MISCellaneous #15 – Week of January 15-21, 2018

  1. Open Meeting regarding InForum Service Changes
  2. MISC Meeting – January 26 @ 5:30pm
  3. UX Job Talks – Virtual Format Available
  4. Feedback/Petition on InForum Changes
  5. 13th Annual Career Information Networking Event
  6. iSchool Student Conference – Call for Proposals
  7. Stressed from school? Drop by and play volleyball with fellow students for an hour!
  8. 8. Semaphore Studio307 – Winter Hours
  9. The iJournal – Call for Submissions
  10. CAPAL: Tell Us About Yourself!
  11. Strategy Session regarding UofT’s Mandatory Leave Policy + FiLM CLuB over here !
  12. OLA Super Conference 2018
  13. Want to add your Ad? Details Here!

  1. Open Meeting regarding InForum Service Changes

Event Date: Wednesday January 31, 4-6pm

Location: BL728, Bissell building


If you would like to speak out about the recent Service Changes at the InForum, please come to the open meeting on January 31. Wendy Duff, our dean, and Lari Langford, InForum Service Director, will be in attendance to hear your feedback and discuss the issue.


  1. MISC Meeting – January 26 @ 5:30pm

Event date: Friday January 26, 5:30-7:30pm

Location: Student Lounge (BL 705)


MISC is holding our first meeting of the Winter Term on Friday, January 26 at 5:30pm in the Student Lounge (BL705).


All MI students are welcome to attend!


This includes if you would like to hear about or discuss the InForum’s removal of 24/7 fob access, merchandise decisions, etc.


  1. UX Job Talks – Virtual Format Available


Location for Physical Talk: BL728


The iSchool is currently in the midst of hiring two new Associate Professors in UXD, 1 Teaching Stream and 1 Research. Many of these talks take place on Monday and Thursday afternoons, from 1-4pm. If you would like to participate in helping to select this candidate, but cannot make it to one of the talks due to work, class, or other engagements, please contact Anna Pralat to get a virtual copy of the lecture. These are available by request only!


Here is the schedule:


Monday January 15 – Beth Coleman (Research)

o    1:30 – 3:00 pm


Thursday January 18 – Tiffany Tseng (Teaching)

o    1:30 – 3:30 pm


January 25 – Adrian Reetz (Teaching)

o    1:30 – 3:30 pm


January 29 – Lennart Nacke (Research)

o    1:30 – 3:00 pm


February 1 – Joyojeet Pal (Research)

o    3:30 – 5:00 pm


February 15 – Olivier St-Cyr (Teaching)

o    1:30 – 3:30 pm


If you wish to view the previous talk by Anthony Tang (Research) on January 11, please contact Anna Pralat.


  1. Feedback/Petition on InForum Changes

Deadline: January 31, 2018

Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfROuXoZUHOarQ5PvFgJheWNqZpo19SLPUeStZcY3DV1bQa3A/viewform

Contact: misc@utoronto.ca


There is a petition currently circulating calling attention to the decision to change InForum hours/accessibility. This petition stresses that discussion occur through transparent and collaborative engagement with students on possible solutions.


For more details on the matter, see the link below:



If you do not wish to sign the petition but would still like to provide feedback on the issue before the open meeting on January 31, please contact MISC directly.


  1. 13th Annual Career Information Networking Event

Event Date: January 17, 2018

Link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/13th-annual-career-networking-event-at-u-of-ts-faculty-of-information-tickets-40950437862

Contact: pd.ischool@utoronto.ca


You’re invited to the University of Toronto Faculty of Information’s 13th annual career networking event on January 17th, 2018 from 3-6 pm.

Get your ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/13th-annual-career-networking-event-at-u-of-ts-faculty-of-information-tickets-40950437862


Previously known as the Employer Showcase, the Career Information Networking Event is designed to connect the Faculty’s next generation of information professionals to employers from across information fields, offering a platform for both emerging professionals and employers to demonstrate their skills and strengths. The event is intended to introduce attendees to new people and ideas, foster conversations and learning opportunities and provide a chance for students and employers alike to showcase their work and talent. While some employers may have jobs posted, the format is designed to promote exchanges and relationships between emerging and established information professionals and their organizations.


Career Networking Format: The first portion of the event will feature a more formal tabling setting where organizations can showcase their work and materials. For the second part of the event, we encourage organizations to move away from their tables to make use of the Inforum space to enjoy some food, and mingle with organizations and students to have more informal conversations.


LinkedIn Photos: We are very happy to be welcoming back professional photographer David Chang, who will be offering free professional headshots for LinkedIn to all attendees. Be sure to take advantage of this awesome opportunity to professionalize your profile and take advantage of a service that typically has high costs.


  1. iSchool Student Conference – Call for Proposals

Deadline: January 24, 2018

Link: https://ischoolstudentconference.weebly.com

Event Date: March 2-3, 2018

Contact: ischoolstudentconference@gmail.com


The theme of this year’s iSchool Student Conference is Information in the Air: Society and the Evolving Media.


Participation at the iSchool Student Conference is a great opportunity for you to gain experience sharing your research and acquired knowledge with peers and faculty. Give a new life to your research papers or projects by presenting your ideas at the student conference and gain valuable skills for your resume.


The deadline for proposals is Wednesday, January 24th – hurry and submit yours today!


For more information about the conference, please visit: https://ischoolstudentconference.weebly.com.


  1. Stressed from school? Drop by and play volleyball with fellow students for an hour!

Dates: January 16 onward, Tuesday & Wednesday evenings


The iSports – iSchool Recreational Sports Team would like to invite all students for a game of recreational volleyball games held throughout the academic term. No skills or experience necessary!


Winter Term – Volleyball Games:

Tuesday, January 16 – 6PM

Wednesday, January 24 – 10PM

Tuesday, January 30 – 5PM

Tuesday, February 13 – 6PM

Tuesday, February 27 – 5PM

Tuesday, March 20 – 5PM

Wednesday, April 4 – 7PM


These are drop in recreational games located in Graduate Students Union, 16 Bancroft Ave. Hope to see you all there!


  1. Semaphore Studio307 – Winter Hours

Dates: Monday-Thursday, January-April

Link: http://studio307.github.io/


Studio307 is open for the winter semester! Stop by during open hours and make something using the 3D printers, sewing machines, Raspberry Pis, and more! All the materials are free to use for iSchool students. Come say hi Mondays 12-5, Tuesdays 4-7, Wednesdays 10-1, and Thursdays 2-6, or check our website for updates.


  1. The iJournal – Call for Submissions

Deadline: January 31, 2018

Submission Link: http://www.theijournal.ca/index.php/ijournal/about/submissions#onlineSubmissions

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

Contact: theijournalinfo@gmail.com



The iJournal is a peer-reviewed journal run by graduate students at the Faculty of Information. We are currently seeking essays, research reports, design reports, case studies, empirical studies, literature reviews, software and system evaluations, and other exemplary student work to publish in our Spring 2018 issue.


If you are an iSchool student in any program or concentration, this is an excellent opportunity to share your work with the iSchool community and add a peer-reviewed publication to your CV, resume, or professional portfolio.

Submissions can be sent to theijournalinfo@gmail.com. To view our submission guidelines, please visit our website: www.theijournal.ca.


Submission deadline: January 31, 2018.


  1. CAPAL: Tell Us About Yourself!

Deadline: February 1




Are you interested in academic librarianship? Want to write about yourself rather than write your papers? The CAPAL (Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians) student chapter here at UofT is looking for students who want to share, in about 200 words, why they are interested in academic librarianship for our feature article in CAPAL’s Student Committee Newsletter. If you are interested, shoot us an email at utcapal@gmail.com or send us a message on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/utcapal/ before February 1st.


Not sure what to write but want to participate? We’d love to hear from you anyway and we can interview you!


  1. Strategy Session regarding UofT’s Mandatory Leave Policy + FiLM CLuB over here !

Event Date: Friday January 19th, 6-8PM & 8-10PM

Location: BL705, Student Lounge

WordPress Link for Mental Health Grouphttps://istudentsformentalhealth.wordpress.com

Facebook Link for Mental Health Grouphttps://www.facebook.com/groups/iStudentsForMentalHealth/  

WordPress Link for Film Clubhttps://filmcluboverhere.wordpress.com/

Facebook Link for Film Club: https://www.facebook.com/groups/FILMCLUBoverhere/

Contact: robyn.forman@mail.utoronto.ca


Our MISC working group, iStudents for Mental Health, will have another workshop this Friday Jan 19th, 6-8pm (7th floor Student Lounge) on UofT’s proposed Mandatory Leave of Absence Policy to follow up on the engaged discussion and strategy formed last week at our panel discussion. Notes from discussion were compiled and summarized for panelist Nathan Chan to convey directly to UofT Vice-Provost Sandy Welsh in a one-on-one meeting they have scheduled today (Mon Jan 15th) to discuss the Mandatory Leave Policy draft. We encourage new students to join us this Friday and get involved on this policy issue regarding student mental health. For information on the policy and notes on our discussion last week, see our website https://istudentsformentalhealth.wordpress.com/ or join our Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/iStudentsForMentalHealth/


Following the Mental Health policy workshop, there will be FiLM CLuB over here ! the 2o18 edition.

Film to be determined, themes: mental health, politics, institutional identity-policing.


Join Film Club over here on Facebook, or see our website for details on screenings.


Snacks and/or pizza provided for one or both events. Please RSVP on Facebook or by e-mail to let us know numbers!


  1. OLA Super Conference 2018

Event Date: January 31-February 3, 2018

Link: http://www.olasuperconference.ca

The 2018 Ontario Library Association (OLA) Super Conference 2018 will run from January 31 to February 2, 2018 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and is a great opportunity to network, gain exposure to a wide variety of libraries and information work, learn new skills, and attend Canada’s largest conference for library professionals.


The call for volunteers is located here: http://www.olasuperconference.ca/attend/volunteer/confvolunteer/


  1. Want to add your Ad? Details Here!

Deadline: Weekly, Submit by Sunday at 11:59PM

Contact: misc@utoronto.ca or amber.shortell@mail.utoronto.ca


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