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LUNCH AND LEARN: Argosy University, Atlanta Campus

ARGOSY

BY ELISA WOODS
This event was rescheduled for March because of the January 2014 ice storms experienced here in Atlanta. SLA-GA’s “Lunch and Learn” program provides the opportunity for our members to visit local libraries, information centers, and research facilities to network with colleagues and experience the inner workings of these sites. At this time, I would like to thank our long standing SLA-GA member Dr. Clara R. Williams for coordinating and keeping the “Lunch and Learn” program a viable service to our Chapter.

Argosy University was formed in September 2001 by the merging of three separate academic institutions. The American School of Professional Psychology emphasized the research-oriented approach to the traditional PhD degree. The University of Sarasota offered degree programs in business and education, and the Medical Institute of Minnesota prepared skilled allied healthcare personnel for careers in the booming medical technology fields. Today, under the Education Management Corporation (EDMC) umbrella, there are 19 campuses across the United States.

Our “Lunch and Learn” hosts Laura Gargis (MLIS), Librarian/Learner Support Specialist, Tyvon Chisum, Learner Support Specialist, and Clara Williams (Ed.D, MLS, adjunct faculty) welcomed attendees, including – SLA-GA President Nancy Snell and members Mary Kay Hooker and Elisa Woods. Laura and Tyvon shared their background and a brief overview of the campus and services of the Information Commons. Our group discussed various electronic vendor options catering to the discipline programs for undergraduate and graduate degrees. We also discussed the preference of students, from our experiences, to select hardcopies for reference purposes, rather than temporary, subscription-based electronic access. We agreed that reliable long-term access to print resources is preferred by the average student nowadays.

During our tour of the Information Commons (IC) and the Academic Resource Center (a unit under the IC), we were able to meet other friendly IC staff, as well as observe the beautiful view of the Perimeter area of Atlanta from the 4th floor IC location. Going forward, Clara and Laura mentioned the IC’s plan to renovate and take on a more relaxed leisure feel, which would encourage intellectual collaboration and casual connections between students, faculty and staff at the campus.

Our visit to Argosy University Atlanta Campus was another great opportunity for SLA-GA members to broaden their perspectives on issues in the field and to converse with colleagues.

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