No. 424 - October 29, 2018

  • Coming Events:

    - Your Grad Library Presents...Hands-on Podcasting Workshop
    - Undergraduate/Graduate Research Experience Fellowship Program Q&A
    - "Up Close and Impersonal: Locative Media and the Changing Nature of the Networked Individual in the City"
    - University Budget Town Hall
    - Save the Date: Research Ethics Workshop: Conducting research with or about human subjects
    - Save the Date: "How librarians decide: Practice theory and the interplay of intrinsic and extrinsic evidence"
    - Save the Date: "Debt, Austerity, and the Media: Oligarchic Information Power and Public Opinion in Contemporary Greece"
    - Save the Date: "The Wrong Story: Palestine, Israel, and The Media"
  • News & Announcements:

    - Video available online: "A Citizens' Guide to Real News"
    - FIMSSC Advocacy Team collecting for the Moon Time Sisters network
    - FIMS staffing changes
    - Staff/Faculty Flu Immunization Clinic
    - ELIP now accepting submissions for second issue
    - University Drive bridge closure
  • Awards & Accomplishments:

    - Paul Benedetti
    - Jacquie Burkell
    - Nicole Dalmer
    - Mark Kearney
    - Mark Rayner
  • Publications & Presentations:

    - Luke Arnott
    - Lyndsay Foisey
    - Tanaz Javan
    - Chantale Pard
    - Matt Stahl
    - Nadine Wathen
  • In the Media:

    - ELIP (with Jim Seale and Nicole Schoenberger)
    - Anabel Quan-Haase
    - Catherine Ross (with Lynne McKechnie and Paulette Rothbauer)
  • News from the FIMS Graduate Library:

  • News from your MLISSC SOGS Rep

  • Next Issue:



Coming Events

Your Grad Library Presents...Hands-on Podcasting Workshop
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
FNB 3010
Join us for a hands-on podcasting workshop, presented by the So What? podcasting team (http://sowhat.fims.uwo.ca). Please RSVP by using the sign-up sheets in the FIMS Graduate Library or by emailing us at fimslib@uwo.ca.

Undergraduate/Graduate Research Experience Fellowship Program Q&A
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
FNB 4070
Open to faculty and grad students. Do you have questions about the new Undergraduate / Graduate Research Experience Fellowship Program? Please join us for a session where we will describe the program and answer any questions you may have about the application process and the program itself. We will have coffee, tea and snacks as well. Come in Halloween attire if you wish! (more information)

"Up Close and Impersonal: Locative Media and the Changing Nature of the Networked Individual in the City"
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
FNB 4110
Presented by Darryl Pieber as part of the Mediations Workshop and Lecture Series, organized by FIMS graduate students. Responses from Mason Brooks and TBA.
Abstract: This presentation considers locative media apps – location-based apps on mobile devices – and their potential to change how individuals experience urban settings. Locative media further lead toward networked individualism. Networked individualism describes a shift toward multiple, shifting social networks rather than belonging to closely-bounded and often geographically based groups (continue reading).

University Budget Town Hall
Monday, November 12, 2018
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
UCC 290
All members of Western’s campus community are invited to attend one of two town hall meetings which will provide an update on the current status of the University's planning process and a very preliminary high-level budget outlook for the coming years. A formal presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer period.

Save the Date: Research Ethics Workshop: Conducting research with or about human subjects
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
FNB 4070
Are you considering a Guided Research Project, a Major Research Project or starting your thesis research next term? Any chance it will involve collecting data for or about people? Attendance at this human research ethics workshop is a PREREQUISITE for submitting any Guided Research, Major Research or thesis research proposal for the Winter 2019 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 Winter 2019 and Summer 2019 terms.

Save the Date: "How librarians decide: Practice theory and the interplay of intrinsic and extrinsic evidence"
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
12:00 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.
FNB 4070
Presented by Kate Johnson, Asen Ivanov (University of Toronto) and Samuel Cassady (Western Libraries) as part of the FIMS Seminar Series, 2018-19.
Abstract: With the proliferation of ejournals made available to libraries, alongside unsustainable costs charged for them, librarians are faced with making more and more evidence-based decisions regarding what to acquire and what to discard or cancel. Understanding the context within which these decisions are made and the factors that influence decision-making may help in realizing a more efficient and fair collection development process (continue reading).

Save the Date: "Debt, Austerity, and the Media: Oligarchic Information Power and Public Opinion in Contemporary Greece"
Friday, November 16, 2018
10:30 a.m.
Presented by Dimitri Lascaris. Bio: Dimitri Lascaris is a lawyer, journalist, and activist. For the last ten years, Dimitri has been reporting on economic, political, and environmental matters in North America and Europe. His coverage of Greece, especially since the rise of the left-wing SYRIZA party, integrates rigorous analysis of European financial and policy developments with “on-the-ground” (and on location) accounts of the experiences and prospects of Greek people. Dimitri’s Canadian reporting centrally concerns environmental and political-economic matters (continue reading).

Save the Date: "The Wrong Story: Palestine, Israel, and The Media"
Friday, November 16, 2018
3:00 p.m.
FNB 4110
Presented by Gregory Shupak, University of Guelph-Humber.
Abstract: Media framing of Palestine-Israel frequently suggests that “both sides” have harmed each other to a comparable extent and are responsible for the absence of peace to a roughly equivalent degree. Another common perspective is that the bloodshed is because “extremists”—particularly those of a religious variety—have power and “moderates” do not (continue reading).



News & Announcements

Video available online: "A Citizens' Guide to Real News"
The recording of the FIMS Homecoming event "A Citizen's Guide to Real News: Why Trusted Local News Matters" is now available in full on YouTube.

FIMSSC Advocacy Team collecting for the Moon Time Sisters network
FIMSSC Advocacy Team and I have organized a collection drive for the Moon Time Sisters network, a grassroots collective working throughout southern Ontario. We’re hoping to collect menstrual products that will be packaged and shipped to five northern communities in Ontario where access to these materials are limited and costly. We’re hoping the collection of pads and tampons will help our northern sisters go to school and work with comfort and reassurance.

The campus drive runs until November 16. There are light blue boxes in FNB and throughout campus, including Weldon and Taylor libraries, along with the residences. Please donate generously and help us fill these boxes!

FIMS staffing changes
A number of FIMS staffing changes have been announced recently. John Fracasso, FIMS Computing Services Manager, retired as of October 1, 2018. Louise Jackman, Graduate Programs Assistant, will retire as of March 1, 2019, though her last day in the office will be January 8, 2019. In the FIMS Graduate Library, we welcome Kendall Sturgeon to the team, as the new Library Assistant V, while we wish current Library Assistant Madison Edgar all the best as she's leaving her role at the end of October. 

Staff/Faculty Flu Immunization Clinic
Workplace Health will be providing influenza immunization clinics for Western faculty, staff and post doctoral scholars again this year in the University Community Centre (UCC) Health Services Resource Centre. Only employees of the University are eligible to use these immunization clinics. **These influenza immunization clinics are NOT for Western student employees, including Master and PhD students.**

The staff and faculty immunization clinics will be held on the following days: Friday, October 26, 2018 (9:00am-3:30pm), Thursday, November 1, 2018 (9:00am-3:30pm), and Monday, November 12, 2018 (8:30am- 1:00pm). These clinics DO NOT require an appointment time. Please bring your Health Card! If you do not bring your health card you will not be able to get a flu shot.

ELIP now accepting submissions for second issue
Emerging Library and Information Perspectives (ELIP) is now accepting submissions for the second issue. You can find out more information and submit your work at https://ojs.lib.uwo.ca/index.php/elip/index. The deadline is December 1st. Feel free to send any questions to: elip@uwo.ca.

University Drive bridge closure
University Drive Bridge remains closed to all motorized vehicles for the next few months. It will remain open to pedestrians and cyclists. The decision to close the bridge is based on recommendations from an outside structural engineering firm commissioned to conduct a routine inspection. The inspection found that the structure of the 95-year-old bridge requires repair. A phoneline has been set up to answer questions related to the bridge at Bridge Closure Hotline Number: 519-661-3003 (open Mon-Fri, 8AM-4PM).




Awards & Accomplishments


Paul Bendetti, FIMS instructor, was presented with the inaugural 2018 FIMS Dean's Award for Lifetime Excellence in Teaching in recognition of a distinguished teaching career in the Faculty of Information & Media Studies.

Jacquie Burkell, Associate Professor, was presented with the 2018 Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching in recognition of outstanding contributions to the academic development of students in the Faculty of Information & Media Studies.

Nicole Dalmer, LIS PhD student, was announced as the inaugural winner of the Michael F. Harcourt Policy Fellowship. Presented by the AGE-WELL Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE), the recipient will be supported by AGE-WELL’s knowledge mobilization, policy and governmental relations team, to develop and enact a policy engagement plan during the tenure of the award.

Mark Kearney, FIMS instructor, was presented with the 2018 Dean's Award for Excellence in Part-Time Teaching in recognition of outstanding contributions to the academic development of students in the Faculty of Information & Media Studies.

Mark Rayner, FIMS instructor, was presented with the 2018 Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching in recognition of outstanding contributions to the academic development of students in the Faculty of Information & Media Studies.



Publications & Presentations

Luke Arnott, Assistant Professor, published the chapter "Building Broken Worlds: The Alien Franchise, Failed Utopias, and Other Bio-Shocks" in the anthology Beyond the Sea: Navigating Bioshock (McGill-Queens University Press), edited by Felan Parker and Jessica Aldred. The chapter had earlier been presented as a talk for the FIMSSC Creativity and Beyond 2017 speaker conference.

Lyndsay Foisey, HIS PhD candidate, published the following book chapter:

Foisey, L., Booth, R., McBride, S., Tietze, M. (2018). Social media: Ongoing evolution in healthcare delivery. In Nursing informatics for the advanced practice nurse, second edition: Patient safety, quality, outcomes and interprofessionalism. McBride, S. & Tietze, M. (Eds.). Springer: New York.

Chantale Pard, MLIS'13, published the book STEM Programming for All Ages: A Practical Guide for Librarians, in August 2018, with Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

Matt Stahl, Associate Professor, presented a talk titled "Music, labour, law, gender: from the disastrous 1851 London opera season to Kesha's litigation years" on October 17 in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures at the University of Leeds.

On October 19, 2018, Professor Nadine Wathen gave the closing keynote at the Canadian Association of Midwives annual conference in Gatineau, QC. The title of the presentation was: The VEGA (Violence, Evidence, Guidance, Action) Project: Recognizing & Responding Safely to Family Violence. In late September, she also co-presented, with Dr. Colleen Varcoe of UBC, a pre-conference workshop at the Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International conference in Niagara-on-the-Lake entitled Creating Safety: Practical Strategies for Trauma- and Violence-Informed Care. Health Information Science PhD candidate Tanaz Javan assisted. During the main conference, she led a symposium on the VEGA project.



In the Media

Jim Seale and Nicole Schoenberger, who authored the article "Be Internet Awesome: A Critical Analysis of Google's Child-Focused Internet Safety Program," were quoted in the New York Times article "Google is Teaching Children How to Act Online. Is It the Best Role Model?" published on October 23. Seale and Schoenberger's article was originally published in the first Issue of Emerging Library & Information Perspectives (Spring 2018).

Professor Anabel Quan-Haase spoke to CBC Radio on October 24 about social media and associated burnout.

Catherine Ross, Professor Emerita, spoke to CBC London's Afternoon Drive on October 16 about her research into why reading still matters. Ross was interviewed by Chris dela Torre, and the conversation was in advance of Ross' presentation "Reading Still Matters," given later that day at the London Public Library along with co-presenters Professor Lynne McKechnie and Associate Professor Paulette Rothbauer.



News from the FIMS Graduate Library


New Staff Member in the Library
We are excited to welcome Kendall Sturgeon to FIMS. Kendall is a 2011 graduate from our MLIS program and will be working with us in a Library Assistant V contract role. Kendall brings experience as a Library Technician at Nipissing University and Canadore College. Please stop by the service desk and say hello!

Copy/Print/Scan
Need to add money to your Papercut account? Come see us at our service desk to add money to your PaperCut account. Please bring the exact amount, as we cannot provide change.

Your FIMS Graduate Library presents...
Take advantage of your chance to learn beyond your classes.
Please RSVP by using the sign-up sheets in the FIMS Graduate Library or by emailing us at fimslib@uwo.ca.
Workshop and presentation suggestions are always welcome!

Tuesday, October 30th -12-1pm, FNB 3010
Hands-on Podcasting Workshop
Presented by the So What? podcasting team (http://sowhat.fims.uwo.ca/)

Tuesday, November 27 - 12-1pm, FNB 3020D&E
Sexual Violence Awareness in the Library Workplace

Tuesday, December 4 - 12-1pm, FNB 3020D&E
“Books Up!”: A New Professional’s Thoughts on Prison Libraries in Ontario
Presented by Courtney Joris, Regional Librarian, Western Region - Institutional Services, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services

If you have any questions about resources or services supported by the library, don't hesitate to email fimslib@uwo.ca or stop by the service desk in FNB3020.



News from Your MLISSC SOGS Rep


General SOGS meeting November 1 @ 12:30pm in Middlesex College Rm 110 on the freedom of expression policy on campus. Please bring your student card in order to vote and/or have speaking rights; as a member of SOGS (automatic for all MLIS students) you have the right to speak and vote at this meeting. Feel free to contact the MLISSC to connect with one of our official SOGS reps for more information (mlissc.uwo@gmail.com).

Graduate Peer Support continues Wednesdays from 2:30-4pm in the SOGS office MIddlesex College Rm 8, all are welcome.

SOGS is hosting a cooking class at the Masonville Loblaws on Nov. 8 from 6-8pm - 20$ tickets for purchase in the SOGS office (Facebook Event Link for menu - https://m.facebook.com/#!/events/292182064731527?ref=content_filter)

Columbia Sportswear (Employee Store pricing), bus tickets 2$ Nov. 22 (10am-1:30pm), Nov. 26 (5-8:30pm) Nov. 29 (10am-1:30pm); students must print the invitation sent to graduate students (will be sent in the near future) and bring it with them. A great chance to get discounted winter clothing!

If you would like to join any SOGS committees please contact the chair’s of those committees at https://sogs.ca/committees/  Please note, the finance committee is finalized now until February 2019.

UWOFA is currently bargaining negotiations for full-time and contract staff at Western University. Students are encouraged to visit the official website (www.uwofa.ca) for more information or to submit individual support via the template under ‘support faculty bargaining.’ SOGS will be drafting a letter of support on behalf of graduate students at Western, and the MLIS SOGS reps voted in favour of this support. Any questions regarding the UWOFA potential for strike can contact PSAC 610 at communications@psac610.ca

Students on the SOGS health plan, with claims from the summer (dated before August 31, 2018), please submit claims no later than November 29, 2018 to receive reimbursement.

International students, there is an immigration seminar presented by an immigration lawyer on Nov. 14 in Somerville Rm 3317 from 12:30-2:30.



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 bblue@uwo.ca.

The next issue of the FIMS Graduate Bulletin will be published on Monday, November 12. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, November 9.