No. 425 - November 12, 2018

  • Coming Events:

    - "Rethinking and Transforming Media, Communication and Communicative Action: Discourse Ethics, Moral Consciousness and Satyagraha in an Age of So-Called Post Truth"
    - University Budget Town Hall
    - Research Ethics Workshop: Conducting research with or about human subjects
    - "How librarians decide: Practice theory and the interplay of intrinsic and extrinsic evidence"
    - "Debt, Austerity, and the Media: Oligarchic Information Power and Public Opinion in Contemporary Greece"
    - "The Wrong Story: Palestine, Israel, and The Media"
    - FIMS Syllabus 1.0 - Third Forum
    - Save the Date: "The Material Matters: Labour and Creativity as 'Physical Thinking'"
  • Important Dates:

    - Friday, November 16, 2018 - Senate (1:30PM)
    - Saturday, November 24, 2018 - 13th Annual Western University Pow Wow
  • News & Announcements:

    - Research Assistant hired to assist with Scholarship@Western
    - United Way Black Cat Jewellery Sale
    - FIMSSC Advocacy Team collecting for the Moon Time Sisters network
    - ELIP now accepting submissions for second issue
  • Awards & Accomplishments:

    - Juan Bello
    - Nicole Dalmer
    - Giada Ferrucci
    - Alison Frayne
    - Amanda Grzyb
    - Lee McGuigan
    - Joanne Schwartz
  • Publications & Presentations:

    - Robert Babe
    - Paul Benedetti
    - Yimin Chen
    - Norma Coates
    - Edward Comor
    - Anton Ninkov
    - Bhavin Prajapati
    - Michael Schmalz
  • In the Media:

    - Amanda Grzyb
    - Pat Hickey
    - Bryan Byong-Kuon Kim
  • News from the FIMS Graduate Library:

  • News from Western Libraries

  • Next Issue:



Coming Events

"Rethinking and Transforming Media, Communication and Communicative Action: Discourse Ethics, Moral Consciousness and Satyagraha in an Age of So-Called Post Truth"
Monday, November 12, 2018
12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
FNB 4110
Presented by Dr. Ananta Kumar Gigi, Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai, India.
Abstract: Media spheres are deeply important domains of our lives and in an age of internet and social media, we seem to be imprisoned within it. But how do we link media spheres to other spheres of our life? How do we rethink media and communication as not only a space of instant communication but also as spaces for self and co-meditations? How do we grapple with the challenge of Truth in the midst of many untruths and lies that permeate our lives (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.

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.

"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).

"Debt, Austerity, and the Media: Oligarchic Information Power and Public Opinion in Contemporary Greece"
Friday, November 16, 2018
12:00 p.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).

"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).

FIMS Syllabus 1.0 - Third Forum
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
FNB 4130
Help us build our first public syllabus! What do you want to see on the reading list? A particular book or film? Maybe an app or TV series? Make your 5 minute pitch at one of our final fall forum - or just come out for some fun and to support your community. There were some entertaining pitches at the first two forums and we're hoping for more of the same! Sponsored by the FIMS Rogers Chair. More info at: http://syllabus.fims.uwo.ca.

Save the Date: "The Material Matters: Labour and Creativity as 'Physical Thinking'"
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
FNB 4070
Presented by Jeff Noonan, Professor of Philosophy, University of Windsor.
Abstract: The paper will begin as a reflection on a comment by the British sculptor Antony Gormley that I read in an exhibit at the Tate British in September. Discussing the practice of sculpture, Gormley commented that it taught him that “making is a form of physical thinking.” In my reading, Gormley is not arguing that making is a way of embodying a form in “matter,” but rather that working with specific material gives us a different sense of what thinking is (continue reading).



Important Dates

- Friday, November 16, 2018 - Senate (1:30PM)
- Saturday, November 24, 2018 - 13th Annual Western University Pow Wow



News & Announcements

Research Assistant hired to assist with Scholarship@Western
MLIS student Jason Dyck has been hired to assist FIMS researchers and FIMS graduate students to upload their presentations and publications to Scholarship@Western, the Western open access repository. Jason can be reached by email at jdyck3@uwo.ca; email him if you have questions or would like assistance uploading your material to Scholarship@Western.

Jason will also be assisting FIMS researchers and FIMS graduate students to set up ORCIDs (see https://orcid.org/). ORCID is a ‘persistent digital identifier’ that distinguishes individual researchers. Researchers can link existing scholarly productions to a new ORCID, and they can link new productions (presentations, publications, etc.) to the same ID. This gathers all scholarly production into a single, internationally recognized, access point, which should minimize the need to maintain active profiles on the large (and increasing) number of online platforms such as Google Scholar, ResearchGate, and academia.edu.

United Way Black Cat Jewellery Sale
Gloria Leckie (Black Cat Jewellery) and her sister Carol (What in Creation?) are doing a Faculty of Health Sciences Jewellery sale, with a portion of the proceeds going to Health Science's United Way campaign. Gloria and Carol do a wide variety of hand-crafted jewellery, including gemstone necklaces, bracelets and earrings, gemstone mala meditation beads, aroma diffusion lockets and bracelets, wire wrapped gemstone pendants, long chain and Tree of Life necklaces, crystal suncatchers, and pewter or stainless steel pendants. They also have pocket watches, and silver jewellery with turquoise or paua shell. Something for everyone on your Christmas list! When: Wed. Nov. 14, 2018 / Where: Faculty of Health Sciences main foyer.

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!

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.



Awards & Accomplishments

Juan Bello (FIMS instructor), Amanda Grzyb (Associate Professor), and Giada Ferrucci (Media Studies PhD student) are among an interdisiciplinary, international team of scholars, students, survivors and community partners working on the "Surviving Memory in Postwar El Salvador" project, which was recently awarded Western University's Humanitarian Award for 2018. You can find out more about the award and the project in the Western News article, "Mapping memories nets team Humanitarian award."

Nicole Dalmer, LIS PhD candidate, successfully defended her thesis, titled "Informing care: Mapping the social organization of families' information work in an aging in place climate" on November 9.

Alison Frayne, LIS PhD candidate, successfully defended her thesis, titled "A Study of Six Nations Public Library: Rights and Access to Information" on November 8.

MIT and Media Studies MA graduate Lee McGuigan successfully defended his PhD dissertation titled "Selling the American People: Data, Technology, and the Calculated Transformation of Advertising" at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. Congratulations Dr. McGuigan!

Joanne Schwartz, MLIS'88, was awarded the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award in October for her work Town is By the Sea. The award comes with a $50,000 prize.



Publications & Presentations

Professors Robert Babe and Edward Comor have edited Harold Innis's Political Economy in the Modern State for the University of Toronto Press. View the publication flyer.

Paul Benedetti, FIMS journalism instructor, and colleague Wayne MacPhail, authored an investigative report on the chiropractic industry for the Globe and Mail, titled "Chiropractors at a crossroads: The fight for evidence-based treatment and a profession’s reputation." Research contributions made by LIS PhD student Anton Ninkov are also referenced in the piece. It was published on November 1.

Yimin Chen, LIS PhD student, presented a paper entitled "Being a butt while on the internet: Perceptions of what is and isn't internet trolling" at the ASIS&T annual meeting in Vancouver on Monday, November 12.

Norma Coates, Associate Professor, will present a lecture at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, titled "Rock on TV: Norma Coates on Shindig and Hullabaloo" on November 14, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. Get more info.

Bhavin Prajapati, MHIS alum, will participate in a panel being held by The Ivey International Centre for Health Innovation, titled "Entrepreneurs & Innovators in Health Care." Prajapati is currently the Senior Product Manager at Swift Medical. Find out more.

Michael Schmalz, Media Studies MA and PhD student, will present a guest lecture on November 13 at Western during Global Entrepreneurship Week. Schmalz is currently the president of Digital Extremes, a London-based gaming company founded by Michael and his brother James Schmalz. View event.




In the Media

Amanda Grzyb, Associate Professor and Principal Investigator of the research project "Surviving Memory in Postwar El Salvador," discussed the ongoing, international and interdisicplinary project in the Western News article, "Mapping memories nets team Humanitarian award" on November 9.

Pat Hickey, MA'78 (Journalism), was featured in the Western News article "The 'Philly welcome' and other hockey tales," published on October 16, 2018.

Bryan Byong-Kuon Kim, who established the Haak Saan Responsible Journalism Scholarship - awarded to two MMJC students per year - was featured in the segment "Ethical journalism," published as part of the Be Extraordinary campaign on Friday, October 19.



News from the FIMS Graduate Library


Prison and Detention Centre Libraries - Holiday Book Drive
During the month of November, the FIMS Graduate Library is collecting books for the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

If you have books you would like to donate, please drop them by the library and we’ll make sure they get delivered to our Western Region libraries in time for the holidays. A list of recent requests from inmates includes authors: Tracy Brown, K’Wan Foye, Hunter S Thompson, Stephen Hawking , Neil DeGrasse Tyson, and Tanya Talaga. Title and series requests include The Fellowship of the Ring , The Outsiders, The Sword of Truth, The Begariad, Who Killed Ty Conn?, The President is Missing, His Dark Materials (trilogy), and The Infinite Sea.

A full list of materials on the librarian’s wish list for her libraries is available on our library homepage: http://lib.fims.uwo.ca.

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, November 27 - 12-1pm, FNB 3020D&E
Sexual Violence Awareness in the Library Workplace
Presented by your FIMS MLIS student peers, the purpose of this workshop is to increase awareness of the prevalence of sexual violence in the library workplace. We aim to address the definition of sexual violence and its various forms . We also wish to inform students of how they can protect themselves, for example by increasing their awareness of existing policies and resources. The meeting will encourage discussion around accommodation culture, fetishization of librarians, and vulnerability of minority populations. Participants will leave the workshop with the tools to recognize sexual violence in the workplace.

Tuesday, December 4 - 12-1pm, FNB 3020D&E
“Books Up!”: A New Professional’s Thoughts on Prison Libraries in Ontario
Join Courtney Joris for a discussion of the unique challenges and opportunities of providing library services behind bars. Courtney is a Regional Librarian with Ontario’s Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, and she co-ordinates the library services of six provincially-run correctional facilities in Western Ontario. Attend this workshop to learn about the development of prison libraries in the region and explore broader issues surrounding prison librarianship in general. Stick around for a holiday bookmark making session at the end. All supplies will be provided and the bookmarks will be distributed to inmates during December library runs.

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.



News from Western Libraries


GIS Day 2018
The Map and Data Centre (ground level of The D.B. Weldon Library)
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Celebrate Geographic Information Systems Day alongside community leaders at this free, drop-in, interactive event. Not technical? That's okay, maps and mapping technology are more accessible now than ever before.

It's your chance to:

  • Escape into new virtual reality worlds.
  • Check out the latest drone technology.
  • Play with interactive maps and digital sandboxes.
  • Discover how to take advantage of mapping technology in your research, education, or for your next job interview.
  • Draw for a one of four gift cards to The Bookstore or Hospitality Services.

Community presenters and displays

Schedule

10 a.m. - Event begins
10:30 a.m. - ArcGIS Pro Software Tour (Kathy Tang, Western Geography)
1 p.m. - Exploring Statistics Canada Data with the Beyond 20/20 Browser (Liz Hill, Western Libraries)
2 p.m. - Analytics and GIS: Back to the Future (Chris North, Esri Canada)
3 p.m. - London's Online GIS (Mark Boulger, City of London)
7 p.m. - Grad Club Trivia Event



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 26. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, November 23.