Research Foci

During my career, I have been involved in research related to several areas in education and library sciences.  My focus has been in information literacy, information fluency and access to information, especially with the non-traditional and disenfranchised populations. Early in my career, I was fortunate enough to work with Dr. Ruth Aronson, a librarian and dedicated public servant in New York who mentored me regarding information access for current and soon to be released prisoners in the New York State Department of Correctional Services. This collaboration led to a database of pre-release resources, available then in microfiche, which I used in training peer-inmate counselors throughout the state.

I then turned my combined library and technology interests to creating and publishing a database and print edition of resources for health, social and community service professionals in New York City, publishing The Source Book, a joint publication of the Community Council of Greater New York, The City of New York and the Greater New York Fund/United Way. In addition to researching and publishing, I developed and provided training workshops for the constituent users.  I have been a contributing author for various local and national magazines on a variety of topics. More recently I have been focusing my research and instruction in the area of information searching behavior of college students.

As an academic administrator for most of my career, I have felt that proactive life-long learning and research is imperative in our information age/digital society, and it is a personal goal of mine to imbue others with the love of research and learning, to inspire and help students learn how to learn and think critically and to become information literate.

Publications and Conference Presentations


Argov, S. R., (2017). A Study of Information Searching Behavior of Non-Traditional

Students in South Florida (Dissertation Abstracts, ProQuest)


Moderator (2016) Southern Chapter, Medical Library Association Annual Conference


Argov, S. R. AIU Faculty Library Handbook, written and revised annually

Argov, S. R. AIU Library Student Handbook, written and revised annually


Argov, S.R.; May, C. APA Bootcamp Student Guide (2012)


Argov, S.R.; Brenenson, S. Authentic Assessment of Information Literacy Outcomes texts and materials for Lyrasis continuing education course (2011)


Argov, S. R. “Putting it Together”, (2006), Career Education Corporation, Department of Academic Affairs, Library Services, webinar presentation on Library Assessment, based on Understanding by Design by Wiggins and McTighe (2005)


Roundtable presenter and moderator, Libraries in For-Profit Colleges and Universities,

ACRL Conference 2005


Argov, S. R. Contributing feature writer Natural Jewish Parenting Magazine (1987-1989)


Argov, S. R. Contributing feature writer and copy editor Coral Springs Monthly (1986-88)


Argov, S. R. Contributing Editor, Ulrich’s Irregular Serials Annual (1985-1987)


Argov, S. R. Editor, The Source Book, a joint publication of the Community Council of Greater New York, The City of New York and the Greater New York Fund/United Way  (1984-85)


Argov, S. R. Author, Project P.L.A.N. Workers Guide (1980)

What is Project PLAN Presentation, New York Education Department of Institutional Libraries/Library Association, (1980)