Maura A. Smale (she/her)

Chief Librarian, Professor, CUNY Graduate Center

I'm Chief Librarian at Mina Rees Library and Professor in the Grad Center's Interactive Technology and Pedagogy and Digital Humanities programs. I'm interested in how and where students do their academic work, critical librarianship, open teaching and scholarship, and game-based learning in higher ed.

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critical librarianship, academic culture, information literacy, information-seeking behavior, game-based learning, open access, scholarly communication, anthropology, ethnography, archaeology, instructional technology

  • Chief LibrarianLibraryCUNY Graduate Center
  • ProfessorInteractive Technology and Pedagogy; Digital HumanitiesCUNY Graduate Center

Master of Library and Information Science, Pratt Institute
MA, PhD, Anthropology, New York University
BA, Anthropology, University of Chicago


Regalado, M. and Smale, M. A., eds. (2018). Academic libraries for commuter students: Research-based strategies. Chicago: American Library Association.

Smale, M. A. and Regalado, M. (2017). Digital technology as affordance and barrier in higher education. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Asher, A., Amaral, J., Couture, J., Fister, B., Lanclos, D., Lowe, M. S., Regalado, M., and Smale, M. A. (2017). “Mapping student days: Collaborative ethnography and the student experience,” Collaborative Librarianship, 9(4), 293-317.

Smale, M. A. (2017). Always a novice: Feminist learning and leadership practice. In B. Yousefi and S. Lew, eds. The Feminists among us: Resistance & advocacy in library leadership (7-27). Sacramento, CA: Library Juice Press.

Smale, M. A. (2017). Many hats, one head: Considering professional identity in academic library directorship. In A. Dietering, R. Schroeder, and R. Stoddart, eds. The self as subject: Autoethnographic research into identity, culture, and academic librarianship (231-247). Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries.

Smale, M. A., and Francoeur, S. (2016). Moving students to the center through collaborative documents in the classroom. In N. Pagowsky and K. McElroy, eds. Critical library pedagogy handbook, volume 2 (9-14). Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries.

Regalado, M., and Smale, M. A. (2015). “I am more productive in the library because it’s quiet:” Commuter students in the college library. College & Research Libraries, 76(7), 899-913.

Regalado, M., and Smale, M. A. (2015). Serving the commuter college student in urban academic libraries. Urban Library Journal, 21(1).

Regalado, M., and Smale, M. A. (2015). “I’m just really comfortable:” Learning at home, learning in libraries. In the Library With the Lead Pipe.

Smale, M. A. (2015). Play a game, make a game: Getting creative with professional development for library instruction. The Journal of Creative Library Practice.

Rosen, J. R., and Smale, M. A. (2015). Open digital pedagogy = critical pedagogy. Hybrid Pedagogy.

Smale, M. A., and M. Regalado. (2014). Commuter students using technology. EDUCAUSE Review Online.

Edwards, C., Rosen, J., Smale, M. A., and Spevack, J. (2014). Building a place for community: City Tech’s OpenLab. Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy, 5.

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.

Leonard, A., and Smale, M. A. (2013). The three-credit solution: Social justice in an information literacy course. In L. Gregory and S. Higgins, eds. Information literacy and social justice: Radical professional praxis (143-162). Los Angeles: Library Juice Press.

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. doi: 10.1353/pla.0.0114

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.