Carolina Academic Library Associates

About the CALA Program:

The librarians and staff of the University Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill value highly the relationship with the faculty and students at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS).

In the fall semester of 2000, the University Library introduced the Carolina Academic Library Associates (CALA) program for graduate students in the School of Information and Library Science interested in preparing for careers in academic librarianship. This program is a paid, practice-based supplement to academic coursework. Our goal is to provide an enhanced graduate experience that introduces students to key issues in academic librarianship and to the culture of the profession. This program assists in preparing students for their first job and gives them opportunities for professional networking and activity during their graduate work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Each year, a new class of CALAs are selected based on graduate school application materials, a statement of interest, and a telephone interview with a panel of CALA supervisors. Selection is based on academic achievement, interest in academic librarianship and interest in the CALA program.

CALAs work twenty hours per week and are assigned to departments throughout the UNC-Chapel Hill University Library system in departmental libraries, technical services, special collections, and the library systems department. They are compensated in earnings by the library and supplemented by funding from SILS. CALAs also receive tuition awards, health insurance, and other benefits provided by the University Library. Additional benefits of CALA participation include membership in the Librarians’ Association at UNC-Chapel Hill (LAUNC-CH), paid registration for the annual LAUNC-CH conference, and a competitive professional development travel stipend.

For more information on the Carolina Academic Library Associates program, please contact the University Library Personnel Office at (919) 962-8027.