No. 437 - August 6, 2019

  • Coming Events:

    - FIMSWrites
    - LIS 9004 - Research Methods & Statistics Poster Session
    - Public libraries as promoters of social sustainability?
    - Young women tell their stories about contraceptives
    - FIMS Doors Open London 2019
  • Important Dates:

    - Friday, August 9, 2019 - Last day of FIMS classes for graduate students
    - Monday, September 2, 2019 - Labour Day holiday (FIMS offices closed, no classes)
    - Thursday, September 5, 2019 - Graduate and undergraduate classes begin
  • News & Announcements:

    - Seeking Presentations for FIMS Seminar Series 2019-2020
    - In Memoriam: Barb Janicek
    - September changes to LTC bus routes
  • Awards & Accomplishments:

    - Melissa Adler
    - Jacquie Burkell
    - Marnie James
    - Kate Johnson
    - Alec Mullender
    - Mark Nonkes
    - Romayne Smith Fullerton
    - Kendall Sturgeon
    - Winnie Wong
  • Publications & Presentations:

    - Ramon Diab
    - Kane Faucher
  • News From the FIMS Graduate Library:

  • News From Western Libraries:

  • Next Issue:

Coming Events

Wednesday, August 7, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
FNB 4110
To provide some solidarity in the sometimes-solitary writing process there will be structured writing time every Wednesday morning, beginning July 8 until August 31. All FIMS graduate students, staff and faculty are welcome to bring their laptops and join in to sit and write (reading is good too!) - drop by at any point in the morning.

LIS 9004 - Research Methods & Statistics Poster Session
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
2:00 p.m.
FNB Atrium
The LIS Research Methods students (LIS 9004) will be having a poster session to showcase the research project proposals they've been working on all term. Please join us to see and hear about some of their exciting ideas. Everyone is invited to attend and there will be snacks provided.

Public libraries as promoters of social sustainability?
Thursday, August 8, 2019
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
FNB 4110
Presented by Johanna Rivano Eckerdal. This presentation will be based mainly on a paper written by Johanna Rivano Eckerdal and Lisa Engström of Lund University, Sweden (read more).

Young women tell their stories about contraceptives
Friday, August 9, 2019
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
FNB 4070
Presented by Johanna Rivano Eckerdal, Lund University, Sweden. The aim of this thesis is to study how young women’s information literacies are enacted in practices related to evaluation and use of information sources before choosing a contraceptive and thereby to discuss how these practices relate to the young women’s sexual and civic identities. A sociocultural perspective, which brings with it a view on information literacy as contingent and enacted in practices, is adopted.

FIMS Doors Open London
Saturday, September 14, 2019
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
FNB 3rd floor
FIMS will be participating in Doors Open London 2019 this September and will welcome members of the public into the FIMS & Nursing Building for tours and activities. This year's Doors Open theme is the "Untold Stories of the Forest City." Activities will be located in the broadcast studio and the library, and research displays will be set up with interactive elements and conversation starters (more info).

Important Dates

- Friday, August 9, 2019 - Last day of FIMS classes for graduate students
- Monday, September 2, 2019 - Labour Day holiday (FIMS offices closed, no classes)
- Thursday, September 5, 2019 - Graduate and undergraduate classes begin

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 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

In Memoriam: Barb Janicek
The FIMS community was saddened to learn about the passing of MLIS graduate Barb Janicek (MLIS'07) at the age of 44 in St. Mary's. Barb was known as a passionate and dedicated children's librarian, who had been working at the Kitchener Public Library since 2011. For more information, please see the obituary.

September changes to LTC bus routes
Starting on Sept. 1, fully 41 of 43 routes operated by the London Transit Commission (LTC) will see new scheduling or routing – including those travelling to, through or around Western. The moves are part of a five-year service plan intended to ‘right-size’ the frequency and location of bus services to match riders’ needs, explained LTC Planning Director Katie Burns. More information is available about changes to bus routes that service Western.

Awards & Accomplishments

Melissa Adler, Assistant Professor, was awarded a SSHRC Insight Grant for her project titled, "Desire in sight: Aesthetics of knowledge organization."

Jacquie Burkell, Associate Professor, was awarded a SSHRC Insight Development Grant for her project titled, "The Matter of Consent: Participants' Perspectives on the Research Use of Social Media Posts."

Marnie James and Alec Mullender (MLIS students) are the recipients of the 2019 CARL Research in Librarianship Grant (Graduate Student Category). The grant "was created to support library school students’ active engagement in research activities pertaining to research and/or academic libraries with the intent to publish the results and to promote research in the field of academic librarianship by and/or about Canadians."

Kate Johnson, Professor Emerita, was awarded a SSHRC Insight Grant for her project titled, "Canadian libraries' role in the scholarly communication ecosystem: A study of journal cancellation decision-making at six academic libraries."

Mark Nonkes, MLIS student, was awarded the Summer 2019 Spirit of Librarianship Award, while Kendall Sturgeon, FIMS Grad Library staff member, won the Fantastic FIMS Award. Both awards are distributed by the MLIS Students' Council. Past winners can be viewed under FIMS Awards.

Two research papers authored by Associate Professor Romayne Smith Fullerton and research partner Maggie Patterson (Duquesne University) will receive awards at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference, taking place from August 7-10, 2019. Their paper, titled "Naming Names and Ethnicity, or No? How Germany Fits in an International Comparison of Crime Coverage," will receive the AEJMC Research Prize for Professional Relevance, as well as the Robert L. Stevenson Best Faculty Paper Award by the International Communications Division. A second paper, titled "Rights, Rites, and Rituals: An International Comparison of Crime Coverage Practices," will receive the distinction of Best Faculty Paper for the Media Ethics Division (read more).

MLIS student Winnie Wong was among the recipients of the ALA's 2019 Spectrum Scholarships. Sixty scholarships were awarded across North America to students pursuing graduate degrees in library and information studies.

Publications & Presentations

Ramon Diab, LIS PhD candidate, presented a paper entitled, “A Critique of Computational Social Science: Big Data and Social Reality” at the 2019 DOCAM Conference in Toulon, France on June 13th.

Kane Faucher, Assistant Professor, published an article titled, "Is Instagram's removal of its 'like' counter a turning point in social media?" in The Conversation on July 21, 2019.

News from the FIMS Graduate Library

Inter-session Hours of Operation
Monday, August 12 to Wednesday, September 4
Monday to Friday 9:00-4:30

Fall Term Hours of Operation Beginning Thursday, September 5:
Monday to Thursday: 8:30am to 7:00pm
Friday 8:30am-5:00pm
Saturday 1:00-5:00pm
Note: the library is closed on Sundays and university holidays

Course Reserves for Grad Programs
If you are teaching in Fall 2019, please forward any course reserve requests to, or stop by the service desk with your course outline and we'll help you out.

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

Emerging Library & Information Perspectives (ELIP)
We are pleased to announce that MLIS student Sara Clarke is now our Managing Editor for ELIP’s 2020 publication! All MLIS students who were registered since Winter 2019 are eligible to make submissions! If you have any questions, you can email Sara at You can also check out our author submission guidelines here:

News from Western Libraries

Information for Course Instructors

Take advantage of Western Libraries’ personalized course readings service. Send them your syllabus and they will do the rest – from start to finish.  

Whether instructors choose to submit individual requests, or send us their syllabus for start to finish processing, we will:

  • Scan and upload book chapters and articles
  • Create stable links to online resources
  • Place materials on short-term loan
  • Purchase new books for the collection
  • Assist with copyright compliance and pay clearance fees
  • Support your students’ accessibility needs
  • Provide usage statistics to inform your curriculum evaluation
  • Help you integrate your Course Readings into OWL

Other benefits include:

  • No cost to students or faculty
  • Integration with the OWL course site for increased access
  • Live status information for items in process
  • Easy importing of existing readings across courses
  • Usage statistics for online resources
For more information, instructors can visit the Course Readings Guide or contact

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

This is the final summer issue of the Grad Bulletin. The next issue will be published on Monday, September 16. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, September 13.