Ewa Dzurak is a Cataloging Services Librarian at the College of Staten Island Library. As a Cataloging Services Librarian Dzurak is responsible for making all types of material, held in the CSI library, visible and accessible, via library catalog. She ensures catalog's integrity, accuracy and conformation to national standards. Dzurak performs original cataloging of all materials acquired by the library, especially a collection of materials in all formats related to politics, culture, history, geography of Staten Island. She oversees a copy cataloging staff of three college assistants, providing training and guidance. She develops and establishes local cataloging policies, resolves conflicts in bibliographic records that arise from incorrect, incomplete or conflicting data; makes appropriate changes in bibliographic or holdings records. She also performs authority work on names and series in accordance with local and national standards.
Ewa Dzurak is especially interested in different aspect of international librarianship, especially in the situation of academic libraries in her native country, Poland. After being awarded a PSC CUNY grant in 2006 to study changes in Polish academic libraries after the fall of communism, she conducted research in Poland and in the United States. As a result she published several articles most recently an article for Journal of Academic Librarianship: "Metamorphosis of academic libraries in post-communist Poland: focusing on access" - scheduled for publication in July 2010, and for LIBRI "Academic libraries in Poland. University of Warsaw Library as an example of library transformation in post - communist Poland." [LIBRI 59 (2009): 135-144]. Dzurak is also interested in the history of Polish libraries, an interest awaken during research process. Her article "Antecedents of Warsaw Public Library" is currently under editorial review at Library and Information History.
Ewa Dzurak's other interests arise from her Ethnology degree. She translated several classical cultural anthropology works into Polish - most recently Ritual process by Victor W. Turner, and before works by Mary Douglas and Clifford Geertz. Her research about Polish born, Hunter College anthropology professor, Sula Benet (1906-1982), known for her longevity studies in Caucasus, resulted in writing encyclopedia entry for Polish American History and Culture: an Encyclopedia (in press) and biographical article for Polish publication Etnografowie i ludoznawcy polscy. Szkice i sylwetki biograficzne. v.3 (in press). Among her personal interests are Native American literature (especially works by Leslie Marmon Silko) and culture of American Southwest.