MISCellaneous – 09 January, 2017

  1. Introducing the MISC Mental Health Working Group
  2. MISC PD’s 11th Annual Employer Showcase
  3. Upcoming Tech Fund Referendum
  4. Librarians Without Borders First Meeting of 2017!
  5. The iJournal: Call for Submissions
  6. iSchool Student Conference 2017: Canada Now – Call for Proposals
  7. iSchool Book Club Launch
  8. Studio307 Open Hours Winter 2017
  9. Call for Study Participants – on Studio 307 Usage and Experience

  1. Introducing the MISC Mental Health Working Group

    Requester: Mental Health Working Group (ischoolmhwg@gmail.com)

MISC is excited to introduce the Mental Health Working Group (MHWG). This group is here to support the mental and emotional wellness of all iSchool students. We want to hear from students directly regarding what you would like to see this Working Group do for you! Suggestions and comments from all students are welcome.


Please take a moment to fill out our online form (http://current.ischool.utoronto.ca/node/19591) or drop off any written suggestions to our mailbox located outside of the Student Services office (Mailbox A56, labelled “MISC Mental Health WG”). Fill out as much or as little information as you would like. All submissions are anonymous, and will be read by students only. Looking forward to hearing from you!

  1. MISC PD’s 11th Annual Employer Showcase


Event date: Wednesday January 18, 2017 3:00 PM-7:00 PM


Location: 4th Floor of the Inforum


Come join us for the 11th annual Employer Showcase, the biggest career event of the year. Meet employers from a range of industries who have the essential insights for finding a new job or internship and might even be hiring for a position you are perfect for. This is a networking event so come prepared to share your passions and make a great impression. Be sure to dress professionally as there will be a paid photographer offering FREE professional headshots. A variety of delicious food and refreshments will also be available. This is an event you can’t afford to miss!


Want to make a particularly good impression? Volunteer for a few hours as an event assistant and demonstrate to employers your commitment and team spirit. Contact pd.ischool@utoronto.ca to take part!



  1. Upcoming Tech Fund Referendum


Website link: http://misc.ischool.utoronto.ca/techfund#about


The Tech Fund is a student-centered initiative here at the iSchool that focuses on supporting and enhancing the information, communication, and technology wants, needs and desires of our MI and MMSt students. We fund, purchase and implement the things that you, the iSchool students, request in order to help with your ICT based learning, research, exhibiting, collecting, curating, and overall experience while at the iSchool. The Tech Fund Levy is a fee that is collected with yearly tuition that has been put in place to allow the Tech Fund to cater to iSchool students ICT needs that are not covered by the Faculty of Information or the University of Toronto. The Tech Fund has funded countless events and workshops over the years, and has also purchased a vast amount of the supplies and technology (hardware and software) that is made accessible to iSchool students.


However, in order to continue to collect this levy fee the Tech Fund must hold a referendum every two years to ensure that the iSchool population is still in favour of contributing to this amazing committee and supporting all of the wonderful events, workshops and technology purchases that the Tech Fund is responsible for. The Tech Fund is currently in the midst of planning a referendum, which will be held in February 2017, and we hope to get all of you out to vote in support of the Tech Fund and all of the hard work being done to improve the iSchool experience!



  1. Librarians Without Borders First Meeting of 2017!


Event date: Wednesday January 11, 2017 5:00 PM

Location: Student Lounge


Come out and participate in LWB’s first meeting of 2017! We will be discussing exciting upcoming events planned for this semester! We hope to see you there!



  1. The iJournal: Call for Submissions 


Deadline: Friday January 13, 2017


Announcement link: http://theijournal.ca/index.php/ijournal/about/submissions#onlineSubmissions


Website link: http://theijournal.ca/index.php/ijournal


Submissions are now open for our Spring 2017 issue! Submissions are open to iSchool students in any program or concentration. We highly encourage students to submit work in any format, including essays, research reports, design reports, case studies, empirical studies, literature reviews, software and system evaluations, interview transcripts, and book reviews. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at info@theijournal.ca. Submission deadline: January 13, 2017.



  1. iSchool Student Conference 2017: Canada Now – Call for Proposals


Deadline: January 15, 2017

Announcement link: https://canadanow2017.wordpress.com/call-for-proposals/

Website link: 

Announcement description: The 2017 iSchool Student Conference is now accepting proposals to present at the student conference. This year’s theme is “Canada Now: Disrupting the Past | Activating the Future!” Please submit proposals for lightening talks, panel presentations, workshops and round table discussions and posters. Please visit canadanow2017.wordpress.com for more details and to submit a proposal.



  1. iSchool Book Club Launch


Website link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1828609894088661/


We are launching an iSchool Book Club! We hope that this book club will facilitate critical thinking and lively discussion about a specific monthly book, and also provide a community through which interested iSchool students can embrace their love of reading and meet others who share this love. Often the intense studies required in Grad School make it difficult to continue to pursue non-academic reading, and we hope that a book club can act as a source of momentum for anyone who wants encouragement to read more.


If you are interested, please vote on our first book here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XXZP7LF. Voting will be open until Friday, January 13th at 10pm. The book club’s first meeting will be in early February. Please check our Facebook Group for an announcement of the exact date, time, and location in the next couple of weeks!



  1. Studio307 Open Hours Winter 2017


Event date: Monday January 16, 2017


Location: Semaphore Studio307, Bissell 307


Website link: https://studio307.github.io/


Studio307 is a student-run studio workspace within the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. It’s located in Rm 307 of the Claude T. Bissell Building (140 St. George Street) and supported by Semaphore, TechFund, the Inforum and student volunteers and staff. Some of the equipment available here FOR FREE to iSchool students include: 3D printers, sewing machines, a 3D scanner, Arduino kits, Raspberry Pi, and Littlebits + Legos! Studio307 reopens on Monday, January 16 for the Winter 2017 term.


Open hours will have staff available during the following times:

Mon: 12-5 PM

Tue: 12-5 PM

Wed: 12-2:30 PM

Thu: 1:30-5:30 PM


Feel free to drop by and use the space/ask questions! For further information, our website is studio307.github.io. Email semaphorestudio307@gmail.com for questions or to book the space/equipment.



  1. Call for Study Participants – on Studio 307 Usage and Experience


Students are invited to contribute to a MI thesis research project on Semaphore Studio 307 by participating in a ~2hr interview. The research and interview will be conducted by Jess Whyte, an MI student in the Faculty of Information.


If you are interested in participating in a ~2hr interview between now and Jan 30, 2017, please read the brief research description below and contact Jess directly at jessica.whyte@mail.utoronto.ca. Student participants will be thanked with $30 as compensation for their time.


Jess is hoping to understand people’s experiences of makerspaces and is focusing her research on Studio 307. She’s looking for participants who have used the space at least once. Participants can stop being in the study at any time during the interview and afterwards up to two weeks from their interview date. This study has been reviewed and cleared by the University of Toronto Research Ethics Board.  Further questions about your rights as a participant in the study can be directed to the University of Toronto Office of Research Ethics by phone (416) 946-3273 or by email at ethics.review@utoronto.ca. You can also contact the research supervisor, Dr. Jenna Hartel by phone at (416) 978-3234 or by email at jenna.hartel@utoronto.ca.


Chelsea Misquith

President, 2016-2017

Master of Information Student Council

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