No. 434 - May 13, 2019

  • Coming Events:

    - FIMS Graduate Library Presents...Writing at the Graduate Level
    - ELIP's 2nd Issue Launch Party
    - Meet & Greet: With Rory Litwin of Litwin Books and Library Juice Press
    - Roundtable: Publishing, PLG & More
  • Important Dates:

    - Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - FIMS Faculty Council
    - Monday, May 20, 2019 - Victoria Day holiday (FIMS offices closed, no classes)
    - Friday, June 7, 2019 - Senate
  • News & Announcements:

    - Seeking Presentations for FIMS Seminar Series 2019-2020
    - Subscribe to the Graduate Research Blog
    - MakerThinker creative space launched
  • Awards & Accomplishments:

    - Hannah Buckley
    - Marnie James
    - Kelsang Legden
    - Matthew Lipson
    - Alec Mullender
    - Astrid Ramos
    - Tiara Sukhan
    - Elaine Zibrowski
  • Publications & Presentations:

    - Kaitlin McClary
    - Greg Nightingale
    - Niel Scobie
    - Denise Smith
    - Matt Stahl
    - FIMS Alumni Newsletter - Spring 2019
  • In the Media:

    - Erickson Anupol
    - Clissold Lecture/Randy Richmond
    - Mike Ridley
    - Nadine Wathen
    - FIMULAW 2019
  • Additional Activities of Note:

    - Juan Bello
    - MMJC Mix Masters Episodes on Radio Western
    - 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

FIMS Graduate Library Presents...Writing at the Grad Level
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
FNB 3020D/E
Presented by Paul Schmidt, from Western's Writing Centre. Paul will give tips and tricks to help you learn about the process and expectations at the graduate level.

ELIP's 2nd Issue Launch Party
Thursday, May 16, 2019
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
FNB 3020
The second issue of Emerging Library & Information Perspectives (ELIP) is going to be ready for the summer and we want to celebrate! If you contributed in any way shape or form we would love to have you come out and celebrate this issue with us. Even if you didn't contribute, come out, learn about ELIP, and have fun anyway! Snacks will be served.

Meet & Greet: With Rory Litwin of Litwin Books and Library Juice Press
Thursday, May 16, 2019
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Grad Club Meeting Room, Middlesex College
Come out for some social time with independent publisher Rory Litwin, who will be on campus to participate in a roundtable discussion on Friday, May 17.

Publishing, PLG & More, a Roundtable Discussion with Rory Litwin
Friday, May 17, 2019
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
FNB 3020D/E
Come participate in a roundtable discussion! Moderated by Melissa Adler, FIMS. Featuring: Independent publisher, Rory Litwin, Kristin Hoffman, Western Libraries, Karen Nicholson, University of Guelph Library. Snacks and refreshments will be served.



Important Dates

- Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - FIMS Faculty Council
- Monday, May 20, 2019 - Victoria Day holiday (FIMS offices closed, no classes)
- Friday, June 7, 2019 - Senate



News & Announcements

Seeking Presentations for FIMS Seminar Series 2019-2020
FIMS Seminar Series talks are Wednesday noon lectures for the FIMS and larger Western University community, offering an opportunity for FIMS faculty and graduate students to present their current research. Seminar Series talks are also great opportunities to test your ideas and receive feedback from a friendly, supportive audience.

We are looking for faculty and graduate students interested in presenting in fall 2019 or winter 2020. Faculty members are encouraged to also consider co-presenting with graduate students.

If you are interested in presenting to the FIMS community – either alone or with collaborators, please contact Karen Kueneman at kueneman@uwo.ca.

Subscribe to the Graduate Research Blog
Graduate Students are invited to subscribe to the Graduate Student Research Blog. The blog provides research information for graduate students – scholarship, fellowship, internship and other funding announcements, tips on writing scholarship/funding applications, and other research-related tidbits.

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.



Awards & Accomplishments

Hannah Buckley, Master of Arts in Popular Music & Culture student, completed her creative project titled, To: Virginia, which is available to listen to on Spotify. The work represents Hannah's "most recent collection of songs, which marries her interests in traditional popular song form, field recording, and ambient composition."

Marnie James and Alec Mullender, MLIS students, are winners of the Graduate Student category of CARL's Research in Librarianship Grant competition. Announced on May 7, the grant will support Marnie and Alec's research project titled, "Invisible Structures: How Classification Defines and Divides US." The project is a guided research project under the supervision of Assistant Professor Melissa Adler.

Kelsang Legden, LIS PhD candidate, successfully defended his thesis titled, "The information practices of New Kadampa Buddhists: from 'Dharma of Scripture' to 'Dharma of Insight'" on April 16, 2019.

Matthew Lipson, Master of Arts in Popular Music & Culture student, successfully defended his thesis titled, "'Calling Out From Some Old Familiar Shrine': Living Archivism and Age Performativity in Bob Dylan's Late Period" on April 12, 2019.

Astrid Ramos, MLIS student, was awarded a scholarship to attend IDEAL '19: Advancing Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility in Libraries & Archives, August 6-7, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio. The scholarship program is intended to increase participation and engagement of library staff and faculty who might not otherwise have the resources to attend.

Tiara Sukhan, Media Studies PhD candidate, successfully defended her thesis titled, “Watching and Working Through Navigating Non-being in Television Storytelling” on April 1, 2019.

Elaine Zibrowski, HIS PhD candidate, successfully defended her thesis titled, “Easier and faster is not always better: Grounded theory of a large-scale, system transformation on the clinical work of emergency nurses and physicians” on April 3, 2019.



Publications & Presentations

Kaitlin McClary, MLIS'18, published the blog post "Hack Your Program: Western University Faculty of Information and Media Studies," on the hacklibraryschool.com website on May 7, 2019.

Greg Nightingale
, LIS PhD candidate, presented the paper “‘The Exhibition of the Library’” on April 26th at Concordia University Library’s 17th Annual Research Forum.

Niel Scobie, Media Studies PhD student, gave a lecture and performance at the University of Guelph's School of Fine Art and Music on March 28 called "Beats, Buttons, and Bass: Hip-hop's Legacy of Re-invention."

Denise Smith, MLIS'13, LIS PhD student, and currently the Health Sciences Librarian at McMaster University, presented "Leveraging research to improve health content on Wikipedia" at Weldon Library on Tuesday, May 7, 2019.

Matt Stahl, Associate Professor, and his SSHRC New International Research Network collaborator and coauthor Olufunmilayo Arewa (Shusterman Professor of Business and Transactional Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law) presented their paper “Accounting for Injustice? 1960s R&B Singers’ Legal Battles with AFTRA’s Pension and Health Funds” at Balancing the Mix: A Conference on Popular Music and Social Justice (University of Memphis, March 30, 2019).

The FIMS Alumni Newsletter - Spring 2019 issue was emailed to FIMS alumni on April 24, 2019. The complete newsletter can also be viewed online.



In the Media

Erickson Anupol, MLIS'18, was featured on the librarianship.ca website on May 1, 2019 in a blog post titled, "Freshly Minted: Erickson Anupol"

Randy Richmond, the presenter for the 2019 FIMS Clissold lecture, appeared on CBC's London Morning on April 10 to chat about the public lecture. A full recording of the Clissold Lecture is available online.

Mike Ridley, LIS PhD candidate, was featured in an article published on the FIMS website on April 9, 2019, titled, "LIS researcher adds new voice to STEM-dominated institute."

Professor Nadine Wathen was quoted for an article published on the Global News website on April 19, 2019, titled "Elana Fric was killed after filing for divorce. How do we make leaving less dangerous?"

The FIMULAW 2019 Interdisciplinary Conference, held on March 22, 2019, was covered in an article on the Western Law website titled, "Interdisciplinary connections forged at Research Day." The research-focused conference featured grad students from FIMS, Law and Music.



Additional Activities of Note

Juan Bello, FIMS instructor, screened one of his latest documentary projects for the first time in April 2019. Never Forgotten, a documentary on the 1935 Relief Camps strike and the On-To-Ottawa Trek, was shown at the Arts Court Theatre. It’s an 'avant-première’, organized by the Workers' History Museum, as part of the MayWorks Festival. The documentary was produced with the support of the Workers' History Museum, Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), BC Labour Heritage Centre, London Arts Council and Library and Archives Canada (DigiLab).

The Radio Western Mix Masters three-part series produced by students in the MMJC program was aired in April 2019. The three episodes covered a wide variety of topics of interest on campus including FOCO, eating disorders, overcoming barriers on campus, imposter syndrome and more. All three episodes are available online. Episode 1 | Episode 2 | Episode 3

Latest episode of the "So What? The Podcast About LIS Research" podcast available
In advance of the publication of the second issue of ELIP, the podcasters from "So What?" spoke to MLIS students and faculty about their experiences working on the journal. Emerging Library & Information Perspectives (ELIP) - the open access, peer-reviewed journal managed by the students in the MLIS program at Western University and published by the FIMS Graduate Library - illustrates the importance of engaging LIS students as active participants in the scholarly communications ecosystem. It also highlights the voices of emerging scholars with important new perspectives. Listen to the episode.



News from the FIMS Graduate Library


Summer 2019 Hours of Operation (May 6 to August 9)
Monday - Tuesday 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday - Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed weekends and university holidays (May 20, July 1, August 5)

New and Returning Student Library Assistants in the FIMS Graduate Library
Please join us in welcoming new Graduate Student Library Assistants Sara Clark, Joe Melanson and Mark Nonkes, along with our returning student Kelli Jerome. Don't hesitate to ask questions when staff are working at the service desk - we are here to help you with all of our library resources and services!

Let's get social!
Follow us @FIMSGradLib on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for announcements and updates, informative articles, collection highlights, and more.

FIMS Graduate Library Presents...

Writing at the Graduate Level
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
FNB 3020D/E
Presented by Paul Schmidt, from Western's Writing Centre. Paul will give tips and tricks to help you learn about the process and expectations at the graduate level.

Meet and Greet w/ Rory Litwin of Litwin Books and Library Juice Press
Thursday May 16, 2019
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Grad Club Meeting Room, Middlesex College

ELIP's 2nd Issue Launch Party
Thursday May 16, 2019
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
FNB 3020
The second issue of Emerging Library & Information Perspectives (ELIP) is going to be ready for the summer and we want to celebrate! If you contributed in any way shape or form we would love to have you come out and celebrate this issue with us. Even if you didn't contribute, come out, learn about ELIP, and have fun anyway! Snacks will be served.

Publishing, PLG & More, a Roundtable Discussion with Rory Litwin
Friday May 17, 2019
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
FNB 3020 D/E
Come participate in a roundtable discussion! Moderated by Melissa Adler, FIMS. Featuring: Independent publisher, Rory Litwin, Kristin Hoffman, Western Libraries, Karen Nicholson, University of Guelph Library. Snacks and refreshments will be served.



News from Your MLIS SOGS Rep


The NEXT SOGS meeting will be in the North Campus Building, not Middlesex College! SOGS council in NCB 117 on May 30th, 6pm. We are in need of one alternate to attend this meeting, or a new council member to represent MLIS students (ideally for at least one semester).

If anyone is interested in joining a committee, please visit sogs.ca/committees or contact Lola at speaker@sogs.ca for more information.

At April’s council meeting, votes were conducted for new Vice-President positions. Starting in May, you’ll see a new VP Academic, VP Advocacy, and VP Finance!

Discussions and a vote were placed for the new terms for the SOGS health plan. For more information, visit sogs.ca/documents for the council meeting minutes.

If anyone would like to represent MLIS students at a council meeting, please contact the MLISSC at mlissc.uwo@gmail.com.



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 Bulletin will be published four times over the summer. The next issue will be on Monday, June 10. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, June 7.