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Capital Area Library Assistants Interest Group

CALA focuses on issues facing library support staff and represents those working in academic, public, school or special libraries in non-librarian positions.

Upcoming Meetings and Events

Coordinating Committee Members

Lisa Poli, Chair, Hudson Valley Community College,, (518) 629-7333

Giovannine Matheron, Schenectady County Community College,, (518) 381-1237

Jean Guyon, University at Albany,, (518) 442-3247

Donna Craver, Hudson Valley Community College,

General Information


About - 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!

CALA Outstanding Service Award - 2022

Dear CALA members,

 Once again this year, the Capital Area Library Assistants Coordinating Committee is pleased to announce we are accepting nominations for the CALA Outstanding Service Award

This award is designed to recognize the achievements of a local library assistant who most embodies the mission and goals of CALA.  The successful recipient will be someone who has gone above and beyond to contribute to their library, their community and our profession.   

We have attached the Award Announcement and Nomination form and we will be accepting nominations through November 1, 2022.   The Award recipient will be announced shortly thereafter.

If you know of a library assistant in our area who is deserving of this award, we encourage you to submit a nomination.  If you have any questions or would like more information about the Award or about CALA, please let me know.

 Thank you for your continued interest in CALA and your ongoing service to libraries.


Jean Guyon, Capital Area Library Assistants Coordinating Committee
Electronic Resources Coordinator
University Libraries / Acquisitions Services, ULB34
University at Albany State University of New York
1400 Washington Ave.
Albany,   NY     12222

Phone:  (518) 442-3247

Fax:  (518) 442-3630


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