No. 398 - February 27, 2017

  • Coming Events:

    - "Community Resistance to Gold Mining in El Salvador"
    - FIMSwrites
    - FIMS Research Coffee Hour: Funding Your Research and Dissemination Activities
    - “Lewis Hine’s First World War Photographs for the American Red Cross: Interpretations in/of the past for humanitarianism today”
    - FIMS, Music and Law Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Research Day
    - "The Theory and Practice of Kinetic Publishing"
    - "Metal Music and Nationalism"
    - "Spreading the Truth in the Age of Viral Misinformation"
  • Important Dates:

    - Saturday, March 11, 2017 - March Break Open House
  • News & Announcements:

    - Extra spaces available for LIS 9361 field trip to Toronto
  • Publications & Presentations:

    - Luke Arnott
    - Kailee Hilt
    - Kate Johnson
  • In the Media:

    - Paul Benedetti
    - Jacquie Burkell
    - Brad Hiebert
    - Carolyn Moynihan
    - Amara Pope
    - Victoria L. Rubin
  • Additional Activities of Note:

    - Jacquie Burkell
    - Alissa Centivany
    - Yimin Chen
    - Niall Conroy
    - Louis D'Alton
    - Victoria L. Rubin
  • News from the FIMS Graduate Library:

  • News from Western Libraries:

  • Next Issue:

Coming Events

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).

Wednesday, March 1 and 3, 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.

FIMS Research Coffee Hour: Funding Your Research and Dissemination Activities
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
FNB 4070
The FIMS Research Coffee Hour is an opportunity for faculty and PhD researchers to participate in an informal discussion/ workshop/ question and answer session on topics related to research. This session, facilitated by Jacquie Burkell and Karen Kueneman, will focus on why you might need funding; sources of funding including alternatives to Tri-Council (SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR); tools available to find funding; help that is available to you.

“Lewis Hine’s First World War Photographs for the American Red Cross: Interpretations in/of the past for humanitarianism today”
Thursday, March 2, 2017
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
FNB 4130
Presented by Sonya de Laat as part of the Mediations Lecture Series.
Abstract: Between June 1918 and April 1919, the American social photographer, Lewis Hine, made photographs for the American Red Cross (ARC) of their First World War activities. His are among the earliest photographs of refugees and of communities rebuilding after war. Almost one hundred years later, this collection of photographs remains virtually unknown despite images from the current refugee/migrant crisis having invited comparison to similar instances in the past (continue reading).

FIMS, Music and Law Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Research Day
Friday, March 3, 2017
9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Music Building 227
The FIMULAW Research Day is an interdisciplinary research day that provides graduate students an opportunity to present their work and to engage with an interdisciplinary audience on matters of importance to researchers across disciplines. See the day’s agenda

“The Theory and Practice of Kinetic Publishing”
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
12:00 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.
FNB 4070
Presented by Robert Glushko, Associate Chief Librarian, Western Libraries, as part of the FIMS Seminar Series.
Abstract: In the past decade, although scholarly publishing diversified to offer multiple forms of knowledge dissemination, most publishing remains unchanged, with the most influential venues taking the form of traditional journals: groups of articles bound in periodic, space restricted, issues. Scholarly publishing in the digital age is often a transformation of physical forms and norms into digital media: an easy and familiar solution that fails to adapt to the realities of the new medium.  As a remedy, we propose Kinetic Publishing, a new model of scholarly thought, discussion, and dissemination.

"Metal Music and Nationalism"
Thursday, March 9, 2017
4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Somerville House 2355
Featuring special guest Dr. Kimi Kärki, renowned metal musician and popular music studies professor from the University of Turku, Finland. Dr. Kärki will be speaking about "Metal Music and Nationalism" as part of the "Mediations" colloquium series. Dr. Kimi Kärki is coordinator of the European master's programme European Heritage, Digital Media and the Information Society. He has written articles and edited several books on cultural history, popular music studies, and cultural integration. In 2006, he spent six months as a Research Fellow in the Institute of Popular Music, University of Liverpool, UK. He is based in the Department of Cultural History, School of History, Culture and Arts Studies, University of Turku, Finland.

“Spreading the Truth in the Age of Viral Misinformation”
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Somerville House 3345
Presented by Craig Silverman. Craig Silverman is the founding editor of BuzzFeed Canada and leads a global beat for BuzzFeed News covering online misinformation and fake news. 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 in 1910, after 33 years on staff.

Important Dates

- Saturday, March 11, 2017 - March Break Open House

News & Announcements

Extra space available on LIS 9361 field trip to Toronto
The LIS 9361 class will be taking a trip to Toronto on Friday, March 24, 2017, to visit Mabel’s Fables and the Toronto Public Library. There are some extra spaces available for interested students who are not a part of the class. The cost, which covers transportation, is $32.50 per person (more info).

Publications & Presentations

Luke Arnott, Assistant Professor, gave a talk called “Building Broken Worlds: The Alien Franchise, Failed Utopias, and Other Bio-Shocks” on February 11, 2017 at the FIMSSC’s Creativity and Beyond conference.

Kailee Hilt, MLIS student, presented a poster titled “Bit x Bit Part Two: Creating a Data Management Plan for Ecology Lab Data” at the OLA SuperConference in Toronto, Feb 1-4. The content was from a project Kailee worked on during an eight month co-op placement with the University of Waterloo.

Kate Johnson, Associate Professor, gave a talk today on February 21 in Ottawa to Global Affairs Canada's History Matters lunch time speakers' series on "The outing of David Moffat Johnson: Homosexuals, External Affairs and the Cold War". It was very well attended with interesting discussion afterwards.

In the Media

Paul Benedetti, FIMS instructor, was featured in Western News in an article titled “Reflecting on life, one column at a time” on February 16, 2017. The article discusses his recent book release (You Can Have a Dog When I’m Dead: Essays on Life at an Angle, Dundurn Press), which draws on his eight years as a columnist with the Hamilton Spectator.

Jacquie Burkell, Associate Professor, was also featured in Western News in an article titled “Remembering the need to forget” on February 16, 2017. The article talks about the permanent record we leave behind when we're active online, and how that potentially affects one’s identity and sense of self.

In a third article from the February 16 issue of Western News, PhD in HIS student Brad Hiebert was featured in an article titled “Improved access to health information needed in rural communities,” in which he discusses his research into the health information seeking practices of rural men.

Finally, Associate Professor Victoria Rubin was also in the February 16 issue of Western News, in an article titled “Separating fact from fiction using a ‘fake news’ algorithm.” Professor Rubin discusses her work into developing an algorithm that can distinguish real news from satire.

Caroline Moynihan, MLIS grad, was featured in the Freshly Minted blog on on February 13, 2017.

Amara Pope, Media Studies PhD student, was interviewed on Sirius XM on Saturday, February 11, for her scholarly work into the rise of Canadian music star Drake.

Additional Activities of Note

Jacquie Burkell, Associate Professor, will participate in the upcoming GradWRITE Graduate Writing Conference (March 10), leading a session on writing grant proposals.

Alissa Centivany
, Assistant Professor, will co-chair the following full-day workshop:

“Crowdsourcing Law and Policy: Ways to Evaluate Crowd Civic Systems,” at Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, 2017 (CSCW ‘17), Portland, OR, Feb. 25-Mar. 1, 2017. (with Brian McInnis, Karen Levy, Marta Poblet Balcell, Juho Kim, and Gilly Leshed)

Victoria L. Rubin (Associate Professor,) and her research group LiT.RL, which includes Yimen Chen (LIS PhD student) and Niall Conroy (LIS PhD grad), had their publication "Deception detection for news: Three types of fakes" included in a list of fake news/misinformation resources provided to journalists through the Harvard Kennedy School Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy.

Louis D’Alton, FIMS instructor, appeared as part of the panel for “From Talk to Action, From Research to Impact: Applying the L-Index in Public Libraries”, at the annual OLA Conference in Toronto.

News from the FIMS Graduate Library

We're looking for your feedback!
Now that you're half-way through the term, and have had time to settle in to our new space, we're looking for feedback about the library.

You can provide anonymous feedback here:, or use the post-its in and around the library, or email Marni anytime (

Upcoming workshops:
March 15, 12-1pm, FNB 3020 D&E
An Open Source Toolbox for Information Privacy, presented by Lindsay Taylor, MLIS candidate
This workshop will explore the importance of open source software in supporting information privacy and security. Attendees will be encouraged to follow along on their devices with demonstrations of open source tools for private browsing, password management, and encrypted communication, among others.

March 21, 12-1pm, FNB 3020 D&E
An Introduction to Graphic Design
Learn the basics of graphic design as MLIS students Alex Haman and Victoria Wong briefly talk about colour theory, design principles, and the merits and disadvantages of using different digital mediums for presenting information. Find out about what resources and tools are available to use when creating relevant graphical work.

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

News from Western Libraries

The Next Generation of Western Library Spaces

On Tuesday, February 28th, from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., drop by the UCC Atrium to let us know what you think about our ideas about how Western Libraries spaces might change over the next 25 years.

Travelling Exhibit from the Archives of Ontario

Family Ties: Ontario Turns 150 is a travelling exhibit that explores the Era of Confederation through four families from different regions in Ontario. The display will be shown at Taylor Library (Feb 7-23), Business Library (Feb 24-Mar 9) and Weldon Library (Mar 10-30).

From the New Books Shelf...

Third-Generation Holocaust Representation: Trauma, History and Memory / Victoria Aarons and Alan L. Berger
DBW stack PN56.H55A24 2017

The Special Collections Handbook second edition / Alison Cullingford
DBW stack Z688.A2C85 2016

Critical Library Pedagogy Handbook, Volume 1 and 2 / edited by Nicole Pagowsky and Kelly McElroy
DBW stack ZA3075.C75 2016 v.1-2

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