No. 395 - January 16, 2017

Coming Events

Wednesday, January 18 and 25, 2017
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Grad Club
To provide some solidarity in the sometimes-solitary writing process, FIMS graduate students host some informal/structured writing time at the Grad Club. We’ll be meeting every Wednesday morning this semester starting at 9:30am. All FIMS graduate students, staff and faculty are welcome to bring their laptops and join in to sit, grab some coffee and write (reading is good too!) - drop by at any point in the morning.

LIS 50th Anniversary Alumni Reception
Thursday, February 2, 2017
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Badali’s, 156 Front Street West, Toronto
All Library and Information Science alumni and friends are invited to the annual cocktail reception held during the Ontario Library Association Conference in Toronto. This year, we will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Library and Information Science at Western!

You don't have to be attending the conference to attend the reception. Guests will enjoy a complimentary drink and appetizers while mingling with fellow alumni, faculty and staff.

R.S.V.P. by Monday, January 30, 2017.

Save the Date: "Understanding Sociotechnical Transformation: The Story of HathiTrust"
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
12:00 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.
FNB 4070
Presented by Assistant Professor Alissa Centivany as part of the FIMS Seminar Series.
Abstract: This research explores the ways values, power, and politics shape and are shaped by digital infrastructure development through an in-depth study of HathiTrust’s “dark history,” the period of years leading up to its public launch. This research identifies and traces the emerging and iterative ways that values were surfaced and negotiated, decision-making approaches were strategically modified, and relationships were strengthened, reconfigured, and sometimes abandoning through the process of generating a viable, robust and sustainable collaborative digital infrastructure (continue reading).

Save the Date: “Aspirations and Precariousness in the life of Indian IT support service workers”
Thursday, February 9, 2017
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
FNB 4130
Presented by Indranil Chakraborty, Media Studies PhD Candidate, with respondents James Steinhoff and Edward Comor as part of the Mediations Lecture Series.
Abstract: This paper is about the life, working conditions and the urban experience of the tech sector underclass in India: the janitors, security guards, fast food delivery service professionals and the car pool drivers who work in and around the global technology parks. The common experiences uniting these employees are long hours with minimal benefits and work conditions that often violate basic labor laws in the metropolis.

Save the Date: “Community Resistance to Gold Mining in El Salvador”
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
London Public Library, Landon Branch
167 Wortley Road
Presented by Amanda Grzyb as part of the third annual #PublicInterest Lecture Series.
Abstract: Communities in Central America are using new forms of organizing to resist the incursion of mega-extractive projects in their territories and protect valuable water resources. Focusing on resistance to gold mining in El Salvador as an example, this talk asks what Canadians need to know about the role of Canadian extractive industries abroad (continue reading).

Important Dates

Friday, January 20, 2017 - Senate

News & Announcements

City of London seeking campus feedback regarding Rapid Transit
In May 2016, the City chose a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) model and has been working with Western to find a solution that ensures existing bus transit and the proposed BRT will provide convenient service to campus while complementing Western’s plans to make the campus a more pedestrian-focused space with limits on vehicular traffic.

With this in mind, Western is undertaking an extensive process of analysis and consultation with the campus community. These consultations will share information about proposed transit routes, how they impact campus and provide an opportunity for students, faculty, staff and alumni to voice their opinions.

You can comment in writing to by January 20, 2017, and/or attend a Campus Community Meeting. These will be held on two dates:
  • January 5, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. -- UCC 290 – McKellar Room
  • January 10, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. -- UCC 290 – McKellar Room

Awards & Accomplishments

Charlotte Brun, MLIS graduate, and Nicole Dalmer, LIS PhD candidate, were named as last term’s winners of the MLISSC’s awards. Charlotte was awarded the Spirit of Librarianship Award, while Nicole is the recipient of the Fantastic FIMS award. For more information about the awards, visit:

Lisa Di Valentino, LIS PhD candidate, successfully defended her thesis “Laying the Foundation for Copyright Policy and Practice in Canadian Universities,” on December 21.

Sandra Miller, MLIS alum, was one of nine Londoners named to the Mayor of London’s New Year’s Honouree List for 2017. She was named under the Heritage category, for her efforts to preserve and protect London’s architectural history. Read more.

Publications & Presenations

Luke Arnott, Assistant Professor, published the following articles:

Arnott, Luke. “Mapping Metroid: Narrative, Space, and Other M.” Games and Culture, vol. 12, no. 1, January 2017, pp. 33-27.

Arnott, Luke. “Epic and Genre: Beyond the Boundaries of Media.” Comparative Literature, vol. 68, no. 4, December 2016, pp. 351-369.

Alissa Centivany, Assistant Professor, published the following article:

Alissa Centivany (2017). "The Dark History of HathiTrust," in proceedings of the 50th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Systems Science (HICSS '17).

Professor Centivany presented this research at HICSS ’17, Koloa, HI, January 4-7, 2017, and will also present it at a FIMS Seminar Series lecture on February 8.

Sonya de Laat, Media Studies PhD candidate, published the following blog post:

de Laat, S. and Marshall, D. “Treasures of CIDA’s 30-Year-Old Photography Collections: A Visual Perspective on Canadian International Aid,” Canadian Network on Humanitarian History, 2 December 2016. Cross-posted on

Sonya published the blog post in advance of the following presentation:

de Laat, S. (2016). "Pictures in Development: Exploring the history and image of CIDA through its visual culture". Conference presentation at The Samaritan State Revisited: Histories of Canadian Aid. Ottawa, Global Affairs Canada, 12-13 December 2016.

Brad Hiebert, HIS PhD candidate, published the following article:

Hiebert, B., Power, E. (2016). Heroes for the helpless: A critical discourse analysis of Canadian national print media’s coverage of the food insecurity crisis in Nunavut. Canadian Food Studies, 3(2), 104–206. doi: 10.15353/cfs-rcea.v3i2.149

Amara Pope, Media Studies PhD candidate, published the paper "Musical Artists Capitalizing on Hybrid Identities: A Case Study of Drake the 'Authentic' 'Black' 'Canadian' 'Rapper'" in a special issue of the journal Stream: Culture/Politics/Technology

In the Media

Amara Pope, Media Studies PhD student, was interviewed by numerous media outlets in relation to her published paper (cited above in Publications & Presentations) discussing Canadian music artist Drake. Amara was interviewed by the Toronto Star, The Metro, Toronto Life, Flare Magazine, the Waterloo Chronicle, and several radio stations about her work.

Alex Hanam, MLIS student, was featured in a profile on on January 5, titled "Freshly Minted: Alex Hanam."

Additional Activities of Note

Max Eisen, who with the assistance of Associate Professor Amanda Grzyb recently published the story of his survival at Auschwitz, has been shortlisted for the RBC Taylor Prize for Canadian nonfiction. Mr. Eisen and Professor Grzyb were featured in a Western News article in April 2016, in which he discussed the process of writing the book. More information about his book, By Chance Alone: A Remarkable True Story of Courage and Survival at Auschwitz, can be found on the Harper Collins Canada website.

The CAJ Ethics Committee's report on Naming Sexual Assault Complainants, published last year, was named among an international list of the nine most important journalism rulings/guidance for 2016, according to iMediaEthics out of Boston. The CAJ report was co-authored by Meredith Levine, FIMS instructor, along with Lisa Taylor, Kathy English and Bert Bruser.

News from the Graduate Resource Centre

Welcome to our new space!
Come and visit us in 3020. We've got fantastic views, awesome study space, expanded meeting rooms, course reserves and other collections to support your learning and research at FIMS.
Please be patient as we navigate our new space and update our policies and procedures.
As always, any questions can be sent to

Winter 2017 GRC Student Library Assistants
Please welcome new Graduate Student Library Assistants Rémi Fontaine and Lindsay Taylor along with returning staff Kate Merucci, Kelly Thoreson and Victoria Wong. Don't hesitate to ask questions when any staff are working at the Service Desk - we are here to help you use library resources and services!

News from Western Libraries

CRKN Journal Usage Survey:
Western Libraries is one of 28 CRKN [Canadian Research Knowledge Network] member institutions that are participating in a survey of faculty members, doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows about electronic resources. Watch your e-mail this week for an invitation to complete the survey. More details are available at

Streaming Video Resources:
Western Libraries provides access to a growing collection of online videos for use on campus and off. Access our Streaming Video Guide to learn how to find and use these videos for your research and classroom viewing.

From the New Books Shelf...

Multilayer Social Networks / Mark E. Dickison, Matteo Magnani and Luca Rossi
DBW stack HM741.D53 2016
Medialogies: Reading Reality in the Age of Inflationary Media / David R. Castillo and William Egginton
DBW P90.C35 2017
Open Access and the Future of Scholarly Communication: Implementation / edited by Kevin L. Smith and Katherine A. Dickson
DBW stack Z286.O63L629 2017

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 FIMS Graduate Bulletin will be published on Monday, January 30. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, January 27.