MLA Guide to Digital Literacy

MLA. 2nd ed. Aug. 2022. 176p. ISBN 9781603296052. pap. $22. PRO MEDIA
In this second edition of MLA’s hands-on classroom guide, Carillo (English, Univ. of Connecticut) pays particular attention to ethical dimensions such as harmful stereotypes and systematic bias as they relate to digital literacy. This edition includes a new chapter on multimodal composition and foreground accessibility titled “Composing in Digital Spaces,” and features new sections, readings, and lesson plans. The format is designed with flexibility in mind, as it can be used in part or whole to assist instructors across disciplines or simply to enlighten the curious reader. In an environment where higher education prepares students to engage with scholarly resources, this book provides students with strategies to engage with free and openly available digital resources on the internet. Notably, the author references Google 70 times, while only occasionally mentioning other search engines. Each chapter ends with a list of questions that serves as a primer for future discussion. The book might have been improved by focusing more on the importance of critical thinking, but overall this resource should be helpful to students and graduates alike.
VERDICT This edition should be added to any library without the first edition but does not offer enough new material to merit replacing an older copy.
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