No. 417 - May 14, 2018

  • Coming Events:

    - FIMS Grad Library Presents...Writing at the Graduate Level
  • Important Dates:

    - Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - FIMS Faculty Council
    - Monday, May 21, 2018 - Victoria Day (FIMS offices closed, no classes)
    - Friday, June 8, 2018 - Senate
  • News & Announcements:

    - Lisa Henderson announced as next Dean of FIMS
    - Subscribe to the Graduate Research Blog
    - Call for Applications: Summer School in Contexts of Indigenous Culture
  • Awards & Accomplishments:

    - Melissa Adler
    - Joanna Afghani
    - Alissa Centivany
    - Mackenzie Enns
    - Amanda Grzyb
    - Krisandra Ivings
    - Mark Rayner
    - Matt Stahl
  • Publications & Presentations:

    - ELIP Vol 1 (with Nicole Schoenberger, Jim Seale, Tanis Schumilas, Alysha Anderson, Holly Ottewell, Alexandra Turcotte, Sarah Glassford, Madison Edgar, Zoe Landon, Emily Carlisle, Jordan Bulbrook, Richard Gale, Jessica Rolfe, Camille Ginnever, Anjeli Leamen, Erin Unger, Rochelle Adamiak)
    - Claire Burrows
    - Doug Mann
    - Lynne McKechnie
    - Vicki O'Meara
    - Christopher Read
    - Paulette Rothbauer
    - Catherine Sheldrick Ross
  • In the Media:

    - Amara Pope
    - Paulette Rothbauer
    - FIMULAW 2018 (with Shamiram Zendo)
  • News from the FIMS Graduate Library:

  • News from Western Libraries:

  • Next Issue:

Coming Events

FIMS Graduate Library Presents...Writing at the Graduate Level
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
FNB 3020D/E
Presented by Paul Schmidt, from Western's Writing Centre. Paul will give tips and tricks to help you learn about the process and expectations at the graduate level.

Important Dates

- Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - FIMS Faculty Council
- Monday, May 21, 2018 - Victoria Day (FIMS offices closed, no classes)
- Friday, June 8, 2018 - Senate

News & Announcements

Lisa Henderson announced as next Dean of FIMS
Lisa Henderson, Professor of Communication and Faculty Affiliate in American Studies, of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been named the next dean of FIMS. Professor Henderson will begin her term on January 1, 2019 (read more).

Subscribe to the Graduate Research Blog
Graduate Students are invited to subscribe to the Graduate Student Research Blog. The blog provides research information for graduate students – scholarship, fellowship, internship and other funding announcements, tips on writing scholarship/funding applications, and other research-related tidbits.

Call for Applications: Summer School in Contexts of Indigenous Culture
The Interdisciplinary Initiative (IDI) in Applied Indigenous Scholarship invites applications from Graduate Students at Western University and its Affiliate Colleges to submit applications for our Summer School in Contexts of Indigenous Culture. The school will take place July 18-20, 2018, and will involve cultural awareness activities, a community visit, and meaningful space for dialogue and relationship building among culturally knowledgeable trainers, local community members and school participants (read more).

Awards & Accomplishments

Melissa Adler, Assistant Professor, has been selected for a short-term fellowship at the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies. She will be studying Thomas Jefferson's book classification at Monticello and the University of Virginia during the month of July.

Joanna Afghani
, MMJC'17, was recently informed she won a video contest hosted by Allianz. In her video, Joanna, who has been travelling the world as a photographer and videographer and working as a "digital nomad," focuses on how she moves and travels through the world as someone who needs to be able to pick up and go at the drop of a hat. Her video can be viewed on Facebook.

The MLIS Students' Council announced the winners of the Spirit of Librarianship and Fantastic FIMS awards for the Winter 2018 term in April. Congratulations to MLIS student Krisandra Ivings (Spirit of Librarianship award) and Assistant Professor Alissa Centivany (Fantastic FIMS award). A list of previous winners for both awards can be found on the FIMS website.

Mackenzie Enns, PMC alum and current PhD candidate in musicology, was selected as one of the 25 finalists in the SSHRC Storytellers Challenge. Enns' submission is titled "Game Scoring: Software Programming and/as Aleatoric Composition," and is available on YouTube.

Amanda Grzyb, Associate Professor, was named the next FIMS Faculty Scholar. Professor Grzyb takes on the role on July 1, 2018, following Professor Edward Comor. A full list of past Faculty Scholars can be found on the FIMS website. Established in 2005, the Faculty Scholars Award recognizes significant recent scholarly achievements in teaching or research. Recipients have an international presence in their discipline and are considered all-round scholars. Winners hold the title “Faculty Scholar” for two years and receive $7,000 each year for scholarly activities, as well as receiving a citation.

Mark Rayner, FIMS instructor, was awarded a silver in the humor category of the 30th annual IBPA Franklin Award for his latest novel, titled The Fatness. The Independent Book Publishing Association has more than 3,000 members, and is the largest publishing trade association in the U.S. This year's contest had 1,500 entries.

Matt Stahl, Associate Professor, was awarded funding from Western's Spring 2018 New International Research Network competition for the following application:

Title: Occupational music-making, remuneration, and social identity: music performance, law, and recording contracts, 1900-2000.
Collaborator: Olufunmilayo B. Arewa, School of Law, University of California, Irvine

The award is supported by Western's Office of the Vice-President (Research) and aims to promote new collaborations between researchers from Western and their international colleagues.

Publications & Presentations

The inaugural issue of Emerging Library & Information Perspectives (ELIP) was published on April 13, 2018. ELIP is managed by students in the MLIS program and includes scholarly articles, reflections, book reviews and more. The first issue includes contributions from Nicole Schoenberger, Jim Seale, Tanis Schumilas, Alysha Anderson, Holly Ottewell, Alexandra Turcotte, Sarah Glassford, Madison Edgar, Zoe Landon, Emily Carlisle, Jordan Bulbrook, Richard Gale, Jessica Rolfe, Camille Ginnever, Anjeli Leamen, Erin Unger, Rochelle Adamiak.

Claire Burrows, LIS PhD candidate, presented a paper at the Concordia Library Research Forum in Montreal on April 27 titled Ableism and access in the academic library. Burrows also presented a workshop at the ABQLA Annual Conference on May 4 titled Accessibility and inclusion in libraries.

Doug Mann, Assistant Professor, granted permission to the website Against Professional Philosophy to post a fourth, fifth and sixth previously unpublished essay as part of a multi-part series featuring his work. The fourth installment is titled "The Rump Parliament of Modern Academic Philosophy," and was published April 9. The fifth installment is titled "Forgetting the Lessons of History: The Fate of Philosophy in the 20th Century," and was published April 16. The sixth installment is titled "The Ecology of Mind," and was published on April 23.

Catherine Sheldrick Ross, Dean Emerita, Lynne McKechnie, Professor, and Paulette Rothbauer, Associate Professor, published Reading Still Matters: What the Research Reveals about Reading, Libraries, and Community (Libraries Unlimited). This edition, released in February 2018, updates research findings related to adult, teen, and children's reading practices that give strong evidence of the library's vital role in readers' lives.

Vicki O'Meara, PhD in Media Studies candidate, presented a paper titled "Weapons of the Chic: Instagram influencers comment pods and co-operative algorithm hacking" at the Theorizing the Web conference held at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, NYC.

Chris Read, MLIS student, will be giving a conference presentation titled "Indigenization and Reconciliation at the University of Waterloo Libraries," at the Canadian Association for Professional Academic Librarians, Congress for the Social Sciences and Humanities on May 29 at the University of Regina.

In the Media

Amara Pope, PhD in Media Studies student, was featured in a blog post on the Laurier Alumni website, titled "Amara Pope (MA'16) is bringing a fresh perspective to academia - thanks in part to Drake," published in April.

Paulette Rothbauer
, Associate Professor, was featured in a Western News article, titled "Reading reflects key chapters in seniors' lives," published on April 19, 2018.

FIMULAW 2018 was featured in a short write-up from Research Western, titled "FIMULAW 2018: Fostering interdisciplinary innovation," published on May 1, 2018. Shamiram Zendo, PhD in HIS student, is quoted in the article.

News from the FIMS Graduate Library

Summer 2018 Hours of Operation (May 7 to August 10)
Monday to Thursday 8:30am - 7:00pm
Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm
Closed weekends and university holidays (May 21, July 2, August 6)

New and Returning Student Library Assistants in the FIMS Graduate Library
Please join us in welcoming new Graduate Student Library Assistants Kait McClary, Chris Read, and Gillian Stephenson, along with our returning students Sheilah Ayers 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!

Upcoming Events: Your FIMS Graduate Library Presents...
Join us in the FIMS Graduate Library from 12 – 1pm as Paul Schmidt, from Western’s Writing Centre, gives tips and tricks to help you learn about the process and expectations of writing at the graduate level.
(May 23, Room 3020D/E)

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

Graduate Course Reserves
If you are teaching in Summer 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! Be sure to consult the copy bank before printing chapters and articles for your classes.

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

Organizational Renewal

Western Libraries is introducing a new organizational model that will enhance our capacity to advance research, teaching and learning outcomes across campus and beyond. We anticipate that the move to our new organizational model will be in place by September 2018.

The new organizational structure and integrated services model will be built around the following five core functional areas:
  • The User Experience and Student Engagement team will provide a seamless experience of library collections and services across our physical and virtual spaces. The team will foster student engagement through the provision of innovative events and services as a result of collaboration and partnership.
  • The Teaching and Learning team will advance the integration of information literacy and other digital literacy skills into course curriculum, provide instruction, and develop a variety of extra-curricular and co-curricular information literacy experiences.
  • The Research and Scholarly Communication team will support and contribute to research on campus throughout the research cycle, including the creation, management, dissemination, and preservation of knowledge and research data.
  • The Content Management, Discovery and Access team will provide ongoing access to high quality research collections across Western's disciplines.
  • The Archives and Special Collections team will acquire, preserve and provide access to key unique research collections, including digital content.
To read more about how these changes will impact you see:

From the New Books Shelf…

Digital materialism: origins, philosophies, prospects / Baruch Gottleib
Weldon Library 4th Floor HM846.G688 2018

The mourning news : reporting violent death in a global age / Tal Morse
Weldon Library 4th Floor PN4784.D37M67 2018

The politics of theory and the practice of critical librarianship / Editors, Karen P. Nicholson and Maura Seale
Weldon Library 5th Floor Z665.P6558 2018

Why comics? : from underground to everywhere / Hillary Chute
Weldon Library 4th Floor PN6710.C48 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 Bulletin will be published four times over the summer. The next issue will be on Monday, June 18. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, June 15.