No. 396 - January 30, 2017

  • Coming Events:

    - GRC Presents...Writing at the Graduate Level
    - FIMSwrites
    - LIS 50th Anniversary Reception
    - "Understanding Sociotechnical Transformation: The Story of HathiTrust"
    - "Aspirations and Precariousness in the Life of Indian IT Support Service Workers"
    - Save the Date: "Community Resistance to Gold Mining in El Salvador"
  • Important Dates:

    - Monday, February 20, 2017 - Family Day Holiday (Offices closed)
    - Monday, February 20 - Friday, February 24, 2017 - MLIS Research Week
    - Monday, February 20 - Friday, February 24, 2017 - Reading Week
  • News & Announcements:

    - Anabel Quan-Haase seeking applications for RA positions (to begin immediately)
    - Western seeking feedback from faculty and staff via WE SPEAK 2017 survey
  • Publications & Presentations:

    - Nicole Dalmer
    - Doug Mann
    - Ajit Pyati
    - Nafiz Shuva
    - Lindsay Taylor (with Marni Harrington and Matt Ward)
    - Siu Hong Yu
  • In the Media:

    - Victoria Rubin
  • Additional Activities of Note:

    - Meredith Levine
    - Saumava Mitra
    - Victoria Wong
  • News from the FIMS Graduate Library:

  • News from Western Libraries:

  • Next Issue:

Coming Events

GRC Presents…Writing at the Graduate Level
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
FNB 3020D/E
Presented by Paul Schmidt, of the Writing Support Centre. RSVP by using the sign-up sheets in the GRC or email

Wednesday, February 1 and 8, 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.

"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).

“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 (continue reading).

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

- Monday, February 20, 2017 - Family Day Holiday (Offices closed)
- Monday, February 20 - Friday, February 24, 2017 - MLIS Research Week
- Monday, February 20 - Friday, February 24, 2017 - Reading Week

News & Announcements

Anabel Quan-Haase seeking applications for RA positions (to begin immediately)
This position is part of a larger research project funded by a SSHRC Insight Grant on the digital humanities and digital life and a FIMS internal grant on virality of information. The projects examine the intersection of technology (social media) and information use and its social consequences. The time commitment is 10 hours/week (see the full posting).

Western seeking feedback from faculty and staff via WE SPEAK 2017 survey

We want Western to continue to be a great place to work. Engaged faculty and staff members are essential to ensure Western meets its strategic goal of achieving excellence on the world stage. Western leaders support this survey and are interested to hear what you have to say about your work, your team or unit, and your university. The survey will be conducted from January 24 to February 13, 2017, and it is very important that we hear from you.

The survey will take about 20 minutes of your time and is designed to provide you with an opportunity to express your views about your day-to-day work experience. It will ask you about “drivers of engagement” – things such as communications, involvement in decision-making, recognition, respect, and opportunities for learning and career development. More information.

Publications & Presentations

Nicole Dalmer, LIS PhD candidate, published the following article:
Dalmer, N. K. (2017). Questioning reliability assessments of health information on social media. Journal of the Medical Library Association: JMLA, 105(1), 61-68.

Doug Mann, Assistant Professor, will be speaking at the World Affairs Conference at Upper Canada College on Feb. 7 on "The Future of Technology."

Ajit Pyati, Associate Professor, recently published (Jan 18, 2017) a short commentary piece titled, "Interrogating the Nature of Identity in an Age of Rising Nationalism," in The Arrow: A Journal of Wakeful Society, Culture & Politics.

Nafiz Shuva, LIS PhD candidate, recently published a blog posting on the Canadian Bureau for International Education titled, “Volunteering, halal and immigration: advice for international students in Canada.” 

Lindsay Taylor, MLIS student, will present "All in for Privacy: Cultivating a Community of Information Privacy Awareness" at the OLA Super Conference in Toronto on February 3, 2017. The presentation is co-authored by Marni Harrington, FIMS Librarian, and Matt Ward, FIMS Computing Services staff member.

Siu Hong Yu, recent MLIS graduate, published the article “Research Data Management: A Library Practitioner’s Perspective", in Public Services Quarterly.

In the Media

Victoria Rubin, Associate Professor, was recently interviewed by a couple of international news outlets about her research into fake news. German news source published the piece "Fake-News: Können Algorithmen Falschmeldungen entlarven?" on January 17, 2017 (Google-Translate can give a rough translation), and published the article "The very real consequences of fake news stories and why your brain can't ignore them" on December 5, 2016. 

Additional Activities of Note

Meredith Levine, FIMS instructor, will be moderating the public talk "Dementia Beyond Alzheimer's" at Aeolian Hall on February 28, 2017.

Media Studies PhD candidate Saumava Mitra was invited as a visiting lecturer and taught a three week course on 'Ethical Media Production and Peace Journalism' as part of the Masters program in Peace and Conflict Studies at the UN mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica in January.

Victoria Wong, MLIS student, has posted audio clips belonging to a series of podcast episodes she's been working on that feature the perspectives of students in LIS on a number of topics. The project started as an independent study project from Fall '16, with the intention of giving LIS students the opportunity to share their experiences while working on topics they're passionate about.

News from the FIMS Graduate Library

The GRC Presents ...
(A series of seminars and workshops to support the graduate community @ FIMS)
Writing at the Graduate Level - Paul Schmidt, Writing Counselor from Graduate Writing Centre
Tuesday, January 31, 12-1:00, FNB 3020-D&E
Take advantage of this opportunity to improve your writing skills for your graduate essays and reports.  Paul will discuss how to write clearly and concisely, offer citation integration tips as well as format and style pointers.  Following the workshop, there will be lots of time for questions.

Upcoming workshops:
- Graphic Design
- An introduction to advocacy for online privacy and security
- Tools for securing your digital space

Sign-up sheets are available in the library, or email to let us know that you will attend the event.

Looking for a room? We now have three rooms for your meetings (FNB 3020B, 3020D, 3020E)
These meeting rooms are for all FIMS graduate students (HIS, LIS, MMJC, MS, PM&C) to use for up to three hours per day for group work and meetings. We are temporarily using a paper sign-up system to book these rooms until our booking system is updated. You can book a meeting room by writing your information on the calendars on each meeting room door, or send us an email ( and we'll do it for you!

Print cards
Need to add money to your Papercut account? Come see us at our service desk to purchase print cards in $5, $10 or $20 denominations. Please bring the exact amount, as we cannot provide change.

After hours printing
If you need to print when the library is closed, choose either the 2nd (FNB_2067_HP) or 4th floor (FNB_4thFloor_Tosh) printers. You can also print to NCB (NCB_Lab_Tosh) if you're working in the computer lab. The printer in the library is only available when we are open.

News from Western Libraries

Integrate Western Libraries Research Guides into your OWL Course Sites:

If there are Western Libraries Research Guides that you would like your students to get quick access to, we can configure them to be included on your OWL course site. Research Guides list the recommended resources and services to support student research and course work. This includes not only subject guides but a variety of other topic guides such as News Sources, Evaluating Open Access Journals, Research Data Management and the Streaming Video Guide. Please contact me ( if you would like any guides linked to your OWL site.

Booking Study Space in Western Libraries:

Both The D.B. Weldon Library and the Allyn & Betty Taylor Library offer bookable study rooms for group or individual study. See for details.

New E-Books in the Library Catalogue:

Financial management of libraries and information centers: a professional resource / Robert H. Burger [and three others]

Information seeking behavior and challenges in digital libraries / Adeyinka Tella.

Using Google Earth in libraries [electronic resource] : a practical guide for librarians / by Eva H. Dodsworth and Andrew Nicholson.

Digital Libraries: Knowledge, Information, and Data in an Open Access Society : 18th International Conference on Asia-Pacific Digital Libraries, ICADL 2016, Tsukuba, Japan, December 7–9, 2016, Proceedings / edited by Atsuyuki Morishima, Andreas Rauber, Chern Li Liew.

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, February 13. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, February 10.