New from ACRL - “Exploring Inclusive & Equitable Pedagogies: Creating Space for All Learners”

For Immediate Release
Wed, 04/26/2023


Erin Nevius

Content Strategist


CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Exploring Inclusive & Equitable Pedagogies: Creating Space for All Learners,” edited by Melissa Mallon, Jane Nichols, Elizabeth Foster, Ariana Santiago, Maura Seale, and Robin Brown. This two-volume set offers reflections, practices, and models that deepen our collective understanding of equitable and inclusive theories and practices and present new grounding for both our individual teaching and our instruction programs. 

Inclusive and equity-minded pedagogy is inspired by a rich array of theories including Black feminist thought, critical race theory, cultural humility, cultural competence, disabilities studies, universal design for learning, and critical information literacy. When we base our instruction on inclusive and equitable pedagogies, we endeavor to connect authentically with students as well as to connect classroom learning to the context of their lives. We share power with students, centering them and their varied learning preferences, and strive to create a culture of care, empathy, and humility both in and out of the classroom. When we clearly share our objectives and expectations for a learning experience, students may better understand us and the learning context we aspire to create.

In "Exploring Inclusive & Equitable Pedagogies," seven thorough sections across two volumes examine:

  1. Anti-Racist Approaches
  2. Intentional Information Literacy
  3. Engendering Care and Empathy
  4. Community Building
  5. Universal Design for Learning: An Important Benchmark
  6. Instructor Identity and Positionality
  7. Professional Development

Chapters cover topics including dismantling, reexamining, and reconstructing notions of authority in information literacy instruction; teaching technology inclusively; using primary sources to research queer and feminist histories; cocreating knowledge practices with students; prioritizing accessibility in synchronous and asynchronous learning environments; cultural humility, funds of knowledge, and information literacy instruction with first-generation students; designing and managing inclusive group projects; and much more. 

"Exploring Inclusive & Equitable Pedagogies" can help us become the instructors our students need by adopting the mindsets and developing the underlying skills to enact inclusive and equitable teaching and learning.

Exploring Inclusive & Equitable Pedagogies: Creating Space for All Learners" is available for purchase in print and as ebooks through the ALA Online Store, individually or as a set; in print through; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers. 


The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for academic libraries and library workers. Representing more than 8,000 individuals and libraries, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) develops programs, products, and services to help those working in academic and research libraries learn, innovate, and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning, transforming scholarship, and creating diverse and inclusive communities. Find ACRL on the webFacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube