No. 445 - January 20, 2020

  • Coming Events:

    - Western University #1Lib1Ref2020
    - FIMSWrites
    - "Open Platforms: Developing Culture in the Age of Big Data TV"
    - LIS Alumni Reception
    - Save the Date: "Declaration of Rights: On Teaching, Racism, and Anti-Racism"
    - Save the Date: Alexandra Kimball, PhD, Journalist and Author
  • Important Dates:

    - Monday, January 20 - Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - Indigenous Awareness Week
    - Thursday, January 23, 2020 - Board of Governors (1PM, STvH)
    - Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - Senate Elections - Polls Open (Faculty and Staff)
    - Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - Senate Elections - Polls Close (Faculty and Staff)
  • News & Announcements:

    - Campus community invited to townhalls re: Western's Strategic Mandate Agreement
    - Emma Donoghue's Room to premiere at the Grand Theatre
    - FIMS Holiday Food Drive Recap
    - In Memoriam: Mary Elliott (MLIS alumna)
  • Awards & Accomplishments:

    - Alissa Centivany
    - Nick Dyer-Witheford
    - Alison Hearn
    - Tom Streeter
    - Librarianship.ca group of alumni
  • Publications & Presentations:

    - Nicole Delellis
    - Nicole Doro
    - Victoria Rubin
  • In the Media:

    - Erica Eades
    - Gayle Garlocks
    - Paige Martin
  • Additional Activities of Note:

    - Juan Bello
    - Victoria Rubin
  • News from the FIMS Graduate Library:

  • Next Issue:



Coming Events

Western University #1Lib1Ref 2020
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
FNB 3010 A/B
1Lib1Ref is a campaign that seeks to improve the quality of Wikipedia articles by adding missing citations. This is an event where you can learn about Wiki editing, become a Wiki Editor yourself and help us eliminate the backlog of "citation needed" notices on the Wikipedia platform (continue reading).

FIMSWrites
Thursday, January 23, 2020 (every Thursday)
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
FNB 4110
Do you expect to have paper, story, article, report, thesis, or book deadlines this term? Does having other people writing around you help keep you on-task? Then come and join FIMSWrites, an informal initiative to provide some solidarity in the sometimes-solitary writing process.

"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.

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.

Save the Date: "Declaration of Rights: On Teaching, Racism, and Anti-Racism"
Wednesday, February 5, 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: Alexandra Kimball, PhD, Journalist and Author
Friday, February 7, 2020
12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
UC 3105 and 4401
Reading and discussion of her new book, The Seed (12:30-2PM, UC 3105).
A conversation about writing and careers beyond the academy (2:30-3:30PM, UC 4401)
Co-sponsored by FIMS and the Department of English. Find out more.



Important Dates

- Monday, January 20 - Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - Indigenous Awareness Week
- Thursday, January 23, 2020 - Board of Governors (1PM, STvH)
- Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - Senate Elections - Polls Open (Faculty and Staff)
- Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - Senate Elections - Polls Close (Faculty and Staff)




News & Announcements

Campus community invited to townhalls re: Western's Strategic Mandate Agreement
All members of Western’s campus community are invited to attend one of two town hall meetings for a high-level update on the renewal of the University’s Strategic Mandate Agreement with the Ontario government (aka, SMA3). Ruban Chelladurai and Andrew Hrymak will be hosting these information sessions. A formal presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer period. Meeting Dates: January 22, 2020, 3:30-4:30PM, McKellar Room (UCC 290), and January 23, 2020, 10:30-11:30AM, McKellar Room (UCC 290).

Emma Donoghue's Room to premiere at the Grand Theatre
The Grand Theatre is thrilled to announce the North American premiere of Room, based on Emma Donoghue’s bestselling novel Room, in a first-time collaboration with Mirvish Productions and the UK's Covent Garden Productions. Room has now been adapted as a new play with songs by Scottish songwriters Kathryn Joseph and Cora Bissett. Previously adapted by Donoghue for the screen, the film won Academy Awards®, Golden Globes, and BAFTAs. March 10-28, 2020. Find out more.

FIMS Holiday Food Drive Recap
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the FIMS Holiday Food Drive this year. Your donations are truly and deeply appreciated. FIMS collected 224 food items for the London Food Bank this holiday season. Also thanks to food drive organizer Sam Vander Kooy, who advertised, collected, and carted the donations around FNB.

In Memoriam: Mary Elliott (MLIS alumna)
MLIS alumna Mary Elliott passed away peacefully on December 8, 2019, in her 96th year. Her obituary can be found online.




Awards & Accomplishments

Following the promotion and tenure process, Nick Dyer-Witheford has been promoted to Professor.

Associate Professor Alison Hearn and her co-applicants - Profs Alissa Centivany, Nick Dyer-Witheford, and Tom Streeter - have been awarded a SSHRC Connection Grant for “Big Data at the Margins: A series of panels and workshops”. Drawing its inspiration from its immediate context of London, Ontario, this series of panels and workshops will examine the various ways digital media, big data and artificial intelligence effect the daily lives of those who are economically, socially or geographically marginalized. Panels will be open to the public, and smaller workshops will be open to graduate students and local community activists and policymakers from Southwestern Ontario.

The following group of LIS alumni made the 2019 Librarianship.ca Honour Roll, which recognizes their contributions to the profession and to Canadian society: Selinda Berg, Catherine Coles, Skye Corey, Alissa Droog, Danielle Bettridge, Alyssa Martin, Ashleigh Yates-MacKay, Tanis Fink, Louise Hamel, Katherine Hill, Jonathon Hodge, Sabina Iseli-Otto, Beth Maddigan and Gillian Shaw.




Publications & Presentations

Associate Professor Victoria Rubin and LIS docteral student Nicole Delellis contributed a chapter titled, "'Fake News' in the Context of Information Literacy: A Canadian Case Study," in the recently published book, Navigating Fake News, Alternative Facts, and Misinformation in a Post-Truth world.

Nicole Doro, MLIS alumna, published the article, "I wasn't sure how lightning worked, then it struck me: reflections from the OCULA Student Council Representative" on the Open-Shelf.ca website on December 11, 2019.



In the Media

An amusing tweet from Erica Eades, MLIS alumna, was featured on the CBC News website under the headline, "Just a couple of turkeys waiting for a bus," on December 9, 2019.

Gayle Garlocks, MLIS alumnus, was featured in an article titled, "Gayle Garlock's love of reading led to his own tome about Canada's book trade," published on the Globe and Mail website on December 10, 2019.

An interview with Paige Martin, MMJC alumna, was featured in an article titled, "Why hockey culture needs more women holding top jobs in junior hockey: Paige Martin," on the CBC News website on January 10, 2020.




Additional Activities of Note

Juan Bello, FIMS instructor, was the Visual (Footage) Researcher on Nisman: The Prosecutor, the President, and the Spy, a documentary series that is now available on NETFLIX (Premiered on January 1st, 2020). The project was produced by ZDFinfo (Germany), JW Productions (Spain), and Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion (Germany) for Netflix, with the support of Creative Europe MEDIA (a program of the European Union).

Associate Professor Victoria Rubin participated in this year's 3 Minute Thesis kickoff on January 7, 2020, by presenting her research in just three minutes and with a single slide. Doctoral students from all faculties are encouraged to give the 3MT a try, as it aims to build research communication skills. Registration for the 3MT is now open. For more information, visit the 3MT website. Jacquie Burkell's sample 3MT presentation from last year can also be viewed online.






News from the FIMS Graduate Library

New Staff in the FIMS Graduate Library
Please welcome new Graduate Student Library Assistants Amy Hadley and Taylor French, along with returning students Jessica Dinan, Brooke Giles and Kelli Jerome. Sara Clarke continues to work as the Managing Editor for ELIP. Don't hesitate to ask questions when any staff are working at the service desk - we are here to help you with all of our library resources and services!

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Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm
Saturday 1:00pm to 5:00pm
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The next issue of the FIMS Graduate Bulletin will be published on Monday, February 3. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, January 31, 2020.