No. 444 - December 9, 2019

  • Coming Events:

    - Singalong at FIMS: Seasonal favourites edition
    - Wiki Tuesday - Wikifying the Library Catalogue
    - 3MT 2020 Celebration Kick-Off
    - Save the Date: "Declaration of Rights: On Teaching, Racism, and Anti-Racism"
    - Save the Date: "Open Platforms: Developing Culture in the Age of Big Data TV"
    - Save the Date: LIS Alumni Reception
  • Important Dates:

    - Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - Last day of FIMS graduate classes
    - Thursday, December  19, 2019 - Undergraduate exam period ends
    - Saturday, December 21, 2019 - Wednesday, January 1, 2020 - FIMS Offices closed for the holidays
    - Friday, January 3, 2020 - MLIS Orientation (new students)
    - Monday, January 6, 2020 - Undergraduate and graduate classes resume
    - Friday, January 17, 2020 - Senate (1:30PM, A&HB)
    - Thursday, January 23, 2020 - Board of Governors (1PM, STvH)
  • News & Announcements:

    - Call for Applications - CARL Graduate Student Research Grant
  • Awards & Accomplishments:

    - Nick Dyer-Witheford
    - Heather Hill
    - Kelli Jerome
    - Matt Stahl
    - James Steinhoff
  • Publications & Presentations:

    - Tim Blackmore
    - Jacquelyn Burkell
    - Chandell Gosse
    - Karen Nicholson
    - Ajit Pyati
    - Niel Scobie
    - Romayne Smith Fullerton
  • In the Media:

    - Melissa Kargiannakis
  • Additional Activities of Note:

    - Nick Dyer-Witheford
    - Atle Mikkola Kjøsen
    - James Steinhoff
  • News from the FIMS Graduate Library:

  • Next Issue:



Coming Events


Singalong at FIMS: Seasonal favourites edition
Monday, December 9, 2019
12:00 p.m.
FNB 4110
What do I need to do? If you have a seasonal favourite that you'd like to sing with a group, let Pam McKenzie know. We're up for classic carols, contemporary songs with a seasonal/winter theme (Do you want to build a snowman?) or anything you just like to sing or listen to in December (Dancing Queen?) The Messiah crew will do our best to track down recordings and/or sheet music for those who like to know the score, and perhaps live keyboard accompaniment (!!)

Wiki Tuesday - Wikifying the Library Catalogue

Tuesday, January 7, 2020
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Weldon Library, Instruction Room
In this presentation, Alexander Mayhew explores Phylomemetic Cataloguing - A type of user-driven cataloguing that incorporates concepts from fields as diverse as Biology, Philosophy and Literary Theory. In a Phylomemetic Catalogue users would be able to add memetic relationships between records using semantic triples. Learn how these relationships can be visualized as family trees of related texts, capturing user perceptions of the descent of 'textual memes'.

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) 2020 Celebration Kick-Off
Tuesday, January 7, 2020
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
IGAB atrium
3MT (Three Minute Thesis) is a research communication competition where graduate students have 3 minutes or less to present their research and its impact to a panel of non-specialist judges and peers. The exercise develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of research students' capacity to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience. The kick-off celebration will feature a variety of Western professors taking on the 3MT challenge with their own presentations. More information.

#1Lib1Ref
Wednesday, January 15 and Wednesday, January 22, 2020
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
FNB 3010
This year, the FIMS Graduate Library is working with Western Libraries to host #1Lib1Ref. On January 15th and 22nd, we will be meeting in the computer lab (FNB 3010) to add much-needed citations to Wikipedia articles. Any citation to a reliable source is a benefit to Wikipedia readers worldwide. There will be food and prizes, as well as the opportunity to meet and network with library workers throughout Western and Affiliated Libraries. You could also add "WikiEditor" to your resume! Training will be provided. All are welcome.

Save the Date: "Declaration of Rights: On Teaching, Racism, and Anti-Racism"
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
FNB 4070
Presented by Warren Steele as part of the FIMS Seminar Series.
Abstract: This talk is about what I’ve learned teaching undergraduates about racism. My goal is to synthesize a decade of experience and communicate a teaching philosophy openly socialist in nature. One meant to develop and equip new comrades with the knowledge needed to defeat racism. Hence, it’s about the relationship between teaching and politics, theory and practice, race and class, and starts from the premise that teaching is an inherently political act (continue reading).

Save the Date: "Open Platforms: Developing Culture in the Age of Big Data TV"
Thursday, January 23, 2020
4:00 p.m.
FNB Creative Commons (2nd floor)
Presented by Aymar Jean Christian, Associate Professor of Communication, Northwestern University, and founder of Open TV, a platform for intersectional television pilots and series, supporting independent artists and producers in Chicago. This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research at Western University. Part of the FIMS Making Matters Lecture Series.

Save the Date: LIS Alumni Reception
Thursday, January 30, 2020
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Kellys Landing Bar Grill Hub
123 Front Street, Toronto
Dean Lisa Henderson and MLIS Program Chair, Grant Campbell along with Western Alumni invite all Library and Information Science alumni and friends to our traditional cocktail reception held during the Ontario Library Association Conference in Toronto. You don't have to be attending the conference to attend the reception. Registration is $15 per person and includes enjoy one complimentary drink and appetizers. Register now.



Important Dates


- Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - Last day of FIMS graduate classes
- Thursday, December 19, 2019 - Undergraduate exam period ends
- Saturday, December 21, 2019 - Wednesday, January 1, 2020 - FIMS Offices closed for the holidays
- Friday, January 3, 2020 - MLIS Orientation (new students)
- Monday, January 6, 2020 - Undergraduate and graduate classes resume
- Friday, January 17, 2020 - Senate (1:30PM, A&HB)
- Thursday, January 23, 2020 - Board of Governors (1PM, STvH)



News & Announcements


Call for Applications - CARL Graduate Student Research Grant

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) has designed the Graduate Student Research Grant to support library school students’ active engagement in research activities. CARL invites applications from students currently enrolled in an accredited Canadian Library and Information Studies program. When merited, up to $1,000 is awarded annually to one or more applicants. More information on applying.



Awards & Accomplishments


Nick Dyer-Witheford
, Associate Professor, and colleague Svitlana Matvyenko (Simon Fraser University), were awarded the 2020 STAiR prize for their recent book, Cyberwar and Revolution: Digital Subterfuge in Global Capitalism. The award is offered by the International Studies Association.

Heather Hill, Associate Professor, is the Fall 2019 recipient of the Fantastic FIMS Award, while MLIS student Kelli Jerome received the Fall 2019 Spirit of Librarianship Award. The awards are distributed on a term-by-term basis by the MLISSC. Find out more and view past winners.

Associate Professor Matt Stahl received funding through the Western Strategic Support for SSHRC Success competition for his study titled, "Accounting for Injustice: Contracts and Compensation in the Recorded Music Industries."

James Steinhoff, Media Studies PhD candidate, successfully defended his thesis titled, "Critiquing the New Autonomy of Immaterial Labour: An Analysis of Work in the Artificial Intelligence Industry," on November 25, 2019.



Publications & Presentations


Professor Tim Blackmore and Associate Professor Romayne Smith Fullerton contributed written pieces to the Western News series, "Remember 30: The École Polytechnique Massacre," published on December 5, 2019.

Jacquelyn Burkell, Associate Professor, and Chandell Gosse, Media Studies PhD student, published the following article:

Burkell, J., & Gosse, C. (2019). Nothing new here: Emphasizing the social and cultural context of deepfakes. First Monday, 24(12). doi:https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v24i12.10287

Associate Professor Ajit Pyati published the following article:

Pyati, A.K. (2019). Public Libraries as Contemplative Spaces: A Framework for Action and Research. Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association 68(4): 356-370. https://doi.org/10.1080/24750158.2019.1670773

Niel Scobie, PhD in Media Studies candidate, published a chapter titled, "Translocality and the Articulation of a Jamaican-Canadian Identity in the Music of Michie Mee." In The Spaces and Places of Canadian Popular Culture. Edited by Victoria Kannen and Neil Shyminsky. Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press.



In the Media


Melissa Kargiannakis
, MHIS'15, was featured in the Western News article, "Alumnae named among Canada's Most Powerful," published on November 27, 2019.



Additional Activities of Note


Associate Professor Nick Dyer-Witheford, Assistant Professor Atle Mikkola Kjøsen, and Media Studies PhD candidate James Steinhoff, attended a book launch event for their publication Inhuman Power: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Capitalism, on November 22 in Toronto. The event was organized through the "Capitalism Workshop."



News from the FIMS Graduate Library


Happy Holidays from the FIMS Graduate Library

Our Holiday Hours of Operation:
December 12-December 20: Monday to Friday 9:00am-4:00pm
December 21-January 1: CLOSED
January 2 & 3: 9:00am-4:00pm
Our regular hours will resume on Monday January 6 at 8:30am

Graduate Course Reserves
If you are teaching in Winter 2020, please forward any course reserve requests to fimsreserves@uwo.ca, or stop by the service desk with your course outline and we'll help you out.

One Book One London
Borrow one of our copies of The Saturday Night Ghost Club, this year's One Book One London selection. Read more about the book and related events here.

#1Lib1Ref
This year, the FIMS Graduate Library is working with Western Libraries to host #1Lib1Ref. On January 15th and 22nd, we will be meeting in the computer lab (FNB 3010) to add much-needed citations to Wikipedia articles. Any citation to a reliable source is a benefit to Wikipedia readers worldwide. There will be food and prizes, as well as the opportunity to meet and network with library workers throughout Western and Affiliated Libraries. You could also add "WikiEditor" to your resume! Training will be provided. All are welcome.



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 Fall 2019 term. The publication schedule will resume on January 20, 2020. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, January 17, 2020.