No. 431 - March 4, 2019

  • Coming Events:

    - Research Ethics Workshop: Conducting research with or about human subjects
    - "Contemplating Trump: A Form of Resistance?"
    - Junos Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
    - "Shelving the Silence on Sexual Violence: Sexual Violence Awareness in the Library Workplace"
    - Save the Date: "Experiential Learning in Ontario, at Western, and for Media Studies"
    - Save the Date: "Dementia: Learning from Caregivers"
    - Save the Date: FIMULAW Interdisciplinary Conference
    - Save the Date: Joint Poster Session, LIS9328/LIS9004
  • Important Dates:

    - Saturday, March 9, 2019 - March Break Open House
  • News & Announcements:

    - Latest FIMS Open Access Data Posted
    - In Memoriam: Clark Davey
    - ELIP cover design contest
  • Awards & Accomplishments:

    - Juan Bello
    - Patrick Gavin
    - Sean McLaughlin
  • Publications & Presentations:

    - Norma Coates
    - Lisa Henderson
    - Ajit Pyati
    - Michael Ridley
    - Niel Scobie
    - Percy Sherwood
    - James Steinhoff
  • In the Media:

    - Juan Bello
    - Caroline Vandriel
  • Additional Activities of Note:

    - Latest episode of the "So What? The Podcast About LIS Research" podcast available
  • News from the FIMS Graduate Library:

  • News from Your MLIS Sogs Rep:

  • Next Issue:



Coming Events

Research Ethics Workshop: "Conducting research with or about human subjects"
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
FNB 4110
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 Summer 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 Summer 2019 and Fall 2019 terms.

"Contemplating Trump: A Form of Resistance?"
Wednesday, March 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 (read full abstract).

Junos Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
DB Weldon Library Atrium
Curious about Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons, and Wikidata? Want to help put Canadian music on the map? Drop in to the Junos edit-a-thon, where participants will work on ensuring the 2019 Juno nominees are represented on Wikidata, Wikimedia Commons, and Wikipedia. This event is free. Everyone is welcome. If you can’t bring your device, Western Libraries will have laptops available. All skill levels are welcome.

"Shelving the Silence on Sexual Violence: Sexual Violence Awareness in the Library Workplace"
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
FNB 3020D&E
The purpose of this workshop is to increase MLIS 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. Email fimslib@uwo.ca or sign up in the library.

Save the Date: "Experiential Learning in Ontario, at Western, and for Media Studies"
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
12:00 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.
FNB 4070
Presented by Sandra Smeltzer as part of the FIMS Seminar Series.
Abstract: Ontario’s Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities is advocating an expansion of experiential learning (EL) in publicly funded post-secondary institutions. This form of ‘hands-on’ pedagogy includes, but is not limited to, internships, co-ops, and community engaged learning. As the Ministry is expected to tie institutional funding to such EL activities, university administrations are hurriedly embedding EL into their strategic missions and mandates (read the full abstract).

Save the Date: "Dementia: Learning from Caregivers"
Thursday, March 21, 2019
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
London Public Library, Masonville Branch
30 North Centre Road
Presented by Grant Campbell as part of the FIMS #PublicInterest Lecture Series.
Description: Spouses, friends and adult children who care for family members with dementia are amassing powerful insights into the nature of dementia and the nature of communication in dementia care. Dr Grant Campbell will describe what he has learned from a series of interviews with caregivers: what they experienced, what they learned, and what they can tell others who are just beginning a long road.

Save the Date: FIMULAW Interdisciplinary Conference
Friday, March 22, 2019
9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Josephine Spencer Niblett Law Building, LB 51/52/228
The FIMULAW Interdisciplinary Conference is a joint effort between the Faculties of Information and Media Studies, Music, and Law at Western University. Proudly launched in 2017, FIMULAW provides graduate students and faculty members across our three faculties the opportunity to work together to address shared concerns which merit novel, interdisciplinary responses. Visit the FIMULAW website.

Save the Date: Joint Poster Session, FIMS9328/LIS9004
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
FNB Atrium
Join students of FIMS 9328 - Misinformation & Viral Deception, and LIS 9004 - Research Methods & Statistics, as they present a joint poster session on the first floor of the main FNB atrium. Come for conversation and light refreshments. Questions? Contact the organizers: Drs. Melissa Adler and Victoria Rubin.



Important Dates


- Saturday, March 9, 2019 - March Break Open House



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 February 2019.

In Memoriam: Clark Davey
Clark Davey, BA'48 (Journalism), passed away in Ottawa on February 25, 2019. A member of Western Journalism's inaugural class, Davey was an editor for the Vancouver Sun, the Ottawa Citizen, and the Montreal Gazette, as well as the president and chair of The Canadian Press, over the course of his career. Davey was a founding board member of the Michener Awards Foundation, and he spoke at the journalism program's 60th anniversary celebration in Toronto in 2006. For more information about Davey, view the obiturary, or read The Canadian Press' article.

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.



Awards & Accomplishments


A project led by Juan Bello, FIMS instructor, was awarded a $30,000 grant through the Museum London Idea Incubator to help him further develop their work. The project is titled Discover London Art, and "will provide school-age children with an interactive opportunity to engage with Museum London’s permanent collection." For more information, read the press release.

Patrick Gavin, LIS PhD candidate, and Sean McLaughlin, MLIS alum, are working on the second project awarded a $30,000 grant under the Incubator program. Led by Jill Bogart, the project is titled The Museum London cARTography Project, and "aims to draw out and highlight the connections between works of art in the museum's collection and the time and place of their production." Read the press release.

Both projects will be developed over the next five months.



Publications & Presentations


Norma Coates, Associate Professor, spoke at Museum London's #MusicTalks event, "Building Allyship," on February 27, 2019. The event included "A candid conversation about allyship, our community and how to move forward for women who work in the music industry." Visit the event page.

Lisa Henderson, FIMS Dean, published "A welcome from the new FIMS Dean" on the FIMS website on Tuesday, February 26.

Ajit Pyati, Associate Professor, presented a talk titled, "Yoga: Embodiment and Integration of the Self" to the Western Meditation Society on February 28. The talk was part of their Meditation Research Seminar.

On February 21, Michael Ridley (LIS PhD candidate) presented a webinar to the Urban Libraries Council entitled “Artificial Intelligence, Algorithmic Literacy, and Roles for Libraries.” Ridley also presented a paper at the Graduate Law and Artificial Intelligence Conference at the University of Montreal on February 25, entitled “Explainable AI: Explanations, Expectations, and Options.”

Niel Scobie, Media Studies PhD candidate, presented a paper titled, "Sound Clashing in the '6': Placing Toronto Within the Black Atlantic" at the 6th Global Reggae Conference - Reggae Innovation and Sound System Culture II, February 13-16, 2019, at the University of the West Indies at Mona, Kingston, Jamaica.

Percy Sherwood, Media Studies PhD student, will present a lecture titled, "Tracing the American State of Exception in the 'Warn on Terror' from Bush, Obama, to Trump" on Friday, March 8, in the Social Science Centre (SSC 6210) at 1:00 p.m. Read the full abstract (pdf).

James Steinhoff, Media Studies PhD candidate, will present a paper titled, "Labour Process Theory and the Automation of Machine Learning Labour" at the Critical Digital and Social Media Conference at Umeå University in Umeå, Sweden on March 6.



In the Media


Juan Bello, FIMS instructor, was featured in an article titled, "Project gives kids new view of London art," published in Western News on March 1, 2019.

Caroline Vandriel, MLIS'08, was featured in an article titled, "Sylvan Lake woman spreads love of reading to Africa," published in the Sylvan Lake News on February 28, 2019.



Additional Activities of Note


Latest episode of the "So What? The Podcast About LIS Research" available
The most recent episode of "So What? The Podcast About LIS Research" was released on February 26. Entitled Data Doubles: Digital exhaust, behavioural suplus, data shadows and data doubles, FIMS professors Jacquelyn Burkell, Alissa Centivany and Alison Hearn talk about the concept of your data double. So What? is a podcast about why LIS research matters produced by graduate students at FIMS.



News from the FIMS Graduate Library


An Evening with Cherie Dimaline
The London Public Library is hosting an evening of words, music and community in celebration of author Cherie Dimaline and her book, The Marrow Thieves, LPL's One Book One London selection. We are honoured to have Cherie Dimaline spend the evening with our community. Kate Dubinski of CBC London will host the event, which includes a reading and Q&A, a book sale and signing, and an acoustic performance by musician Wolf Saga. Monday March 4, 2019. Time 7pm-8:30pm. Wolf Performance Hall. Click here for more information.

JUNO Awards Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
As trusted knowledge mediators, libraries have a responsibility to help improve the presence of Canadian culture on Wikimedia platforms. In this edit-a-thon, participants will work on ensuring that the 2019 Juno nominees are represented on Wikidata, Wikimedia Commons, and Wikipedia. This event is free and open to everyone. Tuesday March 12, 2019. Time 11am-2pm. D.B. Weldon Library Atrium (main floor by the entrance). Click here for more information.

Makerspace Drop-in
There is a growing expectation for librarians in many environments to be familiar with makerspace technologies. This drop-in session will provide an opportunity for students to explore this technology, ask questions and gain experience by completing a simple project. The 3-D Printer, Cricut Cutting Machine, Makey-Makey, Arduino, button maker and more will be out on display and staff will be on hand to help out and answer any questions you might have. Monday March 11, 2019. Time 1pm-4pm. Room FNB 3020D&E.

Shelving the Silence on Sexual Violence: Sexual Violence Awareness in the Library Workplace
The purpose of this workshop is to increase MLIS 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. Tuesday March 12, 2019. Time 12pm-1pm. Room FNB 3020D&E. Email fimslib@uwo.ca or sign up in the library.

Is Tango All We Get? Evaluating LGBTQ+ Children’s Picture Books
And Tango Makes Three (Richardson & Parnell) came onto the children’s picture book scene in in 2005, but what else is out there? What’s good, what’s bad and how do we tell? This introductory workshop introduces some of the LGBTQ+ picture books that are available, and how to evaluate which titles should have a home in your library. Learning outcomes include: becoming familiar with the canon of LGBTQ+ children’s picture books, learning how to evaluate LGBTQ+ children’s picture books and identifying ways to expand collection holdings, programs, and services. Tuesday March 19, 2019. Room FNB 3020D&E. Time 12pm-1pm. Email fimslib@uwo.ca or sign up in the library.



News from Your MLIS SOGS Rep


Annual General Meeting Updates:

SOGS is hiring for data entry, 20$/hr up to 1000$ - submit 250 word statement of interest to speaker <speaker@sogs.ca> and president <president@sogs.ca>.

2019-20 budget: students will be able to opt-out of SOGS membership fees per term (3x year) but health plan and bus pass will remain mandatory. Bus pass admin fee going from 1$ to 3$/term and health plan 19,98$/term. SOGS membership fees WILL NOT be increasing.

Graduate student team clinic March 25th to March 29th - Time slots TBA.

5$ off of virtual reality location in London available in the SOGS office.

Orientation and social committee’s annual Karaoke Night is on April 8th.

Finance committee membership cycle is opening, send your request to join to the co-chairs Dan <dgiguer@uwo.ca> or Lori <ldmaddig@uwo.ca>.

Graduate Peer Support available Tuesdays 5:30-6:30 In MC 17.



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