About CALA - In 1989, Capital Area Library Assistants (CALA) was formed as an Interest Group of the Capital District Library Council (CDLC). CALA focuses on issues that face library support staff and represents those working in academic, public, school or special libraries in non-librarian positions.
CALA's Goals - CALA’s goals are to enhance communication and interaction between library staff, to distribute information on other organizations specifically designed to benefit library support staff and to facilitate professional development of library support staff.
Membership - Membership is free. By joining CALA, you will receive information about CALA events, workshops, and other activities. New members are always welcome!
Upcoming Workshops - CALA hosts a Spring and Fall workshop. Their next workshop is currently being planned.
CALA's Philanthropic Activity - CALA is committed to giving back to the community. We partner each of our workshops with a coordinating philanthropic activity. CALA members have donated to the:
CALA Coordinating Committee Members
- Mary Ann Whelden, East Greenbush Community Library, (518) 477-7476
CALA Coordinating Committee Meetings - All meetings are held at CDLC and begin at 2:00 pm. CALA members are welcome to attend the Coordinating Committee meetings.
- The New York State Library Assistants’ Association (NYSLAA) offers many opportunities for library assistants including their annual conference, scholarships and the Certificate of Achievement Program. Use the links to find out more about this statewide organization.
- Paralibrarians Round Table
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(January, 2017) CALA is excited to announce that our 3rd annual CALA Outstanding Service Award has been presented to Ms. Lisa Warner. Lisa currently serves as Library Assistant at the East Greenbush Community Library.
The CALA Outstanding Service Award was created for CALA members to acknowledge outstanding service to their library and to the library community.The Capital District Library Council and the Capital Area Library Assistants are the official sponsors of the Award.
The Outstanding Service Award is intended to promote the role and image of library assistants and support staff and recognize the importance of support staff in the library profession, in keeping with CALA’s goal To enhance a professional image of library support staff within the library community.
Nominees for the award must be individuals who have repeatedly demonstrated their commitment to service to their library, the library community and the library profession. The successful nominee transcends the normal definitions of excellence, going above and beyond the parameters of their job description to demonstrate exceptional leadership, innovation and problem solving.
In their letters of support for her nomination, Lisa’s colleagues cited the diligence and care with which she accomplishes her tasks and her willingness to go above and beyond the regular workday to finish her assigned duties in a timely manner. The letters also cited the work she has done in her community, both for our profession (at NYLA’s Library Advocacy Day), for the American Cancer Society and especially her work raising awareness for traumatic brain injuries. In addition, the letters of nomination characterized Lisa as someone with a positive attitude who has been an inspiration to colleagues and patrons alike, always willing to help others learn and grow.
Our Coordinating Committee would like to thank Lisa for her outstanding work and we are very proud to have her as one of our members. Her achievements embody the ideals of CALA and her service to our community stands as a model for our profession. Please join us in congratulating Lisa on her Award!
From left to right: Jean Guyon, Lisa Warner, Mary Ann Whelden, Kathy Corbett, and Govie Matheron
(April, 2016) Spring Workshop Information! Monday, April 11th, 2016. CALA is pleased to announce our Spring Lunch and Learn workshop designed to enhance the professional development and quality of working life for our members. Our workshop will feature a presentation on When You Can’t Just Run and Hide featuring guest speakers Chrissie Morrison.
Lisa’s letter of support for her nomination cited her 15 years of exemplary service to the Schaffer Law Library, including her work in mentoring other staff members, her expertise training staff and student workers and her pleasant and positive demeanor. Her nomination also spoke so highly of the outstanding customer service she has provided to the Albany Law School community, including students, professors and staff. Lisa’s ability to develop innovative displays for the library serves as evidence of her commitment to outreach and education so central to her library’s mission.
From left to right: Govie Matheron, Jean Guyon, Lisa Suto, Kathy Corbett, Mary Ann Whelden
(November, 2015) Fall Workshop Information! Thursday, November 12th, 2015. CALA is pleased to announce our Fall Lunch and Learn workshop designed to enhance the professional development and quality of working life for our members. Our workshop will feature a presentation on Creative Library Programming featuring guest speakers Carol Anne Germain, Information Literacy Librarian, University at Albany and Laurie Dreyer, CDLC. Click on the link above for the official Flyer and Registration Form!
(February, 2015) CALA would like to congratulate our member and Coordinating Committee Secretary Giovannine Matheron, Library Assistant at Schaffer Law Library, Albany Law School, on receiving a 2015 NYSLAA Degree Program Scholarship. In addition to her duties at Albany Law School and her service to CALA, Giovannine is pursuing her MLIS degree. Govie’s dedication and service to libraries are a credit to our profession. We’re not sure how she manages to get everything done, but we’re so glad she does. Congratulations Govie! For more information about NYSLAA scholarships, visit http://www.nyslaa.org/scholarships.html