No. 419 - July 16, 2018

Coming Events

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

- Monday, August 6, 2018 - Civic Holiday (no classes, FIMs offices closed)
- Friday, August 10, 2018 - Last day of classes for FIMS graduate programs

News & Announcements

MLIS program re-accredited by ALA
The MLIS program has been re-accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) for another seven years. The final stages of the review were completed in June 2018, and the MLIS program received “Continued” accreditation status, with no Notices of Concern. FIMS would like to acknowledge the faculty, staff, and industry professionals (serving on the Consultation Committee) who put in the enormous amount of work required to successfully complete the review process.

Meaghan Skinner joins UGSS team full-time
Meaghan Skinner has joined the Undergraduate Student Services team on a full-time, continuing basis. Meaghan has been working with the UGSS team on contract since November 2017. She will be on the front desk and assisting with course administration, exam scheduling, timetable coordination, data management, event coordination, social media and web maintenance.

Awards & Accomplishments

Jacquie Burkell, Associate Professor, is among a group of co-applicants who have received a SSHRC Partnership Grant for a project titled, "Queery'ing resilience: Leveraging information and communication technologies to negotiate gender and sexual minority youth identity and wellbeing within diverse global contexts."

MLIS students Meagan Collins, Nicole Doro, Benjamin Robinson and Ariel Stables-Kennedy, were awarded top prize for ARMA's Sagesse Essay Contest for their submission "Managing Modern Technology." They were awarded a $1,000 honorarium and the essay will be published in the next edition of Sagesse in early 2019.

Kyunghee Kim, Media Studies PhD candidate, successfully defended her thesis, titled "Cultural Hybridity in the Contemporary Korean Popular Culture through the Practice of Genre Transformation" on June 28, 2018.

Publications & Presentations

Chandell Gosse, Media Studies PhD student, co-authored the article "Women scholars' experiences with online harassment and abuse: Self-protection, resistance, acceptance, and self-blame," in New Media & Society in June. Co-authors include George Veletsianos, Shandell Houlden, and Jaigris Hodson.

Bradley Hiebert, HIS PhD student, published the following article:

Hiebert, B., Regan, S., & Leipert, B. (2018). Tokenism and mending fences: How rural male farmers and their health needs are discussed in health policy and planning documents. Healthcare Policy, 13(4): 52-64.

Anushree Majumdar, MA'12 (PMC) and reporter with the Indian Express, reflected on the potent and complex relationship between humour and trauma through the lens of her own experiences in an article titled "The Joke's on Me: Life lessons from Hannah Gadsby" on July 8. 

Karen Nicholson, LIS PhD student, gave the closing keynote address at the WILU 2018 Conference at the University of Ottawa, June 8, 2018. The text is available from Scholarship at Western

In the Media

Grant Campbell, Associate Professor, was featured in a Western News profile titled "Work lends 'voice' to dementia patient wishes," published on June 26, 2018.

Professor Anabel Quan-Haase was interviewed by CBC News on July 10 for an audio piece being produced about Facebook adopting Inuktut into their language translation function. Quan-Haase was sought out for her expertise on how Facebook might make decisions related to its language policies.

News from the FIMS Graduate Library

FIMS Graduate Library Presents…

FIMS Breathes – Want to learn ways to find greater calm and awareness? Ajit Pyati, a certified yoga and meditation teacher, will lead FIMS graduate students 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.

Contest Alert: The FIMS Graduate Library is hosting a design contest! We want you to design our FIMS Graduate Library buttons. Designs can be digital, or not - it's up to you! Submissions are due by July 27. Voting will take place July 30 to August 3rd. Email submissions to or submit in person at the Service Desk in the library. See our website, for more information, including a button template.

Bibliotech is the FIMS Graduate Library makerspace! Stop in anytime the library is open - no appointments are neccessary. Use the 3D printer to create a replacement part on your snorkel, or the Cricut to create a custom decal for your water bottle as you prepare for your summer break. Or, use any of the other tools and materials to get creative and learn valuable skills while exploring what the space has to offer.

Have you contributed to a Zine while studying at FIMS? The FIMS Graduate Library collects Zines that our FIMS community has been part of. Let us know where we can find a copy so we can include it in our collection. Interested in reading Zines? The whole collection is available at the library, in print.

News from Western Libraries

Reduced Hours Tuesday, July 17th

All Western Libraries locations will be closing at noon on Tuesday, July 17th for an all-staff event. Weldon and Taylor libraries will remain open as academic study hall spaces for the afternoon.

July Tutorial of the Month

July's Tutorial of the Month is "RACER and Interlibrary Loan Services". See:

From the New Books Shelf…

The dysfunctional library: challenges and solutions to workplace relationships / Jo Henry, Joe Eshleman, Richard Moniz.
Weldon Library 5th Floor Z682.H495

Teaching for justice : implementing social justice in the LIS classroom / edited by Nicole A. Cooke and Miriam E. Sweeney.
Weldon Library 5th Floor Z668.T375

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

This is the third of four summer issues of the Grad Bulletin. The next issue will be published on Tuesday, August 7 (Monday is a holiday). The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, August 3.