No. 411 - January 29, 2018

Coming Events

"Teens and 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. Everyone is welcome to attend these lectures.
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.

"'I'm Not Evil. I'm Chaotic Neutral!'": On the Classification of Internet Trolls"
Thursday, February 8, 2018
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
FNB 4130
Presented by Yimin Chen, LIS PhD student
Responses by Chandell Gosse and kirstyn seanor
Abstract: What does it mean to be a troll? For many people, trolling essentially means “being a butt while on the internet” – or worse. Mainstream news reporting has consistently characterized internet trolls as anti-social and malicious with stories of obscenity, harassment, and cyberbullying. However, this portrayal has been critiqued as misrepresentative and is often at odds with how trolls see themselves: as comical rather than criminal (continue reading).

Important Dates

- Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - Board and Senate Elections: Polls open at 8AM (Faculty & Staff)
- Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - Board and Senate Elections: Polls close at 8PM

News & Announcements

Submissions requested for FIMULAW Graduate Student Research Day
The Faculties of Music, Information and Media Studies, and Law invite graduate students and faculty to submit a poster, panel presentation, lightning talk, or performance presentation to our 2018 FIMULAW Research Day. The FIMULAW Research Day is an interdisciplinary research day that provides faculty and graduate students an opportunity to present their work and to engage with an interdisciplinary audience on matters of importance to researchers across disciplines. View the Call for Participation (pdf).

Registration for 3MT competition open
Registration is now open for Western's 3MT 2018 competition. Students from FIMS will compete with students from Arts & Humanities, Education, Ivey, Law, and Music, on Friday, March 2. The final day to register will be Friday, February 23. 3MT (Three Minute Thesis) is a research communication competition where graduate students have 3 minutes or less to present their research and its impact to a panel of non-specialist judges and peers. The exercise develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of research students' capacity to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience. Full details are available on the 3MT website.

Publications & Presentations

Tracey Church, FIMS instructor, will be presenting a session titled "An Introduction to Prospect Research in the Charitable Sector" at the OLA Super Conference in Toronto at the Convention Centre on Thursday, February 1, 2018.

In the Media

Claire Burrows, LIS PhD candidate, was interviewed by Concordia University news for a Q & A titled "Towards a more accessible library" on January 15, 2018. Burrows is currently serving as a researcher-in-residence at Concordia.

Professor Nadine Wathen and her work with the Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children (CREVAWC) were cited in an article from the NYTimes titled "More Than 150 Women Described Sexual Abuse by Lawrence Nassar. Will Their Testimony Help Them Heal?" on January 26, 2018. 

Additional Activities of Note

Julianne Hazlewood, MA'10 (Journalism), has taken on the role of morning host at CBC London as of January 29. Hazlewood is taking over for usual host Rebecca Zandbergen for the coming year.

Anabel Quan-Haase, Associate Professor, participated in the production of a video from the American Sociological Association as part of a new series that presents findings from sociology. Quan-Haase provides her expertise for the first video in the series, titled "Connected Seniors" which can be seen on Facebook.

News from the FIMS Graduate Library

Do you have questions about using library resources?
Don't hesitate to stop by the service desk in the library. Library assistants Stacey and Steve, along with student library assistants Karim, Madison, Krisandra and Sheilah are there to help you out! They won't do your assignments for you, but they'll certainly get you going in the right direction.

Copy/Print/Scan 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.

Looking for a room? We have three rooms with projectors for your meetings (3020B, 3020D, 3020E)
These meeting rooms are for all FIMS graduate students (HIS, LIS, MMJC, MS, PM&C) to use for up to two hours per day for group work and meetings. If you require longer than two hours, contact us to extend your booking. There is a double authentication to book a room. Go to our meeting rooms page, sign-in with your FIMS username and password first, then sign-in with username fims and password library. You can also stop by the service desk or email us directly and we'll book it for you!

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

Western Libraries Needs Your Help...

Students, instructors and researchers are all invited to participate in a research project with the aim of learning how people on campus search for information to support their learning, teaching, and research. . Details about how you can be involved are at

From the New Books Shelf....

Monitoring the Movies: The Fight over Film Censorship in Early Twentieth-Century Urban America / Jennifer Fronc
Weldon Library 4th Floor PN1995.62.F76 2017

The Revenge of ANALOG: Real Things and Why They Matter / David Sax
Weldon Library 3rd Floor HB615.S3137 2017

The Mourning News: Reporting Violent Death in a Global Age / Tal Morse
Weldon Library 4th Floor PN4784.D37M67 2018

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The next issue of the FIMS Graduate Bulletin will be published on Monday, February 12. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, February 9.