No. 439 - September 30, 2019

  • Coming Events:

    - "Voices of the Rainforest: A Day in the Life of Bosavi"
    - Wikipedia and Libraries: an interactive workshop
    - Grad Library Presents... ELIP Author Workshop
    - Public Talk: National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
    - Who pays for Open Access?
    - "From the Frontlines of Libya to the Trenches of Tech: How being a war correspondent made me a better CEO and entrepreneur"
    - Save the Date: FIMS Homecoming 2019 - Media Arts 
    - Save the Date: Grad Library Presents... Hands-on Naloxone Workshop
  • Important Dates:

    - Monday, September 30, 2019 - Orange Shirt Day
    - Monday, October 14, 2019 - Thanksgiving Day holiday (FIMS offices closed, no classes)
    - Monday, October 14 - Friday, October 18, 2019 - MMJC and MLIS Research Week
  • News & Announcements:

    - Invitation to participate in research study
    - Subscribe to the Graduate Research Blog
    - Registration open for the 2019 Canadian Library Assessment Workshop
  • Awards & Accomplishments:

    - Nicole Dalmer
    - Pam McKenzie
  • Publications & Presentations:

    - Melissa Adler
    - Lucia Cedeira Serantes
    - Vicki O'Meara
    - Randy Richmond
    - Michael Ridley
    - Victoria Rubin
    - Effie Sapuridis
    - Niel Scobie
    - James Steinhoff
  • Additional Activities of Note:

    - LiT.RL Research Team
    - Jeremy Copeland
    - Romayne Smith Fullerton
    - Nadine Wathen
  • News From the FIMS Graduate Library:

  • News From Your MLIS SOGS Rep:

  • Next Issue:



Coming Events

Voices of the Rainforest: A Day in the Life of Bosavi
Monday, September 30, 2019
7:00 p.m.
University College 1401
Film presented by Steven Feld, as part of the Making Matters Speakers Series.
About this event: Voices of the Rainforest, Steven Feld’s documentary sound art composition of a day in the life of the Bosavi rainforest and its inhabitants, was originally a 1991 Rykodisc CD. For the project’s 25th anniversary, the piece was recomposed in 7.1 cinema surround sound, in collaboration with Skywalker Sound editor Dennis Leonard. With the support of producer Mickey Hart and the School for Advanced Research, a film has now been built around the soundtrack, drawing both from 1976-1999 photographs, and cinematography and forest drone imaging from recent returns to Bosavi with filmmaker Jeremiah Ra Richards (continue reading).

Wikipedia and Libraries: an interactive workshop
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Weldon Library, Instruction Room
Increasingly, librarians from around the world are collaborating with Wikimedia to improve its authority. In this workshop, we will highlight the power of the platform, the overlapping values of libraries and Wikipedia, and how both organizations can benefit from collaboration.

Grad Library Presents... ELIP Author Workshop
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
FNB 3020D
Are you an MLIS student interested in publishing your work in ELIP? Do you want to learn more about what's involved in the the scholarly publishing process? In this informal workshop, Kristin Hoffmann, Paulette Rothbauer, and Melissa Adler will discuss the value of scholarly publishing, strategies for developing coursework into journal articles, the peer-review process, and author workflows. If you’ve got questions about publishing, this is a great opportunity to get some answers from experts in the field and to start thinking about how your perspective may fit into the scholarly conversation!

Public Talk: National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
Friday, October 4, 2019
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
SSC 5220
Please join Jennifer Moore Rattray, former Executive Director of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, for an important and timely discussion about research and policy-making within the context of the historic and recently concluded National Inquiry. At this time of reconciliation, learn more about one of the most critical issues facing Canada today. Engaging themes around Indigenous rights, community engagement, trauma-informed administration and equity, this presentation offers foundational and practical advice for policy thinkers, developers, and leaders in Canada today.

Who pays for Open Access?
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Weldon Library Rm 121
Open access to academic articles and research data is rapidly becoming the norm, not the exception. While open access makes research freely available to read, it is not free to produce. In this session, participants will explore the landscape of open publishing and who pays for open access. Topics include options for open publishing, predatory journals, and article processing charges (continue reading, registration required).

From the Frontlines of Libya to the Trenches of Tech: How being a war correspondent made me a better CEO and entrepreneur"
Thursday, October 10, 2019
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Von Kuster Hall, Music Building
Fall 2019 Clissold Lecture, presented by Jeffrey Kofman, entrepreneur, CEO and founder of Trint, international foreign correspondent, journalist, educator and Emmy-award-winning war reporter.

Save the Date: FIMS Homecoming 2019 - Media Arts
Saturday, October 19, 2019
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
FNB, FIMS Creative Commons
This year for Homecoming FIMS will welcome back alumni to share their media art careers in a diversity of forms and purposes. Our talented alumni will reveal their unique stories and work during a moderated panel discussion led by Professor Norma Coates. Featuring FIMS alumni Kara-Lis Coverdale (PMC), Ryan Louis (MIT), Angela Misri (MAJ) and Stuart Thompson (MIT). Find out more online.

Save the Date: Grad Library Presents... Hands-on Naloxone Workshop
Tuesday, November 19 & Wednesday, November 20, 2019
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
FNB 4110
Join us for a hands-on Naloxone workshop with Kim Primok from the Middlesex-London Health Unit. Kim is a public health nurse with 6 years experience in sexual health and harm reduction. She will share the history of the Naloxone programming within MLHU and the community, discuss what Naloxone is and how it is used to reverse an opioid overdose and provide training on how to use Naloxone to save a life. Naloxone kits will be available for those who wish to have one. Each session is limited to 20 attendees.



Important Dates


- Monday, September 30, 2019 - Orange Shirt Day
- Monday, October 14, 2019 - Thanksgiving Day holiday (FIMS offices closed, no classes)
- Monday, October 14 - Friday, October 18, 2019 - MMJC and MLIS Research Week



News & Announcements

Invitation to participate in research study
Researchers in Western University’s Faculty of Information and Media Studies request your participation in a project titled The public library is…. Participation is open to all members of the public, library patrons and staff, and students and educators in the field of Library and Information Sciences. We want to know what you think about the purpose and function of public libraries today! The goal of this initial stage research is to generate a list of approximately 60 statements in response to the following prompt: “Public libraries are important because…” Find out more.

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.

Registration open for the 2019 Canadian Library Assessment Workshop
October 22 -24, 2019, Windsor, Ontario. The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) is committed to supporting and developing outcomes-based measures to assist libraries in moving beyond inputs and outputs in order to better demonstrate library impact on research, teaching and learning. Through the delivery of assessment-related programming, information sharing, and support for relevant research, CARL supports members as they use outcomes-based evidence to establish the research library’s return on investment or other measures of its value (continue reading).



Awards & Accomplishments


Nicole Dalmer, LIS PhD alum (now at Trent University), and Professor Pam McKenzie, were awarded the "Best Information Behavior Conference Paper by the 2019 SIG USE Awards for their work titled, Noticing the Unnoticed: Lines of Work in Everyday Life Information Practices.



Publications & Presentations

Melissa Adler, Assistant Professor, participated in the 4th Annual Information + Humanities conference at the Center for Humanities & Information at Penn State on September 20, 2019. The title of her paper was “Thomas Jefferson's Metadata: A Study on the Racialization of the Cultural Record.”

Lucia Cedeira Serantes, Assistant Professor, and Nicole Dalmer, LIS PhD alum (now at Trent University), will present a talk titled, "The seduction of successful aging: Imag(in)ing older age in comics and graphic novels," at the Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging's Seminar Series on October 3 at McMaster University. Find out more.

Vicki O'Meara, PhD in Media Studies candidate, published an article titled, "Weapons of the Chic: Instagram Influencer Engagement Pods as Practices of Resistance to Instagram Platform Labor," in Social Media and Society.

Randy Richmond, FIMS instructor and reporter with the London Free Press, published the investigative series "WE ARE THE COPS: An exclusive London Free Press investigation," on September 25, 2019. The six-part series is being rolled out in installments and includes text and video.

Michael Ridley, LIS PhD Candidate, published Explainable Artificial Intelligence in Research Library Issues (299) https://doi.org/10.29242/rli.299.3. Recently he presented a talk on "Facilitating Algorithmic Literacy for Canadians" at the Vector Institute in Toronto and presented a webinar on "Artificial Intelligence in the Health Sector: Implications for Libraries and Information Management" as part of the Canadian Health Libraries Association, Leadership Institute.

Victoria Rubin, Associate Professor, published an article titled, "Disinformation and misinformation triangle," in the Journal of Documentation, Vol. 75 No. 5. For an article summary and diagram, visit Professor Rubin's blog.

Effie Sapuridis, PhD in Media Studies student, published a paper titled, "Gendered Fairy Tale Heroics: Ginny Weasley in The Source," in the journal Transformative Works and Cultures on September 15, 2019.

Niel Scobie, PhD in Media Studies candidate, along with Dr. Alyssa Woods (University of Guelph), presented a lecture, performance, and workshop entitled, "Finding the Groove: A Workshop on Hip-hop Turntablism and Improvisation." The event took place on Friday, Sept. 20 at the Art Gallery of Guelph as part of the Guelph Jazz Fest Colloquium and the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation.

James Steinhoff, PhD in Media Studies candidate, published a paper titled, "Cognition on Tap: Capital's theory of AI as Utility," in Digital Culture & Society Vol 4, Issue 2.



Additional Activities of Note

Jeremy Copeland, FIMS instructor, will be included on a panel discussing the documentary Digital Disconnect: Fake News, Privacy and Democracy. There will be a free screening of the documentary on Wednesday, October 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Branch of the London Public Library, followed by the discussion. More information.

LiT.RL research team enters a Canada-wide $1M competition to identify false claims
With the support and encouragement from the FIMS Dean's Office, the LiT.RL team has entered an AI competition to automate the fact-checking process by flagging whether a claim is true, false, or partly true. The Schulich's Leaders Prize, "Fact or Fake News?" is a Canada-wide competition and aims to address the issue of misinformation and deception in online news. The LiT.RL team will take on the challenge of developing an algorithm that will automatically detect false claims (Phase 1), and provide supportive evidence (Phase 2). (continue reading).

Romayne Smith Fullerton, Associate Professor, has been elected as an executive member of the new J-Schools Canada/EcolesJ. The organization was created to promote the study, practice and reflection of journalism education in Canada beyond.

Professor Nadine Wathen is included among Western researchers supporting the Sustainable Development Goal in Gender Equality. Sustainable Development Goals are established with federal funding and monitored by Statistics Canada. ‘Gender Equality’, aims to end all forms of institutionalized and social discrimination against women globally (United Nations, 2019). Find out more.



News from the FIMS Graduate Library


ELIP 2020: Call for Submissions!

Submissions for ELIP 2020 are due on December 1, 2019.

Emerging Library & Information Perspectives (ELIP) is the open access, peer-reviewed journal that is managed by the MLIS students at Western and published by the FIMS Graduate Library.

All MLIS students at Western who were enrolled in (or after) the Winter 2019 term are eligible to contribute submissions to ELIP 2020. ELIP accepts Research Articles and Critical Essays (3000-6000 words), “For the Field” and “In the Field” summaries and reflections, Interviews, and Reviews. See ELIP’s website for more information and for examples of work published in previous volumes of the journal.

If you have any questions about publishing in ELIP or preparing a submission, please contact ELIP’s managing editor, Sara Clarke, at elip@uwo.ca or talk to her on Wednesdays in FNB 3020B from 11:00am-1:00pm.

Your FIMS Graduate Library presents...
Take advantage of your chance to learn beyond your classes.
Please RSVP by using the sign-up sheets in the FIMS Graduate Library or by emailing us at fimslib@uwo.ca. Workshop and presentation suggestions are always welcome!

ELIP Author Workshop | Wednesday October 2, 12:00-1:00pm | FNB 3020D
Are you an MLIS student interested in publishing your work in ELIP? Do you want to learn more about what's involved in the the scholarly publishing process? In this informal workshop, Kristin Hoffmann, Paulette Rothbauer, and Melissa Adler will discuss the value of scholarly publishing, strategies for developing coursework into journal articles, the peer-review process, and author workflows. If you’ve got questions about publishing, this is a great opportunity to get some answers from experts in the field and to start thinking about how your perspective may fit into the scholarly conversation!

Zotero Workshop | Tuesday, October 22th - 12-1pm, FNB 3010
Feeling overwhelmed by citation management? Join Kendall Sturgeon for an introduction to the basics of how to use Zotero to easily create reference lists and organize your research. We recommend singing up for a free Zotero account here before attending.

Other Upcoming Workshops:

MLIS Career Day | Tuesday October 29 10am-3pm, Location TBD

Indigenous Books Workshop | Tuesday November 5th - 12-1pm, FNB 4110

Hands-On Naloxone Workshop | Tuesday November 19 OR Wednesday November 20 -12-1pm, FNB 4110

Building Inclusive Communities: Opportunities for Creativity and Progress within the Current Legal Framework |
Tuesday November 26 - 12-1pm, FNB 4110

Happy Thanksgiving!
We are closed on Monday, October 14th for the thanksgiving holiday, with regular Saturday hours (1-5pm) on October 12.



News from your MLIS SOGS Rep


The next Council meeting will take place October 24th in MC 110.

Upcoming Events:

Graduate wellness week 2019 Events: (All additional info is found at sogs.ca/wellness-week or on the SOGS Facebook page)

  • Craft Night @ The Grad Club (Monday, Sept. 30 @7pm)
  • Strengths Seminar (Tuesday, Oct. 1 in IGAB room 1N05 @1:30pm.) Take the GALLOP STRENGTHS test (first 15 students are FREE, after that it’s $17 per student).
  • Trivia Night at the Grad Club (Tuesday, Oct. 1 @ 7pm)
  • Financial Literacy Seminar (Wed. Oct. 2 @ 10am-1pm in IGAB Atrium). REGISTRATION REQUIRED
  • Wellness Forum (Thurs. Oct. 3 @10am-1pm in the IGAB Atrium) ** REGISTRATION REQUIRED
  • Rick McGhie at the Grad Club (Thurs. Oct. 3 @7pm)
  • Family Football Game (Saturday, Oct. 5 @1pm at TD Stadium). *Students get in free by showing student ID + 4 FREE tickets for family. Get your family tickets here. Used code “SOCIALSOGS” at the check-out.
  • WEEK LONG FITNESS PASSES! Get your fitness card at the SOGS office! Go to 5 fitness classes + head over to the WEC and the Student Health Services to get the back of your card stamped and be entered to win a $100 gift card for groceries.
  • WEEKLONG HEALTHY LUNCHES at the Grad Club! See the menu here.
GRADtoberfest @ The Grad Club. October 17 @7pm. $10 for members | $15 for non-members. Buy tickets in the SOGS office. Your choice of: Octoberfest sausage, veggie sausage, and chicken schnitzel + fries and pretzel + beer samples. See our Facebook invite for more details.

Family Halloween Party: Monday, Oct. 28 @5pm. Costume party for the little ones + pumpkin carving + costume contest and loot bags for kids + parents in costume get a free cocktail! Pizza party. $5 per adult, kids are free. See our Facebook invite for more details.



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 Tuesday, October 15 (Monday is a holiday). The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, October 11.