No. 433 - April 1, 2019

  • Coming Events:

    - "The circulation of controversy: Mimeography, fanzines and amateur press associations"
    - "Using Photographic Data to Understand How Men Seek Health Information"
    - Joint Poster Session, LIS9328/LIS9004
    - "Digging with a small shovel: Investigative journalism in shrinking newsrooms"
  • 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 12, 2019 - Senate (AHB 1:30PM)
    - Friday, April 19, 2019 - Good Friday (FIMS offices closed)
    - Thursday, April 25, 2019 - Meeting of the Board of Governors (STvH 1PM)
    - Friday, May 3, 2019 - MLIS Orientation Day
    - Monday, May 6, 2019 - First day of FIMS grad classes
  • News & Announcements:

    - MakerThinker creative space launched
    - Latest FIMS Open Access Data Posted
    - In Memoriam: Betty McCamus
  • Awards & Accomplishments:

    - Michael Chee
    - Max Eisen (with Amanda Grzyb)
    - Mark Rayner
    - Mike Ridley
  • Publications & Presentations:

    - Tracey Church
    - Ramon Diab
    - Ajit Pyati
    - Percy Sherwood
    - Nafiz Shuva
    - MMJC 9604 - Professional Writing class
  • In the Media:

    - Erin Johnson
  • News from the FIMS Graduate Library:

  • News From Your MLIS SOGS Rep:

  • Next Issue:



Coming Events

"The circulation of controversy: Mimeography, fanzines and amateur press associations"
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
FNB 4070
Presented by Will Straw, James McGill Professor of Urban Media Studies, McGill University.
Abstract: Long before photocopiers and on-line blogs became the tools of fandom, science-fiction fans mastered the art of mimeography and other methods of amateur publishing. Since the late 19th century, amateur printers had grouped together in so-called “amateur press associations” (or “apas”) to distribute their home-made magazines to each other in bundles. The “apa” was a key feature of science fiction fandom by the 1940s. By the 1950s, critics were wondering whether the back-and-forth exchanges which went on inside “apas”, as members used their own magazines to respond to others, was producing unprecedented levels of infighting and souring the atmosphere in science fiction fandom (read the full abstract).

"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.

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. Topics are varied and include such subjects as Gamergate, Flat Earthers, Trump propaganda, Fyre Festival and many more. Further information, including case study titles and the names of presenters are available on Professor Victoria Rubin's website. The list of presenters will be updated as information is available. Questions? Contact the organizers: Drs. Melissa Adler and Victoria Rubin.

"Digging with a small shovel: Investigative journalism in shrinking newsrooms"
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
FNB 3210
The 2019 Clissold Lecture, presented by Randy Richmond. Randy Richmond is a reporter with the London Free Press, a winner of the Michener Award for Public Service Journalism, and a five-time National Newspaper Award nominee. His most recent NNA nomination was in 2019 for his coverage of the troubling conditions at London's Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre. Richmond has also been recognized for his 2016 series Indiscernible, which told the story of the circumstances surrounding the jailhouse death of Jamie High.



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 12, 2019 - Senate (AHB 1:30PM)
- Friday, April 19, 2019 - Good Friday (FIMS offices closed)
- Thursday, April 25, 2019 - Meeting of the Board of Governors (STvH 1PM)
- Friday, May 3, 2019 - MLIS Orientation Day
- Monday, May 6, 2019 - First day of FIMS grad classes



News & Announcements


MakerThinker creative space launched
There's a new place for the graduate community to show off its work. MakeThinker.org is a public website intended as a creative playground to post and view each others' works. Published a new book? Experimenting with a musical project or run a podcast? Created a video? Captured a photo of something great happening in FNB? These can now be shared on MakerThinker by submitting an image or graphic and a link to the original source. More details will be forthcoming, but submissions will likely be coordinated with the Request for Submissions that is sent out for the Grad Bulletin. For the time-being, feel free to submit your work directly to Becky Blue or Sharon Sliwinski. The site has been pre-populated with content to give you some ideas.

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 March 2019.

In Memoriam: Betty McCamus
Betty McCamus, LIS Professor Emerita, passed away in Guelph on March 20, 2019 at 94 years old. Betty taught for the School of Library & Information Science until the early 1990s, and is still fondly remembered by a number of staff and faculty in FIMS today. For more information, view the obituary.



Awards & Accomplishments


Michael Chee, MLIS student, was awarded the Winter 2019 Spirit of Librarianship award, while Instructor Mark Rayner was named the Fantastic FIMS award winner. Both awards are presented each term by the MLISSC. Past winners can be viewed under FIMS Awards.

Max Eisen's book By Chance Alone is the last one standing for #CanadaReads2019. Associate Professor Amanda Grzyb helped Eisen through the writing process as he worked to put his story as a Holocaust survivor down on paper. They began working together in 2012, the book was published in 2016, and was selected for Canada Reads in 2019. Western News wrote about their partnership in 2016, and also posted about the Canada Reads win, announced on March 28.

Michael Ridley (LIS PhD) has been accepted as a Postgraduate Affiliate at the Vector Institute in Toronto. Established in 2018, the program is intended to promote engagement and collaborations among researchers who are early in their careers, with the broader artificial intelligence (AI) community. Ridley has also been named a Visiting Scholar at the Ryerson University Library.



Publications & Presentations


Tracey Church, MLIS instructor, will be giving the following upcoming presentations:

Wednesday, April 10, 2019: CAGP Annual Conference, Montreal (Canadian Association of Gift Planners) "Using Research and Integration to Target Your Planned Giving Program".

Wednesday, May 15, 2019: AHP Convene Canada, Toronto (Association for Healthcare Philanthropy) "Working Your Way Through the Weed(s): Gift Acceptance Policy Decisions Regarding the Legalization of Cannabis".

Thursday, May 30th, 2019: AFP Fundraising Day, Toronto (Association of Fundraising Professionals) "Best Practices in Prospect Research & Development." Website in progress

Thursday, August 1, 2019: Apra Prospect Development Conference, Phoenix, AZ (Association of Professional Researchers in Advancement): "All A-Board! Successful Board and Senior Executive Peer Reviews, Expectations, and Communication".

Ramon Diab, LIS PhD candidate, had an abstract titled, "Capital's Artificial Intellect Becoming Uber's Means of Autonomous Immaterial Production," published with Brill in advance of an upcoming volume of the journal Historical Materialism.

On Thursday, March 21, Associate Professor Ajit Pyati gave a talk at the University of Victoria, which was hosted by their Cultural, Social, and Political Thought Program. The talk's title was "Revisiting Merton: The Promise and Peril of Contemplative Practice in a Neoliberal Age."

Pyati gave a second talk on Friday, March 22, at Simon Fraser University's downtown Vancouver Harbour Centre campus, titled "Merton's Critique of Higher Education: A Discussion and Dialogue." The talk was sponsored by Dr. Heesoon Bai, Professor and Faculty Sponsor for the SFU Master of Education, Curriculum & Instruction: Contemplative Inquiry and Approaches in Education Program.

Percy Sherwood, Media Studies PhD student, presented a poster titled, “Terrorism and Biopolitics,” at the Western Research Forum on March 22.

Nafiz Shuva, LIS PhD candidate, presented a poster titled, "Expectations of Canadian Life, Actual Post-Arrival Experience, and Pre-Arrival Information Seeking: Results from a Study on Bangladeshi Immigrants in Canada," at FIMULAW 2019, held on March 22.

Students enroled this term in MMJC 9604 - Professional Writing - wrote mini-bios of FIMS graduate students from other programs as part of their coursework. All the bios are published on the FIMS website. You should read them, they're fun.



In the Media


Erin Johnson, MIT'11, MLIS'13, was featured in the Western News article "Wiki project adds Western knowledge to mix," published on March 13, 2019.



News from the FIMS Graduate Library


Inter-session and Summer Hours
OPEN Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm from April 15 to May 3
SUMMER HOURS begin on Monday, May 6 Monday, Tuesday 8:30am to 6:30pm; Wednesday, Thursday 8:30am-6:00pm; Friday 8:30am-5:00pm; Closed on weekends and holidays.

Transferring your print credits
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.



News From Your MLIS SOGS Rep


The Alzheimer Society is seeking volunteers with flexible schedules. They are in drastic need of summer help with patients living at Windemere on the Mount (10 min walk from campus). Please contact Jen for more information: jhale@alzheimerlondon.ca or 519-680-2404 ext. 234

Karaoke night at the Grad Club on Friday, April 5th @ 8pm - FREE FOOD!

The Orientation and Social Committee is interested in social event ideas, send your thoughts to services@sogs.ca



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.

This is the final issue of the Grad Bulletin for the Winter 2019 term. The Bulletin will return to publication on a summer schedule (once-per-month) on Monday, May 13. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, May 10.