No. 506 - September 20, 2023

  • Coming Events:

    - FIMSWrites - Fall Edition
    - Deception Detection Research for News Verification: Automation and the Human Mind
    - Whose Objectivity is it Anyway? In Conversation with Journalists Wesley Lowery and Pacinthe Mattar
    - Workshop: Indigenous Perspectives in Media
    - The Nature of Healing: Screening and Conversation
    - Save the Date: FIMS Film Festival Critics Lab: An Insider Experience at TIFF 2023
    - Save the Date: Lies, damned lies and democracy!
  • Important Dates:

    - Thursday, September 21, 2023 - Meeting of the Board of Governors (10 AM, WIRB)
    - Friday, September 22 - Sunday, September 24, 2023 - Western Homecoming
    - Friday, September 29, 2023 - Western observes National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (no classes)
  • News & Announcements:

    - Staffing updates in Undergraduate Student Services
    - Subscribe to the Graduate Student Research Blog
    - Doctoral Student Research Support Funding
    - Western 2022-23 EDI Annual Progress Report published
  • Awards & Accomplishments:

    - Isola Ajiferuke
    - Jacquie Burkell
    - Grant Campbell
    - Alissa Centivany
    - Z Coltman
    - Giada Ferrucci
    - Meaghan Gibbons
    - David Guignion
    - Akram Kangouri
    - Amber Matthews
    - Luke Stark (with Melissa Adler, Alissa Centivany, Sofia Locklear and Joanna Redden)
    - Jinman Zhang

    Publications & Presentations:

    - Melissa Adler
    - Larry Cornies
    - Kane Faucher
    - Heather Hill
    - John Kausch
    - Santasil Mallik
    - Amber Matthews
    - Andre Melo
    - Charlotte Nau
    - Michael Nyby (MLIS'23)
    - Sarah Smith (with Giada Ferrucci, Renée MacDiarmid and Julia Piccolo)
    - Luke Stark
    - Jinman Zhang
  • In the Media:

    - Tim Blackmore
    - Alissa Centivany
    - Shawn Cheatham
    - Norma Coates
    - Samantha Cox
    - Rebecca Ford (MIT'12)
    - Nataleah Hunter-Young
    - Dominique Kelly
    - Linda Ludke (MLIS'97)
    - Lisa Macklem
    - Santasil Mallik
    - Amara Pope
    - Anabel Quan-Haase
    - Victoria Rubin
    - Effie Sapuridis
    - Farah Shohib
    - Eduard Sviridenko
    - Luke Stark
    - Jouzian Wahhab
  • Additional Activities of Note:

    - Juan Bello
    - Basil Chiasson
    - Kane Faucher
  • News from the FIMS Graduate Library:

    - Welcome, from the FIMS Graduate Library
    - Welcome Fall 2023 SLA Team
    - Library Card Pick-Up
    - Fall 2023 Hours & Access
    - The Canadian Library | Wrap a Book in Memory of MMIWG2S
    - FIMS Grad Library Presents...
  • News from Western Libraries:

    - September Research Skills Workshops
  • Next Issue:

Coming Events

FIMSWrites - Fall Edition

Every Wednesday
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Check your Western email for the Zoom link (or contact Pam McKenzie) or drop in to FNB 4070.
Do you expect to have assignment, story, article, report, thesis, and/or book writing deadlines coming up in the Fall term? Does having other people writing around you help keep you on-task? Then join us for FIMSWrites, an informal initiative to provide some solidarity in the sometimes-solitary writing process. What it is: a group of people sitting silently together working on their individual writing projects for 25-minute Pomodoro sessions, with short breaks between and a longer mid-morning coffee, snack, and socializing break. What it's not: a writing tutorial or workshop. Open to FIMS faculty and grad students who have writing to work on.

Deception Detection Research for News Verification: Automation and the Human Mind
Wednesday, September 20, 2023
12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Attend in-person: FNB 4130
Attend online: Register on Zoom
Presented by Victoria Rubin as part of the FIMS Seminar Series 2023/24. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Abstract: Artificial intelligence (AI) and natural language processing (NLP) advances in detecting mis- or disinformation are based heavily on psychological research, lie detection, and fact-checking. Misinformation is unintentional spread of deceptive, inaccurate, or misleading information, while disinformation is its intentional counterpart. Either way, the result is problematic: various “fakes” proliferate online, and nobody wants to be ill-informed (continue reading).

Whose Objectivity is it, Anyway? In Conversation with Journalists Wesley Lowery and Pacinthe Mattar
Monday, September 25, 2023
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Attend in-person: FNB 3050 (Broadcast Studio)
Attend online: Zoom Webinar
Featuring award-winning journalists Pacinthe Mattar and Wesley Lowery.
Synopsis: In the summer of 2020, journalists Pacinthe Mattar, in Canada, and Wesley Lowery, in the U.S., penned critiques of journalistic objectivity in The Walrus and the New York Times, respectively. Their point was simple: objectivity, as it has been practiced in many media organizations, was a misapplied personal standard to hold journalists to, one that was often used to punish, sideline and marginalize journalists from under-represented communities: a thinly-veiled allegiance to protecting the status quo (continue reading).

Workshop: Indigenous Perspectives in Media
Tuesday, September 26, 2023
3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Forest City Gallery (1025 Elias St)
A screening of Reel Injun (2009, 1:28:00), directed by Neil Diamond, followed by a conversation with Sara Mai Chitty (Office of Indigenous Initiatives, Western University) and Sally Kewayosh (Faculty of Information and Media Studies, Western University). This event is part of Towards Braiding, an interactive exhibit and conversation series that invites Londoners to reflect on their roles and responsibilities as Treaty People and collectively dream of anti-colonial futures together. This series serves as an entry point for anyone curious—or actively working towards—decolonizing art, institutions, as well as arts and education broadly, inviting guests to reflect and contribute to the conversation on the literal walls of FCG.

The Nature of Healing: Screening and Conversation
Friday, September 29, 2023
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Althouse College Auditorium
The Nature of Healing is the spoken truth of seven Survivors of Mohawk Institute, Canada’s first and longest running residential school for Indigenous children. From victim to survivor, to activist, this is a story of resistance, resilience, and a healing path. What began as a simple conversation about the Mohawk Village Memorial Park the Survivors have been building for 10 years, became a full feature documentary. And now it needs to be a completed Park to commemorate the 15,000 children who were taken from more then 60 communities losing their families, communities, culture, identity and for some, their lives (continue reading).

Save the Date: FIMS Film Festival Critics Lab: An Insider Experience at TIFF 2023
Wednesday, October 4, 2023
12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Attend in-person: FNB 4130
Attend online: Register on Zoom
Presented by Nataleah Hunter-Young, Shawn Cheatham and Emma Russell as part of the FIMS Seminar Series 2023/24. Everyone is welcome.
Synopsis: Film festivals are dynamic non-profit ecosystems where creative practitioners (filmmakers, producers, writers, actors, cinematographers, composers) meet industry (sales and talent agencies, distributors, investors), the press (critics), and public audiences. The FIMS Film Festival Critics Lab provided 20 undergraduate and graduate students with tickets to see up to eight films during the 48th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (#TIFF23), widely considered North America’s premiere entry point for international cinema and boasting an annual attendance of approximately 500,000 industry and audience members (continue reading).

Save the Date: Lies, damned lies and democracy!
Wednesday, October 18, 2023
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Attend in-person: room TBA
Attend online: Zoom TBA
Presented by Professor Emeritus Anton Allahar, Department of Sociology, Western University. Part of the 2023/23 Roger Chair Lecture Series, hosted by James Compton.
Abstract: My title borrows from a famous quote that is attributed to Mark Twain who in turn attributed it to Benjamin Disraeli, a former British PM. Apparently when Disraeli was shown to be low in the poll numbers, he asserted: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics!” I modify this quote to read: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and democracy!” For my contention is that much of what passes for democracy today is based on transparent lies that are sold to an unsuspecting public by politicians, multiple civic leaders, media enterprises, teachers and even professors (continue reading).

Important Dates

- Thursday, September 21, 2023 - Meeting of the Board of Governors (10 AM, WIRB)
- Friday, September 22 - Sunday, September 24, 2023 - Western Homecoming
- Friday, September 29, 2023 - Western observes National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (no classes)

News & Announcements

Staffing updates in Undergraduate Student Services
With the end of summer and the start of Fall term, Undergraduate Student Services has had some staffing changes. The UGSS team welcomed Olivia Kuijpers as the new FIMS Career Services Officer, and they also welcomed back Meaghan Skinner, who has returned to take up her new role as an Academic Advisor.

Subscribe to the Graduate Student 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.

Doctoral Student Research Support Funding
Amount: Up to $500 (once during your Doctoral tenure)
This program will provide limited, one-time funding to FIMS Doctoral students for research expenses. The expenses must be directly related to data collection and/or analysis related to thesis research. Doctoral students applying for funding will be reimbursed (rather than advanced the funds) and should submit receipts for direct research expenses along with a description of the expenses and an explanation of how they are related to thesis data collection/analysis. Funds available under this initiative are limited, and potential applicants are encouraged to seek additional or alternative funding for projects. This program is administered and adjudicated by the Graduate Program Director in conjunction with the Assistant Dean (Research). Funding is subject to budget availability. Please learn more about this funding opportunity on the Intranet.

Western 2022-23 EDI Annual Progress Report published
Western's Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion published their 2022/23 Annual Progress Report in August. The report outlines EDI initiatives and programs from May 2022 to May 2023, and is available online.

Awards & Accomplishments

The full collection of SSHRC grants awarded for 2023 was recently announced publicly and included a number of FIMS-connected projects. Funded projects include:

"Breakdown and Repair in Gaza's Health Care Sector" (Alissa Centivany, co-PI), NFRF Exploration Grant.

"Human-Centred Digital Innovation for Ethical and Trusted Data Governance" (Jacquie Burkell, co-PI), NFRF Exploration Grant.

"Situating London's AI Predictive Homelessness Model: Historical, Social, Political, Legal and Policy Contexts" (Luke Stark, applicant, Melissa Adler, Alissa Centivany, Sofia Locklear and Joanna Redden, co-applicants), Insight Grant.

"Empowering Black Youth in Southwestern Ontario: A Collaborative Project Exploring How Black Youth in Southwestern Ontario Negotiate their Multiple Marginalities" (Isola Ajiferuke, co-applicant), Insight Grant.

Grant Campbell, Associate Professor, has been elected President for a two-year term of the North American Chapter of the International Society for Knowledge Organization.

Z Coltman, LIS PhD student, was awarded the Åse Hiorth Lervik Pris from University of Tromsø's Center for Women and Gender Studies for their MA thesis's theoretical perspective.

Giada Ferrucci, Akram kangouri and Jinman Zhang (all Media Studies PhD candidates) and Amber Matthews (LIS PhD candidate) were announced as the recipients of the 2023/24 FIMS Dean's PhD Completion Bursaries, valued at $12,000 each. This is the first year that the bursaries have been awarded.

Meaghan Gibbons, MLIS student, was named the winner of the May Court Club of Ottawa Susan Anderson Memorial Scholarship for the 2023/24 school year.

David Guignion, Media Studies PhD candidate, successfully defended his thesis titled "Witnessing Conspiracy Theories: Developing an Intersectional Approach to Conspiracy Theory Research" on August 16.

Publications & Presentations

Associate Professor Melissa Adler will present a talk titled "My Queer Manitoba, in Books" at Brandon University on September 21 at 7 PM. The event is hosted by BU's Gender and Women's Studies program.

FIMS instructor Larry Cornies published a column titled "Revived Lombardo manuscripts rejected by Western University," published in the London Free Press on September 9.

Assistant Professor Kane Faucher published an article titled "Council: It's time for the talk" in Municipal World in July, and also appeared in a podcast episode titled "Council orientation and strategic planning with Kane Faucher" that was aired in May. Another paper on HR succession planning is in process.

Associate Professor Heather Hill and Michael Nyby, MLIS'23, co-authored an article titled "A Failure to Communicate: Assessing the Low Rate of Materials Challenge and Censorship Reporting Among Canadian Public Libraries," published in September in Public Library Quarterly.

John Kausch, LIS PhD student, has two upcoming publications:

"The 'Universal' Rebus Principle and Phonosemantic Compounding" in the Journal of Universal Language.

"Nuclear Semiotics and Knowledge Organization: Five Design Heuristics for Semantic Primitives" in the conference proceedings for ISKO 2024.

John also presented a talk titled "The Glass Bead Game and the History of Pansophy" at the Western University Graduate Symposium on Music on August 26.

Santasil Mallik, PhD in Media Studies student, presented a paper titled "Vultures Can Speak: Photographs of the 1946 Communal Riots in Calcutta" at the conference Other Histories of Photography at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Columbia.

Amber Matthews, LIS PhD candidate, and Sandie Thomas, Executive Director of the Where We Are Now (WEAN) Black Community Centre and London Black Community Public Library, recently published a chapter titled "“Anti-Racism in Practice: The Development of a Black Community Public Library in Canada.” In How Public Libraries Build Sustainable Communities in the 21st Century, edited by Kaurri C. Williams-Cockfield and Bharat Mehra.

Andre Melo, Media Studies PhD student, presented a paper at the Brazilian Congress of Communication Sciences (September 5-8, Belo Horizonte) titled "Environmental Justice and Independent Journalism: narratives about mangrove communities in the Recife Metropolitan Area."

Charlotte Nau, Jinman Zhang (Media Studies PhD students) and Professor Anabel Quan-Haase co-published the following article:

Mendes, K., Hollingshead, W., Nau, C., Zhang, J., & Quan-Haase, A. (2023). The Evolution of #MeToo: A Comparative Analysis of Vernacular Practices Over Time and Across Languages. Social Media + Society, 9(3). https://doi-org /10.1177/20563051231196692 

Assistant Professor Sarah Smith and Sascha Priewe (Aga Khan Museum) edited a new collection of essays on cultural diplomacy titled: Museum Diplomacy: How Cultural Institutions Shape Global Engagement (American Alliance of Museums and Rowman & Littlefield, 2023.)

Professor Smith also presented research that she co-authored with Giada Ferrucci (PhD Media Studies), Renée MacDiarmid (MIT 2023), and Julia Piccolo (MIT 2024) at the conference Museums: The Future of Diaspora Engagement in Banská Bystrica, Slovakia in September 2023. This research was undertaken as part of the 2022-23 FIMS Fellowship. The team has completed an open access research report and map, and is currently developing this work for scholarly publication.

Assistant Professor Luke Stark published an article titled "Artificial intelligence and the conjectural sciences" in BJHS Themes.

In the Media

Professor Tim Blackmore was quoted in an article from The Canadian Press that was picked up by multiple news outlets including CBC News, which published it under the title "A new CSIS ad campaign is using Soviet-style imagery to warn Canadians about disinformation." Other news sources that ran the story include CTV News, CP24, Saskatoon Star Phoenix and the Toronto Star

Assistant Professor Alissa Centivany has made a number of recent media appearances:

She appeared in an article titled "Demanding a right to repair" published by The Canadian Bar Association's website National Magazine. She was also quoted on the same topic in an article titled "Bill to allow repair of digital devices is confusing and problematic, both sides say," published by The Investigative Journalism Foundation on June 27.

When news about the latest iPhone's USB charging port came out, Professor Centivany was interviewed by CBC The National on September 12, was quoted in a CBC News article titled "Apple unveils latest iPhone -- and it'll finally have a USB charging port," published on September 12, was quoted again on CBC 93.5 FM radio on September 13, and was a guest on Amanda Pfeffer's CBC radio show Ontario Today in a segment titled "How hard is it to fix your stuff?" on September 15. 

Associate Professor Norma Coates was interviewed about the legacy and life of Robbie Robertson after his passing on August 9 by The Kelly Cutrara Show on Global 640 Toronto, and by London Live with Mike Stubbs on AM980.

Rebecca Ford (MIT'12) was interviewed for a CBC News article titled "The most popular video game you've never heard of, Warframe, is made in London, Ont.," published on September 2.

Assistant Professor Nataleah Hunter-Young, along with Media Studies PhD students Billie Anderson, Shawn Cheatham and Santasil Mallik, were all featured in a CBC News article titled "Western media students learn what it takes to be a film critic at TIFF," published on September 14.

Santasil also appeared with another group of students, including Farah Shohib (MIT), Jouzian Wahhab (MPI/CAP), Samantha Cox (MIT) and Eduard Sviridenko (Media Studies PhD) in a Western News feature titled "Western students experience TIFF, review films," published on September 15. 

Dominique Kelly, LIS PhD student, participated in a number of interviews that were prompted by the publication of her previous article, "Struggling to cancel and online service? You're not alone," (co-authored with Victoria Rubin on July 6) in The Conversation. Kelly was interviewed about her research findings by A Little More Conversation with Ben O'Hara-Byrne as well as on CHED radio

Linda Ludke, MLIS'97, was featured in a CBC News article titled "This London librarian is spreading the joy of reading with her passion for fashion," published on August 27.

Assistant Professor Lisa Macklem is quoted in a Western Gazette article titled "Bill C-18 threatens access to Canadian news, including student newspapers," published on August 31.

Recent Media Studies PhD graduate Amara Pope was interviewed by CBC Fresh Air on September 3 about her thesis that looked at the marketing and branding strategies of Justin Bieber, Drake and Jessie Reyez as Canadian R&B singers.

Professor Anabel Quan-Haase joined The Alex Pierson Show on Global 640 Toronto in August to discuss how Bill C-18 is impacting the media landscape in Canada. She also appeared on CBC and on Chelsea on CHED in Edmonton on August 18 to discuss how Meta's ban on sharing Canadian news on social media could impact how information about wildfire emergencies is distributed.

Professor Quan-Haase was also interviewed for a segment on Global News on September 6 titled "Family blames teen's death on 'One Chip Challenge'."

Associate Professor Victoria Rubin was interviewed by CBC's Ontario Today for a segment titled "Does generative AI belong in the classroom," aired on September 6.

Effie Sapuridis, Media Studies PhD candidate, was quoted in a WIRED article titled "Sexy AI Chatbots Are Creating Thorny Issues for Fandom," published on August 28.

Assistant Professor Luke Stark was interviewed by CBC The Current on August 28 about ethical considerations around chatbots that are designed to form social relationships with users.

Professor Stark was also quoted in an article titled "As AI becomes more popular, how are Western University students using ChatGPT?" published on the CBC News website on September 4.

Additional Activities of Note

FIMS instructor Juan Bello was involved in the production of two recently premiered documentary/TV series:

Bello was the archival producer for two episodes of Black Life: Untold Stories, an eight-part CBC documentary series that premiered at TIFF this past week. The episodes in question are "Northern Beats" and "More than a Game." The series uses contemporary interviews and archival footage to chronicle Canada's long history of anti-Black racism.

Bello also served as the archival researcher for Bones of Crows: The TV Series, premiering on September 20 on CBC and APTN. Bones of Crows explores the impact of the colonization process and the residential school system on the lives of Indigenous communities in Canada.

Assistant Professor Basil Chiasson stepped in as "first guitar" in the orchestra for Signed, Sealed, Delivered... The Hits of Motown with Marcus Nance - Destination Stratford on September 18. The event, which was co-presented by Beau Dixon (visitor to FIMS last year), was part of PAL Stratford's 18th Annual Gala Fundraiser.

Assistant Professor Kane Faucher facilitated a prioritization session with the council of Brampton on June 19 as a preparatory step towards the City of Brampton's strategic plan in light of the dissolution of the Region of Peel.

Professor Faucher was appointed to the board of Rocky Mountain Consulting Ltd. as Director of Communications to facilitate dialogue with junior miner/explorers in Canada, and to ensure accurate geologic news releases and fair relations with First Nations for any mining projects. His role may require him to make site visits and meet with members of the boards of respective clients in the battery metals sector, identified critical minerals, in addition to the uranium-rich region of the Athabascan region of northern Saskatchewan.

Lastly, Professor Faucher will be participating in 2024 with Dr, Christopher Collum (Mount Royal University) to add to the knowledge of Devonian rostroconchs (an extinct genera of bivalves) in key areas to collect samples and record valuable stratigraphic data.

News from the FIMS Graduate Library

Welcome, from the FIMS Graduate Library! 

A warm welcome to new and returning graduate students and faculty. The FIMS Graduate Library is here to support you in your graduate work (course- and research-based, teaching and learning); pop by anytime to learn about all that we have to offer to help you thrive during your time as a member of the graduate community at FIMS.

Welcome Fall 2023 SLA Team

We are delighted to welcome the following students to our part-time, Student Library Assistant (SLA) team here in the FGL this term: Lindsay Adoranti, Sodiq Onaolapo, Kevin Oswald, Tianyang Qiu (Joe), and Hiu Wing Sze (Ann). Lindsay, Sodiq, Kevin, Joe, and Ann will be the staff that you most often see working at the Service Desk in the library, and they are here to help you with library resources, services, facilities and programming.

Library Card Pick-Up

If you’ve not already done so, do visit the library the next time you’re on campus to pick-up your library card. You’ll need this if you would like to borrow materials from our technology lending collection (e.g., phone and laptop chargers, ring lights, etc.), and to make use of our on-site resources and services.

Fall 2023 Hours & Access

Our hours vary each term and are aligned with campus-based course offerings. We strive to maintain access beyond business hours (i.e., at least some evening and weekend hours). This term, we’re open:

Monday – Wednesday, 10am-7pm
Thursday – Friday, 10am – 4pm
Saturday, 1-4pm (CLOSED Sundays)

N.B. We are closed on Sundays, on Saturdays of long weekends, and all Statutory Holidays.

And do remember that as members of the Western community, you have access to all of the wonderful resources and services that Western Libraries ( has to offer as well.

The Canadian Library | Wrap a Book in Memory of MMIWG2S

This year, the FIMS Graduate Library is participating in The Canadian Library (TCL) project. TCL is a visual exhibit designed to raise awareness and to educate settlers about Indigenous peoples in Canada. The exhibit, with installations across Western Libraries and its Affiliate Library locations, the Fanshawe College Library, London Public Library branches, and other local community organizations, features bookshelves with volumes wrapped in Indigenous fabric. Each book is imprinted with the name of a Missing or Murdered Indigenous Woman, Girl (MMIWG2S) or Child, as a testament to Indigenous lives lost.

Here at FIMS, we are encouraging our graduate community to visit the FGL this fall to help us build and grow our local exhibit. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to wrap a book and imprint its spine, and while doing so, reflect on how as settlers, we can actively support and practice greater respect toward Indigenous Peoples and communities.

Learn more about TCL project here: 

FIMS Grad Library Presents…

In addition to the wonderful events that our colleagues at Western Libraries host year-round, the FGL also hosts workshops, lectures, and community events each term to support graduate teaching, learning, and research. Our offerings vary from term to term, and we often add sessions as term progresses. Keep an eye out for ‘Workshop Alerts’ from the FGL in your email, and announcement in the FIMS Grad Bulletin too. This term, we have the following sessions scheduled to help you get the year started right:

Mastering Zotero: Discover the Power of Citation Management (In-Person; + Zoom-based Workshops)
When: Thursday, September 28th, 2023 (IN-PERSON, FNB 3010, 12-1pm, EST; ONLINE, via Zoom, 4:30-5:30pm, EST)
What: In this workshop, you’ll learn the value of managing citations and how easy it is to create your own library! We will show you a world where your bibliography assembles itself while you pour your energy into writing and research! Join us to dive deep into the magic of Zotero and discover tools and tricks to streamline your research process.
Who: Open to all FIMS graduate students, this session will be taught by the FGL’s very own Kevin Oswald and Sodiq Onaolapo, who are also PhD students in the LIS Program.
Where: FNB 3010 A&B (FIMS Computing Lab, 3rd Floor) or Zoom (click here)

Writing at the Grad Level (Zoom-based Workshop)
When: Wednesday, October 4th, 2023 (ONLINE, 12-1pm, EST)
What: In this session, participants will learn how to write with impact at the graduate level. Specifically, we will examine writing persuasively within the field of LIS (though all students are welcome)!
Who: Paul Schmidt, Western Writing Centre
Where: Zoom (click here)

Do reach out to the FIMS Graduate Library (, and to Kendall and Melanie with any and all questions library related. We’re here and happy to help and look forward to supporting you this academic year.

News from Western Libraries

September Research Skills Workshops
Did you know Western Libraries host Research Skills Workshops? These workshops offer an introduction to many of the research services and supports we offer at Western Libraries. Most workshops are held on Zoom, more information provided on the event pages (linked below). Follow the links to register!

Upcoming workshops:

To find more upcoming Western Library events and workshops visit the Western Libraries Events page. If you have questions about workshops, please email

Next Issue

The FIMS 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 FIMS Bulletin will be published on Wednesday, October 4. The deadline to submit content is Tuesday, October 3 at noon.