News From FIMS Alumni

Adrienne Arsenault, MA’91 (Journalism), was announced in August 2017 as one of four co-hosts for CBC’s The National. With the retirement of Peter Mansbridge, Arsenault will co-host the flagship news program with Rosemary Barton, Andrew Change and Ian Hanomansign.

David McPherson, MA’98 (Journalism), announced the publication of his first book titled The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern: A Complete History,” via Dundurn Press. Like the Queen Street strip that has been its home for seven decades, the Horseshoe Tavern continues to evolve. It remains as relevant today as it did when Jack Starr founded the country club on the site of a former blacksmith shop. From country and rockabilly to rock ‘n’ roll, punk, alt/country, and back to roots music, the venerable live music venue has evolved with the times and trends — always keeping pace with the music.

Over its seventy-year history, the Horseshoe has seen a flood of talent pass through. From Willie Nelson to Loretta Lynn, Stompin’ Tom Connors to the Band, and Bryan Adams to the Tragically Hip, the Horseshoe has attracted premier acts from all eras of music. In The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern, David McPherson captures the turbulent life of the bar, and of Canadian rock (book trailer) (Dundurn listing)

Sandra Miller, MLIS'01, was one of nine Londoners named to the Mayor of London’s New Year’s Honouree List for 2017. She was named under the Heritage category, for her efforts to preserve and protect London’s architectural history.
Charles Robert, MLIS’79, was appointed as the new Clerk of the House of Commons, effective July 10, 2017. As Clerk of the House of Commons, Robert will be responsible for advising the Speaker and Members on the interpretation of parliamentary rules, precedents, and practices.

Anna Soper, MLIS’15, authored the article “Curation and Coursework: Exploring Special Collections Librarianship at Western University” in August 2016. The article discusses the exhibition Soper curated last year at Western's Archives and Research Collections Centre, while completing her MLIS degree. The exhibition featured items donated to Western in 1918, by John Davis Barnett. Barnett was an avid bibliophile, and was also involved in founding what is now the Stratford Public Library.

Photo Gallery from LIS 50th Anniversary Reception posted online
Western Alumni has posted the photo gallery from the LIS 50th Anniversary Reception in February online. It was a busy evening with a large turnout and lots of good conversation. The gallery can be viewed on Western Alumni’s Flickr account.