Mark Aaron Polger is an Assistant Professor at the College of Staten Island Library.  Prior to joining the College of Staten Island, Mark was a Medical Librarian at Humber River Regional Hospital in Toronto (Canada) and an adjunct instructor in the Library and Information Technician Program at Seneca College, also in Toronto (Canada).

His work for the College of Staten Island includes working on the reference desk and assisting students with their research. He also represents the Library Liaison for the academic departments of Psychology, Biology, and Chemistry. In addition, he also supports the Library Instruction Program by providing formal library instruction classes, along with his other colleagues. Mark's research interests include marketing and promotion of libraries and user experience studies.


B.A., Concordia University

M.L.I.S., University of Western Ontario

M.A., University of Waterloo

B.Ed., Brock University

Scholarship / Publications

Polger, Mark Aaron, & Okamoto, Karen (2013). Who's Spinning the Library? Responsibilities of Academic Librarians who Promote Library Management, 34(6/7), forthcoming.

Polger, Mark Aaron, & Stempler, Amy F. (2013). Do You See the signs?: Evaluating Language, Branding, and Design in a Library signage Audit.Public Services Quarterly, 9(2), forthcoming.

Polger, Mark Aaron, & Okamoto, Karen (2013). Blending, mixing, and processing: Strategies used to engage students in the classroom. In Proceedings of the 40th Annual LOEX Conference, 3-5 May, 2012, Columbus, Ohio.

Polger, Mark Aaron, Okamoto, Karen (2012). Off to Market We Go: A Content Analysis of Marketing and Promotion Skills in Academic Librarian Job Ads, Library Leadership and Management, Volume 26, Issue 2, 1-20.

Polger, Mark Aaron, Okamoto, Karen (2012). Selective (and Subtle) Marketing of Library Instruction. In C. Smallwood, V. Gubnitskaia, and K. Harrod (Eds.), Marketing Your Library: Tips and Tools  That Work (183-191), New York: McFarland & Company.

Polger, Mark Aaron (2011). Student Preference in Library Web Site Vocabulary. Library Philosophy and Practice, 2011 annual issue, 1-16.

Polger, Mark Aaron (2010) The Informationist: Ten Years Later. Journal of Hospital Librarianship, Vol. 10 Issue 4, 363 – 379.

Polger, Mark Aaron (2010) Information Takeout and Delivery: A Case Study Exploring Different Library Service Delivery Models. Journal of Hospital Librarianship, January 2010, Vol. 10 Issue 1, p3-22.

Polger, Mark Aaron, Okamoto, Karen (2010) "Can't Anyone Be a Teacher Anyway?": Student Perceptions of Academic Librarians as Teachers. Library Philosophy and Practice. March 2010, p. 1-16.

Polger, Mark Aaron (2008) “The Danger of Google Health”,  Access: The official publication of the Ontario Library Association, Fall 2008.

Polger, Mark Aaron (2008) “Doctors Using Google: What Happened to Quality Assurance? “, Access: The official publication of the Ontario Library Association, Spring 2008.

Polger, Mark Aaron (2005), “ Building a Fan Community On-line” In Growing Up Degrassi: Television, Identity, and Youth Cultures, edited by Michele Byers, Ph.D. Sumach Press, Fall 2005.