Student Chapter of ALA


As part of ISSA, SCALA helps organize events for UAlbany information studies students. Past events that SCALA has been a part of include a speed-networking event for students to meet local information professionals and learn about their work, movie nights, a librarian panel, a bowling night, and a twice-a-year book and bake sale. SCALA has also been present at events such as the New York Library Association annual conference, the UAlbany Open Source Festival, and Library Programs Squared Symposium.

SCALA aims to:

  • increase student participation in professional organizations, such as the American Library Association (ALA), and encourage them to be part of these organizations as they pursue their careers after graduation;
  • to enable and encourage the development of professional relationships within the field of library and information science;
  • create a channel for communication and resources between both ALA and other New York chapters;
  • provide a local peer group for students with an interest in libraries; and
  • promote the involvement of students in professional activities beyond the classroom.

The University at Albany Student Chapter of ALA is the fourth official student chapter of the American Library Association and was founded on April 14th, 1988. The current faculty advisory to the student chapter is Professor Hemalata Iyer. The current president of SCALA is Kristen Thornton-De Stafeno.


Last updated January 10, 2017.