Information Literacy for Today's Diverse Students

Differentiated Instructional Techniques for Academic Librarians

by Alex Berrio Matamoros


Learn about the numerous types of differentiated instruction and how to implement educational technology tools to support them.

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November 2018

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 159
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Librarian's Instructional Role/Information Literacy and Instruction, College Level and Above
  Adult Services and Programs/Multicultural Populations

This book helps students from diverse backgrounds and with various learning styles to master the material they learn with these practical examples for librarians teaching higher education information literacy.

Cultural influences in students' lives—often tied to aspects of their background such as ethnicity, national origin, socioeconomic status, gender, and religion—play a large role in determining how they learn. Learning styles additionally differ among students, making it difficult to know how to best support all students.

This book introduces academic instruction librarians to a differentiated instruction (DI) approach that will help them to offer students a choice of how to engage with course content, assess their understanding of the material, and demonstrate mastery of the material to the instructor, allowing students to actively participate in their education.

It explains various instructional techniques used in DI and provides detailed, step-by-step examples for implementing educational technology tools supporting each technique. Accompanying the examples are tips for overcoming known challenges in implementation and best practices for successful adoption of the techniques. Readers will understand how to begin using the most popular types of educational technology tools for academic information literacy instruction.


  • Explains differentiated instruction and its benefits for both teaching and learning
  • Helps readers to understand how students' cultural diversity and different learning styles can affect how they learn
  • Offers quick access to practical examples, tips, and best practices for using several DI tools and techniques that teachers can easily follow to save time and effort and avoid common problems
  • Answers frequently asked questions about implementing DI
Author Info

Alex Berrio Matamoros is educational technology consultant and principal at AXBM EdTech. During his time as an associate law library professor and emerging technologies librarian at the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law, he received the 2016 CUNY Excellence in Technology Award and the 75th Anniversary Distinguished Leadership Award of the Law Library Association of Greater New York. A profile of Berrio Matamoros appears in the second edition of Celebrating Diversity: A Legacy of Minority Leadership in the American Association of Law Libraries.



"This title would be an excellent addition for any library with materials on library instruction and a must-read for instruction librarians or anyone interested in inclusive instruction methods."ARBA

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