Information Literacy for Today's Diverse Students

Libraries Unlimited: Teacher Ideas. 2018. 160p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781440862076. pap. $75; ebk. ISBN 9781440862083. PRO MEDIA
Educational consultant Matamoros addresses instructors of full courses on information literacy, although he also includes a section on one-shot library sessions. The oppressively text-heavy layout feels incongruous, given the focus: customizing instruction for varied "learning styles" through differentiation, or giving students choices in how they take in content, complete processes, and demonstrate mastery via products. The author offers some critical perspective via research on how cultural values can, to some extent, impact notions around academic norms. However, omitting a discussion of the controversy around learning styles theory is problematic, given mounting recent evidence that learning styles, as we've previously understood them, do not exist and that self-identified learning preferences do not correlate meaningfully with performance. Theory aside, what remains is primarily a guide to adding multimedia content to lessons and assignments using audio, video, and slide formats and on how to move beyond lecture or demonstration-only classes. These tips and lists of tools will be useful to readers new to the basics of lesson planning or creating learning objects but are unlikely to satisfy even moderately experienced library instructors. Look instead for works on universal design for learning, a more recent theoretical approach that critiques and helpfully expands on the model of differentiated instruction.
VERDICT Although containing useful elements, this work is limited by its basis in superseded learning theories.

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