No. 429 - February 4, 2019

  • Coming Events:

    - "Contemplating Trump: A Form of Resistance?"
    - "Musical Documents of Massacre in Civil War El Salvador (1979-92)"
    - Grad Library Presents...Zotero for Beginners
    - Save the Date: ORCID: Just Another Academic Profile?
    - Save the Date: Pop-up Research Café
  • Important Dates:

    - Monday, February 4, 2019 - Board and Senate Elections - Polls Open (Students)
    - Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - Board and Senate Elections - Polls Close (Students)
    - Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - Faculty Council
    - Friday, February 15, 2019 - Senate (1:30 p.m. AHB)
    - Monday, February 18, 2019 - Family Day holiday (FIMS offices closed, no classes)
    - Monday, February 18, 2019 - Friday, February 22, 2019 - Reading Week/MLIS Research Week
  • News & Announcements:

    - Latest FIMS Open Access Data Posted
    - ELIP cover design contest
    - Represent FIMS at the Three Minute Thesis competition
  • Awards & Accomplishments:

    - Clara Chu
    - Sam Trosow
  • Publications & Presentations:

    - Melissa Adler
    - Lisa Di Valentino
    - Alissa Droog
    - Alison Dunn
    - Amy Freier
    - Jeff Moon
    - Karen Nicholson
    - Danica Pawlick Potts
    - Mike Ridley
    - Rhea Smith
  • In the Media:

    - Alberth Sant'Ana
    - Matt Stahl
  • Additional Activities of Note:

    - Angela Pollak
  • News from the FIMS Graduate Library:

  • News from FIMS Computing Services

  • News from Your MLIS SOGS Rep

  • Next Issue:



Coming Events

"Contemplating Trump: A Form of Resistance?"
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
FNB 4070
Presented by Ajit Pyati as part of the FIMS Seminar Series.
Abtract: Resistance to the many injustices and daily depredations of the Trump presidency is growing. However, many popular forms of resistance may actually replicate cycles of anger, destruction, and delusion, particularly in a context of media overload and saturation. This talk addresses this potential pitfall by focusing on a largely neglected form of resistance, one that is rooted in a contemplative perspective. Specifically, I draw on the work of Thomas Merton, as well as insights from yogic philosophy to understand how contemplation relates to social action in the age of Trump. I argue that a contemplative approach to resistance takes into account our own contributions to Trumpism and the shadow of American empire, while also offering a way to link inner change with potentially transformative forms of social change.

"Musical Documents of Massacre in Civil War El Salvador (1979-92)"
Friday, February 8, 2019
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
TC 101
Presented as part of the Don Wright Faculty of Music Graduate Colloquium series. Emily Abrams presents the lecture, followed by a feature screening of Norberto Amaya [Songwriter], a documentary by Juan Bello, documentary filmmaker and FIMS instructor. Read more information (pdf).

Your FIMS Graduate Library Presents...Zotero for Beginners
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
FNB 3010
Feeling overwhelmed by citation management? Join Kendall from 12-1pm in the FIMS Computing Lab (FNB 3010 A/B)! We will go over the basics of how to use Zotero to easily create reference lists and organize your research. We recommend that you visit https://www.zotero.org/user/register to sign up for a free account prior to the session.

Save the Date: ORCID: Just Another Academic Profile?
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
FIMS Computing Lab (FNB 3010 A/B)
Funding agencies and scholarly publishers are increasingly encouraging (or requiring) researchers to include their ORCID iD with their applications and manuscripts. What is an ORCID iD, how do you register for an account, and how does it differ from other academic profiles like Google Scholar, ResearchGate, and Academia.edu? Please join Jason Dyck for a workshop on ORCID and learn about the benefits of acquiring your own persistent digital identifier. All interested faculty and graduate students are welcome. You can sign up by emailing jdyck3@uwo.ca.

Save the Date: Pop-up Research Café
Thursday, February 28, 2019
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
FNB 4th Floor Photocopier Area
Looking for a place to chat about research and research ideas?
With coffee and snacks thrown in?
Perhaps you’ve got a burning research question and you’re hoping one of your colleagues can provide some insight…
Or maybe you have an exciting research idea and you’d like to talk about it…
Or maybe you are looking for collaborators for a new research project...
Hope to see you there!



Important Dates


- Monday, February 4, 2019 - Board and Senate Elections - Polls Open (Students)
- Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - Board and Senate Elections - Polls Close (Students)
- Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - Faculty Council
- Friday, February 15, 2019 - Senate (1:30 p.m. AHB)
- Monday, February 18, 2019 - Family Day holiday (FIMS offices closed, no classes)
- Monday, February 18, 2019 - Friday, February 22, 2019 - Reading Week/MLIS Research Week



News & Announcements


Latest FIMS Open Access Data Posted
The latest numbers of downloads of FIMS publications, presentations and working papers are available. The attached graphic (pdf) provides tallies for the month of January 2019.

ELIP cover design contest
ELIP is looking for people to submit their idea for a cover for the next issue, to be published later this year. The contest ends April 1 and the designer will be credited for their design. For more information, email elip@uwo.ca.

Represent FIMS at the Three Minute Thesis competition
3MT (Three Minute Thesis) is a research communication competition where graduate students have 3 minutes or less to present their research and its impact to a panel of non-specialist judges and peers. The exercise develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of research students' capacity to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience. Non-stem Faculties are often underrepresented in this competition, so consider signing up. Practice sessions can be arranged by contacting Becky Blue at bblue@uwo.ca. The deadline to register for the FIMS heat is Friday, February 22. For more info, view the 3MT website.



Awards & Accomplishments


Clara Chu, MLIS alum, was announced as the 2019 EMIERT Distinguished Librarian Award in an American Library Association press release on January 22, 2019. The award recognizes significant accomplishments in library services that are national or international in scope.

Sam Trosow, Associate Professor, was elected to the Board of Governors, Faculty Constituency, in the voting that took place on January 29 and 30, 2019.



Publications & Presentations


Many members of the FIMS LIS community presented at the OLA Super Conference 2019 in Toronto from January 30 - February 2, 2019. The following presentations were given:

Melissa Adler (Assistant Professor), Alison Dunn (MLIS student), and Nicole Dalmer (LIS PhD'18), presented "Librarianship in the 21st Century: From Feminized to Feminist?"

Danica Pawlick Potts and Mike Ridley (LIS PhD students), presented "Algorithmic Literacy: A Workshop for the Committed, the Curious, and the Confused (i.e. Everyone)"

Lisa Di Valentino (Research Assistant), co-presented "Copyright the Card Game (Canadian Version): Copyright Literacy Through Game-Based Learning"

Alissa Droog (MLIS student) and Danielle Bettridge, Alyssa Martin and Ashleigh Yates-MacKay (MLIS alum), "LGBTQ+ Children's Picture Books in Ontario Public Libraries"

Jeff Moon (FIMS instructor), presented "Portage Update - Partnerships and Progress"

Rhea Smith (MLIS student), presented "If Wakanda Had a Library, What Would Be In It?"

Many other FIMS alumni presented at OLA. See the full schedule at: https://www.olasuperconference.ca/event/

Amy Freier, FIMS instructor, will present a paper titled, "Human Dignity In/Dependent from Memory: Visualizing the Transition from Historical Rights to Natural Rights in UNESCO's Human Rights Exhibition Album" at the Critical Thinking on Human Rights and Memory conference in Dublin on February 6.

Karen Nicholson, Assistant Professor, published the following article:

Nicholson, K. P. (2018). On the space/time of information literacy, higher education, and the global knowledge economy. In M. Cifor & J. A. Lee (eds.), Evidences, implications, and critical interrogations of neoliberalism in information studies. Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies [special issue], 2(2).



In the Media


Alberth Sant'Ana, a visiting doctoral student from Brazil, was featured in a news item titled "Brazilian student finds new friends and family in Canada," published on the FIMS website on January 30, 2019.

Matt Stahl, Associate Professor, was quoted in the article, "Why Original 'Lion King' Writers are Losing Out With This Year's Remake," published in The Hollywood Reporter on January 11, 2019.



Additional Activities of Note


Angela Pollak, LIS PhD'15, received almost $90,000 in Federal funding this month through the Enabling Accessibility Fund for capital investment in a business she and her husband started last summer based on her dissertation work in the area of experiential information in a rural and remote community in northern Ontario (http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/etd/2722). The money will go toward building an accessible comfort station and the purchase of beach and trail wheelchairs to make the area around Algonquin Provincial Park accessible to tourists with physical disabilities. For more information, visit www.FourCornersAlgonquin.ca



News from the FIMS Graduate Library


FIMS Book Club - The Marrow Thieves, by Cherie Dimaline
The Marrow Thieves, by Cherie Dimaline was announced as London Public Libraries One Book One London for 2018/2019. The FIMS Graduate Library actively supports OBOL programming, and we want to encourage our community to read this selection and come together to discuss it on Thursday, February 28th from 12-1:30 in FNB 4101. More details will follow, but we will be offering this event as a potluck. In the meantime, come by the service desk to borrow one of our copies of The Marrow Thieves, or put your name on the waiting list and we’ll let you know when a copy is available.

Do you have questions about using any of our library resources or services?
Don't hesitate to stop by the service desk in the library. Our full time staff, along with student library assistants Kelli, Jasmine, Kaley and Cassey are there to help you out! They won't do your assignments for you, but they'll certainly get you going in the right direction. You can also email fimslib@uwo.ca anytime.

Copy/Print/Scan cards
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. If you do not have change, you can ask a friend to transfer $ to you through their PaperCut account.

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, February 12 | Zotero for Beginners | 12-1pm, FNB 3010
Feeling overwhelmed by citation management? Join Kendall from 12-1pm in the FIMS Computing Lab (FNB 3010 A/B)! We will go over the basics of how to use Zotero to easily create reference lists and organize your research. We recommend that you visit https://www.zotero.org/user/register to sign up for a free account prior to the session.

Tuesday, March 12 | Sexual Violence in the Library Workplace | 12-1pm, FNB 3020D
Presented by MLIS students Janelle Haley, Lea Beier and Gavin Bennett, the purpose of this workshop is to increase student 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, the fetishization of librarians, and the role of power dynamics. Participants will leave the workshop with the tools to recognize sexual violence in the workplace.



News from FIMS Computing Services


In an effort to improve desktop performance we are considering the following software for removal from our base image. If you require any of the below software for teaching please email us back before the deadline of March 1, 2019.

Adobe Air / Adobe Shockwave / Auto Desk Design Review / Calibre / Comical / Freemind / Frontpage 2003 / Gimp / Google Earth / Greenstone / iTunes / Java / Keepass / MS Expression / Mysql Workbench CE / Notepad++ / Open Office / Overdrive / Protégé / Prover9 / Second Life / Sharepoint Designer / SSH Cryptonaut / Virtual Box / Visio 2016 / Visual Studio 2015 / VMware Player.

New software installs require minimum two weeks notice and requests can be emailed to fims-servicedesk@uwo.ca.



News from Your MLIS SOGS Rep


January Council Notes:

Elections for SOGS president will be held online Feb. 4 & 5. For candidate information visit http://sogs.ca/presidentialelection/

SOGS Annual General Meeting is on Tuesday, February 12 in the North Campus Building rm 117. All SOGS members are welcome to attend with student card for proof of enrolment (FT and PT MLIS students) to hear updates from council and committees.

VP Finance presented proposed increase for student fees for the 2019-20 academic year. If the provincial government allows students to opt-out of ancillary fees, SOGS operating revenue, the MLISSC departmental grants, and SOGS subsidies and bursaries will be negatively impacted. Visit the AGM on Feb. 12 for more information, or contact finance@sogs.ca

  • advocacy campaigns for the next 5 months will encourage members not to opt out should that become an option for students, that way SOGS can continue to contribute to grad students.
A motion was voted in for SOGS to incorporate an ad hoc committee

A motion was voted in for the SOGS executive to send a letter on behalf of all members to Western University for an Indigenous Graduate Student space.

Do you think graduate students should continue to have a fall reading (research) week? Send your thoughts to academic@sogs.ca 

Prism, western’s first queer arts magazine is calling for submissions until Feb. 22; search them on Facebook and Instagram (@prismuwo)

Canadian Graduate and Professional Student Survey Feb. 11-March 15 wondering if you are satisfied with your program. Keep an eye out on your UWO email for the link.

SOGS Events:

Wellness Joint Fund is open for student groups and the MLISSC who host on or off-campus events for student health and well-being.

Canadian Federation of Students will be in the Grad Club Feb. 12 and 13 with information on OSAP awareness and free ISIC cards from 10am-4pm

  • CFS Coffee House Feb. 13 @5pm - poetry and spoken word welcome!
  • SOGS members get free tax for, filing via CFS through ufile.ca
Tubing at Boler Mountain for 15$ (regular ticket is 23$) on Feb. 23, time TBA

Dodgeball anniversary March 8th, celebrate with SOGS by playing a game of dodgeball and a screening of the movie at the Grad Club



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, February 18. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, February 15, 2018.