May 26, 2022

Journal Article: “Navigating Complex Authorities: Intellectual Freedom, Information Literacy and Truth in Pandemic Stem Information”

The full text article linked below was recently made available by IFLA Journal.


Navigating Complex Authorities: Intellectual Freedom, Information Literacy and Truth in Pandemic STEM Information


Kate Mercer

University of Waterloo Library, Canada
Kari D Weaver

University of Waterloo Library, Canada
Khrystine Waked

New Vision Family Health Team, Canada


IFLA Journal
Article first published online: October 6, 2021
DOI: 10.1177/03400352211048915


Traversing scientific information has become increasingly fraught, as the new information landscape allows anyone to access endless information with a few keystrokes. However, those trying to find information, understand authorities and navigate experts need a deeper understanding not only of the information itself, but also of how and why information is shared. Increasingly, questions of expertise, locale and bias are driving the scientific information ecosystem and creating or expanding disinformation, misinformation and propaganda efforts. Librarians are in the centre of this maelstrom of information and are obligated to help people learn to be critical of information. This article presents an illustrative case study, using the example of scientific information around the safety and efficacy of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine to demonstrate how modern scientific information sharing is shaped by the ways in which misinformation and fake news spread.

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Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.