Carolina Academic Library Associates (CALAs) Selected for 2014-2015

June 2, 2014


The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library has selected its newest class of Carolina Academic Library Associates (CALAs) for the 2014/2015 academic year. 

The Library introduced the CALA program in 2000 to help prepare graduate students at UNC’s School of Information and Library Science (SILS) for careers in academic librarianship.

CALAs work 20 hours per week in their assigned department, for which they receive a salary, tuition awards, health insurance and professional development opportunities.

The School and the Library are pleased to welcome: 

Laura Dimmit, of Lincoln, Nebraska, will work in the Undergraduate Library, where she will provide research and design assistance and design and deliver research instruction sessions. She has an M.A. in creative writing, a graduate certificate in digital humanities from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a B.A. in creative writing from Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri.

Abigail Flanigan, of Bexley, Ohio, will work with the preservation department, where she will collect and report environmental monitoring data, evaluate damaged books for possible replacement or reproduction and prepare new materials for public use. She has a B.M. in piano performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Rachel Hinrichs, of Raleigh, North Carolina, will work in the Health Sciences Library, where she will provide reference services and instruction and outreach assistance, and will also work with resources management and collection development. She has an M.S. in nutrition from Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina and a B.A in history from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri.

Amelia Holmes,
 of Cullowhee, North Carolina, will have a placement in the Special Collections Technical Services department, where she will arrange and describe manuscript collections chiefly in the Southern Historical Collection, Southern Folklife Collection, University Archives and General Manuscripts Collection. She has a B.A. in English and studio art from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina.

Colin Nickels, of Durham, North Carolina, will work in the Kenan Science Library, where he will provide reference and instruction assistance, create online course guides and other research tools, and assist in the maintenance of the Kenan Science Library website and Facebook page. He will also help staff the new Kenan Makerspace by assisting patrons with 3D design and printing and working on outreach activities. He has a B.A. in classics from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Daniel Pshock, of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, will work with the User Experience department, where he will participate in projects related to the Library’s web presence, help administer the Library’s LibGuides system and provide research and design assistance at assigned service points. He holds a B.S. in information science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Ashlyn Velte,
 of West Chester, Pa., will work in the Southern Historical Collection, where she will assist with collection development and outreach work. She has a B.S. in applied psychology from Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York.

Rebecca Williams, of Cary, N.C., will have a placement with Special Collections Research and Instructional Services, where she will provide on-site and remote reference and research assistance and develop reference tools. She holds a B.A. from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

Congratulations to the graduating CALAs who include: Leslie Barnes, Morgan Jones, Emily Kader, Amanda MacDonald, Erin Morris, Laura Pavlech, Anna Sandelli, Peter Shirts and Helen Thomas. Additionally, Barrye Brown and Virginia Ferris are completing their terms in the CALA program and will graduate this summer.

To learn more about the CALA program, visit the CALA web page or contact Tiffany Allen (MSLS '00), director of Library Human Resources, at