No. 478 - January 12, 2022

  • Coming Events:

    - Anishinaabay Knowledge: Language, Laws, and Worldview
    - Inheritance and Lamination in the Representation of Bibliographic Relationships
    - Clissold Lecture: Challenging What's Newsworthy: Reporting on Indigenous Communities in a Post-Covid World
    - Big Data at the Margins: Indigenous Data Sovereignty and Indigenous Futures
  • Important Dates:

    - Friday, January 21, 2022 - Meeting of the Senate (1:30pm)
  • News & Announcements:

    - Call for Papers - mediations: a workshop series
    - In Memoriam: Sharron Louise Smith
    - In Memoriam: Margaret Lynn Sloan
  • Awards & Accomplishments:

    - Jacquelyn Burkell
    - Erika Casupanan (BA'11)
    - Basil Chiasson
    - Romayne Smith Fullerton
    - Uche Ikenyei
    - Karen Kueneman
    - Kate McCandless
    - Wilson Poulter
    - Daniel Robinson
    - Shobhita Sharma (BA'08, MA'09)
    - Nafiz Shuva
    - Matt Stahl 
    - Luke Stark
  • Publications & Presentations:

    - Roger Chabot
    - Sofia Locklear
    - Karen Nicholson
    - Catherine Ross
    - Paulette Rothbauer
    - Kamran Sedig
  • Additional Activities of Note:

    - Health Ethics, Law & Policy (HELP) Rounds
    - Digital Media at the Crossroads (DM@X) Conference 2022
  • News from the FIMS Graduate Library:

    - Welcome!
    - New Staff at the FIMS Graduate Library
    - Virtual Service Desk
    - #1Lib1Ref
    - Workshop: Writing at the Grad Level
    - Workshop: Zotero
  • Next Issue:

Coming Events

Anishinaabay Knowledge: Language, Laws, and Worldview
Wednesday, January 12, 2022
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Zoom (by registration)
Presented by Eli Baxter with guest FIMS lecturer Sally Kewayosh. Zoom series presented by the Office of Indigenous Initiatives in partnership with London Public Library.
All are welcome to attend. Register here.
Abstract: Local author, knowledge keeper, and former Western professor Eli Baxter shares teachings and stories based on his early life, his experiences as a residential school survivor, and the importance of language as a fluent Ojibway speaker (more information). 

Inheritance and Lamination in the Representation of Bibliographic Relationships
Wednesday, January 19, 2022
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Zoom (by registration)
Presented by LIS PhD student Alex Mayhew & Professor Grant Campbell as part of the FIMS Seminar Series.
All are welcome to attend. Contact Karen Kueneman for the Zoom link at
Abstract: The term “discovery layer” implies a concept of lamination, which we use to explore how domain knowledge could be applied to large federated search environments. Using the publishing history of Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe as a case study, we use bibliographic scholarship in the English literary studies community to establish lines of inheritance on all four levels of the FRBR paradigm: work, expression, manifestation and item. We created a small demonstration of a visualization generated from linked data extracted from the scholarly literature, to show how literary scholarship, when encoded as linked data, can create lines of inheritance and influence that enable users to fulfil the fifth user task of the new Library Reference Model: exploration (more information).

Clissold Lecture: Challenging What's Newsworthy: Reporting on Indigenous Communities in a Post-Covid World
Thursday, January 20, 2022
7:00 - 8:00 pm
Zoom Webinar (link)
The Winter 2022 Clissold Lecture is presented by Kyle Edwards, journalist and Wallace Stegnar Fellow, Stanford University.
All are welcome to attend. RSVP here.
Lecture Info: The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in changes across many industries, including journalism. With these changes comes an opportunity to do things differently in a post-pandemic world. When covering Indigenous affairs, many newsrooms too frequently rely on stereotypes and tropes that focus on negative perceptions of the communities. Kyle Edwards will challenge journalists to change how they report on Indigenous issues and communities, examine their own perceptions of strengths and weaknesses, and create a new, more accurate narrative (continue reading).

The Clissold Lecture commemorates the life and work of Edward Clissold (1833-1915), one of London’s most important early editors and journalists. Edward retired as editor of the London (Ontario) Advertiser after 33 years on staff. A bequest in 1984 from the estate of Clissold’s grandson Robert Blount and his wife, Rose, enabled the Graduate School of Journalism to found this annual lecture series to commemorate Clissold’s legacy.

Big Data at the Margins: Indigenous Data Sovereignty and Indigenous Futures
Thursday, January 27, 2022
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Zoom (by registration)
Featuring Jonathan Dewar, Sofia Locklear, and Jason Lewis; moderated by Joanna Redden
All are welcome to attend. Register here.
Abstract: How do Indigenous peoples claim sovereignty over their data and information, and work to transform the very means, methods and values through which “data” is defined and disseminated? How can the exercise of Indigenous data sovereignty and broader computational empowerment enhance and inspire Indigenous identities, representations and futures? Why should settler scholars, organizations, and individuals support Indigenous data sovereignty? How can “data” be Indigenized? (continue reading).

Grad students, scholars, and community members, are also invited to sign up for a workshop with the panelists the next day (Friday, January 28, 2022) from 12:00 - 2 pm at this link:

Important Dates

- Friday, January 21, 2022 - Meeting of the Senate (1:30pm)

News & Announcements

Call for Papers - mediations: a workshop series
The mediations organizing committee are welcoming proposals for the Winter 2022 term workshop series from any member of the FIMS and UWO communities - students and faculty alike - on any work that engages with the rich, diverse, and loosely defined disciplines of Media and Information Studies. Check your Western email for the Call for Papers message (sent on January 10, 2022) containing all the details. The submission deadline is Friday, January 14, 2022.

In Memoriam: Sharron Louise Smith 
Sharron Smith, former Limited Duties instructor for LIS 9328 – Reader’s Advisory, passed away peacefully on January 3, 2022 at the young age of 68. Her obituary can be found online.

In Memoriam: Margaret Lynn Sloan
MLIS alumna Margaret Sloan peacefully passed away on January 7, 2022 in her 60th year. She had previously worked as a Library Assistant in the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) Library, and at Western Libraries for years. Her obituary can be found online.

Awards & Accomplishments

Jacquelyn Burkell, Daniel Robinson, and Romayne Smith Fullerton were promoted to the rank of Professor at FIMS and Western in January 2022. FIMS Promotion, Tenure and Continuing Status Committee members included Kim Clark, Norma Coates, Nick Dyer Witheford, Chris Keep, Pam McKenzie, Debbie Rudman, and Tom Streeter. 

MIT graduate Erika Casupanan (BA'11) outwitted, outplayed and outlasted her opponents to become the 41st winner of the TV series Survivor. Her win was detailed in the Western News article, "'Survivor' winner a Western grad" published on December 17, 2021.

Associate Professor Matt Stahl and Assistant Professor Basil Chiasson, were awarded a SSHRC Connection Grant to support the meeting of the International Association of Popular Music Studies, Canada Chapter, on May 22-25, 2022.

Uche Ikenyei, HIS PhD candidate, successfully defended his doctoral thesis titled, "Improving Developing Countries’ Health Information Systems Capacity for Infectious Disease Pandemic Responses: A Case Study of the Ebola Virus Disease and the Coronavirus Disease Pandemics."

Karen Kueneman
, the Research Officer for the Faculty of Information & Media Studies, the Don Wright Faculty of Music and the Faculty of Law, has been named a recipient of the 2021 Western Award of Excellence, recognizing her outstanding service, creativity and innovation at work. She was recognized in the Western News article, "Staff recognized for going 'above and beyond'" published on December 16, 2021.

FIMS alumna Shobhita Sharma (BA'08, MA'09) was named to London, Ont.'s 20 Under 40 Class of 2021, which recognizes and celebrates the younger Londoners who are moving the city forward. She was mentioned in the Western News article, "Alumni named to London Inc.’s 20 under 40" published on December 22, 2021.

FIMS faculty member Nafiz Shuva was named the winner of the Fall 2021 Fantastic FIMS award, and MLIS students Kate McCandless & Wilson Poulter were jointly announced as the winners of the Spirit of Librarianship award.

Assistant Professor Luke Stark has been awarded an SSHRC Insight Development Grant for his project, The Political Economy of Emotion AI. A FIMS news piece with details about his project can be found here.

Publications & Presentations

Assistant Professor Roger Chabot published the following article:
Chabot, R. (2021). Is the library for "every body"? Examining fatphobia in library spaces through online library furniture catalogues. Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science, 44(2/3), 12-30. 

Assistant Professor Sofia Locklear published the following with Associate Professor Kimberly Huyser (Navajo) at UBC:
Huyser, K. and Locklear, S. (2021). "Social Construction of American Indians and Alaska Natives in the US as a Racial and Ethnic group using National Datasets." Chapter in Gonzales, A., Walter, M., Kukutai, T., & Henry, R. (eds). Handbook of Indigenous Sociology. Oxford University Press: New York.

Professor Karen Nicholson co-authored the following article:
Seale, M., Hicks, A., & Nicholson, K.P. Toward a critical turn in library UX. College & Research Libraries, 83(1), 6-24.

Associate Professor Paulette Rothbauer and former FIMS Dean, the late Catherine Ross, co-authored the following article:
Flaherty, M., Hussey, L., Ross, C., & Rothbauer, P. (2021). Readers' Advisory: RA School: Learning from ILS Faculty. Reference & User Services Quarterly, 59(3/4), 182-187. doi:

Professor Kamran Sedig co-authored the following article:
Demelo, J & Sedig, K. Interfaces for Searching and Triaging Large Document Sets: An Ontology-Supported Visual Analytics Approach. Information. 2022; 13(1):8. 

Additional Activities of Note

Health Ethics, Law & Policy (HELP) Rounds
The HELP Lab and LHSC have partnered to offer HELP Rounds - a discussion of pressing ethical issues in health care and public health - to occur on the third Thursday of every month. These events may be of particular interest to those in the HIS community. Please see the poster (pdf) for discussion topics and more details.

The first HELP round is titled, The Evolving Expectations of Ethics & Law During COVID-19, with Maxwell Smith & Jacob Shelley, and takes place on Thursday, January 20, 2022 at 12:00 pm. Zoom link in the poster (pdf).

Digital Media at the Crossroads (DM@X) Conference 2022
FIMS is an educational co-sponsor of Digital Media at the Crossroads (DM@X), an annual meeting of media scholars, policy-makers and producers, which draws participants from across Canada and beyond.

This year’s conference takes place online from January 21-22, from 12-5 pm each day, and features major speakers on the future of content in digital media.

Full registration fees are $9 per student and $39 per faculty or staff member, and FIMS will cover student, faculty and staff registrations. To register, email Sara Irons (

News from the FIMS Graduate Library

Welcome to new and returning FIMS graduate students! If you have any questions about resources or services to support your learning and research, don't hesitate to email We'll be happy to assist you between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday. Or stop by the virtual service desk Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10am to 2pm (Zoom link sent to your inbox).

New Staff at the FIMS Graduate Library
Please welcome new Graduate Student Library Assistants Bree-Anna Green, Kawmadie Karunanayake, as well as returning Student Library Assistant Paul Hickling. Don't hesitate to ask questions when any staff are working at the service desk - we are here to help you with your library needs!

Virtual Service Desk
Join us Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays anytime from 10am-2pm at our Virtual Service Desk. We miss those face-to-face interactions, but until we're back on campus, this will have to do. Ask us anything or just pop in to say hello. Find the zoom link in your @uwo inbox.

Western Libraries, in partnership with the Faculty of Information and Media Studies, is hosting an event called #1Lib1Ref, so called because if every LIBrarian (or researcher) added just one REFerence to a Wikipedia article, we could dramatically improve the quality and reliability of this free, widely used resource. We will be offering a series of three Wikipedia edit-a-thons, from January 15 to February 5, where we will identify articles missing citations and add those citations to Wikipedia in real time!

Reasons to attend:
     - Learn about the Wikipedia landscape and how to contribute to the discussions in your field
     - Get to know Western Librarians and fellow students
     - Improve access to information for learners all over the world
     - Have fun and be entered into a draw to win one of 5 $50 Hospitality gift cards!

No experience necessary and training will be provided. Register for one or more sessions at the links below or email An email with connection details will be sent to you afterwards.

- January 18, 2pm-3pm Zoom registration link:

- January 26, 12pm-1pm Zoom registration link:

- February 1, 11am-12pm Zoom registration link:

Workshop: Writing at the Grad Level - Thursday January 20, 12-1pm
Do you want to feel more confident about your upcoming writing assignments? Has it been a while since you've written an essay?
If so, join Paul Schmidt, program coordinator from the Writing Support Centre, as he shares his expertise and guides you through the process of writing successful graduate level papers.
Email to register. A Zoom link will be sent to you the day before the event.

Workshop: Zotero - Thursday January 27, 12-1pm
Feeling overwhelmed by citation management? Want to keep track of your PDFs? Now is the time to get it all under control and learn how to manage your citations. Join Sara Clarke for an introduction to the basics of how to use Zotero to easily create reference lists and organize your research.
Email to register. A Zoom link will be sent to you the day before the event.

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

The next issue of the Grad Bulletin will be published on Wednesday, January 26. The deadline for submissions is noon on Tuesday, January 25, 2022.