No. 415 - March 26, 2018

Coming Events

"Reading Among Older Adults: Resistance, Resilience and Pleasure"
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
London Public Library, Landon Branch
167 Wortley Rd.
Presented by Paulette Rothbauer as part of the FIMS #PublicInterest Lecture Series.
Drawing from her interview data and from other published research findings, Paulette Rothbauer will present highlights from her current research into the everyday reading practices of older adults (75 years+). Her in-depth interviews with several older adults who like to read and choose to read show that reading can play a strong role in helping these readers resist stereotypical ideas about ageing and build resilience to the challenges we all face as we grow older. Finally, the pleasures of reading offer several other benefits for older readers that deserve our attention as we plan and develop strategies for care in our families and communities.

"How to Do Things With Dreams"
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
FNB 4070
Presented by Sharon Sliwinski as part of the FIMS Seminar Series.
Abstract: Dreams are unusual conveyors of information. These experiences involve private patterns of thought and memory, but they also carry an important kind of social knowledge. My discussion will offer some ideas about how dream-life might be understood as a significant form of political thought and Sliwinski will share some work-in-progress from The Reverie Project, a collaborative venture undertaken with a community of migrants in Geneva..

Professionalization Workshop: The Academic Job Search
Thursday, March 29, 2018
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
FNB 4130
Professionalization workshop for FIMS thesis-based graduate students.

"Capital and Post-Cybernetic Control: On Amazon's Patent for Anticipatory Package Shipping"
Thursday, April 5, 2018
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
FNB 4110
Presented by Atle Mikkola Kjøsen as part of the Mediations Lecture Series. With responses by: Warren Steele and Ryan Schroeder.
Abstract: On Christmas Eve 2013, Amazon was awarded patent for a “Method and System for Anticipatory Package Shipping.” In essence, the patent explains that the online retail giant wants to build a logistical system that will ship packages to potential buyers before they have ordered anything. By analyzing their massive trove of data collected from their customers—including previous orders, products viewed and in shopping carts or wish lists, and tracking web browsing and links hovered over—Amazon is effectively able to anticipate that someone may buy a particular product and consequently ship packages to the general geographical area from where they anticipate orders will come. What is the logic behind such methods? Why must exchange be anticipated (continue reading)?

Student Self-Assessment as a Career Development Strategy or, You're More Qualified than You Think
Thursday, April 12, 2018
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
FNB 4070
Learn more about work on the MLIS "capstone" project, and try out some of the assessment tools in an informal presentation and workshop with Sarah Glassford, Krisandra Ivings, Pam McKenzie and Paulette Rothbauer.

Professionalization Workshop: Careers Beyond Tenure Track
Thursday, April 12, 2018
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
FNB 4130
Professionalization workshop for thesis-based FIMS graduate students.
Guest Speakers: Dr. Kate Hoad-Reddick, Alumni Advancement Manager, University of Guelph and Dr. Chris Vandervees, SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow & Psychotherapist.

FIMULAW Interdisciplinary Conference
Friday, April 13, 2018
9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
FNB 1240/1250
The FIMULAW Interdisciplinary Conference is a joint effort between the Faculties of Information and Media Studies, Music, and Law at Western University. Proudly launched in 2017, FIMULAW provides graduate students and faculty members across our three faculties the opportunity to work together to address shared concerns which merit novel, interdisciplinary responses. Visit the official website.

Important Dates

- Friday, March 30, 2018 - Good Friday (Offices closed)

News & Announcements

"Rights Before We Talk Reconciliation" - 2018 Clissold available in full online
If you missed out on Tanya Talaga's presentation of "Rights Before We Talk Reconciliation: Reporting on Indigenous Issues in Canada" on March 20, the full presentation is available on the FIMS website.

Leadership in Wellness Award of Recognition - Nominations Open

The Leadership in Wellness Award of Recognition recognizes Western faculty members who promote the mental health of their students in their daily work at Western. Nominate your professor for promoting the mental health of students in their daily work (visit site). Deadline is March 30.

Awards & Accomplishments

Anthony Naimi, Health Information Science PhD candidate, successfully defended his thesis "Supporting dynamic and distributed decision making in acute care environments: Insights from a cognitive ethnography" on Friday, March 23. 

Publications & Presentations

Maeve Doyle, MMJC student, published the article "The Evolution of #MeToo" in the University of Toronto Mississauga News for International Women's Day, March 8, 2018.

Associate Professor Keir Keightley presented his paper, "Sinatra, Superstardom, and Media en Abyme," at the 59th annual conference of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, held in Toronto, March 14-18th.

Ryan Mack, PhD Media Studies student published a book review of Jeff Porter's Lost Sound: The Forgotten Art of Radio Storytelling in the Canadian Journal of Communication Vol 43 (2018).

Doug Mann, Assistant Professor, granted permission to the website Against Professional Philosophy to publish an unpublished but previously presented essay, titled "The University as Feudal State. The Abysmal Failure of Interdisciplinarity in Higher Education" as part of a multi-part series featuring his work. Professor Mann first presented the essay in 2008.

In the Media

Mike Bickerton, BA'01 (MIT), was featured in a Western News article, titled "MIT alumnus brings his vision to reality television," published on March 22, 2018.

Amanda Grzyb, Associate Professor, was interviewed for a Western News article, titled "Crossing 'Borders' for global understanding," published on March 22, 2018.

Alex Paterson, BA'08 (MPI), was featured in a Western News article, titled "Paterson following his passion for public policy," published on March 23, 2018.

Kate Taylor, MA'85 (Journalism), was featured in a Western News article, titled "Alumna plays critical role in Canadian culture," published on March 20, 2018.

Additional Activities of Note

On Friday, March 16, Associate Professor Matt Stahl convened a roundtable at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities at Georgetown Law School, with professor Funmi Arewa (UC Irvine) and professor Larisa Mann (Temple University). It was called "Economic Justice for Aging Rhythm & Blues Singers: The Urgent Need of a New Strategy in the Era of Digital Music Distribution” and it drew primarily on Professor Stahl's work with attorney Howell Begle on his 30+ years of leading “royalty reform” efforts in the US record industry.

News from the FIMS Graduate Library

Hours of Operation - Easter Weekend
Closed Friday, March 30th
Open Saturday & Sunday 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Regular hours until Friday, April 13

ELIP pre-launch - Save the Date!
Celebrate the pre-launch of our MLIS student-run, open access, and peer-reviewed journal Emerging Library & Information Perspectives on Friday April 13th in the FIMS Graduate Library. Stay tuned for more details!

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. And, if you only need a couple copies because you’re graduating, you can always ask a friend to transfer $ in paper cut! Stop by the service desk and we’ll show you how.

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.

News from Western Libraries

From the New Books Shelf...

News, Numbers and Public Opinion in a Data-Driven World / edited by An Nguyen
Weldon Library 4th Floor PN4784.M37N5 2018

The 21st Century Academic Library: Global Patterns of Organization and Discourse / Mary K. Bolin
Weldon Library 5th Floor Z675.U5B655 2018

Information Systems: Process and Practice / edited by Christin Urquhart, Faten Hamad, Dina Tbaishat, and Alison Yeoman
Weldon Library 5th Floor Z699.35.U74I54 2018

Apply for Travel Grants to attend the International Associaton for Social Science Information Science and Technology (IASSIST)

The Canadian Association of Public Data Users (CAPDU) is offering 4 awards of up to C$2,000 each to attend the IASSIST Conference in Montreal, May 29-June 1, 2018. Up to three of these awards are available to individuals working with data and/or statistics with five (5) years or less experience in that role at a DLI institution. The remaining award(s) will by preference be awarded to a Library School student from a Canadian university with interest in and/or experience working with data and/or statistics.

Applications for these awards should be sent to with the Subject line “CAPDU Awards, IASSIST 2018” by Monday, April 2, 2018, and include a statement of interest (approximately 400-500 words). This statement of interest should include any relevant experience and/or study, why working with data or data librarianship interests you, and how you will benefit from attending this conference.

Scholarly Identity Workshop Series continues...

Two more session in our series of workshops about strategies for building and promoting your scholarly identity are coming up. This week, on March 28, a session giving you an opportunity to begin to create your own web site is being held, and our third workshop, dealing with the creation of a Data Management Plan, is scheduled for April 11. For details and registration information, see

Next Issue

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The next issue of the FIMS Graduate Bulletin will be the final issue for the Winter 2018 term. It will be published on Monday, April 9. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, April 6.