No. 427 - December 10, 2018

  • Coming Events:

    - "Up Close and Impersonal: Locative Media and the Changing Nature of the Networked Individual in the City"
    - "A Value Theory of Creative Labour? The Disciplining of Performers by the Law and/of Value"
  • Important Dates:

    - Monday, December 10 - Friday, December 21, 2018 - Undergraduate Exam Period
    - Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - Last day of classes for FIMS graduate programs
    - Saturday, December 22, 2018 - Wednesday, January 2, 2019 - Administrative offices closed
    - Friday, January 4, 2019 - Orientation for new MLIS students
    - Monday, January 7, 2019 - First day of undergraduate and graduate classes
  • News & Announcements:

    - FIMSSC Advocacy Team / Moon Time Sisters network update
    - Alan Shepard named new Western president
    - Western's Freedom of Expression policy approved
    - WISE Competition is accepting submissions
    - Coding, Decoding, Recoding Conference: Call for Papers
    - In Memoriam: Janette White
  • Awards & Accomplishments:

    - Grant Campbell
    - Michael Myers
    - Karen Nicholson
    - Abdul Malik Sulley
    - Rose Vespa
  • In the Media:

    - Norma Coates
  • Additional Activities of Note:

    - Nadine Wathen
  • News from the FIMS Graduate Library:

  • News from Your MLIS SOGS Rep

  • Next Issue:



Coming Events


"Up Close and Impersonal: Locative Media and the Changing Nature of the Networked Individual in the City"
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
FNB 4110
Presented by Darryl Pieber as part of the Mediations Workshop and Lecture Series.
Responses from Mason Brooks and TBA.
Abstract: This presentation considers locative media apps – location-based apps on mobile devices – and their potential to change how individuals experience urban settings. Locative media further lead toward networked individualism. Networked individualism describes a shift toward multiple, shifting social networks rather than belonging to closely-bounded and often geographically based groups (continue reading).

"A Value Theory of Creative Labour? The Disciplining of Performers by the Law and/of Value"
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
FNB 4070
Presented by Matt Stahl as part of the FIMS Seminar Series.
Abstract: In his Making Capital from Culture (1992) Bill Ryan argued the artistic worker “represents a special case of concrete labour which is ultimately irreducible to abstract value” (44). Many contemporary scholars employ this view in their arguments about ensuring that creative work in the cultural industries is or remains “good” work (Hesmondhalgh and Baker 2011) or more “just” work (Banks 2017). But Ryan’s analysis depends on a transcendental, universalistic conception of labour, not an historical one, and an inherited one-sidedness limits the usefulness of contemporary cultural industries scholarship (continue reading).



Important Dates


- Monday, December 10 - Friday, December 21, 2018 - Undergraduate Exam Period
- Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - Last day of classes for FIMS graduate programs
- Saturday, December 22, 2018 - Wednesday, January 2, 2019 - Administrative offices closed
- Friday, January 4, 2019 - Orientation for new MLIS students
- Monday, January 7, 2019 - First day of undergraduate and graduate classes




News & Announcements


FIMSSC Advocacy Team / Moon Time Sisters network update
Thanks to all those who helped Lili Dang, Hailee Mah (FIMSSC Advocacy Commissioner), and the FIMSSC Advocacy Team collect menstrual products for the Moon Time Sisters network. During the fall drive, they collected six boxes worth of menstrual products, specifically, 5450 pads and 1211 tampons for the Moon Time Sisters Ontario. A big thank you to everyone for donating generously.

Alan Shepard named new Western president
Alan Shepard, currently president of Concordia University in Montreal, has been named as Western's 11th President and Vice-Chancellor. His term begins on July 1, 2019. Shepard replaces outgoing president Amit Chakma. Read more about Alan Shepard.

Western's Freedom of Expression policy approved
Western’s proposed freedom of expression policy received unanimous approval from the Board of Governors Thursday, November 29. The policy was also approved by Senate earlier this month. Review the policy.

WISE Competition is accepting submissions
Western's Ideas for Sustainability and the Environment (WISE) Competition is accepting submissions until January 7, 2019. Entering its fifth year, the competition is open to graduate and undergraduate students with a grand prize of $1,500 and secondary prizes. Interested students can get more information and submit applications/proposals online: http://sustainability.uwo.ca/wise/index.html

Coding, Decoding, Recoding Conference: Call for Papers
It is our pleasure to invite you to submit paper proposals for our 21st Annual Graduate Student Conference presented by the graduate programs in Comparative Literature, Hispanic Studies, Theory & Criticism at the University of Western Ontario. We will accept proposals representative of fields of interest related to comparative literature, cultural studies, digital humanities, disabilities studies, environmental studies, film studies, history, linguistics, literary studies, philosophy, postcolonial studies, queer and gender studies, media studies, theory & criticism, visual arts, and women studies. Submission deadline is January 14, 2019. Read the Call for Papers (pdf).

In Memoriam: Janette White
Janette Hunter White, Professor Emerita, has passed away. White was a founding member of Western's School of Library and Information Science, and also served as Assistant to the Dean from 1984-1986. She taught and worked in administration at the university until she retired. White passed away in Hamilton, on November 27, 2018, at the age of 97. View obituary.



Awards & Accomplishments


MLISSC recently announced the Fall 2018 winners of their Spirit of Librarianship and Fantastic FIMS awards. Congratulations to Professor Grant Campbell (Fantastic FIMS), and MLIS student Michael Myers (Spirit of Librarianship), who were recognized for their contributions.

Karen Nicholson, LIS PhD candidate, successfully defended her dissertation, titled "Academic Librarians and the Space/Time of Information Literacy. The Neoliberal University, and the Global Knowledge Economy," on Friday, November 30.

Abdul Malik Sulley, HIS PhD candidate, successfully defended his dissertation, titled "Investigating the Use of M-Health for Learning and Clinical Training by Medical Students in Ghana," on Wednesday, December 5.

Rose Vespa, MLIS alum, has been appointed Executive Director of the Canadian Children's Book Centre, based in Toronto, Ontario. Read the press release.



In the Media


Norma Coates, Associate Professor, appeared on CBC's London Morning on December 6 in a interview clip titled, "Is it too cold to stop playing Baby, It's Cold Outside?" Coates discussed the controversy around the classic holiday song, which was recently pulled from rotation by a number of radio stations (including CBC, Rogers, Bell, etc.).



Additional Activities of Note


Professor Nadine Wathen participated in a panel discussion on Monday, December 10, focused on Gender Based Violence. The panel, hosted by the Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children (CREVAWC), featured Maryam Monsef, Federal Minister of the Status of Women, as the moderator, as well as remarks from local politicians Peter Fragiskatos and Kate Young. 



News from the FIMS Graduate Library


Happy Holidays from the FIMS Graduate Library Our Holiday Hours of Operation: OPEN Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm from December 13-21 and January 3-4
CLOSED Monday, December 24 to Wednesday, January 2 CLOSED WEEKENDS until January 12 REGULAR HOURS resume on Monday, January 7th Monday to Thursday: 8:30am to 7:00pm | Friday 8:30am-5:00pm | Saturday 1-5:00pm

Graduate Course Reserves
If you are teaching in Winter 2019, please forward any course reserve requests to fimsreserves@uwo.ca, or stop by the service desk with your course outline and we'll help you out.

Photocopy Bank
Please recycle your unwanted articles in our photocopy bank. Drop them by the service desk and we'll file them for reuse!

FIMS Book Club - The Marrow Thieves
The Marrow Thieves, by Cherie Dimaline was announced as London Public Libraries One Book One London for 2018/2019. The FIMS Graduate Library actively supports OBOL programming, and we want to encourage our community to read this selection and come together to discuss it. Stay tuned for more information in 2019. In the meantime, come by the service desk to borrow one of our copies, or put your name on the waiting list for the next available copy.

If you have any questions about resources or services supported by the library, don't hesitate to email fimslib@uwo.ca or stop by the service desk in FNB3020.



News from Your MLIS SOGS Rep


Upcoming Graduate Student Events:

B.Y.O.C Bring Your Own Crafts
Every 2nd Monday of the month @ the Grad Club

Graduate Peer Support
Wednesdays, 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. @ MC Room 8

Board Game Night
Every 3rd Wednesday @ the Grad Club




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.

This is the last issue of the FIMS Graduate Bulletin for the Fall 2018 term. The Bulletin will resume publication on Monday, January 21, 2019. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, January 18, 2019.