No. 403 - September 18, 2017

  • Coming Events:

    - Graduate Library Presents...Writing at the Graduate Level
    - FIMSwrites
    - One Book, Many Communities Panel Discussion
    - "Re-Envisioning Contemplation in an Age of Overload"
    - "Collaboration Between Traditional and Orthodox Medical Practitioners in Rural Communities of Nigeria"
    - Graduate Library Presents...Presentation Skills
    - "Human Dignity Between Declaration and Curation: The Human Rights Exhibit Album as Cultural Technique"
    - Save the Date: "Harold Innis on Canada"
  • Important Dates:

    - Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - Faculty Council
    - Friday, September 22, 2017 - Senate
  • News & Announcements:

    - femLIS Reading Group
    - Welcome to new FIMS staff and faculty
    - New Graduate Program Director (Thesis Programs) and Rogers Chair
    - Journalist-in-residence announced
  • Awards & Accomplishments:

    - Carolynn Bart-Riedstra
    - Erisa Deda
    - Tom Eldik
    - Darryl Pieber
    - Michaela Posthumus
    - Sabrina Saunders
    - Kathleen Schreurs
    - Sharon Sliwinski
    - Danielle Taschereau Mamers
  • Publications & Presentations:

    - Edward Comor
    - Nicole Dalmer
    - Kane Faucher
    - Nafiz Shuva
    - Liwen Vaughan
    - Siu Hong Yu
  • In the Media:

    - Mary Baxter
    - Rebecca Due
    - Amanda Grzyb
    - Krisandra Ivings
    - Cal Murgu
    - Victoria Rubin
  • Additional Activities of Note:

    - Kane Faucher
  • News from the FIMS Graduate Library:

  • News from Western Libraries:

  • Next Issue:

Coming Events

Graduate Library Presents...Writing at the Graduate Level
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
FNB 3020 D/E
Presented by Paul Schmidt. Sign up in the library, or email


Every Wednesday
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
FNB 4070
To provide some solidarity in the sometimes-solitary writing process, we're continuing to host weekly structured writing time. We meet every Wednesday morning from 9:30am until noon in FNB 4070. All FIMS graduate students, staff and faculty are welcome to bring their laptops and join in to sit and write (reading is good too!) - drop by at any point in the morning. Questions? Contact Nicole Dalmer (

One Book, Many Communities Panel Discussion
Thursday, September 21, 2017
7:00 p.m.
FNB 3020
Panelists: DeNel Rehberg Sedo, Mount St. Vincent, Halifax, Catherine Ross, Professor Emerita and former Dean in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies, and Sharron Louise Smith, former Manager of Bibliographic Services for the Kitchener Public Library.

As a partner in the London Public Library's One Book, One London reading program, FIMS presents a panel on One Book, Many Communities. Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper was selected for the inaugural One Book, One London program, and is an example of mass reading events that occur around the world. Panelists will discuss their research and professional experiences with reading initiatives that encourage people throughout communities to come together by reading, discussing and participating in events related to a common book. A Canada 150 Event. Read more.

"Re-Envisioning Contemplation in an Age of Overload"
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
London Public Library, Masonville Branch
30 North Centre Rd
Presented by Ajit Pyati as part of the FIMS #PublicInterest Lecture Series.

Most of us are aware from our own personal experience about the realities of information overload, increasing levels of stress, and burnout. With this in mind, there is growing interest in understanding how contemplative practices (both in their traditional and modernized forms) can help us deal with these maladies of the information age. However, is there a danger that these practices could actually draw us further into our own individualized "bubbles” and reinforce destructive cycles of consumerism? Or can they still offer effective strategies for creating meaningful change at both a personal and collective level? View full series

"Collaboration Between Traditional and Orthodox Medical Practitioners in Rural Communities of Nigeria"
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
12:00 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.
FNB 4070
Presented by Janet Adekannbi, FIMS Visiting Scholar, Assistant Professor, Africa Regional Centre for Information Science, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, as part of the FIMS Seminar Series.

Since 1976 when traditional medicine was incorporated into its program, the World Health Organization (WHO) has continued to emphasize the need for governments to engage different categories of health workers including traditional medical practitioners (TMPs) in primary health care programs. These are expected to be suitably trained, socially and technically to work as a health team and to respond to the expressed health needs of the community. While this is yet to be officially done by the Federal Government of Nigeria, this research presents findings on the collaboration between TMPs and orthodox medical practitioners in selected rural communities in South-West Nigeria and the perceived implication of such collaboration on transmission of traditional medical knowledge. Findings are presented based on self-reports by the TMPs.

Graduate Library Presents...Presentation Skills
Thursday, September 28, 2017
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
FNB 3020 D/E
Presented by Paul Schmidt. Sign up in the library, or email

"Human Dignity Between Declaration and Curation: The Human Rights Exhibition Album as Cultural Technique"
Thursday, September 28, 2017
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
FNB 4130
Presented by Amy Freier, PhD Media Studies student. Reponses from Sonya de Laat and Kathie Oates.

In 1948 the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was put into effect, ushering in a new era of human rights and a new prominence for the concept of human dignity. As dignity became part of a declarative instrument, it also became something of a modern technology. In this document dignity is positioned as a “durable materiality” (Durham Peters), as something that is meant to exist between and across cultures and times as a relatively stable property. Using UNESCO’s Human Rights Exhibition Album (1950) as an anchor to this paper, I aim to show how human dignity’s new declarative functions during this period should be tempered with its visual translations and traces that accompanied its emergence (continue reading).

Save the Date: "Harold Innis on Canada"
Thursday, October 19, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
FNB Main Atrium
Presented by Edward Comor as part of Western’s Canada 150 celebrations as well as the FIMS #PublicInterest Lecture Series.
To Harold Innis, Canada was an important and tragic place. A veteran of the First World War and the country’s most prodigious intellectual during the Second, by 1945 Innis was as disturbed by his country’s nationalism as he was driven forward by the potentialities of its culture. Known today for his analysis of Canadian economic development and his theories concerning media and communications, a little known part of Innis’ legacy is his understanding of the unique position of Canada in modern civilization and, paradoxically, his deep pessimism regarding the nation’s future. In this presentation, these and other seemingly contradictory aspects of Innis’ life, and the salience of his work for Canadians sixty-five years after his death, will be explored. View full series.

Important Dates

- Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - Faculty Council
- Friday, September 22, 2017 - Senate

News & Announcements

femLIS Reading Group
All FIMS graduate students, staff and faculty are welcome to join a reading group/journal club that meets on a monthly basis to chat about, ask questions of, and discuss readings (journal articles or book chapters) that explore the complex interactions between LIS and feminist theories and perspectives.

If interested in joining this group, please be in touch with either Nicole Dalmer ( or Sarah Khraishi  ( Our first meeting will be held in early October.

Welcome to new FIMS staff and faculty
FIMS was pleased to announce several new staff and faculty members over the summer. Stacey Lapp joined the FIMS Graduate Library as the new library assistent. Tracy Fawdry comes from Education to fill the role of Alumni & Development Officer for FIMS. Melissa Adler joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor, moving from the School of Information Science at the University of Kentucky. FIMS is also hosting two visiting scholars this term, including David Marshall, from Deakin University, Australia, and Janet Adekannbi, Africa Regional Centre for Information Science, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

New Graduate Program Director (Thesis Programs) position and Rogers Chair
Sharon Sliwinski, Associate Professor, was announced over the summer as the new Graduate Programs Director (Thesis Programs). Additionally Professor Sliwinski has been named the Rogers Chair and will serve in that role for the next two years.

Journalist-in-residence announced
Mary Baxter has been announced as the first journalist-in-residence as part of the educational partnership between TVO and FIMS. Mary has an office in the Broadcast Technical Services area of the FIMS & Nursing Building.

Call for Articles - Voices theme issue on student experiences invites library and information students to submit short articles to an upcoming issue of Voices: Topics in Canadian Librarianship. The theme of the issue is, “My Summer.” Take insights from your library or information-related summer job, volunteer work, co-op or practicum and share them with the world (keep reading)!

Call for Applications - Connecting Communities + Cultures: The Vital Role of Libraries, Archives, and Museums in the Arts
Submission Deadline: October 1, 2017. Libraries, archives, and museums are vital hubs of activity that facilitate education and community building, and function as keepers of public memory. They collect, exhibit, and make available heritage materials that catalyze imagination, cultivate knowledge, and solidify our understanding of our shared cultural histories (keep reading).

Awards & Accomplishments

Michaela Posthumus (MLIS student) was awarded the MLIS Students' Council Spirit of Librarianship award, and Carolynn Bart-Riedstra (FIMS instructor) received the MLIS Students' Council Fantastic FIMS award for the summer 2017 term. A list of winners from past terms is available online.

Erisa Deda, MHIS student, successfully defended her thesis "Living with COPD through the eyes of veterans and their spouses residing in Ontario" on April 21, 2017. Erisa was supervised by Debbie Fitzsimmons.

Tom Eldik, MHIS student, successfully defended his thesis "Pharmaceutical Direct-to-Consumer Advertising: Analyses of Policy Stakeholders and Supreme Court of Canada Interveners" on June 22, 2017. Tom was co-supervised by Sandra Regan and Margaret Ann Wilkinson.

Darryl Pieber, MA Media Studies student, successfully defended his thesis "A place for locative media: A theoretical framework for assessing locative media use in urban environments" on July 14, 2017. Darryl was supervised by Anabel Quan-Haase.

Sabrina Saunders, MLIS student, will leave her current role as the CEO of the Six Nations Public Library on October 20 in order to take on a new position as the CEO for The Blue Mountains Public Library. Sabrina headed the Six Nations Public Library for 10 years.

Kathleen Schreurs, LIS PhD student, successfully defended her dissertation "The E-Writing Experiences of Literary Authors" on September 13, 2017. Kathleen was supervised by Lynne McKechnie.

Sharon Sliwinski, Associate Professor, has been named to the Royal Society of Canada's College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. RSC announced the names of the 2017 cohort on September 12. Western News published short bios on inductees in their article "Pair named among emerging scholars."

Danielle Taschereau Mamers, PhD Media Studies student, successfully defended her dissertation "Settler Colonial Ways of Seeing: Documentary Governance of Indigenous Life in Canada and its Disruption" on May 31, 2017. Danielle was supervised by Sharon Sliwinski.

Publications & Presentations

Professor Edward Comor published the following article:

Edward Comor, "Data-Driven Public Diplomacy: A Critical and Reflexive Assessment" (co-authored with Hamilton Bean) in All Azimuth: Journal of Foreign Policy and Peace (June 2017).

Nicole Dalmer, LIS Phd student, presented the following paper at the Society for the Study of Social Problems' conference in Montreal (Aug 12): Ruling texts intersect: An institutional ethnographic scoping review and policy analysis of family caregivers’ information work. This paper won the Institutional Ethnography division's George W. Smith Graduate Student Paper Award.

Kane Faucher, Assistant Professor, published the following article:

Faucher, Kane (2017). "Why Plans Fail" in Municipal World (May).

Nafiz Shuva, LIS Phd student, presented the poster "The Everyday Life Information Behaviour of Immigrants: A Case of Bangladeshi Women" at the Diversity by Design symposium ( held on September 13-14, 2017 at the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Toronto.

Professor Liwen Vaughan published a paper in Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research and a top cancer research journal in the world. The study was an interdisciplinary and international collaboration involving researchers from four countries.

Vaughan, L., Glänzel, W., Korch, C. and Capes-Davis, A. (2017). Widespread use of misidentified cell line KB (HeLa): Incorrect attribution and its impact revealed through mining the scientific literature, Cancer Research, 77(11), 2784-2788.

Siu Hong Yu, recent MLIS graduate, published the article "Just Curious: How Can Academic Libraries Incite Curiosity to Promote Science Literacy?" in Partnership: the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research.

In the Media

Mary Baxter, FIMS first journalist-in-residence as part of the new educational partnership with TVO, was featured in a Western News article titled, "TVO hub looks to explore Southwestern Ontario" on September 14, 2017.

Rebecca Due, MLIS graduate, was featured in's Freshly Minted series on August 28, 2017. Rebecca started in a new position on September 11. She now works as a Library Assistant at St. Joseph's Hospital in London.

Amanda Grzyb, Associate Professor, had her work profiled in a release titled "Víctimas de masacres buscan impulsar turismo histórico en El Salvador" posted on IPS Inter Press Service. This Spanish-language news article focuses on a collaboration in Chalatenango, El Salvador between Dr. Amanda Grzyb, Belgian architects Harold Fallon & Evelia Macal, Pedro Cabezas from SalvAide, and the Association of Survivors of Chalatenango Massacres to support the construction of a memorial at the site of the 1980 Sumpul Massacre. The author of the article, Edgardo Ayala, accompanied the group on a day-long hike into the remote Sumpul site on August 13, which was led by Felipé Tobar, the mayor of San José Las Flores and a survivor of the massacre. Dr. Grzyb's collaborative, community-based historical memory work in El Salvador is supported by a SSHRC Insight Development Grant, a Western FRDF grant, and funding from Western's VP Research.

Krisandra Ivings, MLIS student, was featured in's Freshly Minted series on June 5, 2017.

Cal Murgu, MLIS student, was profiled on CAPAL student chapter website. The Q&A focuses on his experience as a co-op student in the Information Services and Resources department at the University of Waterloo, Dana Porter Library.

Victoria Rubin (Associate Professor) and her LiTRL research team's research was profiled in the article "Researchers at Western build satire detector for news websites" on on August 14, 2017.

Additional Activities of Note

Kane Faucher, Assistant Professor, completed the strategic plan for the Township of Clearview. The plan has reached the ratification stage at Council. For background on the strategic plan, read "Clearview begins mapping out strategic focus" from

Faucher is also credited with finding a Greenops widderensis trilobite from the Widder Formation (Middle Devonian), featured in the database, Mineralienatlas Lexikon:

News from the FIMS Graduate Library

FIMS Graduate Library Website - It's New!
Please note our new email ( and bookmark our new site in place of the old. You can use this link to access resources, book meeting rooms, and stay informed about upcoming workshops.

New Staff in the FIMS Graduate Library
Please welcome new Graduate Student Library Assistants Karim Ali, Madison Edgar, Shifa Redmond and Tanis Schulman, along with our new full-time Library Assistant Stacey Lapp. Don't hesitate to ask questions when any staff are working at the service desk - we are here to help you with all of our library resources and services!

Your Graduate Library Presents...
This series of workshops and presentations is a chance to learn beyond the classroom.
Upcoming events:
Writing at the Graduate Level, Paul Schmidt - Tuesday, September 19, 12-1pm, FNB 3020D/E
Presentation Skills, Paul Schmidt - Thursday, September 28, 12-1pm, FNB 3020D/E
Sign-up in the library, or email

Fall 2017 Hours (Sept 7 to Dec 13)
Monday to Thursday 8:30am - 7:00pm
Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm
Saturday & Sunday 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Closed University Holidays (October 9th)

News from Western Libraries

Happy New Year!

Welcome to Western and welcome back to anyone who was away for the summer months. Things are in full swing in Western Libraries and, as usual, we have lots of things going on.....

Faculty and Graduate Student Support:

From online research skills tutorials to research data management assistance, Western's Librarians and Archivists offer a variety of services to support research and scholarly communication. See for details.

Bookable Study Space:

Every location in Western Libraries is accessible to you and each library offers a variety of different study space. Weldon Library has bookable collaborative technology rooms that allow you and your group members to connect your laptops and use a central monito. For more information about our facilities, go to

Western Libraries Course Reading Service:

The Western Libraries Course Reading Service allows you to just send us your course syllabus and let us do the rest. Included in the Course Reading Service is scanning and uploading book chapters and articles held in print, ensuring stable links to online resources, placing books and other physical items on short-term loan at your preferred library, requesting new purchases for items not part of Western Libraries collection and providing assistance in copyright compliance. For more information, see

From the New Books Shelf....

Social Media and Crisis Communication / edtied by Lucinda Austin and Yan Jin
Weldon Library 3rd Floor HD49.3.S63 2018

Quantified Selves and Statistical Bodies / Pablo Abend, Mathia Fuchs (eds)
Weldon Library 4th Floor HM851.Q36 2016

Toward a Praxis-based Media and Journalism Research / edited by Leon Barkho
Weldon Library 4th Floor P91.3T68 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, October 2. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, September 29.