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Capital Area Library Assistants Interest Group: Workshops and Events

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

Fall 2018 CALA Workshop

Making It Happen: Knock Out Daily To-Do Lists with Slack, Trello and Zapier

Title: Making It Happen: Knock Out Daily To-Do Lists with Slack, Trello, and Zapier

Date: November 15, 2018

Place: Capital District Library Council

Presenters: Rebekah Jarvis-Girtler, Outreach and Digital Services Librarian, William K. Sanford Town Library; Tyler Norton, Library Communications and Marketing Associate, University at Albany Libraries; and Lauren Puzier, User Experience Librarian, University at Albany Libraries. 

Description: Join us to learn how libraries can take advantage of Slack, Trello, and Zapier to increase productivity and start checking off never-ending to-do lists. We will be discussing how library staff can use these tools to enhance communication amount colleagues, to improve project organization and management and to automate some of those repetitive, time-consuming tasks that might take up your day.  Learn how Slack can make collaborating with colleagues at the library quick and fun!@ Trello, a web-based management app, allows users to plan multifaceted projects, Finally we will look at how Zapier can simplify your workday by connection your favorite apps and programs to automate tasks.

Cost: $10 cash or check, covers the cost of the workshop, pizza, salad, and dessert. Please bring checks (payable to CDLC) or cash to the event as online payments are not accepted.

Deadline to register: November 9, 2018

*We will be collecting donations for Grassroots Givers at the workshop. Donations are greatly appreciated! Book donations can be for all ages, hardcover or softcover. no magazines, periodicals, or old textbooks.

Contact: Kathy Corbett, email or phone: 518-438-2500


Related LibGuide: Capital Area Library Assistants Interest Group

Spring 2018 CALA Workshop

Title: Digital New York History

Date: April 12, 2018

Place: Capital District Library Council

Presenter: Susan D'Entremont


Come learn about the ways you can access New York's online primary sources. We will discuss several free websites, including New York Heritage and New York State Historic Newspapers, that contain digitized material help by libraries in the Capital District and throughout New York State. Much of this material is difficult to access in person because of limited facilities and hours of the holding institutions, so digitizing it expands access exponentially.

Topics of discussion will include what types of historical materials are available online, how to effectively browse and search the various sites, how libraries have used digitized material to market themselves and increase the visibility of their collections, and exhibits and curriculum packets that use some of this digitized material. We will also briefly touch on how your institution can add material to these ever-expanding resources.

Also, we will be giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card to one lucky winner in honor of NYS Library Assistants Day!

Cost: $10 cash or check, covers the cost of the workshop, baked ziti, salad, and cake

Deadline to register: April 10, 2018

*We will be collecting donations for the Autism Society

Contact: Kathy Corbett


Spring 2017 CALA Workshop

Title: CDLC's Resource Sharing Network and Tools

Date: April 11, 2017

Place: Capital District Library Council

Presenter: Emily Wager

Description: Designed to enhance the professional development and quality of working life for our members, the spring workshop will feature a presentation on Interlibrary Loan and Resource Sharing by Emily Wager, CDLC's Resource Sharing Librarian. Emily will be sharing:

  • an update and live demo of CDLC's ILL eForm and 'Staff Request' button
  • some tips and tricks on how to best search CaDiLaC and the CDLC's Union List of Serials
  • a review CDLC's network of couriers and how to best utilize them.

Also, we will be giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card to one lucky winner in honor of NYS Library Assistants Day!


Presenter Bio: Emily Wager has been involved in resource sharing since receiving her M.S.I.S. from the University at Albany in 2010. She began working at CDLC (Capital District Library Council) in January of 2016 as the Resource Sharing Librarian. During this time she has helped to update and streamline CDLCs Resource Sharing programs.

Cost: $10 cash or check, covers the cost of the workshop, lasagna, salad, and cake

Deadline to register: April 6, 2017

*We will be collecting donations for the Brain Injury Association of New York State.

Contact: Kathy Corbett


Spring 2016 CALA Workshop

Title: When You Can't Just Run and Hide

Date: April 11, 2016

Place: Capital District Library Council

Presenter: Chrissie Morrison



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