No. 410 - January 15, 2018

Coming Events

"'Click here': Slacktivism, digital activism, and motivations for participation"
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
FNB 4070
Presented by Anabel Quan-Haase and Chandell Gosse as part of the FIMS Seminar Series.
Abstract: Much debate has surrounded the value of online campaigns for social and political activism. On the one hand, networked publics provide alternative means of engaging, reaching out, and keeping activists involved. On the other hand, they are dismissed as 'slacktivism' and simple 'feel good' measures, geared toward short-term, low-risk forms of engagements with no long-lasting impact (continue reading).

"Algorithms with a Moral Compass: Detecting Lies, Satired, and Clickbait"
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
6:00 p.m.
Spencer Engineering Building (SEB) 3102
Presented by Victoria Rubin and hosted by the IEEE Women in Engineering.
North American digital environments are increasingly mediated by algorithms in 2018. Users of social media platforms and other online services are constantly advised on what actions to take: what to purchase, how and when to exercise, who to contact, and what to watch and read. Most algorithms for personalization, recommendation, filtering, and content promotion are optimized for profit and do not concern themselves with issues of moral rights and wrongs (continue reading).

"Teens & Cigarettes: How Marketers Targeted Youth in the 70's and 80's"
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
London Public Library, Masonville Branch
30 North Centre Rd.
Presented by Daniel Robinson as part of the FIMS #PublicInterest Lecture Series.
Abstract: This talk explores how cigarette manufacturers marketed to Canadian teenagers during the 1970s and 1980s, highlighting various forms of advertising, market research, and point-of-sale techniques.  While the tobacco industry’s Advertising Code banned marketing to those under 18, companies nonetheless targeted youths as young as fifteen, because capturing these “starter” smokers was vital to securing long-term marketing success within the industry.

Important Dates

Friday, January 19, 2018 - Senate

News & Announcements

Latest FIMS Open Access Data Posted
The latest statistics for downloads, reach, and open access material at FIMS are available. The attached graphic (pdf) provides numbers for the month of December.

Publications & Presentations

Professor Tim Blackmore published an article in Western News titled, "Surf’s over: Reign of the data kings," on January 11, 2018. The article is in response to developments in the U.S. around net neutrality.

Professor Edward Comor published the following article:

Technological Fetishism and US Foreign Policy: a speculative paper on the mediating role of digital ICTs’ in The Political Economy of Communication. Vol. 5, No 2 (2017).

Jennifer Hambleton, Media Studies PhD candidate had her article, "Painting a Backdrop: Scene Painting and Digital Media” published in The Journal of Modern Craft, vol. 10, no. 3, 2017.

On December 8, 2017, Michael Ridley (LIS PhD student) presented the keynote address, entitled “Looking Backward and Forward by Looking Around”, at Scholars Portal Day & the 50th Anniversary of the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL). University of Toronto.

In the Media

Ken Cuthbertson, journalism alum (MA'75), was featured in a Western Alumni news article titled, "Alumnus' book explores Halifax Explosion," on December 6, 2017. In the article, Cuthbertson discusses his recently published book, The Halifax Explosion: Canada's Worst Disaster, and what drew him to the subject.

Mark Rayner
, FIMS instructor, appeared in several media sources in relation to his latest novel titled The Fatness: A Novel of Epic Portions. The London Free Press published a book review titled "Satirist takes a bite out of the obesity epidemic" on January 1, 2018. IndiePics Magazine also published a review in January 2018. Additionally, Rayner appeared on CJBK's morning show with Lisa Brandt and CBC Radio London's Afternoon Drive with Chris dela Torre. The CJBK interview is available online at:

Additional Activities of Note

Mary Baxter, TVO Hub reporter (as part of the TVO Hub partnership with FIMS and Western), published the online article "Libraries are providing more services than ever — so why aren’t we funding them?" on October 20, 2017. A related segment of The Agenda with Steve Paiken aired on the same day. The episode included an in-studio interview with Carolyn Doyle from the London Public Library, shot in the FIMS studio and aided by technical assistance from Paul Buckley-Golder (FIMS BTS). Additionally, Associate Professor Heather Hill was interviewed for the online article.

Hida Behzadi, FIMS instructor, opened an art exhibition titled Meditations: an abstract miniature collection, that ran for much of December. The exhibit was covered by the London Free Press on December 12 in an article titled, "On the Canvas: Hida Behzadi’s Meditations: An abstract miniature collection."

A new episode of The Nature on Things titled "Jumbo: The Life of an Elephant Superstar" aired on CBC on Sunday, January 7. The episode was produced by Dugald Maudsley, MA'86 (Journalism) through Infield Fly Productions. It was written and directed by Christine Nielsen, MA'86 (Journalism).

News from the Graduate Library

Winter 2018 Hours of Operation (January 8 to April 13)
Monday to Thursday 8:30am - 7:00pm
Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm
Saturday & Sunday 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Closed University Holidays (February 19, March 30 )

New Staff in the FIMS Graduate Library
Please welcome new Graduate Student Library Assistants Sheilah Ayers and Krisandra Iving, along with our returning students Karim Ali and Madison Edgar. Don't hesitate to ask questions when staff are working at the service desk - we are here to help you with all of our library resources and services!

Let's get social!
Follow us @FIMSGradLib on Twitter and Facebook for updates on events happening in the FIMS Graduate Library, informative articles, collection highlights, and more.

Your FIMS Graduate Library presents...
Every Monday in February we will be highlighting a different piece of maker technology from our Makerspace, Bibliotech. Join Karim at 11:30am, 12 or 12:30pm for our series of Lightning Sessions to explore these creative tools and resources.

MLIS Student Journal
Emerging Library & Information Perspectives is still accepting Interview, Review, For the Field and In the Field submissions until January 31st! Please visit the journal website or email for more information. For ongoing updates follow ELIP on Twitter (@ELIP_Journal) and Facebook (@ELIPmlis)!

News from Western Libraries

Happy New Year and Welcome!

Western Libraries welcomes everyone who is new to Western this term. We have eight library locations that you can explore and a newly designed web site at to give access to our resources and information about our services. Don't hesitate to drop by and visit!

Organizational Renewal for Western Libraries:

Over the course of 2018, the organizational structure of Western Libraries will be changed from a location-based model, to a structure based on function. Many staff members, librarians, and archivists in Western Libraries will be taking on new roles and working with different colleagues. This term, we are working behind the scenes to establish the new functional model, form new service teams, and finalize and implement a transition plan. The goal is to have the new structure fully in place by September 2018. More information about the Organizational Renewal Initiative is available at

From the New Books Shelf...

Privacy, Surveillance, and the New Media You / Edward Lee Lamoureux
 Weldon Library 4th Floor JC596.2.U6L35 2016

The American Journalist in the Digital Age: A Half-Century Perspective / Lars Willnat, David H. Weaver, and G. Cleveland Wilhoit
 Weldon Library 4th Floor PN4867.W55 2017

Keeping Up with Emerging Technologies: Best Practices for Information Professionals / Nicole Hennig
Weldon Library 5th Floor Z682.35.T43H46 2017

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The next issue of the FIMS Graduate Bulletin will be published on Monday, January 29. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, January 26.