Maura A. Smale

Associate Professor and Coordinator of Library Instruction, New York City College of Technology

I lead the information literacy and library instruction program at City Tech, and also serve as Institutionalization Lead for the City Tech OpenLab. I'm interested in how and where students do their academic work, game-based learning in higher education, open access publishing, and critical information literacy.

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information literacy, library instruction, information-seeking behavior, academic culture, game-based learning in higher education, open access, scholarly communication, anthropology, ethnography, archaeology, instructional technology

  • Associate Professor, Coordinator of Library InstructionLibraryNYC College of Technology
  • Adjunct Associate ProfessorInteractive Technology and Pedagogy Doctoral Certificate ProgramCUNY Graduate Center

Master of Library and Information Science, Pratt Institute

MA, PhD, Anthropology, New York University

BA, Anthropology, University of Chicago


Cohen, M., Smale, M. A., Cirasella, J., Tobar, C., and Daniels, J. (2013). Speaking As One: Supporting Open Access with Departmental Resolutions. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication 2(1), eP1099.

Smale, M. A. (2012). Get in the game: Developing an information literacy classroom game. Journal of Library Innovation, 3(1), 126-147.

Smale, M. A. (2011). Learning through quests and contests: Games in information literacy instruction. Journal of Library Innovation, 2(2), 36-55.

Cirasella, J., and Smale, M. A. (2011). Peers don’t let peers perish: Encouraging research and scholarship among junior library faculty. Collaborative Librarianship, 3(2), 98-109.

Smale, M. A. (2010). Demystifying the IRB: Human subjects research in academic libraries. portal: Libraries and the Academy, 10(3), 309-321.

Smale, M. A., and Regalado, M. (2009). Using Blackboard to deliver library research skills assessment: A case study. Communications in Information Literacy, 3(2), 142-157.