Books

Academic Libraries for Commuter Students Our edited volume Academic Libraries for Commuter Students: Research-Based Strategies was published by the American Library Association in May 2018.

The predominant narrative of U.S. undergraduates foregrounds residential living, however, the majority of college and university students commute to their campuses. Despite their large numbers — estimated at 85% of American college students — commuter students have often been ignored in the library literature. This book brings together research by librarians and academics at community and baccalaureate colleges and universities from locations across the U.S., commuter institutions and those with both commuter and residential populations.

Order directly from the publisher ALA Editions (among other vendors), and take a look at the book’s Chapter 1 and Index.

Press Release from ALA Publishing

Table of Contents:

Chapter 1 Situating Commuter Undergraduates
Maura A. Smale and Mariana Regalado

Chapter 2 Commuter Campus in Transition: Meeting the Changing Needs of Students through Mixed-Methods Assessment
M. Sara Lowe, Willie Miller, and Paul Moffett

Chapter 3 Making Space in the Library for Student-Parents
Donna M. Lanclos and Rachael Winterling

Chapter 4 Beyond the Bubble: Undergraduate Commutes and the Library at a Flagship Public University
Juliann Couture

Chapter 5 A Decade of Research at Urban Commuter Colleges
Jean Amaral, Mariana Regalado, and Maura A. Smale

Chapter 6 “I Study in My Car:” Exploring the Study Habits of California Community College Commuter Students
Brian Greene and Elizabeth Horan

Chapter 7 Making the Library Work for Community College Commuters: The Case of Montgomery College
Tanner Wray and Nancy Fried Foster

Chapter 8 Library Instruction and Academic Success: The Impact of Student Engagement
Ted Chodock

Chapter 9 Lessons Learned from Our Commuter Students
Mariana Regalado and Maura A. Smale


book-cover Our book Digital Technology as Affordance and Barrier in Higher Education was published by Palgrave Macmillan in January 2017.

  • Fills a gap in the literature on student use and access to digital technology in the twenty-first century
  • Offers insights from original research to inform strategies for academic and student support
  • Presents strategies for curriculum design and implementation which should be of use to faculty, staff, and administrators at colleges and universities

This book explores college students’ lived experiences of using digital technologies for their academic work. Access to and use of digital technologies is an integral aspect of higher education in the twenty-first century. However, despite the tech-savvy image of them propagated by the media, not all college students own and use technology to the same extent. To ensure that students have the best opportunities for success, all in higher education must consider ways to increase affordances and reduce barriers in student technology use. This book explicitly examines urban commuter students’ use of digital technologies for academic work, on and off campus.

Order directly from the publisher Palgrave Macmillan (among other vendors), or take a look at a preview in Google Books.

Press/Reviews:

City Tech News
CUNY Newswire
Library Babel Fish, Inside Higher Ed