Mark Aaron Polger is the new First Year Experience Librarian at the College of Staten Island (CSI), City University of New York (CUNY). His responsibilities include promoting library services and resources to first year students, transfer students and non traditional learners who may be returning to College, or starting College for the first time. He participates with the New Student Orientation (NSO) Committee at the College, is a member of the Foundations of Excellence at the College, and is responsible for providing library instruction classes targeting first year students in addition to undergraduate and graduate students.
For the last five years Mark was an Instruction / Reference Librarian at the CSI Library. In addition to his responsibilities, Polger also provides research assistance at the Reference Desk and teaches classes in the CSI Library's Library instruction program.
Polger's research interests include library marketing and outreach, library signage, library jargon, and user experience studies. Polger's academic background is in Sociology and Adult Education.
Polger loves teaching in the classroom. In his classes, he uses experiential learning to engage students. Polger uses dialogue, interaction, storytelling, and hands-on activities to faciliate learning. He is a "plain language" advocate and he avoids library jargon whenever possible. For more information, please see Polger's profile page on the College of Staten Island main web site.