Polly Thistlethwaite served as Chief Librarian at the CUNY Graduate Center 2011-February 2020 after starting there in 2002 as Associate Librarian for Public Services. Prior to that, she was Coordinator of Instruction at Colorado State University Libraries. She worked for CUNY Hunter College Library during the early 1990s and at New York University and Yale in the late 1980s. She holds a BS in Anthropology from the University of Illinois and clerked in the U of I’s Communications Library. She has a MS in Library and Information Science from the U of I in 1984 and earned a 2nd MA in Liberal Studies from the CUNY Graduate Center in 1996.