The Radio Revolution – A Virtual Tribute to Margaret Lyons

“Margaret Lyons always said she had three strikes against her: she was a woman, she was under five feet tall, and she was Japanese.” As a reporter, producer and manager, she brought a new standard of journalism to radio in Canada and is credited with saving CBC radio from oblivion. She directed the creation of programs such as As it Happens, Quirks & Quarks, and Sunday Morning. She was instrumental in realizing CBC’s Radio Revolution in the late sixties, seventies and eighties. Margaret died in late 2019.

When she died, a small group of people who worked for and with Margaret as young aspiring public broadcasters, decided they should create a moment to reflect on Margaret’s contributions. 

They had hoped to stage an event at the Glenn Gould Studio in the Broadcast Centre in Toronto last Spring, but the pandemic rendered that impossible.  So, they pivoted and created a one-hour documentary Tribute to Margaret.  

From the beginning they thought the hour would be important for journalism/media and communication schools across the country. It is too easy to ignore our national history and Margaret Lyons personified a major chapter in the development of broadcast journalism in Canada. Any student of journalism or the media would not only benefit but enjoy hearing Margaret’s incredible journey from an interned Canadian of Japanese descent during World War II to the Head of CBC Radio. Her contribution to both public broadcasting and Canadian Culture is enormous and as a racialized woman her story is all the more remarkable. She is also a first-class example of the power of original thinking and what a little corporate defiance and bravery can accomplish. If her journey inspires young women and men seeking a future in the media world and engagement in an evolving Canada, then creating this documentary about an extraordinary person has served its purpose. 

Please watch and enjoy this documentary and share it with others. 

How to Request Course Readings

The FIMS Graduate Library has always been happy to help instructors with their course readings. But we want you to know that the level of service has increased.  

In the past, our help centered on print reserves: you requested books, we tracked them down from various locations on campus and made them available to your students in the library.  

This meant that you were responsible for book chapter scans, journal articles, website URLS, government reports, etc. In most cases, students were required to track down these resources with the bibliographic information provided in the course syllabus.  

The situation improved with the adoption of OWL. Through OWL, instructors can upload PDFs of journal articles and link to webpages and other electronic resources.  

But if this process is new to you, or the time it would take is burdensome, the FIMS Grad Library can take that work off your hands.  

Using one of several methods, which will be outlined below, if you provide us with a list of materials, we can upload them on your behalf to your course’s OWL site.  

How to Get Started 

The first step is simple, just email with the titles you need! You can email us your syllabus, a simple list of items or you can explore more options by submitting your request directly through the Course Readings Service.  

Access the Course Readings Service 

If you have an OWL site, the next step is to add the Course Readings Plugin, so that a Course Readings link appears in the left menu. If you do not use OWL, or if your site has not yet been set up, log in to Course Readings with your Western Identity. 

After logging in (or clicking the Course Readings link), select a course from the “Current Courses” table or “View upcoming courses” to add or manage readings for that course. 

To upload Your Syllabus:

The following steps are optional.  You can simply email us your reading list, syllabus or an individual item request. But if you’re more comfortable making the request from within OWL, these are the steps to follow:

  1. Log in to the Course Readings service 
  1. Choose a current or upcoming course 
  1. Select “Add Course Readings” 
  1. Choose the “Syllabus Service” form 
  1. Upload your syllabus as a Word or PDF document 

To add items individually: 

  1. Choose a current or upcoming course 
  1. Select “Add Course Readings” 
  1. Complete the request form based on the item’s material type 


  • New purchases, items to be acquired via Interlibrary Loans, and items requiring copyright clearance may take longer to be made available 
  • You must submit individual request forms for items you intend to supply, e.g.: personal copies of books or media, previously scanned books or articles, etc. 
  • Ensure your syllabus includes complete citation information 

Additionally, please note that our stacks are closed for browsing. If you would like to consult items available in the FIMS Graduate Library to determine appropriateness for your courses, please send us a list and we will gather the items and make them available to you. 

If you have any questions or if you require assistance at any point in this process, please do not hesitate to get in touch via  

FIMS Grad Library is open!

Starting Monday, February 22, we will be open three days / week: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays 11am – 3pm

Here are some of our policies for socially-distanced use of the library:

  • complete the student, staff or faculty questionnaire before coming to the library
  • follow the signs on doors and floors for traffic flow
  • masks are mandatory
  • upon arrival: swipe your Western One card and book a study space 
  • food and drinks are not permitted

For health and safety reasons, access to the print collections remains closed throughout campus. We can retrieve items for you to use in the library. After use, these items will be quarantined for 72 hours before they are resolved for others to use.

Please continue to email us with any questions. Our email is monitored 9am-4pm, Monday to Friday:

Or, come by our virtual drop-in hours Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 12-1pm: Of course, we can always set up alternative time to meet with you online.

If you have any questions about the change in hours or any other services, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Borrowing, Returning, and Renewing Books from Western Libraries

Borrowing books

Despite the lockdown, Western students are allowed to borrow physical items from all Western Libraries locations (although pickup locations may be limited).

If you need materials held in Western Libraries, in storage, or held by an Affiliated University College, simply click the Request button on the item’s record, fill out the form, and pick it up at your preferred location.

Request item

Returning your books

When you’re ready to return your books, simply return them to the outside book drop located near the front doors of The D.B. Weldon Library.

Renewing your books

If your loan period is ending and you still need your books, you can renew them yourself by logging in to “My Library Account” from the Omni homepage.

Once signed in, click Loans to find a list of the items currently on loan to you and click Renew beside the item you want to renew, and that’s it!

Click here, for more information about My Library Account.

If you have any questions about this, or other library services, please email

Having trouble with RDA or Catalogers’ Desktop?

RDA toolkit

To get to RDA:

  1. Under Resources, click FIMS Databases.
  2. Login with your FIMS/UWO credentials (you’re actually accessing the intranet here).
  3. Near the bottom, click Resource, Description and Access (RDA) Toolkit.
  4. Passwords change periodically, so use the current password listed in the table.
  5. It might not look like anything on the page has changed, but if you see a Profile button in the-top right of the page, you are, in fact, logged in.
  6. At this point, you can either explore the new version of the site, or click “Original Toolkit” at the top of the page.

To get to Catalogers Desktop:

  1. Under Resources, click FIMS Databases.
  2. Click, Cataloger’s Desktop (V.4).
  3. Usernames and passwords are usually requested by your instructor on your behalf and are sent to your UWO email. Contact us at or your instructor for more info.
  4. You might notice it is difficult to access RDA through Catalogers Desktop. If that is the case, we recommend accessing RDA directly, by the method above. If this doesn’t work, please email us at

If you’re still having difficulty, please email us at