Polger's research interests fall within the scope of library marketing and outreach. He is most interested in the analysis of language used to market the library. He has a keen interest in library jargon, library signage, and user experience design both in online and physical settings.
Polger has been working as a librarian since 2000 and been teaching college students since 2005. 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 avoids library jargon whenever possible. He has been at the College of Staten Island since 2008.