Jean Armour Polly

Jean Armour Polly was one of the first U.S. librarians to offer computer and Internet access to the public, transforming public library service and redefining the role of the librarian as a digital educator and Internet advocate. In 1981, Polly began offering computer access to the public at the Liverpool Public Library, in upstate New York. At the time, it was one of only two public libraries in the U.S. to do so. By 1992, recognizing the potential impact of free public Internet access, Polly connected her computer lab to the nascent network, establishing one of the earliest instances of public access Internet and launching a movement to include Internet as a core library service. Read her full bio here.