Seven UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) graduate students will join the UNC Library this fall as the newest class of Carolina Academic Library Associates (CALAs). They will begin their appointments at the beginning of the 2016-17 academic year.
Tabitha Frahm of Rockwood, Tennessee. She will contribute to the work of the User Experience department, where she will participate in projects related to the Library’s web presence, help administer the LibGuides system, and provide research and design assistance to Library patrons. She has a B.A. in psychology from North Carolina State University in Raleigh.
Kelsey Hammer of Hickory, North Carolina. She will work in the R.B. House Undergraduate Library, where she will provide research and design assistance and design and deliver research instruction sessions. Kelsey holds a B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Janice Hansen of Pittsboro, North Carolina. She will assist Special Collections Technical Services by cataloging materials from the Rare Book Collection, the North Carolina Collection, and the Southern Folklife Collection. Janice has a Ph.D. in German studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University and has a B.A. in German and linguistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Amelea Kim of Chesterfield, Missouri. She will provide reference services and instruction and outreach assistance, and will also work with resources management and collection development in the Health Sciences Library. Amelea holds a B.A. in East Asian studies from Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio.
Jessica Kincaid of Greensboro, North Carolina. She will provide the Special Collections Research and Instructional Services department with on-site and remote reference and research assistance and develop reference tools. Jessica has a B.A. in political science and English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Jaffa Panken of Allston, Massachusetts. She will help University Archives and Records Management Services plan and install exhibits, create digital projects, and participate in outreach targeted towards underrepresented university departments and organizations. Jaffa holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and a B.A. in history from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
Beth Weiss of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She will contribute to the work of the Preservation department by collecting and reporting environmental monitoring data, evaluating damaged books, and preparing new materials for public use. Beth has an M.A. in teaching in museum education from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and a B.A. in East Asian studies from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.
UNC Library introduced the CALA program in 2000 to help prepare graduate students at 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.