No 432 - March 18, 2019

  • Coming Events:

    - MLISSC LinkedIn Photshoot
    - Is Tango All We Get? Evaluating LGBTQ+ Children's Picture Books
    - Research Ethics Workshop: "Conducting research with or about human subjects"
    - "Experiential Learning in Ontario, at Western, and for Media Studies"
    - "Framing Climate Change: Why Does It Matter How We Frame Environment Challenges Today?"
    - "Dementia: Learning from Caregivers"
    - City Symposium: Good Health and Well-Being
    - FIMULAW Interdisciplinary Conference
    - Environment and Sustainability Fair
    - "Trauma, Creativity and Bearing Witness Through Art: Marian Kołodziej’s Labyrinth"
    - Save the Date: "Using Photographic Data to Understand How Men Seek Health Information"
    - Save the Date: Joint Poster Session, LIS9328/LIS9004
  • Important Dates:

    - Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - Last day of undergraduate classes
    - Thursday, April 11, 2019 - Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - Undergraduate examination period
    - Friday, April 12, 2019 - Last day of FIMS graduate classes
    - Friday, April 19, 2019 - Good Friday (FIMS offices closed)
  • News & Announcements:

    - ORCID workshop materials available for download
    - Nominations for Spirit of Librarianship and Fantastic FIMS Awards open
    - ELIP cover design contest
  • Awards & Accomplishments:

    - Claire Burrows
    - Sam Trosow
  • Publications & Presentations:

    - Toluwase Asubiaro
    - Chris Brogly
    - Yimin Chen
    - Norma Coates
    - Nadia Conroy
    - Sarah Cornwell
    - Nick Dyer-Witheford
    - Chandell Gosse
    - Svitlana Matviyenko
    - Ajit Pyati
    - Victoria Rubin
    - Sharon Sliwinski
  • In the Media:

    - Danielle Bettridge
    - Norma Coates
    - Skye Corey
    - Alissa Droog
    - Sabina Iseli-Otto
    - Alyssa Martin
    - Jason Netherton
    - Catherine Ross
    - Ashleigh Yates-MacKay
  • Additional Activities of Note:

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

  • Next Issue:



Coming Events

MLISSC LinkedIn Photoshoot
March 18, March 20, March 21, 2019
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
FIMS Graduate Library
MLIS Student Council presents: LinkedIn Photoshoot. LinkedIn photos will be taken in the FIMS Graduate Library for $5. Secure your spot by signing up at: http://bit.do/eKpkg.

"Is Tango All We Get? Evaluating LGBTQ+ Children's Picture Books"
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
12:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m.
FNB 3020D/E
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. Email fimslib@uwo.ca or sign up in the library.

Research Ethics Workshop: "Conducting research with or about human subjects"
Tuesday, March 19, 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.

"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 full abstract).

"Framing Climate Change: Why Does It Matter How We Frame Environment Challenges Today?"
Thursday, March 21, 2019
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
FNB 4110
Presented by Giada Ferrucci, as part of the Mediations Lecture Series.
Responses from Carol Hunsberger and Paul Mensink.
Abstract: Climate change is the most relevant environmental story of our time its potential narrative elements include global economies, technical science, devastating extreme weather, and perhaps even the future of humanity. A growing body of research suggests that science communicators along with communication professionals should focus more on how they present and frame evidence of climate change challenges and debates (read full abstract). Everyone is welcome.

"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. All are welcome to attend.

City Symposium: Good Health and Well-Being
Thursday, March 21, 2019
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Museum London
421 Ridout St N
Inaugural City Symposium event, featuring Yasmin Hussain, Melanie Schamcach, Alex Summers and Lloy Wylie. Live music by Michael Trudgen. Be inspired by some of the big thinkers, risk-takers and change-makers shaping our city and our world. The first event of eight in the series. Visit the Facebook page for more information.

FIMULAW Interdisciplinary Conference
Friday, March 22, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (registration begins at 8:30)
Josephine Spencer Niblett Law Building, LB 51/52
The FIMULAW Interdisciplinary Graduate Research Day 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. Please plan to attend. Pre-register (not required but appreciated). Visit the FIMULAW website.

Environment and Sustainability Fair
Saturday, March 23, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
University Community Centre
The Centre for Environment and Sustainability (CES) in collaboration with the Graduate Specialization in Environment and Sustainability at Western University are hosting an inaugural Environment and Sustainability Fair. Keynote speaker: Dalton McGuinty: "Climate Changes: Can We Win This? Be Honest." There will also be a free screening of Anthropocene: The Human Epoch. Visit the Facebook page for more information.

"Trauma, Creativity and Bearing Witness Through Art: Marian Kołodziej’s Labyrinth"
Thursday, March 28, 2019
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
FNB 4110
Presented by Alyssa Logie, with responses from Amanda Grzyb and Sharon Sliwinski.
Abstract: Abstract: Beneath the shiny marble floor of a church in Harmęże, Poland, a nightmarish exhibit silently screams out the traumatic memories once held within the mind of Auschwitz survivor, Marian Kołodziej. Marian Kołodziej’s exhibition, “Negative of a Memory. Labyrinth,” (“The Labyrinth”) is a sensually-assaulting reminder of the horrors often repressed or buried in the minds of those imprisoned in Nazi concentration camps. As a Polish political prisoner who arrived at Auschwitz on one of the first transports, Marian Kołodziej witnessed countless atrocities perpetrated by the Nazis against the European Jews and other targeted groups (read the full abstract).

Save the Date: "Using Photographic Data to Understand How Men Seek Health Information"
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
12:00 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.
FNB 4070
Presented by Brad Hiebert and Alberth Sant'ana Costa Da Silva.
Abstract: Men are more likely to engage in unhealthy behaviors such as poor diet and excessive alcohol consumption, and are less likely to access healthcare services when compared to women. Such health behaviors are often related to masculinity norms that value men’s physical displays of toughness, stoicism, and avoiding discussions about sensitive issues like their health. Previous research has demonstrated the utility of using photographs to understand how men’s gender performances are related to their health behaviors. This presentation will explain how researcher- and participant-produced photographs aided in understanding how masculinity influenced the health information seeking behaviors of men in two distinct sociocultural contexts – Brazilian construction workers and rural Ontario farmers.

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.

Save the Date: FIMS Clissold Lecture 2019
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Featuring Randy Richmond, award-winning journalist from the London Free Press. More details TBA.



Important Dates

- Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - Last day of undergraduate classes
- Thursday, April 11, 2019 - Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - Undergraduate examination period
- Friday, April 12, 2019 - Last day of FIMS graduate classes
- Friday, April 19, 2019 - Good Friday (FIMS offices closed)



News & Announcements

ORCID workshop materials available for download
Materials from the ORCID workshop held on February 27 are now available for download. You can download both the presentation handout as well as the Power Point slides (pdfs).

Nominations for Spirit of Librarianship and Fantastic FIMS Awards open
Nominations for the Spirit of Librarianship and Fantastic FIMS awards are now open! You will have until Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at midnight to submit nominations for these awards. Please submit your nominations to eander92@uwo.ca. Your nomination should include an explanation as to why you are nominating that individual. You can submit multiple nominations.

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


Claire Burrows, LIS PhD candidate, successfully defended her thesis titled, "Accessibility and Academic Libraries: A Comparative Case Study" on March 14, 2019.

Samuel Trosow, an Associate Professor who holds a joint appointment in the Faculty of Law, has received a $10,000 grant from the Canadian Foundation for Legal Research for his project, “Freedom of Expression in Canadian Colleges and Universities.” The study will compare and analyze the freedom of expression policies that were developed by Ontario's colleges and universities in response to a provincial mandate, and will also explore the applicability of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to Canadian universities. Prof. Trosow was a member of the Provost’s Ad Hoc Committee for Freedom of Expression which drafted the policy last fall that was approved by the University Senate and UWO Board of Governors.



Publications & Presentations

Norma Coates, Associate Professor, took part in the plenary panel at the annual conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, US branch, on March 3, 2019. Professor Coates has recently returned to their executive board after a lengthy absence.

Nick Dyer-Witheford (Associate Professor) and Svitlana Matviyenko (Media Studies PhD alumna, now at Simon Fraser University) published their book titled, "Cyberwar and Revolution: Digital Subterfuge in Global Capitalism" on March 12, 2019.

Chandell Gosse, Media Studies PhD candidate, will present a webinar titled, "I get by with a little help from my friends: Women scholars experience of support and online harassment" on Tuesday, March 19. See the webinar poster (png) for further details.

Ajit Pyati, Associate Professor, presented a session at the "Contemplative Practices for Higher Education Conference" at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia on Friday, March 8. The presentation title was "Contemplation and Compassion in the Information Age."

Associate Professor Victoria Rubin and her LiT.RL team, which includes Chris Brogly (LIS PhD), Nadia Conroy (LIS PhD alum), Yimin Chen (LIS PhD), Sarah Cornwell (LIS PhD) and Toluwase Asubiaro (LIS PhD) published the following journal article:

Rubin, Victoria L.; Brogly, Chris; Conroy, Nadia; Chen, Yimin; Cornwell, Sarah E.; Asubiaro, Toluwase V. A News Verification Browser for the Detection of Clickbait, Satire, and Falsified News. Journal of Open Source Software, 4(35), 1208, https://doi.org/10.21105/joss.01208

Sharon Sliwinski, Associate Professor, will lecture and conduct a workshop at the University of Virginia's Institute of the Humanities and Global Culture on March 22, 2019.




In the Media

MLIS students Danielle Bettridge, Alissa Droog, Alyssa Martin and Ashleigh Yates-MacKay were featured on  in an article titled, "Focus on: LGBTQ+ Children's Picture Books," published on the Librarianship.ca website on March 14.

Norma Coates, Associate Professor, was interviewed by Vox on March 8 for an article titled, "Michael Jackson, R. Kelly, and the dangerous intimacy of fandom."

Skye Corey, MLIS'14, was featured in an article titled, "Tiny Library, Big Goals," published on the libraryjournal.com website as part of their Movers & Shakers feature on March 8, 2019.

Sabina Iseli-Otto, MLIS'06, was featured in an article titled, "Beyond Braille," published on the libraryjournal.com website as part of their Movers & Shakers feature on March 7, 2019.

Jason Netherton, PhD in Media Studies candidate, was featured in an article titled, "How a Media Studies PhD Birthed Misery Index's New Album, 'Rituals of Power'," published on the exclaim.ca website on March 6, 2019.

Catherine Ross, Professor Emerita and previous FIMS Dean, was featured in a short video posted to the Royal Society of Canada Twitter account in which she discusses the focus her research. Professor Ross was named to the College last year.



Additional Activities of Note


Latest episode of the "So What? The Podcast About LIS Research" podcast available
In the latest episode of the So What? Podcast, Dr. Grant Campbell discusses dementia; both his research and how it has affected his loved ones. He makes sometimes surprising connections between the interactions of people living with dementia and their caregivers and topics such as music theory, cataloguing, and information organization. From Ranganathan’s faceted classification to Grice’s implicatures, Campbell makes use of many LIS concepts to help grapple with this challenging topic: http://sowhat.fims.uwo.ca/1-9-dementia-and-information/



News from the FIMS Graduate 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.

FIMS Book Club & Potluck
Join us for the second meeting of FIMS Book Club where we'll be discussing our next selection, The Break by Katherena Vermette. "Katherena Vermette’s poignant novel, set in Winnipeg’s North End, opens with a violent crime that becomes the backdrop for a story of great depth and compassion. This masterfully written narrative shifts among the intergenerational voices of the women of one extended Indigenous family. The Break is a powerful, persuasive novel about the strength and love that bind these women to each other and to the men in their lives. The traditions and wisdom of a community are honoured, as is the exquisite individual humanity of each character. Although this is a novel of social importance, it transcends politics, taking the reader on a journey to the heart of what it means for one person to care about another, survive trauma, and endure." (2016 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize Jury Lauren B. Davis, Trevor Ferguson, and Pasha Malla 2016-09-21) Thursday April 11, 2019. Room TBD. Time 12pm-1:30pm.

Copy/Print/Scan cards
Graduating this term? Have money on your print account? Want to transfer that money to a friend or make the day of an incoming student? You can do that. Login to your Papercut account and click on the Transfers button on the left-hand menu. Enter the amount you want to transfer and the username of the person to whom you want to transfer it and that's it.

Photocopy Bank
Please recycle your unwanted articles in our photocopy bank. Drop them by the service desk and we'll file them for reuse!



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 the last for the winter 2019 term. It will be published on Monday, April 1, 2019. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, March 29, 2019.