No. 469 - June 16, 2021

  • Coming Events:

    - Research Ethics Workshop: "Conducting research with or about human participants"
  • Important Dates:

    - Thursday, June 17, 2021 - Meeting of the Board of Governors (1PM, Online)
    - Tuesday, June 22, 2021 - FIMS Graduation Celebration (7:30PM)
    - Monday, June 28 - Friday, July 2, 2021 - MLIS Reading Week
    - Wednesday, June 30 - Friday, July 2, 2021 - FIMS offices closed for extended Canada Day holiday

    Awards & Accomplishments:

    - Heidi Julien (LIS PhD'97)
    - Sze Hang Lee
    - Nafiz Shuva (LIS PhD'20)
  • Publications & Presentations:

    - Toluwase Asubiaro
    - Sofia Beraldo
    - Chelsea Coubry-Forte
    - Katrina Desjardins
    - Roger Chabot
    - Nicole Dalmer (LIS PhD'18)
    - Chandell Gosse (Media Studies PhD'21)
    - Heather Hill
    - Florence Hwang (MLIS'07)
    - Erin Isings
    - Heidi Julien (LIS PhD'97)
    - Amber Matthews
    - Alex Mayhew
    - Kate McCandless
    - Pam McKenzie
    - Charlotte Nau
    - Angela Pollak
    - Anabel Quan-Haase
    - Daniel Robinson
    - Effie Sapuridis
    - Tiara Sukhan
    - Sam vander Kooy
    - Jinman Zhang
  • In the Media:

    - Ashley Kulchycki (MLIS'08)
    - Luke Stark
    - Samuel Trosow
    - Zeineb Yousif (MLIS'15)
  • Additional Activities of Note:

    - Victoria Rubin
    - Effie Sapuridis
    - Samuel Trosow
  • News from the FIMS Graduate Library:

  • Next Issue:

Coming Events

Research Ethics Workshop: "Conducting research with or about human participants"
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Via Zoom
Are you considering a Guided Research Project, a Major Research Project or starting your thesis research next term? If your research involves collecting data from or about people, attendance at this human research ethics workshop is required before submitting any Guided Research, Major Research or thesis research proposal for the Fall 2021 term. You can also attend if you're considering a research project in a subsequent term, though the same workshop will be offered in the Fall 2021 and Winter 2022 terms. If you have already received ethics approval for your research/data collection, attendance is not required. To register, please email Shelley Long at

Important Dates

- Thursday, June 17, 2021 - Meeting of the Board of Governors (1PM, Online)
- Tuesday, June 22, 2021 - FIMS Graduation Celebration (7:30PM)
- Monday, June 28 - Friday, July 2, 2021 - MLIS Reading Week
- Wednesday, June 30 - Friday, July 2, 2021 - FIMS offices closed for extended Canada Day holiday

Awards & Accomplishments

Heidi Julien (LIS PhD'97) was named the recipient of the 2021 Service to ALISE Award, given to an ALISE member for regular and sustained service through the holding of various offices and positions within the organization or fulfilling specific responsibilities for the organizations.

Sze Hang Lee, LIS PhD candidate, successfully defended her thesis titled "The Use of Intimate Partner Violence Websites: Website Awareness, Visibility, Information Quality, Perceived Usefulness and Frequency of Use" on June 7, 2021.

Nafiz Shuva (LIS PhD'20) was elected to the IFLA Regional Division Committee North America. IFLA’s Regional Division Committees play a vital role in ensuring that IFLA’s work responds to the needs of the library field. They provide a space for learning and defining regional action plans, and have a strong focus on defining advocacy priorities and building capacity across the region. In particular, they allow for a stronger voice for regions within IFLA, and a stronger presence of IFLA on the ground.

Publications & Presentations

Sofia Beraldo, MIT student, Chelsea Coubry-Forte, MMJC student, Katrina Desjardins, MIT student, Erin Isings, Lecturer, Kate McCandless, MLIS student, and Professor Pam McKenzie published the following article:

Beraldo, S., Coubry-Forte, C., Desjardins, K., Isings, E., McCandless, K., & McKenzie, P. (2021). From “a great counter attraction to the ale-house and low music hall” to “the one place everybody goes”: the public library in The Globe and Mail, 1860-2016. Proceedings of the Annual Conference of CAIS / Actes Du congrès Annuel De l’ACSI. 

Chandell Gosse (PhD'21, Media Studies) co-authored the article titled "Post-secondary workplace harassment policies need to adapt to digital life" published in The Conversation Canada on May 30, 2021.

Associate Professor Heather Hill authored the following article:

Hill, H. (2021). Public library staff experiences of accommodation in the workplace. Proceedings of the Annual Conference of CAIS / Actes Du congrès Annuel De l’ACSI. 

Florence Hwang, MLIS'07, published the article "I wanted to do things perfectly: How the model minority myth affects me and other Asian people" on on May 29, 2021.

Professor Anabel Quan-Haase co-authored the following article:

Malik, A., Khan, L. M., & Quan-Haase, A. (2021). Public Health Agencies Outreach through Instagram during COVID-19 Pandemic: Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication Perspective. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 102346. DOI: 

Professor Quan-Haase also presented a paper, along with Charlotte Nau and Jinman Zhang (both PhD in Media Studies candidates), titled "#MeToo: The Affective Dimension of a Hashtag Movement on Twitter" at the annual conferencee of the Canadian Sociological Association (May 31 - June 4).

Nau also presented a paper titled "Amplifying Gender Concerns in a Time of Crisis: How Women's Rights Nonprofit Organizations Used Twitter During the COVID-19 Pandemic" at the conference.

Associate Professor Daniel Robinson published an article titled "How Big Tobacco Set the Stage for Fake News" in The Walrus on May 31, 2021.

Effie Sapuridis, PhD in Media Studies student, presented the following papers:

Sapuridis, Effie. "My Blood Status is Purer than Yours!: (Problematic) Hyperreality within Fanfiction and Fandom Communities." Canadian Communications Association at CONGRESS 2021, 1 June 2021, Virtual. Paper Presentation.

Sapuridis, Effie. "If I Went to Hogwarts…: Tiktok, Self-Insert Fanvids, and Fandom’s Face-to-Face with Fan Visibility." Popular Culture Association, 3 June 2021, Virtual. Paper Presentation.

Assistant Professor Tiara Sukhan authored an article titled "Cop shows: Should they be cancelled or rebooted?" published in The Conversation Canada on June 10, 2021. The article was subsequently picked up by the National Post.

The following people presented at CAIS2021 between June 7 - 10.

Amber Matthews (LIS PhD student): 
- "A bibliometric analysis of race-related research in LIS" (co-presenter)
- "Reading the silence: Canadian library responses to racial injustice" (presenter)

Angela Pollak (Assistant Professor): 
- "The role of human information behaviour in resilience and recovery" (co-presenter)

Roger Chabot (Assistant Professor): 
- "Finding sanctuary and strength in the LIS classroom" (co-presenter)

Sam vander Kooy (LIS PhD student): 
- "A whole new world: Investigating the use of social media by the Vancouver Public Library to deliver services during the COVID-19 pandemic" (presenter)
- "#LibraryLife: A quantitative analysis of social media usage, content, and engagement at the Vancouver Public Library" (presenter)

Heather Hill (Associate Professor): 
- "Public library staff experiences of accommodation in the workplace" (presenter)

Sofia Beraldo (MIT student), Chelsea Coubry-Forte (MMJC student), Katrina Desjardins (MIT student), Erin Isings (Instructor), Kate McCandless (MLIS student) and Pam McKenzie (Professor): 
- "From 'a great counter attraction to the ale-house and low music hall' to 'the one place everybody goes': the public library The Globe and Mail, 1860-2016" (presenters)

** Pam McKenzie and Erin Isings hired four student interns with funding assistance from the FIMS Undergraduate Fellowship Program and the Undergraduate Student Research Internship program (a partnership between Western Research, Student Experience, Western Libraries, and FIMS). Both programs allow students to gain experience and receive mentoring in research skills.

Nicole Dalmer (LIS PhD'18): 
- "'We're still open': Canadian news media's framing of Canadian public libraries' Covid-19 responses" (co-presenter)

Toluwase Asubiaro (LIS PhD student): 
- "The burden of article processing charges on Canadian universities" (co-presenter)

Heidi Julien (LIS PhD'97):
- "Instruction from the margins: Giving voice to community college librarians" (co-presenter)
Alex Mayhew (LIS PhD student):
- "Student Research Forum" (co-presenter)

In the Media

Ashley Kulchycki, MLIS'08, was featured in an article titled "Collingwood Public Library begins new chapter with new CEO" published in Collingwood Today on June 5, 2021.

Assistant Professor Luke Stark appeared in three articles recently, including "Panelists invited by Douglas Honors College to speak about the flaws with artificial intelligence," published in Central Washington University's The Observer on May 19, "Google says it's committed to ethical AI research. Its ethical AI team isn't so sure," published in Vox on June 2, and "The Creepy Side of Emotion Recognition Technology" published in Analytics India Magazine on June 8, 2021.

Associate Professor Samuel Trosow is quoted in the article “Facial Recognition bans hint Tech is far from ready for prime time” published in the technology newsletter 6GWorld on May 20, 2021.

Zeineb Yousif, MLIS'15, was profiled in a segment titled "Zeineb Yousif: Movers & Shakers 2021-Digital Developers" published by Library Journal on June 3, 2021.

Additional Activities of Note

Associate Professor Victoria Rubin gave a June 1st webinar titled "Why We Believe in Fake News" for Youth Time International Movement that is now available on YouTube at: Youth Time International Movement is an internationally oriented, non-profit, non-political organization that encourages dialogues between cultures and generations.

Effie Sapuridis, Media Studies PhD student, has been hired as the Outreach and Communications Editor for the journal Transformative Works and Cultures.

Associate Professor Samuel Trosow was engaged by Ontario Library Service between March and May to provide public library staff from various organizations with special sessions examining the principles, practices and trends in Canadian Copyright as they relate to public librarianship.

News from the FIMS Graduate Library

Unfortunately, the Zotero workshop, previously announced, has been cancelled. If you would like help with bibliographic management tools, check out this Zotero tutorial created by Sara Clarke, FIMS Graduate Library student assistant or email us to arrange a one-on-one appointment.

FIMS Electronic Resources
Whether you are new to FIMS or just need a refresher, make sure you're not missing out on tools and databases that could help you with your studies. Check out this video about FIMS Electronic Resources available only to FIMS graduate students and accessible through the FIMS Graduate Intranet.

Virtual Drop-In Hours
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays - 12:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m.
On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, Kendall or Sara will be staffing 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 a friendly face, we hope you'll join us. A Zoom link will be sent to your email before drop-in hours, reminding you to drop in!

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 4:30pm.

Next Issue

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The next issue of the FIMS Graduate Bulletin will be published on Wednesday, July 14, 2021. The deadline for submissions is noon on Tuesday, July 13, 2021.