No. 421 - September 17, 2018

Coming Events

Barnett Open House
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Weldon Library, 1st Floor Atrium
Enjoy watching students create of sculptures out of books and snapping pics in our photo booth with period props. We'll have refreshments and an appearance by Mr. Barnett himself. All are welcome! Find out more.

FIMS Grad Library Presents...Writing at the Graduate Level
Thursday, September 20, 2018
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
FNB 3020D/E
Join Paul Schmidt from Western’s Writing Centre to learn about the process and expectations of writing at the graduate level so you feel more confident about your upcoming assignments. Sign up at the service desk in the library or email

FIMS Syllabus 1.0 - First Forum
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Event details TBA.

Orange Shirt Day
Friday, September 28, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
WSS 2100
Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come. On this day, we hope to bring local community members and the campus community together to remember and commemorate those who experienced residential schools in Canada. We will meet at Indigenous Services Centre (WSS, Room 2100, 2nd floor) for opening remarks and then do an awareness walk on Campus and return to the centre for refreshments. Find out more.

Save the Date: "From Slump Media to Trump Media"
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
FNB 4070
Presented by James Compton, as part of the FIMS Seminar Series, 2018-19. This talk maps a theoretically-informed narrative history from slump media to Trump media. The global financial crisis of 2008 passed from a meltdown of finance capital to a generalized economic recession to an age of austerity. This was the immediate political/economic context in which the right-wing, nativist discourse of Donald Trump gained traction in the public sphere (continue reading).

Save the Date: "Reading Still Matters": Panel Discussion
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
London Public Library, Landon Branch
167 Wortley Rd
Presented by Catherine Ross, Lynne McKechnie and Paulette Rothbauer as part of the FIMS #PublicInterest Lecture Series.
These days we hear worried talk about the “death of reading” and arguments that we are all making ourselves stupid as we shift from reading physical books to reading screens and websites. But are these claims true? Catherine Ross, Lynne McKechnie and Paulette Rothbauer, researchers from Western’s Faculty of Information & Media Studies, report what they have found out about readers—children, teenagers, young adults, and adults—who read for pleasure (continue reading).

Save the Date: "A Citizen's Guide to Real News: Why Trusted Local News Matters"
Saturday, October 20, 2018
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
On Homecoming Saturday, the Faculty of Information and Media Studies will be hosting guest speakers and a panel discussion regarding "A Citizen's Guide to Real News: Why Trusted Local News Matters". Guest speakers include: Kathy English, Public Editor, Toronto Star and FIMS Asper Fellow; April Lindren, Founding Director of the Ryerson Journalism Research Centre; Josh Benton, Founder and Director of the Nieman Journalism Lab, Harvard University. Following the speakers, a panel discussion, moderated by Paul Benedetti, will feature local journalists talking about local stories that matter. Panelists TBA. Register by October 15.

Important Dates

- Friday, September 21, 2018 - Senate
- Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - Meeting of the Board of Governors

News & Announcements

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.

mediations: a workshop series: Call for Papers
mediations is a graduate student-run workshop series that offers the FIMS community an opportunity to share ongoing research or works-in-progress with student and faculty colleagues. These sessions seek to establish a space in which members of the FIMS and UWO community at large may come together in an intellectually stimulating and productive exchange of ideas. After our seventh successful season in 2017-18, we are welcoming abstracts for our 2018-19 workshop series from members of the FIMS and UWO community – students and faculty alike – on any work that engages with the rich, diverse, and loosely defined discipline of Media Studies. Read the full CFP (pdf).

Recent staffing changes
There have been a number of staffing changes over the summer to note. Undergraduate Student Services added Meaghan Skinner to their team full-time as the Undergraduate Program Assistant. Meaghan will handle a wide variety of administrative tasks and staff the reception desk in FNB 2001. New part-time staff member Melissa Diamond has been hired as a Media Assistant in support of the FIMS Broadcast Technical Services area. Melissa is expected to be with us until April 2019. Lastly, we'd like to wish Stacey Lapp good wishes for the future, as she leaves her role as FIMS Graduate Library Assistant to take on a professional librarianship position in Lambton County. Stacey has done a fantastic job in the library since joining us in August 2017. Madison Edgar, a recent MLIS graduate, has stepped in part-time as a Library Assistant III.

Awards & Accomplishments

Brandi Borman, Manager of Graduate Student Services, was announced as the Summer 2018 winner of the MLISSC's Fantastic FIMS Award. The Fantastic FIMS Award is bestowed to a member of the MLIS staff or faculty to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions that they bring to the program in terms of social support and administrative savvy. See the full list of past recipients.

Meagan Collins, MLIS student, was announced as the Summer 2018 winner of the MLISSC's Spirit of Librarianship Award. The Spirit of Librarianship Award is given to a MLIS student to celebrate the contributions they bring to the program. The award is meant to recognize the student who best exemplifies "the spirit of librarianship" in their daily life as a student. See the full list of past recipients.

Alexandre Fortier, LIS PhD'16, has been appointed as the Metadata and Taxonomy Librarian at the Library of Parliament. Alexandre took on the role as of August 27, 2018.

Catherine Ross, Professor Emerita and former FIMS Dean (2002-2007), was named as a Fellow to the Royal Society of Canada on September 11, 2018. Professor Ross will travel to Halifax in November to accept her nomination. Find out more about Professor Ross's career in the article "Catherine Ross named to the Royal Society of Canada."

Publications & Presentations

Melissa Adler, Assistant Professor, delivered a keynote speech at the July conference of the Art Libraries Society (ARLIS) UK/Ireland in London, UK. On September 14 she was the featured speaker for the Indiana University ILS Colloquium Series hosted by IU's Department of information and Library Science.

Diana Bychkova, MLIS student and PhD candidate in Comparative Literature, wrote the short monograph "Sketches on Some Incunabula", based on her examinations of some rare books housed in the Archives at Weldon. The work was also published in an Italian periodical, in series Minima Bibliographica. This monograph accompanies the exhibition dedicated to the anniversary of Barnett's donation to the Weldon Library.

Tracey Church, FIMS instructor, will give a number of professional presentations in the near future:

Oct. 17, 2018: Advocacy: How to utilize your leadership skills and the Apra Advocacy Tool Kit to advocate for prospect development and research in your work place and for your profession! Apra (Association for Professional Researchers in Advancement) Canada Conference, Toronto, Ontario.

Oct. 26, 2018: Using Research in Your Planned Giving Program & Finding Linkages: "People First" Peer Review Training. CAGP (Canadian Association for Gift Planners) Half Day Workshop. Ottawa, Ontario.

Nov. 19, 2018: Disrupt Peer Review: Innovation in Board Motivation. AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) Canada Congress, Toronto, Ontario

Paulette Rothbauer, Associate Professor, and Nicole Dalmer, LIS PhD Candidate, published an article, Reading as a lifeline among older people: Findings from a qualitative interview study with older adults, on September 4 in Library & Information Science Research.

Douglas Davey, MLIS'00, published the article "Library Education, What is it Good For? ('Huh!')" on Linkedin on August 26, 2018.

Madison Edgar, MLIS alum and current Grad Library Assistant, published the blog post "Introducing Emerging Library & Information Perspectives (ELIP)," on on September 10, 2018.

Assistant Professor Kane Faucher recently had a piece published in The Conversation, “The Ruthless Pursuit of Online 'Likes' Gives You Nothing,” which was republished in the National Post and other locations. It has since been translated into Indonesian. Faucher was interviewed about the piece on the radio at 1310 Ottawa.

Associate Professor Keir Keightley presented his paper, "Why Do We Call It Pop?", at the "Crosstown Traffic: Popular Music Theory and Practice" conference, University of Huddersfield, UK, on September 3rd.

Sam Trosow, Associate Professor, published the article "How privatized cannabis sales threaten your privacy" in The Conversation on August 27, 2018.

Elaine Zibrowski, PhD candidate in Health Information Science, has an article, "Easier and faster is not always better: A Grounded theory of the impact of large-scale, system transformation on the clinical work of emergency medicine nurses and physicians” in press with the journal JMIR: Human Factors.

In the Media

Grant Campbell, Associate Professor, was featured in a short YouTube video, titled "New ways to help individuals with dementia reach out to the world," published on August 17. The video is an addition to an article published in Western News back in July, titled "Work lends 'voice' to dementia patient wishes."

James Compton, Associate Professor, is quoted in The Star in an articled titled "Contract faculty at Canadian universities struggle to make ends meet, survey finds," published on September 3, 2018.

Amanda Grzyb, Associate Professor, was featured in a CBC News article, titled "London researchers want to recover El Salvador's forgotten past," published on August 29, 2018. She was also interviewed by CBC Radio London.

Emma MacMillan, MLIS student, was featured in the blog "Freshly Minted" on August 14, 2018.

Professor Anabel Quan-Haase was interviewed on CBC's Ontario Morning on September 5, providing thoughts on whether parents should use cell phone apps to track their teens' whereabouts. Quan-Haase's clip begins around 41m 30s.

Additional Activities of Note

The So What? Podcast launches this month
So What? - the podcast about library and information science research and why it matter - launches this month! Stay tuned for everything from CFLA to LGBTQ+ (and for details of our impending launch event).

Want to get involved or find out more? Visit us online at or contact us at

News from the FIMS Graduate Library

New Staff in the FIMS Graduate Library
Please welcome new Graduate Student Library Assistants Jasmine Li, Jaime Orr, and Cassey Steward, along with returning student Chris Read. Madison Edgar continues to work in the library in a part-time Library Assistant III role. Don't hesitate to ask questions when any staff are working at the service desk - we are here to help you with all of our library resources and services!

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.

Fall 2018 Hours (Sept 6 to Dec 12)
Please note that we are now closed on Sundays.
Monday to Thursday 8:30am - 7:00pm
Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm
Saturday 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Closed Sundays and University Holidays (October 8th)

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 FIMS Computing Services

New Viewable Online Calendars for FIMS Rooms

The schedules for all FIMS rooms (meeting rooms, seminar rooms, etc.), can now be viewed online via the new Faculty Resources Intranet (restricted to staff/faculty), or the Graduate Intranet (available to graduate students).

You can also find room specs (capacity, technology, door code, etc.) through this resource. The calendars are meant primarily as a planning tool, and rooms are still booked by contacting the indicated email address.

Individual room calendars are most easily accessed by simply typing: number. For example:

The complete list can be found under Facilities on the Faculty Resources website.
Grad students have their own resource under FNB Information on the Graduate Intranet.

FNB 4001, FNB 4002, and FNB 4004 are self-booking meeting rooms on the fourth floor, meaning grad students and faculty can add themselves to the schedule at will via the intranet. All other rooms are booked by contacting the email address that's indicated.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact FIMS Computing Services at

News from Western Libraries


Western Libraries welcomes everyone who is new to Western this term. We have eight library locations that you can explore and a newly designed web site at to give access to our resources and information about our services. Don't hesitate to drop by and visit!

Barnett Open House – September 19th, noon-2pm

In 1918, John Davis Barnett founded Western's library by donating his personal library of 40,000 books. Barnett was an engineer with the Grand Trunk Railroad who travelled across eastern North America collecting a surprisingly wide range of books, from Shakespeare to astronomy to regional history.

Watch as students construct sculptures from books, share pics from our photo booth, enjoy refreshments and meet John Davis Barnett himself! Brief program at 12:45pm.

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 next issue of the FIMS Graduate Bulletin will be published on Monday, October 1. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, September 28.