Mark Aaron Polger is the First Year Outreach Librarian at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York (CUNY).
At the College of Staten Island, his responsibilities include promoting library services and resources to first year students and providing library instruction classes to first year students. He is also responsible for coordinating CLUE library workshops (credit-based workshops for first year students). He also teaches LIB 102 (Beyond Google: Research for College Success), the Information Literacy course taught in the department.
Polger’s research interests include library marketing, outreach, and user experience design. He is most interested in how users interact with library web site vocabulary, library signage, and library promotional materials. He has written and presented on topics ranging from library marketing strategies, faculty outreach, Information Literacy outreach, library jargon, and library signage.
He is active in LLAMA as the Chair of the PR XChange Committee as well as the co-chair of the Annual PR XChange Awards Competition. This awards competition is a library public relations contest, sponsored by the Marketing and Communications Community of Practice of LLAMA
Locally, he co-chairs meetings in New York City for ACRL National’s Library Marketing and Outreach Interest Group. He is also a member of the planning committee of the Library Marketing and Communications Conference (LMCC), an annual conference sponsored by Amigos Library Services.
At his institution, he is co-chair of the LACUNY (Library Association of the CUNY) Library Marketing and Outreach Roundtable Discussion Group.
Currently, he is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the new open-access, peer reviewed journal Marketing Libraries Journal, which was launched in Fall 2017.
Originally from Montreal, Canada, Polger holds a BA in Sociology from Concordia University (1999), an MLIS from the University of Western Ontario (2000), an MA in Sociology from University of Waterloo (2004), and a B.Ed. in Adult Education from Brock University (2009). He is currently a third year Ph.D. student in the Curriculum, Instruction, and the Science of Learning Program at SUNY University at Buffalo.
Polger moved to New York City in 2008 and became a U.S. citizen in early 2016.