No. 468 - May 19, 2021

  • Important Dates:

    - Monday, May 24, 2021 - Victoria Day holiday
    - Friday, June 11, 2021 - Meeting of the Senate (1:30PM, Online)
    - Thursday June 17, 2021 - Meeting of the Board of Governors (1PM, Online)
  • News & Announcements:

    - Anabel Quan-Haase named new Rogers Chair
    - Subscribe to the Graduate Research Blog
    - Final submissions for the Western Humanitarian Award due June 6
    - Assistance for Faculty and Grad Students to upload your research to Western's Open Access Repository, Scholarship@Western
    Reminder about mandatory Multi-Factor Authentication for online Human Resources services

    Awards & Accomplishments:

    - Juan Bello
    - Mary Grace Kosta (MLIS'12)
    - Amber Matthews
    - Jason Netherton
  • Publications & Presentations:

    - Juan Bello
    Jacquelyn Burkell
    - Nicole Dalmer (PhD'18, LIS)
    - Elisabeth Davies
    - Nick Dyer-Witheford
    - Giada Ferrucci
    Lyndsay Foisey
    - Ryan Mack
    - Alex Mayhew
    - Pam McKenzie 
    - Alessandra Mularoni
    - Stephanie Mutch
    - Charlotte Panneton 
    - Ajit Pyati
    - Romayne Smith Fullerton
    - Matt Stahl 
    - Luke Stark
    - Henry Adam Svec (PhD'13, MS)
  • In the Media:

    - Jessica Singer
    Romayne Smith Fullerton
  • Additional Activities of Note:

    - Lucia Cedeira Serantes
    - Jeremy Copeland
  • News from the FIMS Graduate Library:

  • News from Western Libraries:

  • Next Issue:

Important Dates

- Monday, May 24, 2021 - Victoria Day holiday
- Friday, June 11, 2021 - Meeting of the Senate (1:30PM, Online)
- Thursday June 17, 2021 - Meeting of the Board of Governors (1PM, Online) 

News & Announcements

Anabel Quan-Haase named new Rogers Chair
Professor Anabel Quan-Haase, jointly appointed in FIMS and the Department of Sociology, has been announced as the new Rogers Chair for 2021-2023. Planning is underway for a project titled “COVID and Social Media” and over the course of her chairship she intends to host guest lectures with Canadian and international scholars and journalists, in-house panels in FIMS and at Western, along with opportunities for grad and undergrad research and symposium participation.

Subscribe to the Graduate Research Blog
Graduate Students are invited to subscribe to the Graduate Student Research Blog. The blog provides research information for graduate students – scholarship, fellowship, internship and other funding announcements, tips on writing scholarship/funding applications, and other research-related tidbits.

Final submissions for the Western Humanitarian Award due June 6
The Western Humanitarian Award recognizes faculty, staff, and students at Western who are engaged in a range of efforts directed towards improving the quality of life for individuals and communities around the world. A maximum of $5,000 may be awarded and must be used in support of humanitarian efforts as chosen by the recipient. Find out more.

Assistance for Faculty and Grad Students to upload your research to Western's Open Access Repository, Scholarship@Western
MLIS student Andrea Tonkovic is available to assist FIMS researchers and FIMS graduate students to upload their presentations and publications to scholarship@western, Western’s open access repository. Andrea can be reached by email at; email her if you have questions or would like assistance uploading your material to scholarship@western.

Andrea also is available to assist FIMS researchers and FIMS graduate students to set up ORCIDs (see ORCID is a ‘persistent digital identifier’ that distinguishes individual researchers. Researchers can link existing scholarly productions to a new ORCID, and they can link new productions (presentations, publications, etc.) to the same ID. This gathers all scholarly production into a single, internationally recognized access point, which should minimize the need to maintain active profiles on the large (and increasing) number of online platforms such as Google Scholar, ResearchGate, and

Reminder about mandatory Multi-Factor Authentication for online Human Resources services
Human Resources is implementing mandatory MFA (Multi-Factor Authentication) on My Human Resources for all individuals by June 22, 2021. This is the same mandatory deadline for MFA for Office 365 including email. Setting up MFA is done just once for use with any Western service that requires it. This change will impact all faculty, staff and students who access My Human Resources (My HR) to update their bank account, view pay statements and tax slips, enroll in training sessions, etc. This includes employees on leave, past employees who retain temporary access to My HR as well as Associated Persons.

Awards & Accomplishments

Juan Bello, FIMS instructor, was awarded a Canada Council for the Arts - Research and Creation grant (Explore and Create Program) for a documentary project on the early history of television in Latin America.

Mary Grace Kosta (MLIS’12) received the James J. Talman Award at the 2021 Annual General Meeting of the Archives Association of Ontario for her outstanding level of imagination and innovation in supporting new members of the archival profession, through the student practicum program at the Archives of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph. Kosta also recently received the Society of American Archivists Sister M. Claude Lane, O.P., Memorial Award, which is given out annually to an individual working in religious archives.

Amber Matthews, LIS PhD student, was awarded the Student to CAIS/ACSI Award for the Best Student Paper at the upcoming CAIS/ACSI 2021 Conference for her submission titled, "Reading the Silence: Canadian Library Responses to Racial Injustice." Matthews was also jointly awarded the Best Paper Award (co-authored with Philippe Mongeon, Alison Brown, Ratna Dhaliwal, and Jessie Hill, from various institutions) for the submission, "A Bibliometric Analysis of Race-Related Research in LIS." Both papers will be presented in the Best Papers Session on June 7, 2021.

Jason Netherton, Media Studies PhD student, successfully defended his doctoral thesis titled, “Heavy Metal Fundraisers,” on April 21, 2021.

Publications & Presentations

FIMS instructor Juan Bello’s educational project Discover London Art, produced for Museum London and funded by the Canada Council for the Arts through the Digital Strategy Fund, is now available in three additional language versions: French, Spanish and Arabic. Spanish and Arabic are the two most spoken non-official languages in London. This is part of the museum’s efforts to reflect London’s diversity.

Associate Professor Jacquelyn Burkell co-authored an article titled, “Expression in the Virtual Public: Social Justice Considerations in Harvesting Youth Online Discussions for Research Purposes,” published in Studies in Social Justice in May 2021.

Nicole Dalmer (PhD’18, LIS) co-authored an article titled, “Instead of jumping the COVID-19 vaccine queue, try acting your age,” published in The Conversation on April 27, 2021.

Giada Ferucci, Media Studies PhD student, published the article, “Environmental activists are being killed in Honduras over their opposition to mining,” in The Conversation on May 6, 2021. This article was also picked up by the National Post and reprinted on May 7.

Lyndsay Foisey, HIS PhD student, co-authored the article, “How do Canadian public health agencies respond to the COVID-19 emergency using social media: a protocol for a case study using content and sentiment analysis,” published in The BMJ in April 2021. Foisey’s co-authored paper, “To tweet or not to tweet? COVID-19 communications by public health leaders and organizations across Canada,” was also presented at the Canadian Public Health Association’s virtual COVID-19 & Public Health Forum on April 21, 2021.

Ryan Mack, PhD candidate in Media Studies, published a chapter titled, “Let it Enfold You: Screaming, Masculinity, and the Loss of Emotional Control in Post-millennium Emo,” in the book, Misogyny, Toxic Masculinity, and Heteronormativity in Post-2000 Popular Music, published by Palgrave Macmillan in March 2021.

Professor Pamela McKenzie and faculty member Elisabeth Davies published the article, “Documentary Tasks in the Context of Everyday Life,” in Library Trends in May 2021.

Alessandra Mularoni, MS PhD student, published the article, “Feminist Science Interventions in Self-Tracking Technology,” in Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience in April 2021.

Stephanie Mutch, MLIS student, co-authored the article, “Make It Work: Online STEM Library Instruction in a Hurry,” published in Library Journal in April 2021.

MS PhD student Charlotte Panneton, presented the paper “Regulating Prefiguring the Policy Implications of Game-Oriented Live Streaming” at the Communication and Cultural Policy in the Age of the Platform conference hosted by McMaster’s Centre for Networked Media and Performance in May 2021. At the conference, LIS PhD candidate Nick Mayhew also presented his paper, “Social Selection of Algorithms” and Professor Nick Dyer-Witheford presented his co-authored paper (with MS PhD student Alessandra Mularoni), “Big-Tech and Anti-Trust: Left Dilemmas.”

Associate Professor Ajit Pyati was an invited panelist for a discussion on Thomas Merton and Contemplation. It took place on May 8th via Zoom and was hosted by the Contemplative Studies Collective in the Simon Fraser University Faculty of Education and The Thomas Merton Society of Canada. His co-panelists were Dr. Monica Weis (Nazareth College) and Dr. Michael Higgins (President of Corpus Christi and St. Mark's Colleges, University of British Columbia). Dr. Pyati's talk was titled "Linking the Microcosm and the Macrocosm: Merton the Yogi."

Associate Professor Romayne Smith Fullerton co-authored the article, “New Discourses on Energy Transition as an Opportunity for Reconciliation? Analyzing Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Communications in Media and Policy Documents,” published in May 2021 in the International Indigenous Policy Journal.

Associate Professor Matt Stahl co-authored the article, "Denying Black musicians their royalties has a history emerging out of slavery," published in The Conversation on May 12, 2021. 

Assistant Professor Luke Stark authored the chapter, “Empires of Feeling: Social Media and Emotive Politics,” in the book, Affective Politics of Digital Media, published by Routledge in September 2020. Stark also published his co-authored paper, “Reflexive Design for Fairness and Other Human Values in Formal Models," at the 4th AAAI/ACM Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Ethics, and Society in May 2021, and presented the seminar, “Ordering Emotion: Scenes from the History of Affective Computing” at Carnegie Mellon University on April 23, 2021.

Stark will also speak at Delft University of Technology on May 31, 2021, presenting the talk, “Artificial Intelligence for Whose Social Good?

Henry Adam Svec (PhD'13, Media Studies) has a new forthcoming novel, “Life Is Like Canadian Football and Other Authentic Folk Songs,” published by Invisible Publishing. His book comes out June 10, 2021.

In the Media

Jessica Singer, MMJC student, was featured in the Western News article, “Western student honoured with Joan Donaldson CBC News Scholarship,” published on April 21, 2021. The award provides valuable hands-on, professional experience across multimedia and multi-platform news at the CBC. Singer is one of twelve recipients of this year’s scholarship from across the country.

Associate Professor Romayne Smith Fullerton and Professor Maggie Patterson (Duquesne University) were interviewed for Pull Quotes, Ryerson Review of Journalism’s podcast, published on April 13, 2021. They discussed the underlying societal factors that may contribute to different approaches to crime reporting, and how these approaches are being challenged in the age of mass communication.

Additional Activities of Notes

Lucia Cedeira Serantes will moderate the panel European Comics: A Female Perspective at VANCAF
FIMS instructor Lucia Cedeira Serantes will moderate the panel European Comics: A Female Perspective at the Vancouver Comics Arts Festival. The panel introduces the creative process and work of Kaisa Leka (Finland), Johanna Maierski (Germany), Ingrid Chabbert (France), Judith Vanistendael (Belgium) and Luciana Cimino (Italy). This event is co-organized by the Embassy of France to Canada, Embassy of Finland to Canada, Goethe-Institut of Toronto, Istituto Italiano di Cultura of Toronto & Europe Comics.
Join the event live on Friday, May 21, at 12:30 PM ET. Register here.

Jeremy Copeland in the 80ML Exhibition
MMJC Graduate Program Chair Jeremy Copeland is part of the 80ML Exhibition, an online project celebrating Museum London’s 80th anniversary. 80ML brings 80 art and artifacts from the Museum’s collection together with the diverse written responses of 80 Londoners. It is a celebration of the London community through the Museum.

News from the FIMS Graduate Library

Contact us!
Although our physical location is closed, we are still here to help you with any library-related questions.
We can help with access to resources and services for your teaching, learning and research.
You can email us ( or call and leave a message (519-661-2111 x88488).
We are available to offer assistance Monday to Friday, 9am to 4:00pm.

Virtual Drop-in
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays - 12:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m.
On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, Kendall, Aarushi or Sara will be sitting at our virtual service desk from 12-1pm. Ask us anything: from citation help to finding the best resources for your assignments. Whether you have a library-related question or just want to check in and see our friendly faces, we hope you'll join us. A Zoom invitation will be sent to your email before drop-in hours, reminding you to drop by.

The FIMS Graduate Library Presents …
a series of seminars and workshops to support the graduate community at FIMS

Thursday, June 3rd, 12-1pm: Curating and Evaluating Open Web Sites and Sources, presented by Robert Berkman
The movement to publish, aggregate, and deploy open access books, journals and other scholarly resources continues to grow at a rapid pace. However, open access in the academic context almost always implies peer-reviewed or other scholarly resources. But there is a wealth of credible, substantive non-scholarly business-focused research sites, sources, and databases on the open Web, freely accessible via a simple Google search. These sources are not always easy to identify and how do you know for sure if the ones you find are truly credible? This presentation will provide practical tips and strategies for locating the most valuable, credible free business information sources out on the open Web.

Robert Berkman is a first year MLIS student and is the Business Librarian at the University of Rochester, New York.

Thursday, June 24th, 12-1pm: An Introduction to Zotero for Reference Management, presented by Sara Clarke
More details to follow.

Please RSVP to any of our workshops by emailing, and we’ll follow-up with Zoom details closer to the date of the event.

News from Western Libraries

Western Libraries has launched a pilot initiative to connect Western faculty researchers with librarians, who will partner as co-authors in the planning, searching and writing of systematic and scoping reviews. Our librarians are experts at search strategy design and having a librarian on your team will improve the quality of the review. Invite a librarian to join your team to meet funding requirements and produce a gold standard review.

Learn more and apply to Partner with a Librarian: 

Next Issue

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The next issue of the FIMS Graduate Bulletin will be published on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. The deadline for submissions is noon on Tuesday, June 15, 2021.