No. 412 - February 12, 2018

Coming Events

MLIS Career Day
Thursday, February 15, 2018
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
FNB 3220
Talk to three different panels of MLIS grads working in different fields. The public library, academic, and transferrable skills panels are a great way to see what areas of librarianship sound most interesting to you and to have your questions answered! Register for the sessions you would like to attend by visiting this link or the FIMS Graduate Library Service Desk.

Professionalization Workshop: Research Collaboration
Thursday, February 15, 2018
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
FNB 4130
Professionalization workshop for thesis-based FIMS graduate students. Guest speakers include Nadine Wathen, Amanda Grzyb, and Melissa Adler.

"The Internet of Things: Implications for Consumer Privacy Under Canadian Law"
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
London Public Library, Landon Branch
167 Wortley Road
Presented by Sam Trosow as part of the FIMS #PublicInterest Lecture Series. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Abstract: In providing consumers with devices that communicate directly with each other, the Internet of Things (IoT) promises the benefits of efficient data collection resulting in lower energy costs, improved health monitoring, enhanced safety and other benefits. Yet the collection and reuse of data linked to the personal activities of individuals has implications for security and privacy. As connected devices expand to include more aspects of daily life, the tension between the IoT’s benefits with security/privacy related risks continues to widen (continue reading).

Important Dates

- Monday, February 19, 2018 - Family Day holiday (Offices closed)
- Monday, February 19 - Friday, February 23, 2018 - Reading Week/MLIS Research Week

News & Announcements

Submissions requested for FIMULAW Graduate Student Research Day
The Faculties of Music, Information and Media Studies, and Law invite graduate students and faculty to submit a poster, panel presentation, lightning talk, or performance presentation to our 2018 FIMULAW Research Day. The FIMULAW Research Day is an interdisciplinary research day that provides faculty and graduate students an opportunity to present their work and to engage with an interdisciplinary audience on matters of importance to researchers across disciplines. Deadline to submit a presentation proposal is Thursday, February 15. View the Call for Participation (pdf).

Registration for 3MT competition open
Registration is now open for Western's 3MT 2018 competition. Students from FIMS will compete with students from Arts & Humanities, Education, Ivey, Law, and Music, on Friday, March 2. The final day to register will be Friday, February 23. 3MT (Three Minute Thesis) is a research communication competition where graduate students have 3 minutes or less to present their research and its impact to a panel of non-specialist judges and peers. The exercise develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of research students' capacity to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience. Full details are available on the 3MT website.

Call for Presenters: Connected Life 2018 - Deadline: Feb 28, 2018
A multidisciplinary Internet research conference at the University of Oxford: Connected Life 2018 is a student-run day-long conference aimed at sparking multidisciplinary conversations and showcasing emerging Internet research. We welcome students and faculty from all departments, including (but not limited to) business, policy, computer science, economics, education, history, international relations, law, linguistics, literature, media and communication, medicine, philosophy, politics, psychology, and sociology. Like last year’s conference, Connected Life 2018, organised by students at the Oxford Internet Institute, will foster collaborations within and beyond Oxford in pursuit of an enhanced understanding of the Internet and its multifaceted effects on society (continue reading).

Awards & Accomplishments

Mary Baxter, TVO Hub reporter and FIMS journalist-in-residence, received the OLA award for Media and Communications at the recent OLA Superconference. Mary, along with Steve Paikin, host of The Agenda, were presented with the award for their work examining the changing roles of public libraries. FIMS BTS staff members Erin Carroll and Paul Buckley-Golder provided technical assistance for an onsite interview in the FIMS studios.

Meghan Fournie, MHIS student, successfully defended her thesis, titled "Exploring Quality Improvement for Diabetes Care: A Multiple Case Study of Primary Care Teams in First Nations Communities in Canada" on February 2, 2018.

Janet Loughheed, MHIS student, successfully defended her thesis, titled "A Foucauldian Genealogical Analysis of Healthy Eating Educational Materials in Ontario 1942-2015" on Thursday, February 1, 2018.

Judy McAlpine, MA'83 (Journalism), was appointed president of the USC Radio Group. USC Radio owns 12 stations in the United States.

Publications & Presentations

A number of people from the FIMS community contributed to the latest issue of Voices: Topics in Canadian Librarianship. Vol. 2 No. 1 (2018). The issue focused on LIS and Mental Health. Contributors include:

Jacquie Burkell, Associate Professor, co-authored an article titled "Partnering to Enhance Mental Health in Libraries."

Emily Carlisle, MLIS student, authored an article titled "Are 'Stress Busters' the Solution? Teaching Wellness at the Academic Library".

Meagan Collins and Nicole Doro, MLIS students, authored an article titled "Mindfulness in the Library: A Proactive Approach for Mental Health in LIS."

Sarah Edgar, MLIS alum, served as Guest Editor for the issue, and authored two pieces. Her Guest Editorial was titled "Breaking the Silence" and an additional contribution was titled "Research Study: Mental Health and Wellness in Young Adults in Public Libraries."

Caleigh Monk, MLIS alum, authored an article titled "Lonely librarianship: Combating Isolation and Mental Stress in Information Work."

Preethi Rao, MLIS alum, co-authored an article titled "Promoting Mental Health through Student Engagement: Students Helping Students."

Professor Edward Comor published the following book chapter:

Edward Comor, ‘Ubiquitous Media and Monopolies of Knowledge: the Approach of Harold Innis’ in Michael Daubs and Vincent Manzerolle (eds.), Mobile and Ubiquitous Media (New York: Peter Lang), pp. 183-200.

Nicole Dalmer, LIS PhD candidate, and Pam McKenzie, Associate Professor, published the following article:

Dalmer, N. K., Stooke, R., & McKenzie, P. (2018). Institutional ethnography: A sociology for librarianship. Library and Information Research, 41(125), 45-60.

Nicole also gave a presentation titled "The local and extralocal: Using institutional ethnography to map the invisibility of caregivers' information work" on February 9 as part of the ALISE Gender Issues SIG and Special Libraries Association's Education Division Webinar Series.

Michael Ridley, LIS PhD student, published the following article:

"Explainable Artificial Intelligence (AI)". InsideOCULA (Ontario College and University Library Association). February 2018.

Michael also gave a presentation titled "Are AIs Literate?" at the Ontario Library Association SuperConference in Toronto on February 2, 2018.

In the Media

Yimin Chen, LIS PhD student, was interviewed on CBC's London Morning by host Julianne Hazlewood (an MAJ alum), for a piece titled "Are internet trolls misunderstood? This PhD student says yes" on February 8, 2018.

News from the FIMS Graduate Library

Reading / Research Week Hours of Operation
Monday, February 19 - Closed for Family Day holiday
Tuesday to Thursday 8:30am - 7:00pm
Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm
Saturday & Sunday 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Come see our new collection, 'Indigenous Authors of Canada', on display in the library!
Our new collection is composed of a range of materials including picture books, adult fiction titles, and academic works, and they all circulate! Bring any of these books to the service desk to check them out.

One Book One London
If you want to participate in this year's #1Book1Ldn, stop by the library. We have 3 copies of David Chariandy's novel Brother, for our FIMS graduate community to borrow. Also, mark your calendars, as the author will have a book reading and signing on April 16th at Wolf Performance Hall.

Your FIMS Graduate Library presents...
Every Monday in February we will be highlighting a different piece of maker technology from our Makerspace, Bibliotech. Join Karim at 11:30am, 12 or 12:30pm for our series of Lightning Sessions to explore these creative tools and resources.

MLIS Career Day - Thursday, February 15, 9:30-3:30, FNB 3220
Talk to three different panels of MLIS grads working in different fields. The public library, academic, and transferrable skills panels are a great way to see what areas of librarianship sound most interesting to you and to have your questions answered! Register for the sessions you would like to attend by visiting this link or the FIMS Graduate Library service desk.

Level Up Your Linked In Profile - Monday, March 5, 12-1, FNB 4110
Not sure if you’re maximizing your LinkedIn profile? The Student Success Centre will be providing a brief presentation on LinkedIn profiles, followed by the opportunity to have your profile reviewed. Register at the FIMS Graduate Library service desk, or this link.

Research Metrics Workshop, presented by librarians from Western Libraries - Tuesday, March 6, 12-1pm, FNB 3020
Research metrics are increasingly gaining attention as tools to evaluate and assess research productivity and quality of research. This workshop will examine metrics related to articles, authors, and journals, using examples from librarianship. We will also discuss the challenges and implications of these metrics. Register at the FIMS Graduate Library service desk.

News from Western Libraries

From the New Books Shelf...

Digital Orientations: Non-Media-Centric Media Studies and Non-Representational Theories of Practice / Shaun Moores
Weldon Library 4th Floor HM851.M663 2018

Murder in the News: An Inside Look at how Television Covers Crime / Robert H. Jordan, Jr.
Weldon Library 4th Floor PN4888.C8J67 2017

Learner-Centered Pedagogy: Principles and Practice / Kevin Michael Klipfel and Dani Brecher Cook
Weldon Library 5th Floor Z682.4.I57K58 2017

Free Trial of Two New Resources:

Western Libraries is currently providing free trial access to two databases of possible interest.

  • The Music Magazine Archive is a series of digital collections focused on 20th and 21st century genres such as Rock, Folk, and Hip-Hop & Rap. The collection contains 1,461 issues comprising 100,696 pages and 91,441 articles.
  • Left of Liberalism: Marxist-Socialist Newspapers, 1900-2015 includes publications representing the voice of Communism, Socialism, and Marxism in the English-speaking world, addressing issues such as: early 20th-century labor conditions, the rise of McCarthyism, and the Civil Rights Movement. The database contains 2,191 issues comprising 41,759 pages and 97,847 articles.
Both trials are available until March 16, 2018 and can be accessed from the Western Libraries database list at


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The next issue of the FIMS Graduate Bulletin will be published on Monday, February 26. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, February 23.