Wednesday, April 18, 2012

OU-C library director Allan Pollchik publishes article discussing successful salon discussion series

An article written by Allan Pollchik, director of the Quinn Library at Ohio University-Chillicothe, was published in the April 5 edition of Library Journal, a trade publication for librarians. The article, “As Anchor Institutions, Academic Libraries Build Social Capital,” discusses the Quinn Library’s role in furthering a sense of engagement, both on campus and in the community at large and often linking individuals from the Chillicothe Campus and the region it serves in intellectual discussions of mutual interest.

Pollchik referenced the successful salon series as an example of this type of engagement. The monthly salon series events engage campus and community members in discussions that are particularly topical and underscore the campus’ commitment to serving as a relevant resource for the region.

As Pollchik notes in the article, “… Quinn Library on the Chillicothe campus of Ohio University made the choice to turn outward, physically and philosophically, and act as an anchor institution in order to build social capital.”

As Pollchik further elaborates in the article, “... as an anchor institution we needed to have ownership by our off-campus community” and “Collaboration between the university and the community is a mutually beneficial process …”

Beyond engaging members of the OU-C and larger community, the salon series also supports the sense of a learning community on campus by encouraging students to become more active in their intellectual pursuits. “Another unexpected benefit occurred with our students. They became more participatory in class discussions and in directing their education in general,” Pollchik wrote.

The Library Journal, with a circulation of 100,000, claims the highest circulation of any journal related to the library profession.

Pollchik, who joined the OU-C campus community in 2005, earned his bachelor’s degree from UCLA, and his master’s and doctoral degrees, both in psychology, from Vanderbilt University. He later earned a master’s degree in library and information science from Kent State University.

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