Mark Aaron Polger and Scott Sheidlower. Engaging Diverse Learners: Teaching Strategies for Academic Librarians. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Libraries Unlimited, 2017. 164p. Paper, $60.00 (ISBN 978-1-4408-3850-7).

Scott Curtis


Academic librarians in teaching roles face a recurring challenge to make connections with students that result in student learning of the desired content. Defining “engagement” in terms of these connections, authors Mark Aaron Polger and Scott Sheidlower seek to provide a practical guide to a number of approaches to engaging students in both semester-long and “one-shot” instructional opportunities. With the recognition that our students come to college from a diversity of backgrounds and with a range of learning styles, the authors hope to inspire the reader to seek out and use different techniques to improve student engagement. Unfortunately, the brevity of both their presentation’s original analysis, or synthesis of the cited research, limits the effectiveness of this book in achieving this goal.

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