxically, his deep pessimism regarding the nation’s future. In this presentation, these and other seemingly contradictory aspects of Innis’ life, and the salience of his work for Canadians sixty-five years after his death, will be explored.

"Accountability and Transparency in News Media in an Era of 'Alternative Facts'"
Saturday, October 21, 2017
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
FNB 2220
As the common understanding of the term "fake news" continues to evolve, and the credibility of traditionally mainstream media comes under greater scrutiny from a variety of stakeholders, everyday citizens are finding it increasingly difficult to know where to turn for reliable information. Join our panel of journalists as they discuss the challenges facing an industry that remains a cornerstone of democratic society. Panelists include: Sylvia Stead (Public Editor, Globe and Mail), Mary Baxter (TVO Hub Reporter), Rebecca Zandbergen (CBC London Morning Show host), Andrew Lundy (VP Digital, Canadian Press), and Victoria Rubin (FIMS Researcher and Professor). Moderated by Paul Benedetti, reporter, columnist with the Hamilton Spectator and FIMS journalism instructor. This is a FIMS Homecoming 2017 event and all are welcome.

"The Future Lasts Forever. Memory Institutions: Not a Thing of the Past"
Saturday, October 21, 2017
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
FNB 2220
Public lecture by Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada. Dr. Guy Berthiaume assumed the position of Librarian and Archivist of Canada on June 23, 2014. Prior to joining Library and Archives Canada, he was the Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec between 2009 and 2014, following a 30 year career in academia. Dr. Berthiaume holds a Doctorate in History. In addition to serving as a professor of Ancient History at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), he held administrative positions focusing on research and university development. Previous roles include Vice-President, Development and Public Affairs, Université de Montréal, and Vice-President, Research and Creation, UQAM. This is a FIMS Homecoming 2017 event and all are welcome.

Graduate Library Presents...Open Access Webinar
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
FNB 3020
Join Madison Edgar for a viewing of an Open Access Week Web Panel on Academic Publishing Models for Professional Associations. More information about this webinar and many other events around the world is available through the International Open Access Week site. Sign up in the Graduate Library, or email fimslib@uwo.ca.

Research Coffee Hour: "How to use the new Western Research Ethics Management (WREM) System"
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
12:00 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.
FNB 3010, Lab 3
The FIMS Research Coffee Hour is an opportunity for faculty and PhD researchers to participate in an informal discussion/workshop/ question and answer session on topics related to research. This session, facilitated by Erika Basile, Director, Research Ethics will be a hands-on workshop on how to use the new Ethics application system, WREM, that has replaced Romeo.  Erika will show how to set up an account, add/remove study personnel, submit studies, close a study, make amendments to a study and how to get help when using the new system.

Since this session is being held in a computer lab we are unable to provide coffee and snacks.

Masters students planning on conducting research with human participants are welcome to attend.

"Making a Difference: Research for Social Justice"
Saturday, October 28, 2017
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Museum of Ontario Archaeology
1600 Attawandaron Road, London
The Royal Society of Canada's College of New Scholars is hosting "Canada 150" events across Canada (Halifax, Montreal, London, Winnipeg and Vancouver). The London event will involve a number of professors from Western, all of whom are members of the Royal Society of Canada's College of New Scholars. The themes covered in the Western event will be: Canada's TRC and reconciliation; poverty; environmental issues; the refugee experience; and violence against women with families. Professor Nadine Wathen will co-present on "Mobalizing Knowledge for Wicked Problems: Research for Policy & Practice in Family Violence."



Important Dates


- Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - Faculty Council
- Friday, October 20, 2017 - Senate
- Thursday, October 26, 2017 - FIMS Autumn Convocation



News & Announcements


FIMS Computing Services hosting training sessions for FCS Lab 3
FIMS Computing Services will be hosting training sessions for the new FCS Lab 3 in FNB 3010 on Thursday, October 26 and Thursday, November 23, at noon.

The lab, which is designed to facilitate group work, is arranged into pods with 5 workstations each. Each pod has a 4K TV that acts as a monitor and is set up to display the desktop of any workstation in the pod. Training sessions will help you learn how to get the most out of the new lab.

Invitation to Annual Planning and Budgeting Town Hall
All members of Western’s campus community are invited to attend a town hall October 31 which will provide an update on the current status of the University's planning process and a very preliminary high-level budget outlook for the coming year(s). The meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. in the MCKellar Room (290), UCC. A formal presentation will be followed by a Q&A period. Please RSVP Gayle Stuebing at gstuebin@uwo.ca if you plan to attend.

Faculty/staff Flu Shot clinics announced
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.

Faculty/staff clinics will be held: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 (9:00am-3:30pm), Thursday, October 26, 2016 (9:00am-3:30pm), and Monday, October 30, 2017 (9:00am- 2:00pm). Please bring your Health Card! If you do not bring your health card you will not be able to get a flu shot.

Applications open for MLA Scholarship
A scholarship of up to $5,000 is awarded annually by the Medical Library Association (MLA) to a student who shows excellence in scholarship and potential for accomplishment in health sciences librarianship. The scholarship is announced at the annual meeting of the association, where the recipient will also receive a one-year student membership in MLA and free inclusive student registration at the association’s annual meeting. Deadline is December 1. Full details.



Awards & Accomplishments


Saumava Mitra, Media Studies PhD candidate, successfully defended his thesis "Local-Global Tensions: Professional Experience, Role Perceptions and Image Production of Afghan Photojournalists Working for a Global Audience" on October 12, 2017.

Ajit Pyati
, Associate Professor, was named a recipient of the inaugural Western Leadership in Wellness Award of Recognition for his contribution in promoting health and wellness on Western's campus. Professor Pyati was presented with his certificate by Melanie-Anne Atkins, director of Western's Wellness Education Centre, on October 4. Read the full story.

Shahad Rashid, MA in Media Studies student, successfully defended her thesis "Mapping the Arab Diaspora: Examining Placelessness and Memory in Arab Art" on October 10, 2017.



Publications & Presentations


Ramon Diab, LIS PhD student, presented a paper titled, “Capital’s Cybernetic Form and Uber’s Immaterial Production” at the International Labour Process Theory conference in Sheffield, UK this past April. It received an award for best PhD paper.

Marni Harrington, Associate Librarian, published the following article:

Harrington, Marni R., and Ania Dymarz. 2018. “Consultants in Academic Libraries: Challenging, Renewing, and Extending the Dialogue.” Canadian Journal of Academic Librarianship 3: 1–28.

Saumava Mitra, Media Studies PhD candidate, published the article "Adoptability and acceptability of peace journalism among Afghan photojournalists: Lessons for peace journalism training in conflict-affected countries" in the current issue of the Journal of the Association for Journalism Education.

Michael Ridley, LIS PhD student, presented "Is AI Literate?" at the Books and Screens and the Reading Brain conference at Vilnius University in Lithuanian. An article based on that talk is available on the LIS Scholarship Archive: https://osf.io/preprints/lissa/y9swd



In the Media


Temo Gare, MMJC student, was quoted in the Toronto Star article "Winner of inaugural Raveena Aulakh Memorial Award announced", published on Saturday, October 14, 2017.

Pam McKenzie, Professor and Associate Dean, was featured in a blogpost titled "On Campus With: Pam McKenzie" on Librarianship.ca on October 9, 2017.

David McPherson (MA'98 Journalism), was featured in an Alumni Gazette article titled "Legendary 'Shoe' a perfect fit for alumnus", published on September 15, 2017.

Sam Trosow, Associate Professor, was featured in an article titled "High-tech appliances threaten privacy, Western University report warns" published in the London Free Press on October 7, 2017.



Additional Activities of Note


Tim Blackmore will participate in a continuing discussion about the good, great, bad and ugly sides of social media. Should we quit social media? The event takes place on Monday, October 16 at the London Public Library (Central) 7-8:30 p.m. Full details.



News from the FIMS Graduate Library


Your Graduate Library Presents...
This series of workshops and presentations is a chance to learn beyond the classroom.
See a list of all our upcoming events on our events page.

October 19th: Personal Information Security - FNB3020 12-1pm
Join Matt Ward for discussion and demonstration about personal information security. Bring your laptop (if available) to learn how to arm yourself against hacks, bad passwords, and big data snoops!

October 19: Open Access Week: Wiki-Edit, Music - Weldon Library 1-5pm
Have you ever been curious about how Wikipedia works? Have you longed to correct an “alternative fact” or two? Here’s your chance! To mark Canada’s 150th birthday, the Canadian Association of Music Libraries has organized a cross-country Wikipedia/Wikidata edit-a-thon to improve online coverage of Canadian music topics. Join Madison Edgar, MLIS Student and Student Library Assistant, at Weldon Library to participate.

October 24: Open Access Webinar - FNB3020 2-3pm
Join Madison Edgar for a viewing of an Open Access Week Web Panel on Academic Publishing Models for Professional Associations.
More information about this webinar and many other events around the world is available through the International Open Access Week site.

November 2: Paper, Pencils, and Post-Its, Oh My!: Learning to Paper-Prototype - FNB3020 12-1:20pm
Paper prototyping is a low-cost, structured brainstorming technique that uses  arts and crafts materials such as paper, pencils, and post-its to better understand the way users interact with physical, visual, and textual information. It can help us learn how to better think through workflows, space design, and information architecture. In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to develop ideas, troubleshoot workflows, and improve learning and interaction in an agile, lean, and fun way. Participants will step through an activity in icon design, and will use personas to develop a low-fidelity prototype and step through a guerilla usability testing process. Presented by librarians Lililian Rigling and Matt Barry from Western Libraries.

Sign-up in the library, or email fimslib@uwo.ca

Homecoming Events in the Library! Saturday, Oct 21 11am-2pm
This is a unique opportunity to bring your family and friends to an open house at FIMS and in the library. Not only will they get a chance to hang out on the terrace, but we'll also have hands-on stations for maker space exploration along with an interactive privacy demonstration, and an exhibit of our special collections. Please join us!

Have you heard of the new journal Emerging Library and Information Perspectives?
This is a new open access, student-run MLIS journal, sponsored by the FIMS Graduate Library.
A call for papers will be coming your way at the end of the month.



News from Western Libraries


Featured Database: Alt-PressWatch:

This full text database showcases over 280 unique, independent voices from many respected and cited grassroots newspapers, magazines, and journals. Pulbications are primarily from North America. Alt-Press Watch is available on the Western Libraries list of Databases and also inlcuded on our research guide to News Soruces at https://guides.lib.uwo.ca/news_sources.

Recently Available E-books:

Developing Librarian Competencies for the Digital Age / edited by Jeffrey G. Coghill, Roger G. Russel [electronic resource]
http://alpha.lib.uwo.ca/record=b6889805

The Power of Media in Health Communications / edited by Valentina Marinescu and Bianca Mitu [electronic resource]
http://alpha.lib.uwo.ca/record=b6910482

Rethinking Journalism Again: societal role and public relevance in a digital age / edited by Chris Peters and Marcel Broersma [electornic resource]
http://alpha.lib.uwo.ca/record=b6915009



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 bblue@uwo.ca.

The next issue of the FIMS Graduate Bulletin will be published on Monday, October 30. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, October 27.