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Created during the 2021-22 AY as part of DePauw's HHMI Grant-funded Inclusive Excellence Learning Community. This guide provides resources and guidelines that all librarians can implement to create more inclusive instruction sessions.

What is Inclusive Teaching?

The Center for Teaching Innovation at Cornell University write the following about inclusive teaching:

Inclusive teaching strategies refer to any number of teaching approaches that address the needs of students with a variety of backgrounds, learning modalities, and abilities. These strategies contribute to an overall inclusive learning environment in which all students perceive to be valued and able to succeed. Active learning strategies are useful but may not account for dynamics like unconscious bias or gender role stereotyping in the classroom. Inclusive strategies aim to promote self-reflection and action for change.

What is Critical Information Literacy?

Drabinski and Tewell write the following related to Critical Information Literacy:

Critical information literacy (CIL) is a theory and practice that considers the sociopolitical dimensions of information and production of knowledge, and critiques the ways in which systems of power shape the creation, distribution, and reception of information. CIL acknowledges that libraries are not and cannot be neutral actors, and embraces the potential of libraries as catalysts for social change.

Drabinski, E. and Tewell, E. (2023). Critical Information Literacy. In The International Encyclopedia of Media Literacy (eds R. Hobbs and P. Mihailidis).

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