This week’s guest is Polly Thistlethwaite, the chief librarian at the Graduate Center. She joined the GC in 2011 and since then has increased the Library’s participation in networks to bring meaningful access to the world’s academic and cultural heritage to CUNY scholars and students. Among these initiatives include a collaboration with the Manhattan Research Library Initiative that enables access for CUNY faculty and students to the NYPL and private libraries at Columbia and NYU. Polly’s early career work with queer archives and AIDS activism primed her present-day advocacy for public scholarship and open access publishing. She firmly believes that the academic output of the world’s universities should be freely available to everybody. She is co-author of Being a Scholar in the Digital Era, published in 2016 by Policy Press.