As commuter students, our CUNY undergraduates are constantly on the move, and they may find themselves studying as much off-campus as on. With the complexities of their college, family, work, and personal lives, our students must employ various strategies to find time and space just to be students: from scouting out book-filled, distraction-free libraries; to coping with the time and crowding of urban commuting; to negotiating with family over shared space and technology at home. The constraints that our students are under may not be visible to us as faculty, administrators, and staff, yet they may greatly affect student engagement in their academic work.
Mariana Regalado is associate professor at Brooklyn College. As the head of reference at the Library she assists students to become smart, curious, and confident information seekers. Her areas of interest include information literacy, student research habits, research skills, European anthropology, and carnival. Her academic background includes both an MA in anthropology and an MLS, which are brought together in her current research with Maura Smale: a multi-year, multi-campus study of the daily experience of undergraduates as students at the City University of New York. She has published scholarly articles and book chapters, and is also a frequent speaker in conferences, seminars and symposiums.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]
Maura A. Smale
Maura A. Smale is associate professor and Chief Librarian at New York City College of Technology. Her library background is in information literacy and instruction, and she has a PhD in anthropology as well as an MLIS. She was a Co-PI for the U.S. Department of Education Title V grant-funded project A Living Laboratory, which developed the City Tech OpenLab, an open digital platform for teaching, learning, and collaboration. With Mariana Regalado she is engaged in an ethnographic study of the scholarly habits and academic culture of undergraduates at the City University of New York. Her other research interests include game-based learning, open access publishing and scholarly communications, and critical information literacy.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row]