No. 400 - March 27, 2017

Coming Events

One Book One London Papier-Mâché Animals
Monday, March 27 – Tuesday, March 28, 2017
11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Weldon Library Artium
Western Libraries and FIMS are community ambassadors for London Public Library's "One Book One London", an initiative that encourages Londoners to come together by reading, discussing and participating in events related to a common book - Emma Hooper's "Etta & Otto & Russell & James." In the book Otto makes papier-mâché animals. We will be hosting an "art therapy" event on Monday March 27th (to make the papier-mâché animals and then let them dry overnight) and Tuesday March 28th (to paint the animals). Need some stress relief? Come make papier-mâché animals with us; let's rip up some paper and get creative.

Wednesday, March 29 and April 5, 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.

"’Oh Mom! Look it up on the internet.’ Seniors and Technology: Reading, ebooks, and everyday life”
Thursday, March 30, 2017
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
London Public Library, Landon Branch
Presented by Anabel Quan-Haase and Kathleen Schreurs as part of the FIMS #PublicInterest Lecture Series.

Abstract: Digital reading technology is constantly evolving and increasing in popularity, including among seniors. Among this group there seems to be a trend towards adoption and acceptance often spurred on by family and peers who offer support and motivation. Many seniors, however, do not feel comfortable or knowledgeable about using reading technology. This talk discusses how seniors engage with reading technology. Our research reveals that, for seniors, learning new technology requires significant effort. As a result, seniors make careful and deliberate choices about the technology they use, carefully choosing technology that fits into and improves their lives.

“Dickens, Cholera and Big Data”
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
12:00 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.
FNB 4070
Presented by Professor Grant Campbell as part of the FIMS Seminar Series.

Abstract: Steven Johnson, in The Ghost Walk, celebrates the work of John Snow in tracing the origins of the cholera outbreak in London in 1854, arguing that Snow practiced methods of information visualization and data analysis that now occupy a central place in today's information environment.  This presentation will contrast Snow's insights with the insights of Charles Dickens in Bleak House, published 2 years before the outbreak.  Dickens, like Snow, was deeply concerned with issues of public health, water quality and sanitation; furthermore, Bleak House also deals with data and information issues that have since become prominent, including predictive analytics and face recognition.  But Dickens's conclusions, unlike the conclusions Johnson draws from Snow, are more complex, and offer a cautionary annotation to current big data narratives.

FIMS Research Coffee Hour: Applying for Human Ethics Approval
Friday, April 7, 2017
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.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 Grace Kelly, Ethics Officer, Office of Human Research Ethics will focus on the process of ethics review at Western, the core principles of ethics reviews (informed consent, equity, privacy, …), the common mistakes researchers make in their applications and how to avoid them.

Remembering the Rwandan Genocide
Friday, April 7, 2017
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
IGAB, Chu Centre
Remembering the Rwandan Genocide: 23rd Commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsis of Rwanda. The Centre for Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction is hosting a commemoration of the Rwandan genocide, with Western International, the Africa Institute, and Public Humanities@Western. Join us in the Chu International Centre for testimony, expert analysis and a short documentary screening.

Important Dates

- Friday, April 7, 2017 – Last day of undergraduate classes
- Sunday, April 9 – Sunday, April 30, 2017 – Final examination period
- Thursday, April 13, 2017 – Last day of FIMS graduate classes
- Friday, April 14, 2017 – Good Friday holiday (offices closed)

News & Announcements

Faculty member looking for help learning social media management and best practices
Help wanted: Short-term help instructing a Western faculty member how to better navigate select social media (FB, Twitter primarily) at ‘competent basic’ level. Looking for four 30-minute sessions spread over 2-4 weeks, total pay: $60. Tasks would include: help with setting up scholarly profiles on social media; help with managing scholarly profile on social media; help with understanding the complexities of digital scholarly communication; help communicating with broad, public audiences online. Days/time flexible. Please email if you are interested.

Awards & Accomplishments

Associate Professor Romayne Smith Fullerton's recent book, titled Covering Canadian Crime: What Journalists Should Know and the Public Should Question, was included on the Hill Times' list of best books in 2016.

Publications & Presentations

Alissa Centivany, Assistant Professor, reports the following publications and presentation:

Alissa Centivany, “Open Access Advocacy through Gamification: A Case Study of the “Open Robarts” Alternate Reality Game,” in Proceedings of the 2017 iConference (iConf ‘17), March 22-25, Wuhan, China, 2017.

Brian McInnis, Alissa Centivany, Juho Kim, Marta Poblet, Karen Levy, and Gilly Leshed. 2017. Crowdsourcing Law and Policy: A Design-Thinking Approach to Crowd-Civic Systems. In Companion of the 2017 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW '17 Companion). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 355-361. DOI:

Devina Dandar, MLIS student, was accepted to present a session at a virtual library conference organized by the San Jose State University iSchool. She will present “Conquering Imposter Syndrom: Bridging the Skills Gap between New Graduate and Professional” at the Library 2.017 Worldwide Virtual Conference on March 29.

Nafiz Shuva, LIS PhD student, presented the poster "Settlement Information Needs and Services: A Pilot Study with Bangladeshi Immigrant Women in Canada" at the Western Research Forum-2017 on March 10.

In the Media

Amie Wright, MLIS’09, was featured in Library Journal’s Movers & Shakers 2017 as an educator. Amie is currently working as Manager School Outreach, MyLibraryNYC, New York Public Library.

Associate Professor Victoria L. Rubin’s ongoing work into creating an algorithm capable of detecting satire was discussed in the article “Können Maschinen Lügen entlarven?” from on February 18, 2017.

Additional Activities of Note

Canada's Digital Policy Forum (CDPF) recently put out its new report on Canada's digital future in time for the new budget from the federal government. Associate Professor Anabel Quan-Haase is quoted several times in the section covering the digital divide (starts on page 32).

News from the FIMS Graduate Library

One Book, One London (#1Book1Ldn) - Etta and Otto and Russel and James
To celebrate Canada's 150, we are partnering with London Public Library, Western Libraries, and many other organizations to promote a city-wide literacy campaign.

A theme in the book is Papier-mâché animals. We will be volunteering in an "art therapy" event on Monday March 27th (to make the papier-mâché animals and then let them dry overnight) and Tuesday March 28th (to paint the animals). Come by destress.

And a reminder, that we have 5 copies to circulate for 7-day loan. Lots of other activities are planned on campus and around town, so check here for updates: 

Looking for a room? We 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 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! We also have projectors available for use in any of these rooms!

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.

News from Western Libraries

One Book, One London comes to Weldon:

Those of you who have read Etta & Otto & Russell & James will understand the role that papier-mâché animals play in the story. On Monday, March 27 and Tuesday, March 28 , Weldon Library is hosting an "art therapy" event to make your ownl papier-mâché creations in conjunction with the London Public Library's One Book, One London project. See details at

Western Libraries Provides Access to Research Software Tools:

See for information on how and where to access several different types of research software across campus. Included are links to a variety of tutorials and guides for each product.

Weldon Open 24 Hours Beginning April 3rd:

Weldon Library will be open from 8:00 a.m. on Monday April 3rd until 2:00 a.m. on April 17th. The service desk will be open regular hours (i.e.: 8-8 Mon-Thurs; 8-5 Fri and 10:30-5 Sat-Sun). Security personnel will be on duty at all other times. Daily hours are found at

Next Issue

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The final issue of the FIMS Graduate Bulletin for the Winter 2017 term will be published on Monday, April 10. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, April 7.