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.

A number of enrichment events are scheduled for CALAs throughout the academic year.

Selection & Assignment

Each year, a new class of CALAs are selected based on graduate school application materials, a statement of interest, and telephone interviews with the Director of Library Human Resources and a panel of CALA supervisors. Selection is based on work experience and background, passion, 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.


CALAs 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 include:

Contact Us

For more information on the Carolina Academic Library Associates program, please contact us.