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Lunch and Learn Reports: AIA and SCAD

The Chapter’s 2013 Brown Bag Talk and Tour Series was again a success!  We wish to thank our hosts – Myra Hall at the Art Institute of Atlanta (AIA), Decatur Campus, and Teresa Burk at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) for their spirit of volunteerism!  Those members who registered and attended were able to learn much from the discussions, tours, and networking.   Below are recaps from some of the attendees.

Submitted by Dr. Clara R. Williams, Chapter Member

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AIA Brown Bag Talk and Tour

From: Lynda Larsen, Chapter Member

Myra Hall and her assistant, Josh Alley, hosted the AIA Brown Bag lunch — they closed the library just for us!  We ate our lunches there, while learning about The Art Institute.  We learned that AI has been in the Decatur location for five years.  There are 450 students in this location; on the main campus in Dunwoody, there are 2500 students.  The school teaches applied design including graphic arts, web design, media arts, fashion detail, photography, advertising and interior design.  All students take drawing and color theory.  

 After we finished eating, we toured and looked in on busy classrooms loaded with expensive computers and equipment — and students.  The school has five computer labs.  Hallway walls featured some of the students’ impressive design work.   As soon as we left, the library reopened, and the students were waiting to file back in.  In this environment, the goals of the AI library are to teach students research, as well as technological skills needed for their coursework and artistic expression.

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SCAD Brown Bag Talk and Tour

From: Ernie Evangelista, Chapter Member

Teresa Burk was a terrific host for the SCAD-Atlanta Brown Bag lunch. We began with a tour of the school’s galleries downstairs, then of the library and ended with presentations from Mary Murphy and Caley Cannon. For me, the visit reinforced that, even in our more digital age, there is STILL (and perhaps even GREATER) value in PHYSICAL collections. Despite the resolution and high definition quality of digitized content, some things, like artists’ books, are meant to be handled (with gloves). The SCAD Atlanta library is a beautiful space, and though it’s outside my professional subject expertise, it reminded me of how diverse our special library world is!

Thanks again to Teresa, Caley and Mary for spending time with us.

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