Safeguarding Scholarly Integrity: the role of critical information literacy

Thursday April 11, 2024
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Registration for this event is recommended but not required. Refreshments will be provided.

Scholarly misconduct practices challenge the integrity of research. In this context, the traditional approach to information literacy lacks a deeper and critical understanding of the scholarly research process. Critical information literacy (CIL) emerges as a more powerful approach to information literacy which promotes the critical examination of social, political and ethical dimensions of information production and use.

In this talk, Dr. Shahid will draw upon her postdoctoral research project with Dr. Luanne Sinnamon. She will introduce the various phases of the project alongside the main outcome of her investigation. Specifically, Dr. Shahid will report on the initial findings of the project and discuss the synthesis of the qualitative evidence and the review process. The qualitative systematic review is guided by the meta-ethnography synthesis aiming to uncover overarching and cross-cutting themes. During her talk, she will discuss the common forms of scholarly misconduct practices and contributing factors within the realm of health sciences. Notably, the evidence collected through meta-ethnography synthesis reveals both similarities and differences in health science researchers’ understanding of research integrity.

Furthermore, Dr. Shahid will emphasize the significance of Critical Information Literacy (CIL) as a framework for educating learners about power dynamics inherent in the research process. By fostering informed researchers, we can work towards eradicating scholarly misconduct.

Dr. Syeda Hina Shahid is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow/Visiting Assistant Professor at the School of Information, University of British Columbia.  In her permanent role, she is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Information Management, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan.  Her research interests include investigation of the different approaches to information literacy and application of information literacy (IL) instruction, professionals’ competencies and assessment methods. She serves on various national and international professional forums including ASIS&T and IFLA.  She has published a number of peer-reviewed articles in prominent journals of the field. Additionally, she facilitated numerous workshops nationally and internationally on information and research literacy including qualitative research, literature mapping, citation management, proposal writing, and using NVivo software.