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Lunch and Learn Report: AIA Library

SLA Georgia Lunch and Learn program coordinator Dr. Clara Williams hosted the Chapter’s first professional program of the year on Wednesday, March 18 at her institution, the Art Institute of Atlanta (AIA) in Dunwoody. Established in 1949, AIA “educates and prepares its students for creative careers” such as advertising, culinary arts, digital film and video production, fashion and retail management, interior design, media arts and animation, photography and visual and game programming and is part of fifty school national network. 

Four SLA Georgians and two guests listened to Clara describe her library’s world of change and movement. Though she’s been there only eight months, Clara hit the ground running. As a solo librarian, she relies heavily on her six to eight student assistants for operational support and a “Friends of the Library” group for strategic guidance in order to meet the needs of three distinct user groups: Faculty, AIA students and AIA’s older adult learners. Collectively, they comprise the library’s nearly 410 pass through traffic each day. As AIA President Newton Myvett says, “The library is the HUB of campus.” 

Like the students who whirl around the five story AIA building, Clara is constantly on the go. She promotes library resources and services. She teaches information literacy classes and trains and encourages her student staff to show customers HOW to use their Voyager online catalog and not just point them to where they can find needed books. She seizes “teaching moments” whenever she can. 

After her introduction, Clara took our group on a tour of the AIA Library which includes a computer lab, with four workstations designated for prospective student assessment testing, a DVD collection of 6,000 titles, a serials collection with over 100 titles and a book collection of nearly 40,000 titles. Through eBrary and EBSCOHost, patrons can access over 152,000 eBooks. And users can access several unique program-specific databases such as StyleSight (for fashion studies). Our visit ended with stops on the fifth floor to observe chefs and bakers in training and the second floor for a quick peak at the Fashion Resource Center. 

Photos from the event are posted at this SLA Georgia Flickr album. 

Thank you Clara for an informative visit!


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