Jason Ford defends thesis “Indigenous Voices Informing Academic Information Literacy: Critical Discourses, Relationality, and Indigeneity for the Good of the Whole”

The LIS Program is pleased to announce that Jason Ford successfully defended his thesis on how Indigenous research methodologies can better inform information literacy. His abstract follows:
Instructional librarianship in public post-secondary institutions requires that librarians be responsive to a diversity of paradigms and student needs, including Indigenous contexts. Although constrained by institutional infrastructures, Indigenous research methodologies and epistemologies provide frameworks for Indigenous students and librarians to practice and support inquiry in ways that are responsive to their culturally- specific needs. Currently, research in library and information science about how Indigenous research methodologies and epistemologies can support academic librarianship is limited, especially concerning how Indigenous voices can inform information literacy as a whole. Using semi-structured interviews, 4 Indigenous LIS and academic professionals and an Apache-Comanche elder were interviewed to better understand how Indigenous voices can inform information literacy in the public academy. Responses were coded using thematic analysis, and results demonstrate that Indigenous voices can inform information literacy in consideration of relevancy, value neutrality, positionality, through being critical of hegemonic infrastructures including technology, prioritizing native voices, and centering relationality. This has implications in strategic planning, curriculum development, and informing social paradigms that support Indigenous people in post-secondary education while addressing modern issues for the good of the whole.
Committee: Tonia Sutherland (Chair), Meera Garud, Keahiahi LongCongratulations, Jason!