No. 409 - December 11, 2017

Important Dates

- Friday, December 22, 2017 - Administrative offices closed for holidays
- Tuesday, January 2, 2018 - Administrative offices reopen
- Friday, January 5, 2018 - Orientation day for new MLIS students
- Monday, January 8, 2018 - First day of FIMS graduate classes

News & Announcements

Campus Service Hours Over the Break
The Office of the Registrar has posted a list of service hours over the holiday break for things such as campus eateries, Campus Rec, the libraries, Student Health Services and others. FIMS administrative offices will be closed on Friday, December 22 and will reopen on Tuesday, December 2.

Awards & Accomplishments

Melissa Adler, Assistant Professor, and Don Spanner, Lecturer, tied for votes and so were both named winners of the Fantastic FIMS Award. Jordan Bulbrook, MLIS student, was announced as the winner of the Spirit of Librarianship Award. Both awards are presented through the MLISSC each term.

Selinda Berg
, LIS PhD candidate, successfully defended her thesis "Expertise, Mediation, and Technological Surrogacy: A Mixed Method Critical Analysis of a Point of Care Evidence Resource" on November 30, 2017.

Publications & Presentations

Douglas Mann, Assistant Professor, published an invited piece titled "Being in the Digital World" for The Institute of Art and Ideas in the iai News section. The article was published on December 6.

Daniel Robinson, Associate Professor, published an article titled "Free speech on campus: are we being too careful not to offend?" on the University Affairs website on December 5.

Henry Svec, Media Studies alum (doctoral program), published the book American Folk Music as Tactical Media. Henry is currently an Assistant Professor of Communications Studies at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi.

In the Media

Emily Carlisle, MLIS student, was featured on the website on December 4 in a blog post titled: "Freshly Minted: Emily Carlisle".

James Compton, Associate Professor, contributed his thoughts to a Maclean's article titled "Advice for first-year students from Justin Trudeau (and 27 other people)," published on December 1.

Nadia Danyluk, MLIS alum, was featured in an Owensound Sun Times article titled "Danyluk named deputy chief librarian" on December 7.

Florence Hwang, MLIS alum, appeared in a news item titled "A shy Regina librarian gets a pep talk from the women of Baroness von Sketch Show" on December 9.

Percy Sherwood, MMJC student, was featured in a Gazette profile titled "Percy Sherwood: the pragmatic idealist" on December 3.

Romayne Smith Fullerton, Associate Professor, participated in a three-person panel on the CBC Radio London website, titled "How do we save local media?". The panel took place on November 29 and was in response to the closure of 24 local newspapers by Postmedia and Torstar, announced earlier that day. 

News from the Graduate Library

Happy Holidays from the FIMS Graduate Library!

Holiday Hours:
OPEN Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm from December 14-22 and January 2-5
CLOSED December 23 to January 1
CLOSED WEEKENDS until January 13
REGULAR HOURS resume on Monday, January 8th Monday to Thursday: 8:30am to 7:00pm; Friday 8:30am-5:00pm; Sat & Sun 1-5:00pm

Graduate Course Reserves
If you are teaching in Winter 2018, please forward any course reserve requests to, or stop by the service desk with your course outline and we'll help you out.

Photocopy Bank
Please recycle your unwanted articles in our photocopy bank. Drop them by the service desk and we'll file them for reuse!

If you have any questions about resources or services supported by the library, don't hesitate to email or stop by the service desk in FNB3020.

Emerging Library & Information Perspectives (ELIP)
Curious about ELIP? Come and ask us anything, or learn how to make a submission!
Madison Edgar, ELIP Managing Editor, will host the following drop-in Q&A sessions this week in FNB 3020B:
Tuesday Dec.12 3-4pm; Wednesday Dec. 13 11-12pm
Remember that article/essay submissions are due December 31st, and all other submissions are due January 31st. For ongoing updates follow ELIP on Twitter (@ELIP_Journal) and Facebook (@ELIPmlis)!

News from Western Libraries

From the New Books Shelf...

Media Politics in China: Improvising Power Under Authoritarianism / Mari Repnikova

Missed Information: Better Information for a Wealthier, Fairer and More Sustainable World / David Sarokin and Jay Schulkin
Weldon Library Fifth Floor ZA3157.S27 2016

Handbook of Research on Managing Intellectual Property in Digital Libraries / Adeyinka Tella and Tom Kwanya
Weldon Library Fifth Floor Oversize ZA 4080.H365 2018

Featured Resource: NAXOS Music Library

To easily hear seasonal music wherever you are over the holidays, check out the Naxos Music Library through the Western Libraries web site. Included are Handel's Messiah, Bach's Christmas Oratorio, and a huge array of classical and popular music. You can search by artist, genre or composer and listen to single tracks or entire albums.

Western Libraries wishes FIMS faculty, students and staff a safe and happy holiday season!

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The FIMS Graduate Bulletin will resume publication on Monday, January 15. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, January 12.