No. 418 - June 18, 2018

  • Coming Events:

    - FIMS Grad Library Presents...Zotero Workshop
    - FIMS Grad Library Presents...Indigenization and Reconciliation in Academic Libraries
    - Research Ethics Workshop: Conducting research with or about human subjects
    - FIMS Grad Library Presents...Makerspace Q&A
    - FIMS Grad Library Presents...FIMS Breathes
  • Important Dates:

    - Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - FIMS Spring Convocation (10AM ceremony)
    - Monday, July 2, 2018 - Canada Day observed (no classes, admin offices closed)
    - Monday, July 2 - Friday, July 6, 2018 - MLIS Research Week
  • News & Announcements:

    - Susan Knabe Acting Dean as of July 1, 2018
  • Awards & Accomplishments:

    - Robert Bertuzzi
    - Indranil Chakraborty
    - Clara Chu
    - Katrina Clarke
    - Amy Freier
    - Michael Friesen
    - Amanda Grzyb
    - Mark Rayner
    - Danielle Robichaud
    - Sandra Smeltzer
  • Publications & Presentations:

    - Alissa Centivany
    - Emily Carlisle
    - Roger Chabot/Kelsang Legden
    - Chris Clark
    - Isioma Elueze
    - Kane Faucher
    - Michael Friesen
    - Jen MacGregor
    - Greg Nightingale
    - Vicki O'Meara
    - Danica Pawlick-Potts
    - Anabel Quan-Haase
    - Sadiq Raji
    - Michael Ridley (with Jacquie Burkell)
    - Nadine Wathen
  • In the Media:

    - James Compton
    - Lisa Henderson
    - Lucas Reid
    - Nafiz Shuva
  • News from the FIMS Graduate Library:

  • News from Western Libraries:

  • Next Issue:



Coming Events

FIMS Grad Library Presents...Zotero Workshop
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
FNB 3010
Are you feeling overwhelmed with citation management? Join Madison Edgar for a Zotero Workshop on Tuesday June 19th from 12:00pm - 1:00pm in the FIMS Computing Lab (FNB 3010). We will be going over the basics of how to use this open source software to better organize your research and easily create your reference lists. It is recommended that you visit https://www.zotero.org/user/login/ to register for a free account before the workshop.

FIMS Grad Library Presents...Indigenization and Reconciliation in Academic Libraries
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
FNB 3020D/E
Chris Read will be reflecting on his experiences from serving on the Research working group at the University of Waterloo aiming to implement a campus-wide Indigenization strategy, including the recommendations made to the steering committee and the process of getting to them. He intends to highlight areas where academic libraries have opportunities, and can take leadership roles, in developing meaningful Truth and Reconciliation and Indigenization strategies. Specifically, he will discuss the recommendations made to the University of Waterloo Library.

Research Ethics Workshop: Conducting research with or about human subjects
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
FNB 4070
Considering a Guided Research or a Major Research Project for next term? Any chance it will involve collecting data for or about people? Attendance at this research ethics workshop is a PREREQUISITE for submitting any Guided Research or Major Research proposal for the Fall 2018 term. You can also attend if you're considering a research project in a subsequent term, though the same workshop will be offered in the Fall 2018 and Winter 2019 terms.

FIMS Grad Library Presents...Makerspace Q&A
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
FNB 3020D/E
Worried you don't know enough about makerspaces or tech? Stacey Lapp will be chatting about makerspaces, including how accessibility applies to the space. She'll also be answering any questions you have on July 10, 12 - 12:30pm in 3020D/E.

FIMS Grad Library Presents...FIMS Breathes
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
FNB 3020D/E
Want to learn ways to find greater calm and awareness? Ajit Pyati, a certified yoga and meditation teacher, will lead us through practicing focused breath awareness in order to reduce stress and be more present in our lives. You may want to bring a yoga mat or towel to sit/lay on, but it is not neccessary.



Important Dates

- Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - FIMS Spring Convocation (10AM ceremony)
- Monday, July 2, 2018 - Canada Day observed (no classes, admin offices closed)
- Monday, July 2 - Friday, July 6, 2018 - MLIS Research Week



News & Announcements


Susan Knabe Acting Dean as of July 1, 2018
With the conclusion of Thomas Carmichael's term as FIMS Dean on June 30, 2018, Susan Knabe will assume the role of Acting Dean for the Faculty. Professor Knabe will occupy the role between July 1 - December 31, 2018. Professor Lisa Henderson will step in as the new Dean of FIMS on January 1, 2019.



Awards & Accomplishments

Robert Bertuzzi, Media Studies PhD candidate, successfully defended his thesis, titled "Hone the Means of Production: Craft Antagonism and Domination in the Journalistic Labour Process of Freelance Writers" on June 12, 2018.

Indranil Chakraborty, Media Studies PhD candidate, successfully defended his thesis, titled "Invisible Labour: Support-Service Workers in India's Information Technology Industry" on May 17, 2018.

Clara Chu, LIS alum (MLS'85, PhD'92), has been named the 2018 recipient of the ALA's Beta Phi Mu Award in recognition of her distinguished service to education for librarianship.

Katrina Clarke, MA'13 (Journalism), was named the recipient of the 2018 Gordon Sinclair Roving Reporter Bursary. Clarke plans to use the bursary to examine failures and successes of Indigenous education across Atlantic Canada and abroad. See the press release.

Amy Freier, Media Studies PhD candidate, successfully defended her thesis, titled "Exhibiting Human Rights: Making the Means of Dignity Visible" on May 15, 2018.

Michael Friesen, FIMS instructor, represented Western FIMS at the Open Apereo 2018 conference in Montreal in early June, where he accepted the 2018 ATLAS award for e-learning.

Amanda Grzyb, Associate Professor, was recently awarded a three-year $196K SSHRC Partnership Development Grant to support a new project, the “International Partnership for the Commemoration of the Civil War Massacres in Chalatenago, El Salvador.” The team’s plan includes the community-based development of architectural plans for a memorial at the site of the 1980 Sumpul River Massacre, an interactive online map of 58 community-identified massacres in the department (province) of Chalatenango, an international gathering of genocide/massacre survivors and scholars from around the globe in May 2020 on the 40th anniversary of the Sumpul River Massacre, and community-based research about the massacres and documentation through group workshops and individual testimonies. Collaborators on the project include Dr Emily Ansari (Music History, Western University), Dr. Harold Fallon (School of Architecture, KU Leuven, Belgium), Evelia Macal (architect, Belgium), The Association of Survivors of Chalatenango Massacres (El Salvador), SalvAide (Canada), CRIPDES - the Association for the Development of El Savlador (El Salvador), and the Salvadoran municipalities of San José Las Flores, Arcatao, Nueva Trinidad, and La Vueltas. 

Mark Rayner, FIMS instructor, won an IndieReader Discovery Award in the humour category for his latest novel The Fatness: A Novel of Epic Portions. The awards were announced in early June.

Danielle Robichaud, MLIS'10, was awarded the James J. Talman Award by the Archives Association of Ontario. Robichaud was honoured for her pioneering work in encouraging archivists to contribute to Wikipedia, particularly in support of reconciliation with the Indigenous peoples of Canada.

Sandra Smeltzer, Associate Professor, was awarded a SSHRC Insight Grant for the project "Ethical and effective experiential learning for communication studies." Collaborators include Greigory de Peuter and Penelope L. Ironstone-Catterall (Wilfrid Laurier University), Sandra Gabriele (Concordia University), Dawn E.B. Johnston (University of Calgary), Paul S. Moore (Ryerson University), and Philip D. Savage (McMaster University).



Publications & Presentations

Alissa Centivany, Assistant Professor, will be presenting a paper (co-authored with Dr. Jean-Philippe Vergne) at EGOS (European Group for Organizational Studies) July 5-7 in Tallinn Estonia. The paper is called "Developer participation in decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs): An empirical study of cryptocurrencies." 

Emily Carlisle, MLIS student, and Roger Chabot/Kelsang Legden, LIS PhD candidate, presented a paper at the annual conference of the Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians in Regina, Saskatchewan, entitled “Just How Open is Open Access? Exposing Problematic Elements in bepress’ Digital Commons Discipline Taxonomy for Institutional Repositories”.

Roger Chabot/Kelsang Legden also presented a paper at the annual conference for the Canadian Association of Information Science in Regina, Saskatchewan, entitled “Life is Suffering: Thrownness, Duhkha, Gaps, and the Origin of Existential-Spiritual Needs for Information”.

Emily Carlisle will also be presenting at the International Conference on Electronic publishing on June 24. The presentation is a co-authorship with Kristin Hoffmann of Western Libraries, titled “It’s all in the Relationships: A Liaison Role for Librarian-Publishers.”

Chris Clark, FIMS instructor, published his second novel, titled Tangled Strings, in June. The book is a thriller about tennis match fixing, international gamblers and players caught in a multi-million-dollar web of lies and cheating.

Anabel Quan-Haase, Professor, and Isioma Elueze, LIS Phd'16, co-authored the article "Dividing the Grey Divide: Deconstructing Myths About Older Adults' Online Activities, Skills, and Attitudes" in American Behavioral Scientist.

Kane Faucher, Assistant Professor, has published a book with Westminster University Press as part of their Critical Social Digital Media Studies series: Social Capital Online: Alienation and Accumulation.

Michael Friesen, FIMS instructor, gave a presentation titled “Social Learning, Safely”, which focused on how online instructors can offer a social learning environment without compromising the privacy of all course participants.

Greg Nightingale, LIS PhD candidate, presented the paper “A Benjaminian Exploration of Library as Place” on June 1st at the CAIS/ACSI Annual Conference in Regina.

Vicki O'Meara, Media Studies PhD candidate, presented a paper titled "Putting love to work: Labour, leisure, and gender in the Web 2.0 creative economy" at the Critical Political Economy Research Network Midterm Workshop hosted by New University of Lisbon.

Sadiq Raji, HIS PhD candidate, recently made two presentations:

A poster presentation titled "EMR Integration: Physician Perspectives on Use and Impact of Electronic Health Information in South West Ontario," given at London Health Research Day, May 10, 2018 at the London Convention Centre.

A panel presentation titled "Making EMRs Work for Physicians and Patients," given at the eHealth Conference, May 30, 2018 in Vancouver, BC.

In May, Michael Ridley, LIS PhD student, presented a paper, “The Right to Explanation: Artificial Intelligence, Information Policy and the Black Box of Deep Learning” (co-authored with Jacquie Burkell, Assistant Dean, Research & Associate Professor), at the annual conference of the Canadian Association of Law Librarians in Halifax. In June Michael presented the keynote address (“Artificial Intelligence and Libraries: Beyond the Hype and Towards the Opportunities and Challenges”) at the Atlantic Provinces Library Association annual conference in Fredericton.

Michael also offered a workshop on AI & Libraries in Regina to the members of the Canadian Urban Libraries Council (CULC) and participated in a panel with Danica Pawlick-Potts (MLIS student) on the same topic at the Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA). Later in the week he gave a public talk on AI at the Calgary Public Library.

Nadine Wathen, Professor, and Jen MacGregor, Research Associate, published the following:

Wathen, C.N., MacGregor, J. C. D., Tanaka, M., MacQuarrie, B. J. (2018). The impact of intimate partner violence on the health and work of gender and sexual minorities in Canada. International Journal of Public Health Online first: DOI:10.1007/s00038-018-1127-1

Professor Wathen has also recently gave the following talk:

Wathen, C.N., Ford-Gilboe, M., Varcoe, C., Maclean, R. (May 2018). Workshop: Reducing Stigma through Trauma- and Violence-Informed Care: Practical Applications in Family Violence, Sexual Health and Harm Reduction. Canadian Public Health Association Conference. Montreal, Canada.



In the Media

James Compton, Associate Professor, offered comments in an article posted on the UWOFA website on June 15, titled "UWOFA past presidents remain involved in the academic labour movement."

Lisa Henderson, incoming FIMS Dean (as of Jan 1, 2019), was featured in an updated article from Western News, titled "Henderson named new FIMS Dean." The article builds on initial information that was provided at the time of Henderson's appointment.

Lucas Reid, MLIS'17, was named the new branch manager for the Estevan Public Library. Read more in the Estevan Mecury article "New branch manager for Estevan Public Library," published on May 28.

Nafiz Shuva, LIS PhD student, recently spoke to SOGS about some of the challenges and benefits associated with being an international student in the blog "Not All The Same."



News from the FIMS Grad Library

Reduced hours of operation during reading week (July 3 to 6)
Although there may be classes scheduled during reading week, the library will operate on reduced hours:
Monday, July 2 - closed
Tuesday, July 3 to Friday, July 6: 8:30am to 5:00 pm (no evening hours)
Regularly-scheduled evening hours will commence on Monday, July 9.

Upcoming Workshops - FIMS Grad Library Presents...

Are you feeling overwhelmed with citation management? Join Madison Edgar for a Zotero Workshop on Tuesday June 19th from 12:00pm - 1:00pm in the FIMS Computing Lab (FNB 3010). We will be going over the basics of how to use this open source software to better organize your research and easily create your reference lists. It is recommended that you visit https://www.zotero.org/user/login/ to register for a free account before the workshop.

Indigenization and Reconciliation in Academic Libraries with Chris Read, June 26. Chris Read will be reflecting on his experiences from serving on the Research working group at the University of Waterloo aiming to implement a campus-wide Indigenization strategy, including the recommendations made to the steering committee and the process of getting to them. He intends to highlight areas where academic libraries have opportunities, and can take leadership roles, in developing meaningful Truth and Reconciliation and Indigenization strategies. Specifically, he will discuss the recommendations made to the University of Waterloo Library. 12- 1pm, 3020D/E

Makerspace Q & A: Worried you don't know enough about makerspaces or tech? Stacey Lapp will be chatting about makerspaces, including how accessibility applies to the space. She'll also be answering any questions you have on July 10, 12 - 12:30pm in 3020D/E.

FIMS Breathes - Want to learn ways to find greater calm and awareness? Ajit Pyati, a certified yoga and meditation teacher, will lead us through practicing focused breath awareness in order to reduce stress and be more present in our lives. You may want to bring a yoga mat or towel to sit/lay on, but it is not neccessary. July 17, 12 - 12:30pm in 3020D/E.



News from Western Libraries

Western Libraries’ colleagues Erin Johnson, Maddison Goldhawk, and Lillian Rigling are excited to share the Digital Literacies Pop-Up Toolkit: short form, no cost templates for teaching digital literacies in your library.

Based on Western Libraries’ successful digital literacies outreach offered over the past year. The Digital Literacy Pop-Up Toolkit will help you run activities to connect members of your library's community with tools to improve their 21st century digital literacies through short-form, light-touch, pop-up based programming. These activities can be run with supplies that are easily available in any library. These pop-ups provide opportunities for one-on-one or small group instructional engagement, while also providing libraries with opportunities to assess community interest in and attitudes towards digital literacies. Topics covered include: password security, information privilege, fake news, and privacy. https://digitalliteracy.info

From the New Books Shelf…

Open divide: critical studies on Open Access /edited by Ulrich Herb, et. al.
Weldon Library 5th Floor Z286.O63O66 2018

Reading Still Matters / Catherine Sheldrick Ross, Lynne (E.F.) McKechnie, and Paulette M. Rothbauer. Weldon Library 5th Floor Z1003.R753 2018

Complete Guide to Personal Digital Archiving / edited by Brianna H. Marshall.
Weldon Library 2nd Floor CD977.C667 2018

Critical media literacy and fake news in post-truth America / edited by Christian Z. Goering and P. L. Thomas. Weldon Library 4th Floor P96.M42U583 2018



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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 bblue@uwo.ca.

This is the second of four summer issues of the Grad Bulletin. The next issue will be published on Monday, July 16. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, July 13.